How to win big on football accumulators.

Jul 27, 2016

Looking for value from your betting funds? If you find your balance a bit limited or have some available free bets and want the chance to make good money, you might want to consider betting on accumulators.


What is an Accumulator?

An accumulator is a bet that strings together multiple betting events into a single betting slip. In some parts of the world, it would be called a parlay. Technically, an accumulator would require the punter to include two or more wagering events on the same slip. When it comes to betting football accumulators, punters tend to prefer at least three games on the same ticket. In some cases, a ticket could have as many as 15-20 events. The caveat with this type of a wager is that the punter has to be correct about all of the games or matches listed on the slip. One loss and the bet is lost. However, the possible returns for hitting each game on the same slip can be enormous.


An Example

The best way to represent the earnings potential of an accumulator is through a viable example. Remember, you are looking to maximize your winnings while risking as little of your bankroll as possible. Working on the assumption you only have £20 to invest, but have a strong opinion about four football matches in the Premier League, here’s how a four match multi might play out.

£20 Accumulator

Arsenal at 1.6 to win over Chelsea

Hull City at 3.0 to draw with Liverpool

Manchester United at 1.5 to win over Southampton

Leicester City at 2.6 to draw with Manchester City

If you lose any one of your picks, the entire ticket will be a loser. If you hit all four matches, here’s the amazing match: £20 x 1.6 x 3.0 x 1.5 x 2.6 = £374.40. That’s a terrific return on a wager of only £20. If you can now imagine the math when you are able to string 8 or 10 games together, you can see the enormous earnings potential with this kind of a bet.


Tips Related to Betting on Accumulators

This entire concept boils down to simple risk/reward analysis. As should be expected, the risk involved with having to hit four matches in order to win one bet is significant. That’s why the potential reward is so high.

  1. The first tip is to only wager on accumulators that bring a return of “true odds” or more on the bet. That would be at least £320 of net winnings on the aforementioned £20 bet. If all teams were of equal talent and ability, “true odds” would mean you have a 1 in 2 chance of hitting each match. On a four team accumulator, that would be 2.0 x 2.0 x 2.0 x 2.0 = 16 x £20 = £320
  1. If you have access to bookmaker promotions that offer free bets, you might want to consider leveraging those free bets with an accumulator bet. Note: Some bookmaker promotions restrict the use of accumulators when using free bet bonuses.
  1. Do not include your favourite teams on your betting slips. Emotion often trumps common sense when it comes to team loyalty. If you want to maximize your chances of hitting a big ticket, you should stick with matches that require you to use brain power and not your heart.
  1. Pick the right online bookmaker. Some bookmakers actually promote accumulators by offering bonuses related specifically to boosting winnings from said accumulators. If you want to maximize your earnings potential, you should use a bookmaker that offers what you want.


Tony Samboras is the author of this work and who is a contributor of sports betting advice to many free bets websites. His passion is horse racing however he is a fan of using systems such as matching bookmaker free bets and tools such as accumulators for football and horse racing.

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