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How does an accumulator work?

An accumulator is a bet that has more than one selection in a bet, usually consisting of four or more picks. To win your accumulator, you need all of your selections to win. It’s commonly known as an ‘acca’. It’s arguably the most popular type of football bet in the UK.

How do you work out the odds on a football accumulator? 

The return of your accumulator bet varies depending on the odds of each selection. Your stake effectively rolls on from the first selection to the next, until the bet is settled. If any selection is a losing one, then that would mean the accumulator as a whole is a losing bet. 

How many selections are in an accumulator?

You can have as many selections as you’d like in an accumulator bet.

Bad Man Betting’s accumulator tips range from four selections all the way up to 10 or 12 usually, depending on the type of bet we’re tipping.

For example, a Goals Galore over 1.5 Goals Bet may have 10+ selections as each selection on its own may be a low odds bet, whereas a normal Accumulator may only have four or five betting tips.

Another common type of accumulator is a  Lucky 15, where you can bet on up to 15 events happening over multiple selections. Doubles and Trebles are theoretically types of accumulators but are rarely called two-fold accumulator or three-fold accumulators. 

What are the chances of winning a football accumulator?

A good way to look at your chances of winning is that they simply vary depending on the odds of your selections. For example a 99/1 accumulator theoretically has a 1% chance of being a winning accumulator.

How to place an accumulator bet

It’s straightforward to place an accumulator bet at a bookmaker. Simply select each bet you want in your accumulator, and add each choice to your bet slip. 

Once all of the selections are added to your bet slip, there will be an option to place a ‘multiple’ bet (double, treble, accumulator etc.) as well as give you the odds of the multiple. Here is where you’ll enter your stake and usually find out your potential returns. 

Enter a stake you’re comfortable with, click to place the bet and your accumulator is placed!

How to work out an accumulator bet

An accurate way to work out your accumulator bet’s returns is to use an accumulator calculator online. Whether you do it mentally or via a calculator, the process is the same for a straight accumulator: 

Take your initial stake and multiply by the decimal odds of Bet One to find out your returns from Winning Bet One. Winning Bet One’s returns then gets multiplied by the decimal odds of Bet Two, and so on until you’ve gone through your number of selections. The number at the end is your total return (including stake). 

For example, if you place £10 on a four-selection acca where each leg of the acca is 2.0, 4.5, 1.8 and 3.0: £10*2.0 = £20, £20*4.5=£90, £90*1.8=£162, £162*3.0 = £486. 

A £10 bet would return £486 at odds of 48.6

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