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Bet Types - What Type of Bets Can I Place?

Types of Bet and Betting Terminology Explained
Before placing your bets you may wonder what type of bets are available for you. The guide below gives all the bet types available and explains what each one is. From a single bet to a combination tricast, all the information is here. Once you understand the different bet types you can claim free bets from UK bookmakers and begin betting.

If you are new to betting, you may find our guide to betting helpful. To find the best price available on your selection you can compare Odds from 17 UK Bookmakers and Betting Exchanges.

What Bet Types are Available and What Do They Mean?
Singles :
A Single is a bet on 1 selection in one event. Your selection must be successful to get a return.
 
Doubles :
A Double consists of 1 bet involving 2 selections in different events. Both must be successful to get a return.
 
Trebles :
A Treble consists of 1 bet involving 3 selections in different events. All must be successful to get a return.
 
Four-Fold Accumulator :
A Four-Fold Accumulator consists of 1 bet involving 4 selections in different events. All must be successful to get a return.
 
Five-Fold Accumulator :
A Five-Fold Accumulator consists of 1 bet involving 5 selections in different events. All must be successful to get a return.
 
Six-Fold Accumulator :
A Six-Fold Accumulator consists of 1 bet involving 6 selections in different events. All must be successful to get a return.
 
Seven-Fold Accumulator :
A Seven-Fold Accumulator consists of 1 bet involving 7 selections in different events. All must be successful to get a return.
 
Eight-Fold Accumulator :
An Eight-Fold Accumulator consists of 1 bet involving 8 selections in different events. All must be successful to get a return.
 
Nine-Fold Accumulator :
A Nine-Fold Accumulator consists of 1 bet involving 9 selections in different events. All must be successful to get a return.
 
Ten-Fold Accumulator :
A Ten-Fold Accumulator consists of 1 bet involving 10 selections in different events. All must be successful to get a return.
 
Trixie :
A Trixie consists of 4 bets involving 3 selections in different events. The bet includes 3 doubles and 1 treble. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.
 
Patent :
A Patent consists of 7 bets involving 3 selections in different events. The bet includes a single on each selection, plus 3 doubles and 1 treble. Just one successful selection guarantees a return.
 
Yankee :
A Yankee consists of 11 bets involving 4 selections in different events. The bet includes 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and an accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.
 
Lucky 15 :
A Lucky 15 consists of 15 bets involving 4 selections in different events. The bet includes 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and 1 fourfold. If only one selection wins, as a consolation returns are paid to double the odds. If all four selections win, a bonus of 10% is added to total returns. For the bonus to apply, all selections must win (none void or non-runners). For each-way bets the consolation is paid only on the win part of the bet. Lucky 15 bets are accepted on horse racing and greyhounds only.
 
Canadian :
A Canadian (also known as a Super Yankee) consists of 26 bets involving 5 selections in different events. The bet includes 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds plus an accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.
 
Lucky 31 :
A Lucky 31 consists of 31 bets involving 5 selections in different events. The bets include 5 singles, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and an accumulator. If only one selection wins, returns are paid to double the odds. If all five selections win, a bonus of 15% is added to total returns. For the bonus to apply, all selections must win (none void or non-runners). For each-way bets the consolation is paid only on the win part of the bet. Lucky 31 bets are accepted on horse racing and greyhounds only.
 
Heinz :
A Heinz consists of 57 bets involving 6 selections in different events. The bet includes 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds and an accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.
 
Lucky 63 :
A Lucky 63 consists of 63 bets involving 6 selections in different events. The bet includes 6 singles, 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds and an accumulator. If only one selection wins, returns are paid to double the odds. If all six selections win, a bonus of 20% is added to total returns. For the bonus to apply, all selections must win (none void or non-runners). For each-way bets the consolation is paid only on the win part of the bet . Lucky 63 bets are accepted on horse racing and greyhounds only.
 
Super Heinz :
A Super Heinz consists of 120 bets involving 7 selections in different events. The bet includes 21 doubles, 35 trebles, 35 fourfolds, 21 fivefolds, 7 sixfolds and an accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.
 
