Accumulator Permutations

Betting can get complicated when you start to look at the different options available for accumulators.  An acca is not the same as a bet permutation – or a perm – though they often overlap in the mind of the punter.  Therefore, when there is an article called accumulator permutations, it is important to address everything this suggests.  We will start with a perm and end with an acca.  The acca is the better choice for football, though we will give you all the information and let you choose.


A permutation is the different outcomes you can design from the initial bets you make.  This depends on how you design your singles, doubles, trebles, four-fold, and so on.   A single is just one bet.  A double is two single bets that are connected – so you only get a return on your bet if both stakes win – and so on.  The more bets you connect, the higher your profit.

There is the Patent bet.  This is a full coverage multiple bet.  It covers all possible combinations of bets from just three selections.  Therefore, you can win from all three teams winning singularly, you can double up selections, and you can bet on the treble accumulation as well.  This patent bet bundles them up all in a single package and can result in some impressive returns.

A Trixie bet is a more popular option, particularly in horse racing.  This is a full cover bet that covers all combinations of multiples – however – it will not take into consideration the single bets – only the doubles and treble bets.  To get any form of return from a Trixie bet there needs to be a minimum of two winning selections, whereas a Patent bet would return on just one of the selections winning.

A Lucky 15 consists of 15 bets unsurprisingly.  The 15 bets are made up from 4 selections – including the 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 four-fold.  If only one selection wins then often, as a consolation, the odds are doubled.  If all four choices win and the perm wins out – then you might end up with a 10% bonus on top.  As you are placing 15 bets, there are 15 stakes to be made.  You need to factor this in when you are calculating potential returns.

A Yankee bet is eleven bets – with 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a fourfold.  You need to be sure of your combinations to do well on this bet – and it is one for the serious punter.  Remember if you are staking £1 on each bet you Yankee bet will start out costing you £11.


An accumulator bet, or acca, can also be a double, treble, fourfold, fivefold, etc.  The more selections you make, the higher the pay-out but also, the higher the risk.  You can purchase insurance on your acca, which means if one of your selections fails, then the others pay-out.  You are basically predicting the outcome of football matches and if you are correct for all your options – happy days.  However, getting a lot of games right is a tough call.

Yet, here is the carrot – if you choose three selections at 1.5, 1.3 and 1.8 – then your returns will be calculated as your stake x 1.5 x 1.3 x 1.8.  Some bookies have made the acca more palatable by giving cash-out options.  When you are concerned that one of your teams is about to fail – you can bail out and take what you have won so far – or you can tough it out and hope for the best.  This cash-out option is good news for those who suffer badly with nerves, as accumulator bets can be an edgy business.

The best tip we can offer is to only bet on teams you know in an accumulator.  Try not to add teams just to make up your card, as this could be the weak link that costs you the entire return on your bet.

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