How to calculate accumulators

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How to calculate accumulators
Accumulators are a great way to reap big returns for small unit stakes. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The accumulator remains a popular multiple bet among sports enthusiasts because of the potentially high return rates to a low unit bet cost. An accumulator bet consists of two or more selections. The more selections that win, the more the bettor wins back. Accumulators such as the Yankee, where 4 selections are made over 11 bets (6 doubles, 4 trebles and a fourfold), are amongst the most common multiple bets. In the event of 4 winners, a few simple calculations help a bettor work out their winnings.

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  • Calculator
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  • Paper
  • Online betting calculator

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  1. 1

    Write down the starting prices of each of your winning bets on a piece of paper. Take the calculator, turn it on, enter the price of your first winner and multiply it by the unit stake. Using the following example of a 2/1 winner with a £1 unit stake, simply multiply 2 by 1 on the calculator (£2) and then add the unit stake back to the total (to produce a sum of £3)

  2. 2

    Enter the price of your next winning selection on the calculator, remembering that there is now an accumulative total of £3 riding on it. For a 4/1 winner, multiply 4 by 3 on the calculator (£12) before adding on the increased unit stake of £3 (for a total of £15)

  3. 3

    Calculate difficult odds by reverting fractional prices to decimals. Using the price of 13/2 as an example for the third winning selection, treat the odds as a simple division sum and use the calculator to divide 13 by 2 to achieve decimal odds of 6.5. Using the calculator again, multiply 6.5 by your increased unit stake (£15) to achieve an ongoing accumulator return of £97.50. Add on your increased stake of £15 again for a running total of £112.50.

  4. 4

    Continue to work out the total of your winnings by multiplying the starting price of your winning selection by the growing unit stake, always remembering to add on that stake at the end of each calculation. Remember to work out the winnings for all separate bets where your bookmaker also pays out on doubles, trebles and any other multiples in addition to the full accumulator. Combine the totals of each part of the bet together to establish your final winnings.

  5. 5

    Use an online betting calculator if you find the arithmetic of accumulators confusing or if you don’t have a hand-held calculator available. Enter your winning prices, choose the type of bet you have placed (such as a Yankee, Heinz, Canadian or standard accumulator) and press the "Calculate" button to work out your winning returns.

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