Goliath :
A Goliath consists of 247 bets involving 8 selections in different events. The bet includes 28 doubles, 56 trebles, 70 fourfolds, 56 fivefolds, 28 sixfolds, 8 sevenfolds and an accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.
 
Forecasts :
A forecast bet is one where you predict the first and second in a horse or greyhound race. For details of the sources used for forecast dividends, and additional rules relating to forecast betting please see our Rules for Horse Racing and Greyhounds.
 
Straight Forecast - SFC :
This bet involves 2 selections in 1 race finishing 1st and 2nd in the order named. A Straight Forecast (FC) dividend is declared based on the Starting Prices (SP's) of all the horses in the race. (A Straight Forecast is known in many countries as an Exacta).
e.g. 1.20 Lingfield

Pistol
Dizzy

10 SFC

1 Unit Stake = 10.00
1 Race = 1.20 Lingfield
2 Selections

The first named selection (Pistol) must be placed 1st, and the second named (Dizzy) must be placed 2nd for this bet to win. If successful you would receive 10 times the Computer Straight Forecast (CSF).
 
Reversed Forecast - RFC :
This bet involves 2 selections in 1 race finishing 1st and 2nd in either order. As such it is two straight forecasts :
e.g. 1.20 Lingfield

Pistol
Dizzy

5 RFC

2 Stake Units = 5.00
1 Race = 1.20 Lingfield
2 Selections

The named selections can finish 1st or 2nd in either order. If successful you would receive 5 times ths CSF dividend.
 
Straight Forecast Doubles :
SFC Doubles are staked in exactly the same way as ordinary doubles. The only difference is that you take 2 selections per race.
i.e. 1.00 Ayr
Mr. Magoo
Tamara

e.g. 1.20 Lingfield
Pistol
Dizzy

10 SFC Double

1 Stake Unit = 10.00
2 races = 1.00 Ayr and 1.20 Lingfield
1 pair of horses in each race = 1 SFC Double = 10 Stake

Both SFC predictions must be successful for there to be any return.
 
Straight Forecast Trebles :
SFC Trebles are staked in exactly the same way as ordinary trebles. The only difference is that you take 2 selections per race.
i.e. 1.00 Ayr
Mr. Magoo
Tamara

e.g. 1.20 Lingfield
Pistol
Dizzy

e.g. 1.30 Ascot
Knight Error
Bob's Return

10 SFC Treble

1 Stake Unit = 10.00
3 pairs of SFC doubles
3 races = 1.00 Ayr, 1.20 Lingfield and 1.30 Ascot

All 3 SFC predictions must be successful for there to be any return.
In all cases, it is the number of races that determines the number of doubles and trebles.
 
Reversed Forecast Doubles :
A RFC Double consists of 4 individual doubles.
i.e.
T 1 x 2 1.09 Hove
T 5 x 6 1.24 Hove

This breaks down into the following possible forecast doubles:

1 2 3 4
Race 1 1 x 2 1 x 2 2 x 1 2 x 1
Race 2 5 x 6 6 x 5 5 x 6 6 x 5

The number of RFC doubles can be calculated by multiplying the number of doubles in the total number of races by 4.
 
Reversed Forecast Trebles :
A RFC Treble consists of 8 individual trebles.
i.e.
T 1 x 2 1.09 Hove
T 5 x 6 1.24 Hove
T 3 x 4 1.39 Hove
This breaks down into the following possible forecast trebles:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7
Race 1 1 x 2 1 x 2 2 x 1 2 x 1 1 x 2 1 x 2 2 x 1 2 x 1
Race 2 5 x 6 6 x 5 5 x 6 6 x 5 5 x 6 6 x 5 5 x 6 6 x 5
Race 3 3 x 4 3 x 4 3 x 4 3 x 4 4 x 3 4 x 3 4 x 3 4 x 3
The number of RFC trebles can be calculated by multiplying the number of trebles in the total number of races by 8.

