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Bet Types
The bet name, number of selections required, the number of bets it contains, the minimum number of winners to have a return, the details have letters substituted for selections. The table is ordered by the number of selections in each bet
Bet NameNo. SelsNo. BetsNo. WinsDetails
Single111Your bookmakers least favourite bet, particularly if it is each way. You only need one winner to beat him!
Single Stakes About2211 stake A anything to come (a-t-c-) 1 stake B, 1 stake B a-t-c 1 stake A. One winner gives the same return as a single except the stake unit is not returned. 2 winners gives the same return as 2 singles on each selection but only 2 of the 4 stake units are returned. Also called 'Vice Versa', 'Up and Down' or 'Cross Bet'.
Double Stakes About2211 stake A anything to come (a-t-c-) 2 stakes B, 1 stake B a-t-c 2 stakes A. One winner gives the same return as a single except 2 stakes are not returned. 2 winners gives the same return as 3 singles on each selection but with 4 stake units deducted from the returns.
Single Lap2+2+1A bet of any number of selections comprising a single on each any to come a single on the next selection then stop. The any to come is on the next selection only. On 3 selections it is 1 stake A a-t-c 1 stake B a-t-c 1 stake C, 1 stake B a-t-c 1 stake C a-t-c 1 stake A and 1 stake C a-t-c 1 stake A a-t-c 1 stake B
Double212The stake is placed on A, if that wins everything is then placed on B. If A or B lose, the stake is lost.
Forecast211Nominate 2 selections in a race to finish first and second in the correct order.
Reversed Forecast221Nominate 2 selections in a race to finish first and second in either order.
Combination Forecast3+6+1Nominate 3 or more selections in a race in which two of them must finish first and second in any order. The number of bets is the number of doubles in the selections, multiplied by 2 (for any order within each double e.g. 1-2 or 2-1 ). Therefore 3 selections is 6 bets ( 3 Doubles x 2)
Treble313The stake is placed on A, if that wins everything is then placed on B, if that wins everything is then placed on C. If A, B or C lose, the stake is lost.
Tricast311Nominate 3 or more selections in a race and they must finish lst, 2nd and 3rd. In horse racing this must be an handicap race with 8 or more runners declared overnight. In greyhound racing there must be at least 6 runners.
Combination Tricast3+6+1Nominate 3 or more selections in a race and they must finish lst, 2nd and 3rd in any order. The number of bets is the number of trebles in the selections, multiplied by 6 (for any order within each treble e.g. 1-2-3, 1-3-2, 2-1-3, 2-3-1, 3-2-1 or 3-1-2 ). Therefore 4 selections is 24 bets ( 4 Trebles x 6 )
Trixie3423 Doubles AB, AC, BC. 1 Treble ABC
Patent3713 Singles A, B & C. 3 Doubles AB, AC, BC. 1 Treble ABC
Round Robin31013 pairs of Single Stakes About AB, AC & AC. 3 Doubles AB, AC, BC. 1 Treble ABC
Rounder3311 stake A any to come 1 stake double BC, 1 stake B a-t-c 1 stake double AC and 1 stake C a-t-c 1 stake double AB
Roundabout3311 stake A any to come 2 stake double BC, 1 stake B a-t-c- 2 stake double AC and 1 stake C a-t-c- 2 stake double AB
Round The Clock3311 stake A any to come 1 stake B any to come 1 stake C, 1 stake B any to come 1 stake C any to come 1 stake A, 1 stake C any to come 1 stake A any to come 1 stake B
ABC Roll-Up371A Rounder and Trixie.
Liverpool Round The Clock3131A Trixie, Roundabout and 3 pairs of Double stakes About.
Accumulator4+14+One bet requiring any number of selections but all the selections must win to have a return. Also called a 'Roll-Up' or 'Acca'. A Treble is an accumulator of 3 selections, if there are 4 selections it could be called a 'Fourfold' with 5 selections a 'Fivefold', etc. .
Yankee41126 Doubles AB, AC, AD, BC, BD & CD. 4 Trebles ABC, ABD, ACD & BCD. One Accumulator ABCD
Yankee Plus4112, 16 Doubles AB, AC, AD, BC, BD & CD. 4 Trebles ABC, ABD, ACD & BCD. One Accumulator ABCD. Just the same as a Yankee but on the slip one position is nominated for a consolation. If the selection in that position is the only winner in the bet, a free Single is placed on that selection.
Lucky 1541514 Singles A, B, C & D. 6 Doubles AB, AC, AD, BC, BD & CD. 4 Trebles ABC, ABD, ACD & BCD. One Accumulator ABCD. This bet offers both a consolation and a bonus. If only one winner is selected the SP of the winner is doubled, i.e. a 5/1 is settled as a 10/1. Some bookies treble or even quadruple the SP of the single winner. If an each way bet is placed the double SP consolation (e.g. 10/1) only applies to the win part of the bet, the place parts are settled at 5/1. There also a 10% bonus applied for all 4 winners, that usually only applies to the win part of the bet. Be wary some unscrupulous bookmakers do not pay the bonus or consolation on bets including a sports selection.
