different types of bets explainedBookmakers offer a dazzling number of different types of bets every day, and you can usually see some of the sexier ones advertised in the shop windows where bonus payouts are offered on Lucky 15s, trebles, trixies and the like. But if you’re not au fait with the terminology used or how these different bets work then it can be a bit confusing, and no-one likes to ask too many questions. So, get a head start and use the info below to learn a little more about each type.

Single Bets

Dead simple – you are just betting on one thing to happen. It could be a horse to win a race, or a football match to end in a draw, or Andy Murray to win a tennis match.

Some single bets, mainly horse racing, can also be placed ‘each way’.

Find out more about single and each way betting on our guide to Basic Horse Racing Bets.

Doubles, Trebles & Accumulators

A ‘double’ consists of 1 bet involving 2 selections in different events. Both must be successful to get a return.

A ‘treble’ consists of 1 bet involving 3 selections in different events. All three must be successful to get a return.

A ‘fourfold’ consists of 1 bet involving 4 selections in different events. All four must be successful to get a return.

These continue into fivefolds, sixfolds, sevenfolds, etc – they are also commonly known as accumulators.

Find out more about these bets by reading our guide to doubles, trebles and accumulators.

Mutiples

Patent – A ‘patent’ consists of 7 bets involving 3 selections in different events. The bet includes 3 singles, 3 doubles and 1 treble. Just one successful selection guarantees a return.

Yankee – A ‘yankee’ consists of 11 bets involving 4 selections in different events. The bet includes 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and a fourfold accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.

Lucky 15 – A ‘lucky 15’ consists of 15 bets involving 4 selections in different events. The bet includes 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and 1 fourfold. Bonuses are generally paid for just one winner or for four winners (hence the ‘lucky’).

Heinz – A ‘heinz’ consists of 57 bets involving 6 selections in different events. The bet includes 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds and an accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.

Super Heinz – A ‘super heinz’ consists of 120 bets involving 7 selections in different events. The bet includes 21 doubles, 35 trebles, 35 fourfolds, 21 fivefolds, 7 sixfolds and an accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.

Goliath – A ‘goliath’ consists of 247 bets involving 8 selections in different events. The bet includes 28 doubles, 56 trebles, 70 fourfolds, 56 fivefolds, 28 sixfolds, 8 sevenfolds and an accumulator. A minimum of 2 of your selections must be successful to get a return.

Read more about these types of bets in our Multiples guide.