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Accumulator Betting Explained

What is an Accumulator Bet?

The 'Accumulator Bet' term refers to a single bet that involves 4 or more picks. The difference that separates 'accumulator bets' from other bet types is that all picks must be winners in order for the bet to pay out.

Accumulator Bets have become very popular in the UK and around the world in the last years, especially in sports like football (soccer). It has become common parlance in the betting shops of the UK to refer to the "acca" that you've got lined up for the weekend's fixtures, and these bets have become something of a way to bet for many football fans.

The attraction to "acca" is twofold. The combination of 4 or more picks means that all the different odds get combined, creating the potential for remarkable wins and odds that are very difficult to find on match betting.

The 2nd factor is the excitement of having a stake in so many different matches happening simultaneously around the world. During the football season, every Saturday there can be more than 40 matches all kicking off together. An accumulator bet can transform those run-of-the-mill, lower league contests into crucial matches as far as your potential winnings are concerned.

The thrill of having a crucial goal clinch your accumulator at the last minute is difficult to match in sport betting and this excitement is what makes accumulator betting popular in football. It is popular in other sports too, but it has become part of football culture in recent years.

How do 'Acca bets' work?

Bookies include doubles and trebles in their definition of an accumulator and there is no reason not to do so. With one of the most important parts of the appeal of accumulators being the chance to rack up huge odds and very large potential winnings, it seems more appropriate to focus on bets including 4 or more picks.

The easiest way to think about how accumulator bet odds are calculated is to imagine that each part of your bet becomes a winner and pays out, and you then place the winnings on the next part of your bet.

If you are placing an accumulator bet on football matches from the English Premier League, your picks and odds will look something like this:

    1) Liverpool to beat Leicester @ 3/1
    2) Tottenham to beat Chelsea @ 4/1
    3) Man United to beat Man City @ 3/1
    4) West Brom to beat Arsenal @ 7/2

Let's say your stake is £10 on an 'accumulator bet' on the results listed above. For your accumulator to be a winner, you need all of your picks to prove right.

If all of your results come in, your winnings would be calculated as follows:

    1) Your initial stake returns £40 from your bet on Liverpool to beat Leicester (£30  winnings, plus your £10 stake).
    2) This £40 becomes your stake on the Tottenham vs Chelsea match and pays out £200 (£160 winnings, plus your £40 stake).
    3) The £200 goes on Man United to beat Man City, and when they do so it turns into £800.
    4) West Brom do the business over Arsenal and your dreams come true: you've just turned £10 into £3,600!

Accumulator bets are not restricted to football and are very popular in tennis, cricket, rugby, horse racing and basketball.

You can place bets across different sports and you can have picks from PGA Tour golf, Major League Baseball.

This can be a great way to enhance your enjoyment of new sports and a powerful way to get some fantastic odds and sizeable winnings.

Each-way accumulators and non-runners

In accumulator betting, non-runners simply mean that the relevant pick is removed from your accumulator, and your odds adjusted accordingly. If your football fixture was canceled due to bad weather your bet stands but with the odds adjusted.

Each-way accumulators involve 2 bets: 1 on the pick to win, and 1 on the same pick to be placed. If your accumulator includes 'each-way bets' you stand to win the overall amount if your place bets come true.

Each-way accumulators are a great way to increase your winning chances of the accumulator pay out, but they will bring down the total amount that you stand to win.

What you can win with accumulator bets

The winnings with accumulator bets are almost limitless. It is in the name - "accumulator bet" - your winnings accumulate with each pick that proves to be a winner, creating chances to win astonishing amounts of money.

A good example of the power of an accumulator bet is the story of a Super punter, who placed a 50p stake on an accumulator featuring 8 different horses running at various locations.

His picks had good odds, and the accumulated odds reached 2,000,000/1, but somehow picked horses all managed to win their respective races earning the Super punter a payout of £1,000,000.

A dream bet saw a Man United fan turn 30p into £500,000.

The Staffordshire-based fan placed the bet at the start of the season, picking 15 matches in his accumulator bet, for which the combined odds reached - 1,666,666/1.

His predictions for the champions of the English Premier League, each division of the Football League all came true, together with his picks for the Scottish lower leagues and the Rugby Union Premiership.

To seal his winnings, the fan just needed Surrey to win the Cricket Championship, which they did, and then he was relying on Bayern Munich to defeat their rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Uefa Champions League final.

Uefa Champions League final was level at 1-1 in the final minute, when Arjen Robben struck a late winner to give Bayern Munich the title, and earn that lucky Man United fan a payout of £500,000.

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