What is an Accumulator Bet? A beginners guide to the acca

What is an Accumulator Bet? A beginners guide to the acca

What is an Accumulator Bet?

  • Accumulator bets are a popular way to bet on many sports, including football
  • It is a single bet consisting of at least four bets
  • Potential big wins from a small stake
  • Learn what an accumulator bet is and how it works with our concise guide

An accumulator bet – or ‘acca’ as you might have heard it referred to – is a single bet made up of at least four selections. Each of the selections must succeed for the overall bet to be a winner.

Some bookmakers may refer to two and three-fold bets as accumulators – but these are more traditionally known as doubles and triples.

The attraction of these bets is in their ability to provide the potential for some big wins from a small stake. With at least four selections, the odds are always going to be much better than for a single event.

If the accumulator bet is across at least four football matches, for example, an accumulator bet also provides a lot more interest in the day’s games than just one.

How are Accumulator Odds Calculated?

Depending on your selections the odds for an accumulator bet can be fairly big. Essentially, the odds for each selection are multiplied. It is easier to work out if you are using decimal odds but here is a quick example.

If your individual selections have odds of 2.00, 1.50, 2.50 and 2.00, that would be 2 x 1.5 x 2.5 x 2. The total odds for this accumulator bet would therefore be 15.00.

The good thing is that you won’t need to work this out when you place a bet though. The betslip on the online sports betting site will do that automatically. Or, if you want to work it out before placing, you can always use an accumulator calculator.

How to Calculate Winnings

Work out your winnings with our Accumulator Bet Calculator.

How Do Football Accumulators Work?

Accumulators have always been around but they have become more popular in recent years largely because of the rise in football betting.

Football fixtures offer an excellent opportunity to bet on a number of games in a single bet. This can help with increased interest as well as bringing some healthy returns.

In a football accumulator, you can bet on a variety of different outcomes as part of the larger bet. But the most common football acca predicts how at least four matches will play out. Here is an example:

  • Manchester United to beat Arsenal at 1.50
  • Liverpool to beat Spurs at 2.00
  • Everton to draw with Southampton at 3.00
  • West Ham to beat Chelsea at 2.00

The combined odds here would be 1.50 x 2.00 x 3.00 x 2.00 = 18.00.

How to Place an Accumulator Bet

Placing an accumulator bet is very simple. You can choose as many selections as you like – but the more you choose the more unlikely you will have all of them come true.

The process is very straightforward – here is a quick step-by-step guide to show you how it’s done:

  1. Make your first football selection and click on the odds to add the game to your betslip
  2. Repeat the process at least three times to end up with at least four selections on your betslip
  3. You will have the option to enter a stake on each of the games – but scroll down to the four-fold accumulator bet option
  4. Enter your stake
  5. The betslip will have automatically calculated your potential winnings. If you are happy with the bet, place and confirm

Types of Accumulator Bet

Although we have already explained that an accumulator bet is a wager that covers at least four different selections, there are a few varieties on offer. These include:

  • Each Way Accumulator
  • Five-Fold Accumulator
  • Rolling Accumulator

What is an Each Way Accumulator Bet?

An each way accumulator can be placed in a horse race and is essentially two bets in one. One bet is for all your selections to win their races, the other is for your horses to place. This can be a good way of betting, as not all your horses need to finish first to win the overall bet.

What is a Five-Fold Accumulator

A five-fold accumulator is just another way of saying that there are five selections in your overall bet. For it to be successful, all five selections must come true.

What is a Rolling Accumulator?

This is not technically an accumulator bet in the same way as we have seen so far. With rolling accumulators, you will start with one bet – and if it is successful then the full stake and profits are bet on the next selection. These are in fact single bets but your bets and profits ‘accumulate’.

Accumulator Tips and How to Win

We should say straight away that nothing is ever guaranteed when it comes to betting. But there are few things you can do to give yourself more of a chance when it comes to accumulator betting.

  • As with any kind of bet, do your research
  • Don’t pick too many selections. The more you choose, the less likely it is to win
  • Include some selections that seem sure to come in
  • Don’t include selections with very short odds – that will bring down your overall winnings
  • Look out for promotions. Accumulator insurance or boosts can help with incorrect selections or pay out more