An accumulator or ‘acca’ is the most popular football bet around and it’s not difficult to understand why. For just a tiny stake, commonly around £1, you could potentially win thousands depending on the odds of your selections. The idea of winning thousands from a small stake just by picking some football teams to win is just too tempting a proposition to ignore, so people generally don’t. However, this ‘get rich quick’ scheme sounds a lot easier than it actually is as football can be very unpredictable at times.

The truth is, the bookmakers love it when we place accumulators because they very rarely win. Picking 6 or 7 teams to win giving you odds of 1000/1 is all good stuff but the odds are 1000/1 for a reason, mainly because you will often be let down by 1 or 2 teams, if not more. This is a big reason why bookmakers advertise accumulator bets pretty much all the time because they want you to place those kind of bets. You’ll struggle to find a well known bookmaker who doesn’t have some sort of accumulator promo running.

My advice would be to avoid this type of bet if you are a serious bettor because of their low win rate and the fact you could potentially wait years for your win. However, if you are looking for a bit of fun for a relatively low stake they suddenly become a great option.

So if you still insist on placing accumulators then i should probably tell you the best site to use, the site that will give you the best odds/biggest return regardless. The site you should be using is BetVictor, they have some very clever software that compares your odds with EVERY online bookmaker. If BetVictor’s return isn’t the best they will pay you the extra to make it the best. So instead of checking the odds of your accumulator on multiple sites, place the bet on BetVictor and they will give you whatever the biggest return is automatically.

Accumulator Options

Accumulators generally start from 4 selections and can involve as many as 14 selections on most sites, sometimes even more. There are other options available which aren’t reliant on every selection winning which you may also want to consider. Let’s take a look…

  • Yankee – 4 Selections | 11 bets
    A yankee bet will pay out on 6 double combinations, 4 treble combinations and 1 4-fold.

Example: If 3 of your 4 selections win you will be paid out on 4 bets (3 doubles and 1 treble).

Warning: A £1 yankee bet would be an £11 stake as you will be staking £1 on each of the 11 bets.

  • Heinz – 6 Selections | 57 bets
    A heinz bet splits the accumulator into 57 different bets. You will be paid out on 15 double combinations, 20 treble combinations, 15 4-fold combinations, 6 5-fold combinations and 1 6-fold.

Example: If 4 of your 6 selections win you will be paid out on 10 bets (6 doubles, 3 trebles and 1 4-fold).

Warning: A £1 heinz bet would be a £57 stake as you will be staking £1 on each of the 57 bets.

Whichever variation of an accumulator you decide to use your chances of a big win are still small but at least you don’t necessarily need a full house to yield a profit.