Understanding Betting Accumulators

Often referred to in the betting industry as “Accas” the Accumulator is a good way of making profit from very little outlay. Bet Advisor will now explain a little more about how it all works.

WHAT IS AN BETTING ACCUMULATOR?

Quite simply, an accumulator is a bet which combines four or more selections into a single wager, that pays out only if all parts win. So for instance, the punter decides to go for a four-team accumulator in the next round of Premier League matches. They decide to choose Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all to win; if they do, then the punter wins, if at least one team fails to win, the bet is lost. The odds available will naturally depend on whether the team selected are playing at home or away, and the strength of the opposition. It goes without saying that the greater the odds, the greater the winnings.

TYPES OF ACCUMULATOR

As we explained in paragraph one, an accumulator is a bet of four or more selections. Anything less than this still works like an accumulator, but is just referred to as a “double” for two selections, or a “Treble” for three selections. The betting exchanges refer to anything higher than three as a “four-fold” for four selections, a “five-fold” for five and so on. Below is a table which will help to make things clearer:

Number of selections    Bet Name

  • Double
  • Treble
  • Four-Fold Accumulator
  • Five-Fold Accumulator
  • Six-Fold Accumulator
  • Seven-Fold Accumulator
  • Eight-Fold Accumulator

WHICH SPORTS CAN I BET ON USING AN ACCUMULATOR?

The good news is accumulators are available for all sports, but Bookmakers can vary in their rules on combining selections. Selections from the same event cannot be used in a single accumulator so for instance, you could not select different horses from the same race as part of your bet; you would have to select different horses from different races to make up your accumulator, this is to prevent anyone trying to place several bets on the same runner.

DO ALL MY SELECTIONS HAVE TO WIN FOR MY ACCUMULATOR TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

In most cases yes, although some of the best online sports betting sites will offer you a return or your stake money back, even if one of your selections does not win. This will vary amongst the many betting companies that are available, so please check carefully before placing your bet.

IN SUMMARY

Accumulators can be a fun way to bet, providing the punter is responsible. It can be a quick way of turning €5 into €145, as there are much higher pay-outs betting this way than placing each individual bet separately. A subscription to one of our expert tipsters here at Bet Advisor, is also a great way to get top level advice before making your selections.

By: Steve Mitchell

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