Flag42316 pairs of Single Stakes About AB, AC, AD, BC, BD & CD (= 12 bets). 6 Doubles AB, AC, AD, BC, BD & CD. 4 Trebles ABC, ABD, ACD & BCD. One Accumulator ABCD. Not to be confused with a 'Union Jack' (see below)
Super Yankee526210 Doubles AB, AC, AD, AE, BC, BD, BE, CD, CE, DE. 10 Trebles ABC, ABD, ABE, ACD, ACE, ADE, BCD, BCE, BDE, CDE. 5 Fourfolds ABCD, ABCE, ACDE & BCDE. 1 Fivefold ABCDE. Also called a 'Canadian'
Lucky 3153115 Singles A, B, C, D & E. 10 Doubles AB, AC, AD, AE, BC, BD, BE, CD, CE, DE. 10 Trebles ABC, ABD, ABE, ACD, ACE, ADE, BCD, BCE, BDE, CDE. 5 Fourfolds ABCD, ABCE, ACDE & BCDE. 1 Fivefold ABCDE. Includes the same single winner consolation as the Lucky 15. Some bookmakers offer a second consolation of 5% or 10% for four winners. There is also a bonus added for all 5 winners, usually 15%. The consolations and bonus usually only apply to the win part of the bet.
Super Flag546110 pairs of Single Stakes About (= 20 bets). 10 Doubles AB, AC, AD, AE, BC, BD, BE, CD, CE, DE. 10 Trebles ABC, ABD, ABE, ACD, ACE, ADE, BCD, BCE, BDE, CDE. 5 Fourfolds ABCD, ABCE, ACDE & BCDE. 1 Fivefold ABCDE.
Heinz657215 Doubles AB, AC, AD, AE, AF, BC, BD, BE, BF, CD, CE, CF, DE, DF & EF. 20 Trebles ABC, ABD, ABE, ABF, ACD, ACE, ACF, ADE, ADF, AEF, BCD, BCE, BCF, BDE, BDF, BEF, CDE, CDF, CEF & DEF. 15 Fourfolds ABCD, ABCE, ABCF, ABDE, ABDF, ABEF, ACDE, ACDF, ACEF, ADEF, BCDE, BCDF, BCEF, BDEF & CDEF. 6 FivefoldS ABCDE, ABCDF, ABCEF, ABDEF, ACDEF & BCDEF. 1 Sixfold ABCDEF.
Lucky 6366316 Singles A, B, C, D, E & F. 15 Doubles AB, AC, AD, AE, AF, BC, BD, BE, BF, CD, CE, CF, DE, DF & EF. 20 Trebles ABC, ABD, ABE, ABF, ACD, ACE, ACF, ADE, ADF, AEF, BCD, BCE, BCF, BDE, BDF, BEF, CDE, CDF, CEF & DEF. 15 Fourfolds ABCD, ABCE, ABCF, ABDE, ABDF, ABEF, ACDE, ACDF, ACEF, ADEF, BCDE, BCDF, BCEF, BDEF & CDEF. 6 FivefoldS ABCDE, ABCDF, ABCEF, ABDEF, ACDEF & BCDEF. 1 Sixfold ABCDEF. Includes the same single winner consolation as the Lucky 15/31. Some bookmakers offer consolations of 5% or 10% for four winners and 10% or 15% for five winners. There is also a bonus added for all 6 winners, usually 20%. The consolations and bonus usually only apply to the win part of the bet.
Heinz Flag687115 pairs of Single Stakes About AB, AC, AD, AE, AF, BC, BD, BE, BF, CD, CE, CF, DE, DF & EF (= 30 bets). 15 Doubles AB, AC, AD, AE, AF, BC, BD, BE, BF, CD, CE, CF, DE, DF & EF. 20 Trebles ABC, ABD, ABE, ABF, ACD, ACE, ACF, ADE, ADF, AEF, BCD, BCE, BCF, BDE, BDF, BEF, CDE, CDF, CEF & DEF. 15 Fourfolds ABCD, ABCE, ABCF, ABDE, ABDF, ABEF, ACDE, ACDF, ACEF, ADEF, BCDE, BCDF, BCEF, BDEF & CDEF. 6 FivefoldS ABCDE, ABCDF, ABCEF, ABDEF, ACDEF & BCDEF. 1 Sixfold ABCDEF.
Alphabet6261Made up of 4 separate bets. In the order written a Patent on ABC, a Yankee on BCDE, a second Patent on DEF and an accumulator on ABCDEF. There is usually a 10% bonus for 6 winners. Selections in positions BCDE carry more importance as these appear in both a Patent and a Yankee. Selections A and F only appear in a separate Patent.