 
Combination Forecasts :
This bet involves 3 or more selections in a race, with any 2 to finish 1st and 2nd in any order
e.g.
3.20 Lingfield
Dizzy
Pistol
Stomp

10 Combination forecast (or CFC) = 60

That's 6 x 10 Forecasts

1st 2nd
Dizzy Pistol
Dizzy Stomp
Pistol Dizzy
Pistol Stomp
Stomp Dizzy
Stomp Pistol

The easiest way to calculate the number of bets in a CFC is:
No. of Selections x Preceding number
So, for 3 selections, 3 x 2 = 6

If you picked 5 selections in a race, you would have 20 combination forecast bets (5 x 4 = 20).

 
Combination Forecast Doubles and Trebles :
Combination Forecast (CFC) Doubles give you a better chance of getting a winning Forecast Double or Forecast Treble because you choose more than 2 selections in each race. To win you must have included the first two finishers in 2 races for doubles or 3 races for trebles.

DOUBLES TREBLES
Number of Races 2 dogs Straight 2 dogs Reversed 2 dogs Straight 2 dogs Reversed
1
2 1 4
3 3 12 1 8
4 6 24 4 32
5 10 40 10 80
6 15 60 20 160
7 21 84 35 280
8 28 112 56 448
9 36 144 84 672
10 45 180 120 960
11 55 220 165 1320
12 66 264 220 1760
13 78 312 286 2288
14 91 364 364 2912
20 190 760 1140 9120
22 231 924 1540 12320
24 276 1104 2024 16192
26 325 1300 2600 20800
36 630 2520 7140 57120

In all cases, it is the number of races that determines the number of doubles and trebles.

 
Tricasts :
Tricasts are only accepted on:
Horses: Handicap races with 6 or more runners
 
Straight Tricasts :
This bet involves 3 selections in a race finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the order named. (The closest equivalent to a Tricast in many countries is a Trifecta or a Tierce).
e.g.
3.40 Ascot
Magoo
Ashinta
Daisy

10 Straight Tricast (STC or TC)

1 stake unit = 10.00
1 race = 3.40 Ascot
3 selections

The first selection must be placed 1st.
The second selection must be placed 2nd.
The third selection must be placed 3rd.

 
Combination Tricasts :
This bet involves 3 or more selections in a race finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in any order.
e.g.
3.40 Ascot
Magoo
Ashinta
Daisy
Warfield

To calculate the number of bets in a Combination Tricast:

No. of selections x 2 preceding numbers

In this example, a 10 Combination Tricast (CTC) would cost 240.
That's 4 x 3 x 2 = 24 bets.

 
Permutations :
It is also possible to 'perm' selections. For example, if you have made 3 selections (A, B and C) you can 'perm' all the possible doubles. In this case all the doubles possible are AB, AC, and BC; a total of 3 individual bets, or lines.

Similarly, if you have made 4 selections (A, B, C and D) you can also 'perm' all the possible doubles from these four. Now the doubles are AB, AC, AD, BC, BD, CD; a total of 6 individual bets, or lines.

 
Calculating Your Winnings :
Bookmakers' Prices and Calculating Your Winnings

The prices or 'odds' displayed (eg 4.50) refer to the dividend or return you would get from a unit stake ie £1.00.

For example, if you place £10.00 on a team to win at 4.50 you will collect £45.00 (£10.00 x 4.50) if they are successful. That means you make a £35.00 profit, because your original stake of £10.00 is included in the total.

Similarly £10.00 on a winner at 1.70 would return £17.00. That's £7.00 profit plus your £10.00 stake returned.

If you want to win big for a relatively small stake, 'accumulator' style bets are particularly popular. These bets feature a number of selections with winnings from one successful selection being re-invested on your other selections. Potential winnings can be enormous and are very easy to calculate.

Simply multiply the dividend of each selection with your stake to arrive at your expected payout if all your picks are successful.

For example, a £10.00 treble on:

Liverpool to beat Manchester United at 1.75;
Denver Broncos to beat Minnesota at 2.25;
and the Lennox Lewis v Evander Holyfield to end in a draw at 34.00;
would return £1338.75 That's £10.00 x 1.75 x 2.25 x 34.00

Accumulators with more selections are calculated in exactly the same way, but with each additional selection's price multiplying the returns. As you can see, the winnings can soon mount up to jackpot proportions!
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