Accumulators Pay Out a Much Bigger Amount But Lose Much More Frequently

Published on January 26th, 2020 2:10 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

The King explains the difference between two popular bets - Accumulator and a Lucky 15/Yankeee. A question that I see being asked quite often - what is the difference between a traditional accumulator bet and a Lucky 15 or Yankee Bet?

With an accumulator bet, you are picking a number of things that you believe are going to happen. For instance, you might believe that Manchester United is going to beat Man City, Chelsea is going to beat Leicester City, Arsenal is going to beat Tottenham and Liverpool is going to beat Southampton.

With the traditional accumulator bet, you would multiply the odds of all of these things happening, and multiply that number by the size of your wager.

So, for instance, let's say that the odds for these four results look like this:

Manchester United, 2.20
Chelsea, 1.85
Arsenal, 2.75
Liverpool, 1.45

If you decided to wager £10 on this accumulator, you could potentially win £162.29, which would be a very nice return on your investment.

The downside to an accumulator? If even one of these results doesn't happen, you lose your ticket. So, even if you get three right, the one incorrect pick will cost you your £10.


The Lucky 15 and Yankee Bets are different, in that they allow you to get one or more picks wrong and still see a return on your ticket.

The downside? Your potential winnings are quite a bit lower than with an accumulator ticket. The Lucky 15 and Yankee Bet tickets are great when you get something wrong, though if you hit everything correctly, you'll definitely wish you had an accumulator instead.

The Lucky 15 ticket, for instance, is made up of 15 different bets, all of which stand on their own. This includes four single bets, six double bets, four treble bets and one fourfold accumulator.

So, let's say that you decide to bet £1 per selection, which will make your ticket a total cost of £15 (15 * £1).

Let's say that you get all four of your picks correct.

If you chose the "Lucky 15" bet, your total profit would be £67.79, which is a far cry from the amount that you would have made with an accumulator bet.

The upside, however, is that you will get something back if you don't get all of your picks correct.

For instance, let's say that Manchester United and Chelsea win, while Arsenal and Liverpool lose.

With the accumulator wager, you would lose all of your bet.

With the Lucky 15 wager, for instance, you would receive £8.12 back from your initial £15 investment.


So, to summarize - the accumulator gives you a chance at a much larger payout while having a much greater chance of losing, while the Lucky 15 or Yankee Bets minimize your potential profit while giving you a much higher chance at some sort of a return.

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