What is an Accumulator?
An Accumulator (acca for short) involves multiple selections combined into one bet. Some will incorrectly refer to trebles and doubles as an accumulator but this type of bet should contain at least four picks. With some bookmakers, bettors may see this referred to as a straight line accumulator which distinguishes it from formulas such as a Lucky 15.
In order for an accumulator bet to land and return a profit, all of the legs involved have to win. That means there is greater exposure for the bettor but there is potential for much higher returns and that’s why they are extremely popular.
How are Accumulators used in Sports Betting?
When betting on Football Matches in the English Premier League, one selects four teams – Everton, Manchester City, Bournemouth and West Ham United – all to win their respective games. For the sake of this example, assume that the odds for each team to win are 2/1 and the bettor wants to stake an overall sum of £10.00.
If the bettors stake £2.50 on four singles then the most you can win is £20.00. In addition, overall £10.00 stake will be returned making £30.00 in total. However, with an accumulator bet, each profit is carried over to the next leg of the bet leaving the bettor with a vastly improved profit as this calculation confirms.
£10.00 x 2/1, x 2/1 x 2/1x 2/1. = an overall return of £810.00 including that original £10.00 stake.
Clearly the risk involved here is much greater because, it only takes one of those four teams to lose or draw the game and the whole bet fails. If this happens, the stake will be forfeited.
In Summary, accumulator betting is suitable for the risk seeking punter by providing greater returns balanced against riskier wagers.