Placepot6+1+0A Tote bet that doesn't even need 1 winner. The bet requires at least one placed selection from each of the first 6 races at a horse meeting. To calculate the number of bets multiply the number of selections in each race, 1 in each = 1 x 1 x 1 x 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 bet, 2 in each = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 64 bets. It is acceptable to put FAV to include the favourite in a race. Should there be 2 or more joint or co favourites returned, your selection is deemed to be the fav with the lowest racecard number i.e. nearest the top of the list of runners. The dividend declared is variable, depending on the size of the Tote pool and the number of winning tickets. Place Dividends shows the finishing positions that count as successful depending on the number of runners in each race. To calculate the winnings multiply: number of winning lines X unit stake X dividend. For example a 50p perm of selections 2 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 2 x 2 = 96 bets costing 48, with placed selections of 1 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 1 x 1 = 6 lines successful, with a dividend of 150, gives a return of 450 ( 6 x 0.50 x 150 )
Jackpot6+1+6Same principles as the Placepot but one big difference. The first 6 WINNERS not places must be selected! The bet is staked in the same way as a Placepot but calculating the winnings is easier as it is only possible to have one winning line, Multiply: unit stake X dividend. In the event of a dead heat two dividends would be declared so use the Placepot method, multiply: number of winning lines X unit stake X dividend, if both dead heaters are selected. Again the dividend declared is variable, depending on the size of the Tote pool and the number of winning tickets. If nobody wins the jackpot the cash rolls over to the following day and pools of 100,000's can be generated. Placepot pools can also rollover to the following day but this happens very rarely.
Super Heinz7120221 Doubles AB, AC, AD, AE, AF, AG, BC, BD, BE, BF, BG, CD, CE, CF, CG DE, DF, DG, EF, EG, FG. 35 Trebles ABC, ABD, ABE, ABF, ABG, ACD, ACE, ACF, ACG, ADE, ADF, ADG, AEF, AEG, AFG, BCD, BCE, BCF, BCG, BDE, BDF, BDG, BEF, BEG, BFG, CDE, CDF, CDG, CEF, CEG, CFG, DEF, DEG, DFG & EFG. 35 Fourfolds ABCD, ABCE, ABCF, ABCG, ABDE, ABDF, ABDG, ABEF, ABEG, ABFG, ACDE, ACDF, ACDG, ACEF, ACEG, ACFG, ADEF, ADEG, ADFG, AEFG, BCDE, BCDF, BCDG, BCEF, BCEG, BCFG, BDEF, BDEG, BDFG, BEFG, CDEF, CDEG, CDFG, CEFG, DEFG. 21 Fivefolds ABCDE, ABCDF, ABCDG, ABCEF, ABCEG, ABCFG, ABDEF, ABDEG, ABDFG, ABEFG, ACDEF, ACDEG, ACDFG, ACEFG, ADEFG, BCDEF, BCDEG, BCDFG, BCEFG, BDEFG, CDEFG. 7 Sixfolds ABCDEF, ABCDEG, ABCDFG, ABCEFG, ABDEFG, ACDEFG & BCDEFG. 1 Sevenfold ABCDEFG.
Goliath8247228 Doubles, 56 Trebles, 70 Fourfolds, 56 Fivefolds, 28 Sixfolds, 8 Sevenfolds & 1 Eightfold. There is no way I am going to list each bet as it should be avoided at all costs. If this is one of your regular wagers you should think about all the money you keep losing and have a look at this site Gamblers Anonymous. As the number of selections and bets have increased moving down this table, so have your chances of losing. The increase in bets from Super Heinz to Goliath was 127 (247 - 120), which means that if you have a Goliath, as soon as one of the selections loses, you have lost 127 bets (51% of the total stake), as then all that is left is a Super Heinz on the remaining 7 selections. Forget trying to pick 8 winners in 247 bets, prune the selections to those most strongly fancied, which will increase the unit stake and have a bet type that gives a return for just one winner.
Union Jack983+What a shocking bet... it's possible to have 5 winners from the 9 selections and yet still lose all your stake. The bet is made up of 8 trebles on nine selections in a 3 x 3 grid. Three trebles across the grid ABC, DEF & GHI. Three trebles down the grid ADG, BEH & CFI. Two diagonal trebles AEI & CEG. The selection in the centre of the grid ( E ) appears in 4 of the 8 trebles. There are various combinations of as many as 5 winners that render the bet a total loser, for example A, B, F, G & I.
Union Jack Patent9561The Union Jack bet is made up of 8 trebles on nine selections in a 3 x 3 grid. As detailed above. The Union Jack Patent applies a Patent instead of a treble to each of the 8 lines so there are 56 bets in total. One winner guarantees a return as there is a single bet in each Patent. If the sole winner was the middle selection, this would result in 4 stakes on the winner because this selection appears in 4 of the Patents.
Union Jack Round Robin9801The Union Jack bet is made up of 8 trebles on nine selections in a 3 x 3 grid. As detailed above. The Union Jack Round Robin applies a Round Robin instead of a treble to each of the 8 lines so there are 80 bets in total. One winner guarantees a return as there is an ATC bet in each Round Robin. If the sole winner was the middle selection, this would result in 8 stakes on the winner minus the 8 stakes because this selection appears in 4 of the Round Robins.
Bet NameNo. SelsNo. BetsNo. WinsDetails

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