Building an accumulator

Sport Betting: How To Build A Winning Accumulator

Everyone dreams of winning big and that is why accumulators are so popular. Punters of all levels are attracted by the huge potential returns that can be achieved by combining several individual bets into one multi-bet.

Many casual bettors, such as those who only bet small stakes for fun on the football each weekend, turn to the accumulator as their bet of choice. In fact, bookmakers have whole sections of their websites dedicated to multiple bets and many of their special offers and promotions are centred on accumulators.

Despite the popularity of these types of bets, there are still some punters who avoid them altogether in the belief that there are better areas on which to focus your attention. But accumulators are like any type of bet - if you approach them in the right way, you can increase your chances of success. So let’s take a closer look at accumulators and the best ways to use them.


What Is An Accumulator?

An accumulator is a bet that involves combining a number of individual bets into a single wager. The term “accumulator” is usually only used when four or more bets are combined. Wagers combining two or three bets are typically referred to as “doubles” and trebles” respectively.


Why Place An Accumulator Bet?

Most people who avoid accumulators do so because they believe that the chances of winning are so remote that it is not worth it. And while it is true that for each bet that is added, the odds get longer and longer, it should also be noted that the potential returns also increase.

Building your accumulator

The truth is, accumulators can provide a decent return over the long-term. The secret is to apply some method to your strategy and avoid betting on a whim. Your chances of winning are always increased when you take a more analytical approach.


Key Points

  • Accumulators may sometimes be referred to as “Accas”.
  • An accumulator is usually a series of four bets or more combined into a single bet, although doubles and trebles may sometimes be referred to as accumulators.
  • All bets must be successful for the accumulator to be successful (unless otherwise stated by the bookmaker).
  • Non-runners in events such as horse races are exempt and treated as if they were not included, so a four-fold acca would become a treble etc.
  • Only one selection per event is allowed.
  • In the event of a dead heat, reduced odds are applied for that part of the bet.


How To Build An Accumulator

Remember, the more selections you add, the more of a lottery it becomes. To reduce the element of luck, it is best to keep your accumulators to a reasonable size. Four to six selections is a good number.

Football accumulators are a good place to start and you should try to concentrate on home wins. Nearly half of all matches end this way and it can be quite easy to identify which matches should produce a victory for the host team.

You should concentrate on likely outcomes rather than high odds. The idea is not to create as a high potential return as possible but to build accumulators that win more often. So, as a general rule, you should avoid those really big prices. Even if there is a 10/1 shot with 888sport that you fancy to win, you should probably look elsewhere. More often than not it is these long shots that will let you down and leave you frustrated when you other picks all come in! If you must back a rank outsider, do it as an individual bet.


Look For Value

Value is also important as you want every correct prediction to pay out as much as possible. This will increase your overall yield in the long-term. So look for good odds and identify matches where the home team are perhaps undervalued. If 888sport are offering 3/1 on a pick that you think should be closer to EVENS, then you might want to include it in your multiple. Just make sure there is no obvious reason for the longer price.


Value can also be found by looking for promotional offers. Sometimes a bookmaker might return your stake if one part of your accumulator fails. This can help to minimise your losses long-term. Or they may offer a price boost for certain events and bet combinations.

To give yourself the best chance, you should study form and keep an eye on statistics. There are lots of resources online where you can check recent form and look for trends. Teams that are low down in the league tables but have great home form will usually offer better value than the obvious top-of-the-table sides.


Use Your Existing Knowledge

If you have a particularly strong knowledge in one market, use that to your advantage in your multiple bets. So, whether you are an expert in First Goal Scorers, Both Teams to Score or Under/Over Goals, you should have no problem in building an acca that has a great chance of paying out.

Some people avoid placing draws in their accumulators but they should not be ruled out. They are often well-priced and for certain matches such as local derbies, they can be worth including.



If you place a £10 stake on a six-fold where each selection wins at a price of 2/1 with 888sport, your winnings would be as follows:

  • Total stake: £10
  • Total return: £7290
  • Total profit: £7280

In you placed £10 each-way on a six-fold where each selection is placed at a price of 2/1 with 888sport, your winnings would be as follows:

  • Total stake: £20
  • Total return: £75.30
  • Total profit: £55.30


Keep Your Options Open

If the events are not all occurring at the same time, you may decide to place the bets one at a time, rather than committing to an accumulator from the get-go. That way, you can decide to quit while you are ahead, or you could hold back some winnings and bet less on the final event if all your previous picks have come in.

Placing a bet

Keeping your options open in this way is not always possible if the events are being played out at the same time. However, if you do pile all your picks into one accumulator, you may find that the bookie gives you the chance to cash out at certain times before the bet has finished.


Other Multiple Bet Types

If the thought of one bet letting your down fills you with dread, the accumulator might not be for you. In which case you could look at other multiples such as the Heinz which pays out on 57 permutations across six selections from doubles to a six-fold. That way if one bet fails, you can still get some return from the others and so on.


Other Tips For Betting On Accumulators

  • One failed selection could cost you a large amount, so always choose carefully.
  • Place smaller stakes to begin with until you get the hang of it.
  • Manage your money carefully and stick to your budget.
  • Don’t forget, you can also place Each-Way accumulators.
  • If the events are not happening at the same time, you can always place the bets separately.
  • It is always worth repeating that that you should always bet with your head and not your heart. So, it is best not to bet on your own team unless you can completely detach yourself emotionally when making your predictions.