Football Accumulator Explanation and Tips

With most of the world’s top soccer leagues now in full swing, this would be a great time to discuss some football accumulator tips and how they can be used to supplement wagering opportunities on sports. While these football accumulator tips will be directed at football (soccer), the same information can be considered viable across most any viable betting market.

What is an Accumulator?

When a sports bettor combines two or more games on one ticket where winning is contingent on all games ending in a win, that is called an accumulator. Accumulators can include as many games as a particular bookmaker will allow. Based on the odds provided, accumulator bets are riskier, but require less capital for a larger return. The final payouts are calculated by multiplying each successive game’s odds times each other times the amount of the wager.

In the America and Canada, accumulators are called parlays. In Europe, accumulators are referred to as follows:

Two games – “Double”

Three Games – “Treble”

Three or more games – the # plus “Fold” (three-fold)

Football Betting Tips Accumulator

Before anyone makes the leap of faith and starts betting accumulators, there’s a few football betting tips accumulator that bettors should give all due consideration.

  1. The Risk – The reason serious and professional gamblers don’t use accumulators is because of the inherent risk involved. Not only does the bettor have to win each and every game on the ticket, but seldom, if ever, do the odds reflect the real risk. This is most evident when betting an accumulator on NFL Football or Basketball where point spreads are used with betting odds of approximately -1.10 on each game. The odds paid on a 3-team parlay or accumulator is approximately 6-1. The true odds are 8-1. On a 4-team parlay, the odds paid are usually 11-1 while the true odds are 16-1. The house’s advantage just keeps going up with more games on a ticket.
  2. Hedging – If a bettor bets an accumulator ticket of four or more games, there may be an opportunity to hedge the bet. If hedging is used correctly, a guaranteed win could be manufactured. Let’s suppose a bettor bets a ticket with four teams and the last game on the ticket starts after the results are in on the first three. If the first three games came back winners, the bettor should consider betting the “other side of the fourth” game as a hedge against losing everything. By betting the right amount, the bettor could secure a net win regardless of the outcome of the final game.
  3. Number of Teams – Taking into account the total risk of betting an accumulator, the optimum number of teams will usually be three. That’s the point where the house’s advantage will really start to take its toll. It’s attractive to see a potential payout of £145 on a 4-fold accumulator of £5, but the risk doesn’t statistically justify the bet.
  4. When to Use Accumulators – If a bettor really wants to bet accumulators, there are certain circumstance when it would be understandable to take the risk. First, bettors with limited bankrolls usually can’t afford to secure action on all their games of interest. Accumulators allow the bettor to cover more games. Second, betting on teams with long odds can be an act of futility. To limit the amount being wagered on long-shots, a two or three fold accumulator on a small bet with only long-shots on the ticket could make the risk worth a shot.
  5. Accepting the inevitable – The reality is it’s hard to hit a ticket with multiple games on it. If the bettor is intent on betting accumulators, they should do so expecting to take the worse while learning to appreciate those rare times when they hit and get an extraordinary payout.

Hopefully you have found this article useful in your betting endeavors. be sure to check all beginners guides before using new features and betting systems.