Introduction To Betting: Different Types of Football Bets

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For those who are new to the wide world of football betting, the sheer number of different types of bet that are available can be one of the most daunting things about getting started.

While everyone knows what a single is, the terminology soon begins to get out of control and unless you learn the relevant jargon, your football betting career is not going to get very far.

Here is our guide to some of the most common types of bet in football trading and betting.

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What is a double bet?
Double bet on a betting slip

It stands to reason that if a single bet is backing one event to happen in a football match, a double is combining two predictions - and that is exactly what a double bet is.

A double means you have picked out two selections you think are going to win, for instance you are backing both Arsenal and Chelsea to win their Premier League games on a Saturday.

Doubles usually provide a solid odds boost when compared to a single bet, so if you have two teams in mind it is well worth considering putting them into the same wager to maximise returns.

In order for a double bet to be a winner, both of the selections you make have to come in, otherwise the bet loses.


Treble bet on a betting slip
What is a treble bet?

A single is one event, a double is a pair of events, so if you are placing a treble it is three different events in the same bet.

This might therefore mean that as well as betting on Arsenal and Chelsea to win their Premier League matches, you are also adding Manchester United to win as a third selection.

As with doubles, you need each one of the selections to come in if the bet is to be a winner.

So if Arsenal and Chelsea were to win, but Manchester United only drew, your bet would have lost.

So far, so straightforward, even for the most novice of football traders.

But this is where it gets a little bit more tricky and hard to understand if you are completely new to betting on football.


Trixie bet on a betting slip
What is a Trixie bet?

A trixie is the first full cover bet we are going to talk about in this betting guide.

This is exactly what it says on the tin - a bet that covers all possible doubles, trebles and accumulators across however many selections you are adding to your bet.

A trixie involves three selections and is made up of four separate bets, which consists of three doubles and a treble.

The treble covers all three of the teams and the doubles would be made up of Arsenal and Chelsea; Chelsea and Manchester United; and Manchester United and Arsenal.

This means that if one of your teams is a loser, for example if Arsenal and Manchester United win but Chelsea are beaten, you will still see a return for your bet.

However, remember that your stake for the trixie is for each line.

So if you are choosing to stake £2.50 that would be four lines of £2.50, meaning a total outlay of £10 on the bet.


Patent bet on a betting slip
What is a Patent bet?

A patent bet is similar to a trixie, but with the addition of three single bets on top of the three doubles and a treble, so seven lines in total.

This adds an extra layer of safety net on to your bet, as it means that even if only one of your chosen teams is a winner you will still receive some return for your wager.

However, the stakes go up due to the fact you are covering a higher number of lines.

So, for instance if you wanted to bet £5 on each line of your patent bet, the total stake would be £35.

If you bet £10 per line, the total stake would rise up to £70.

The patent is another type of full cover bet that is quite popular among certain football traders.

Sometimes the patent is referred to as a twist bet, so do not get caught out if you see it called that instead of a patent when you come to place your football bets.


What is a Yankee bet?
Yankee bet on a betting slip

A patent involves seven lines, so how many bets in a yankee?

A yankee increases the number of events you are betting on to four, so let's say that you are adding Manchester City to your bet, along with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.

There are 11 lines that make up a yankee - six doubles, four trebles and a fourfold accumulator.

This means that if two of the four teams win their games, you will get a return on your bet.

However, if only one of your selections is a winner, your yankee bet is a loser.

A yankee bet with £1 placed on each line would therefore mean a total outlay of £11 on the bet.

The six doubles in this type of bet would be made up of Arsenal and Chelsea; Chelsea and Manchester United; Chelsea and Manchester City, Manchester City and Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United; and Manchester United and Arsenal.

In this example of a yankee bet, the trebles would be Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City; Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United; Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United; and Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

It gets a tiny bit more complicated here, so stay with us - this is the each way yankee explained.

By making your yankee each way - for example when betting on horse racing instead of football - what this does is it doubles the number of lines you are betting on from 11 up to 22, so £1 per line placed on an each way yankee would push your total stake on the bet from £11 to £22 as well.


What is a Lucky 15 bet?
Lucky 15 bet on a betting slip

Lucky 15 might sound like an odd name for a bet - and it is! - but it is a useful option for bettors.

So how does a lucky 15 work?

Again, we are using four selections for this type of bet, so let's stick with our favoured foursome of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

The lucky 15 is named as such because it is made up of 15 different lines, which consists of a fourfold accumulator, four singles, six doubles and four trebles, covering all possible options.

This means that you only need one of your teams to win their match to get a return on the bet, while your winnings will increase with each extra selection that also proves to be a winning pick.

The lucky part of the lucky 15 bet name comes from bookmakers typically offering a bonus on this bet, for example doubling the odds if only one of the selections you make wins.

If you want to work out my lucky 15 bet in football to find out what your return is depending on which selections win, there are a number of online calculators you can take advantage of, while your total possible return will be shown when you place the bet with your chosen bookmaker.

Football traders wishing to add a fifth selection can also place a lucky 31 bet, which works in exactly the same way.


Heinz bet on a betting slip
What is a Heinz bet?

A heinz bet works in a very similar manner to the lucky 15/31 bets detailed above, but there are six selections being made in this bet.

There are therefore 15 doubles making up this type of football bet, as well as 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds and fivefolds.

Finally, there is a sixfold accumulator to make up the 57th selection of the bet.

The heinz bet is named as such because of the famous foodstuff Heinz - 57 varieties slogan.

This means that a £1 per line heinz wager would require a total outlay of £57 to place the bet.

Due to the fact that there are no single bets as part of the heinz, this means that at least two of the chosen teams you have put on your bet will have to win if you are to see a return on the wager.

Of course, in an ideal world all six of the teams on your heinz bet would win, but even if one or two let you down you can still expect to receive a decent return, depending on the odds of your picks.

For those wishing to add a seventh team, the super heinz is another option, taking the number of lines in play on the bet up from 57 to 120.


Canadian bet on a betting slip
What is a Canadian bet?

We are now getting to the end of our guide to the different football bets there are available, with how many bets in a Canadian one of the few questions we have left to answer.

A Canadian - which is sometimes referred to as a super yankee - is made up of five selections, so let's say you are adding Liverpool to the four teams we have been using throughout this article - Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

There are 26 lines in a Canadian bet, which consists of a fivefold accumulator which lands if all of your selections are winners, as well as five fourfolds, 10 trebles and a further 10 doubles.

Similar to the heinz bet, but as there are no singles involved in a Canadian you need at least two of your selections to win their games if you are going to get any return on the bet.


Goliath bet on a betting slip
What is a Goliath bet?

Finally, the last type of football bet we are going to cover in this guide is the goliath, which is the biggest wager of the lot.

The goliath is aptly-named as it has a whopping 247 lines due to the fact we are adding an eighth team into the mix.

There is an eightfold accumulator at the top of the list of lines involves in a goliath, as well as eight sevenfolds, 28 sixfolds, 56 fivefolds, 70 fourfolds, 56 trebles and 28 doubles.

With no single bets in play - which is just as well as 247 lines is more than enough! - you will need at least two of your eight selections to win their matches to receive a return on a goliath bet.

As ever - make sure you understand the bet you are putting on before placing the wager.

Always check your stake against the number of lines in the bet to avoid any nasty surprises as well.

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