The idea of a big accumulator win isn’t something confined to your local horse racing addict! It’s something many people have considered, and has even been a plot in one of the countries most popular soap operas, Coronation Street!
A Heinz bet is more ambitious still than the 5 selection variations, in that it consists of 6 selections and a total of 57 separate bets (doubles x 15, trebles x 20, four-fold x 15, five-fold x 6, six-fold x 1). With a Heinz Bet your bet is split in many direction with many possibilities to win. These of course have to be weighed against any loses accrued with out of the 57 bets though. . A minimum of 2 of the selections must be successful to gain a return.
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.
Nowadays, the ITV 7 is a free-to-play competition offered by ITV in partnership with Sky Bet, but has its origins in the previous incarnation of ITV Racing, shown as part of ‘World of Sport’ from the early Seventies onwards. Although no longer an accumulator in the traditional sense, the basic concept remains the same; viewers are required to predict the winners of all seven selected races to win a prize of up to £100,000. Of course, picking seven winners, especially on a competitive, televised card, is no mean feat and cumulative odds regularly run to tens, or even hundreds, of thousands to one.
The ITV 7 may be free to enter, but the huge number of entries often leads to multiple winners, who share the jackpot prize. Consequently, many punters supplement their promotional bet with a small-stakes accumulator, of the traditional type – that is, settled at starting price, early price or board price, at the discretion of the punter – so that, if they do strike it lucky, they are guaranteed a mammoth payday, regardless of the number of winning tickets in the ITV 7.
However, even so, punters still need to pay attention to the prices on offer from the bookmaker with whom they place their accumulator bet; betting at multiple odds means that a point, or half a point, here and there can quickly translate into a shortfall of hundreds of thousands of pounds in the final payout. Indeed, on Betfair Hurdle Day, 2019, odds comparison service Oddschecker calculated that the difference between the best and worst odds on offer for each of the winners of the ITV 7 races – although, individually, never more than a single point – translated into a deficit of over £375,000 on a 7-fold accumulator to a £1 stake.
A lucky 15 consists of 15 bets based on four selections. The combination of bets is: 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and 1 four-fold. A unique feature of lucky 15 bets is that if one selection wins a consolation return is paid to treble the odds, and if all four win there is a bonus added to winnings. A Lucky 15 bet is essentially like a yankee but with the additional singles bets added into the equation. The bet involves spreading your stake over a number of bets which could be perceived to be a negative, but the plus side of that is that you have more combinations of bet working for you.