What exactly is an accumulator?
The accumulator bet is easily one of the most popular forms of betting for punters due to the excitement of numerous selections combining their odds for the possibility of increased wins.
The term ‘accumulator’ refers to a single bet involving at least four picks, but potentially many more. The most significant distinction between accumulator bets and other bets is that the wager must payout if all of the selections are correct.
In the last 20 years, accumulator betting has grown in popularity in the UK and around the world, notably in sports like football. The “Acca” that you’ve got lined up for the weekend’s fixtures has become common jargon in UK pubs and betting shops, and these bets have become something of a ritual for many football fans.
As gamblers strive to predict the outcome of numerous matches in a test of skill and chance, football has become synonymous with accumulators, with betting companies providing big promotions.
Accumulators, also known as accas, might be perplexing to newbies, but as our tutorial will show, they are one of the most straightforward multiples to grasp. Since each of the many single bets included in your acca must be successful to secure a return, the accumulator offers substantially higher odds than placing the selections as separate singles.
Many people are drawn to accumulators for two reasons. Most significantly, combining four or more different picks means that all of the individual chances are combined, potentially resulting in some incredible winnings and odds that are extremely difficult to find in traditional match betting.
The second aspect is the sheer thrill of being a part of so many distinct games taking place at the same time around the country. Every Saturday at 3 p.m. during the football season, more than 40 games may begin simultaneously. In terms of prospective rewards, an accumulator bet can turn those routine lower league games into significant games.
Given that the odds are packed together to give the bettor more value if one of your selections loses, your entire accumulator bet loses, therefore there is a higher risk. An accumulator with numerous picks from the same game is called the same game multiple, which is a different sort of bet.
Different types of accumulator in betting
A bet with four or more selections is known as an accumulator. A double or triple is defined as two or three selections, respectively. With most online bookies, an accumulator can have up to 20 selections.
- 2 Double accumulator type (acca)
- 3 Treble
- 4 accumulator fourfold
- 5 accumulator five times
- 6 accumulator sixfold
- 7 accumulator seven times
- 8 accumulator (eightfold)
The Accumulator Bet Football explained with an example
An example of a four-fold accumulator is shown below, using the outcomes of four football matches. We’ll then show you how bookies calculate accumulator odds by showing you the outcome of each bet and the odds for each one.
Section Result Odds
Arsenal to win the bet Arsenal 2 Tottenham 0 2/1 Won
West Ham 1 Aston Villa 0 3/1 Won West Ham 1 Aston Villa 0 3/1 Won
Crystal Palace 2 Brighton 1 2/1 Won Crystal Palace to win
Manchester United will triumph.
Manchester United defeated Liverpool 4-1.
Converting fractions to decimals and multiplying the odds from the four singles together yields the accumulator results. These are the odds if you placed a £1 accumulator bet on the four games listed above.
Original odds of selection (decimal)
2/1 1 (2)
2 3-1 (3)
3 2-1 (2)
4 4-1 (4)
Acca total 179/1 (180), which implies that if you bet £1 on this 179/1 accumulator, your total profit would be £180: £179 wins + £1 stake
As you can see, the odds for an accumulator are substantially higher than if you bet on each individual option at their own odds.
However, if one of those picks fails to win, the accumulator as a whole will lose. An example of a losing accumulator bet is shown below.
Original odds of selection (decimal)
1/5 chance (decimal)
2/5 1 2/1 (3.0) (1.4)
2/3 (14.0) 2/4 (1.5)
2/5 3 2/1 (3.0) (1.4)
3/5 4/1 (5.0) (1.6)
Total Acca 179/1 (180.0) 37/10 (4.7)
The entire accumulator bet loses since Arsenal against Tottenham was a draw and Arsenal failed to win.
What is the definition of an each-way accumulator bet?
As you can see from the accumulator example above, the chance of the bet losing is extremely high if one leg fails to win. Some of this risk can be mitigated by placing an each-way accumulator bet on other sports, such as horse racing if bookies will allow you to do so. Here’s an example of a horse racing each-way accumulator.
Selection Result Odds
1st 2/1 Won bet outcome
2 1st 3/1 Won
3 1st 2/1 Won
4 2nd 4/1 Placed
Each-way accumulator bets are split into two distinct bets, doubling the stake.
For example, if we bet £1 on the above accumulator and make it each way, the stake would be £2 because it would cover both bets. This is intended to provide the punter the best opportunity of getting a profit if their horses do not win but place.
The first outcome is the ‘to win’ element of the wager, which requires all four horses to finish first. In the 179/1 accumulator above, this would lose because selection four finished second and so placed.
The second leg of the wager is the ‘to place’ wager, which requires the horses to finish in the top three positions to win. The number of top positions in a race is determined by the size of the field, usually the top three or four.
The winnings are computed by multiplying the initial odds for each option by the each-way fraction, which is usually 1/5. So, for the 179/1 accumulator, we divide each selection’s original odds by 1/5, then multiply them all together to get the odds for our ‘place’ half of the bet. If three horses win and one places in the same example, your ‘to place’ half of the bet would return £4.70 (£1 risk + £3.70 winnings = £4.70). If any of the horses lose, the ‘to place’ portion of the wager will lose as well.
How to Bet on an Accumulator
Here are some tips:
- Make the accumulator selection you desire.
- Fill up your bet slip with your choices.
- There will be an accumulator beneath the multiples section.
- Double-check your choices before clicking ‘put bets.’
What you can win by betting on accumulators
With accumulator bets, the winnings are nearly endless. The name gives it away: “accumulator” means that your profits accumulate with each accurate pick, giving you the possibility to win huge sums of money.
Fred Craggs, who staked 50p on an accumulator involving eight different horses running at various venues in 2008, is a perfect example of the power of an accumulator bet.
His picks all had huge odds, with the total odds reaching 2,000,000/1, yet ‘Isn’t That Lucky,’ ‘A Dream Come True,’ and ‘Racer Forever,’ together with Mr. Craggs’ five other horses, all managed to win their respective races, earning the Yorkshireman a £1,000,000 reward.
Do accumulator bets pay off?
If you prefer to prolong the odds rather than risk money on individual events with lesser odds, accumulator bets are one of the greatest ways to do so.
This technique is undoubtedly profitable for bettors, but it should be recalled that the increasing number of variables makes winning an accumulator more difficult.
Before choosing an accumulator, make sure you’ve thoroughly examined each option to offer yourself the best chance of winning, as the risk of losing is extremely significant. This is where an each-way accumulator may be a better idea, especially if your picks aren’t the favorites, because you’ll still get a payout if they place.
Accumulator Betting FAQs
- Does Accumulator Betting involve a lot of risk?
As long as you approach this form of betting with a nothing-to-lose attitude and handle it wisely, Accumulator Betting is quite safe.
- What is the best way to win an accumulator bet?
Accumulators, often known as ‘accas,’ are a popular type of wager among punters because they allow them to win large sums of money. To win the bet, punters must make several picks for a single wager, and all selections must win for the bet to be won.
- In an Accumulator betting calculator, what happens if you have a draw no bet?
Draw No Wager is a straightforward betting option in which the bet is nullified if the match ends in a tie. A void bet means the player gets their entire amount back. Of course, this comes at a cost: lesser returns.