A trixie bet has some similarities to a treble, with the main difference being that every combination of double and better wins. So, there are 3 x doubles and 1 x treble as parts to the trixie bet. It’s a good half way house option if you have three selections in mind, because if two win you may gain a small profit and if all three wins you benefit via all four combinations. At the same time, as there are only three selections you can perhaps afford to be a bit more ambitious odds-wise than you would be with a 4 or 5 fold accumulator.
Traditionally, football has been thought of as a male preserve, as has gambling as a leisure activity and, at least to some extent, those perceptions continue. Progress towards gender equality, in all walks of life, has been slow, but steady, although gender gaps obviously do persist. However, gambling, especially gambling on football, which has introduced a new generation to betting, is freely accessible to men and women.
A case in point is that of an unidentified housewife who, in November, 2017, staked £1 on a 12-fold accumulator on weekend football matches at a William Hill betting shop in Leysdown-on-Sea on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. Apparently, the woman in question had been placing a similar bet every weekend for the previous six years, following in the footsteps of her husband, who had been doing so for the previous forty years, without much success. Her selections reportedly required no skill, but only one of them was odds-on; highlights included Burnley to beat Southampton at 4/1, Reading to beat Derby at 16/5 and Burton Albion to beat Millwall at 10/3. All told, her 12-fold returned £574.278.41 for a £1 stake.
Betting shop employee Carli Faulkner, who posed for publicity photographs with the winning betting slip, praised the win, which was, far and away, the largest payout she had ever experienced, as ‘real girl power’. William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams added, ‘‘In my 15 years in the business working for William Hill I have never encountered a bigger football win by a female punter for just a quid.’
Many dyed-in-the-wool punters spend hours poring over the formbook in an effort to win a life-changing sum of money but, ironically, the punter who won the largest winning dividend in the history of the Tote Jackpot was, by his own admission, ‘not a horse racing man’. The punter in question was, in fact, Steve Whiteley, a 61-year-old heating engineer from North Tawton, North Devon, who was not a regular racegoer and attended a meeting at Exeter Racecourse, in March 2011, as part of a free promotion.
Having scrapped his original, permed Tote Jackpot entry, Whiteley settled, instead, for a single line entry, costing just £2. Nevertheless, he correctly predicted the first four winners – Semi Colon at 2/1, Black Phantom at 12/1, Ammunition at 16/1 and Mr. Bennett at 16/1 – and, by that stage, just seven entries remained. His fifth selection, Lundy Sky, at 5/1, also won at the expense of odds-on favourite Glitzy D’Ocala leaving his the only ticket remaining in the Tote Jackpot.
His sixth, and final, selection, Lupita, was on a losing run of twenty-eight and was ridden by Jessica Lodge, an amateur rider who had yet to ride a winner under National Hunt rules. Whiteley said afterwards that ‘Lodge is just a name that sticks in my head’. Perhaps understandably, Lupita was sent off 12/1 joint-seventh choice of the thirteen runners, but belied those odds by keeping on gamely to lead inside the last hundred yards and lift the spoils by three-quarters of a length. In so doing, the seven-year-old won an incredulous Whiteley £1,445,671.
A straight five fold accumulator is an ambitious bet to put it mildly, and so some punters with 5 selections in mind will instead opt for a Lucky 31 bet. It’s a rather elaborate bet where your stake is spread across all possible permutations (5 single bets, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-folds and 1 five-fold – 31 bets in total). It’s not dissimilar with a Super Yankee bet, only with Lucky 31 multiples, single bets are included too. A Lucky 31 bet is much less focused than a typical 5 fold accumulator bet, but at the same time you create a wider net of ways to win and one loss doesn’t upend your entire bet.
An each way bet has two components to it, firstly a win aspect where you, for instance, back the horse you hope will win a race. The other half of the stake however, goes on the horse being placed (typically the first three places, but its dependent on the size of the field). This type of bet ensures that if the horse doesn’t win, you still have the opportunity to win the place part of your bet. Depending on the odds of your initial selection this could result in you making a profit even if your horse doesn’t win the race.