What is an accumulator bet
An accumulator, known as a parlay in North America, is a bet with more than one selection. A pay-out is dependent on all selections winning. An accumulator is a generic term and refers to any number of selections (unlike a double or a treble bet which are types of accumulators that specifies the number of selections, two and three respectively), where the winnings from each selection is rolled over and bet on the next selection. In betting shops throughout the UK you will hear accumulators referred to as acca’s, which is a slang name given to this type of bet. Accumulators’ and multiples are extremely popular as they give punters the opportunity to win large amounts for relatively small stakes.
Bookies that offer accumulator betting
All bookies except betting exchanges will offer accumulator betting, although this doesn’t mean you can combine any combination of bets. This is because many bets can be what are called related contingencies, a bet where the outcome of one of the selections effects the possibility of another selection happening. These bets will be blocked by all bookies. Also some bookmakers might restrict certain selections to singles only, in order to better manage their risk. But on the whole any bookie worth its salt will offer accumulator betting.
Before placing your accumulator, as with before parting with your money for any other service, it’s worth shopping around. Here are the bookies we recommend you should sign up for if you enjoy a accumulator bet, and the reason why is quite simple. They offer a win bonus dependent on the number of selections in you multiple.
Titan bet offers what they call a multi bet bonus, this is a bonus paid out to winning bets. It is a percentage of the money returned, and the percentage value ratchets upwards with each extra selection up to a massive 100% extra. This bonus is for bets places on major European football leagues.
The maths used to calculate accumulators of any size is pretty simple. All that needs to be done is multiply all the decimal odds together and then multiple this by the stake betted.
(Odds1 x Odds2 x Odds3 x …… x Oddsn) x stake = winnings
Where n is equal to the number of selections in the accumulator.
Having a calculator is always going to help when it comes to calculating massive accumulators but as long as you have a decent level of competence in multiplication you’ll find that for simple win only bets one isn’t necessary.
For this example we are going to work out a five-fold accumulator. To keep it simple we are going to say all five selections have odds of 5.0 and the stake is £10. Using the equation from the calculations section above we can see we need to multiple all the decimal odds together followed by multiplying this value with the stake.
(5 x 5 x 5 x 5 x 5) x 10 = 31,250
As you can see, this is why punters love multiples. The potential returns from a bet with only a small stake is very attractive. A total return of £31,250 for only a £10 stake is going to please the grumpiest of gambler.