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Types of Bet: Normal, Multiple, and Forecast Bet Types.

The more exotic multiples bets tend to give bookmakers a bigger edge, so they are not recommended for anyone looking for best value. However, if you're betting for fun, they can be a cheap way to be in with a chance of a big profit. A bit like the lottery.


  • Accumulator: Accumulator bets include multiple selections on different events or markets. If you win your first bet, your winnings become your stake for the second, and so on. Many sites offer good promotion bonuses for accumulator and multiples bets.
  • Ante Post: Ante Post bets are placed on future events. In horse racing, this is normally a day or more ahead of the race. They often present favourable odds. However, if the horse doesn't run, you've lost your bet.
  • Double: A bet on two selections in separate events. Both are required to win to achieve a return. The return from the first bet is used as the stake for the second.
  • Double Chance: A bet on two of the three possible outcomes in 1 X 2 market. Normally offered for football matches.  1 or X - You win if the home team wins or there is a draw. 1 or 2 - You win if either team wins (effectively the same as laying the draw at an exchange). 2 or X - You win if the away team wins or there is a draw.
  • Each Way: An each way bet costs double the amount staked on a single. It consists of two bets: A standard single bet on a horse to win, and an extra bet on the horse to be placed - i.e. come first, second or third. Races with few runners may only consider first and second 'placed', and those with many runners may include fourth. The odds on the place part of the bet are normally 1/4 or 1/5 of the win odds. Use the eachway calculator to work out your returns.
  • Goliath: 247 bets on 8 selections in separate events. 28 doubles, 56 trebles, 70 fourfolds, 56 fivefolds, 28 sixfolds, 8 sevenfolds, 1 eightfold. You get a return if you pick at least 2 winners.
  • Heinz: 57 bets on 6 selections in separate events. 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds and 1 sixfold. You get a return if you pick at least two winners.
  • Lucky 15: 15 bets on 4 selections in separate events. 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 fourfold accumulator. You get a return if you pick at least one winner. There is a 10% bonus if all 4 selections win, and odds are doubled if you pick one winner and 3 losers.
  • Lucky 31: 31 bets on 5 selections in separate events. 5 singles, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and 1 fivefold. You get a return if you pick at least one winner. There is a 20% bonus if all 5 selections win, and odds are doubled if you pick one winner and 4 losers.
  • Lucky 63: 63 bets on 6 selections in separate events. 6 singles, 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 four-folds, 6 five-folds and 1 six-fold. You get a return if you pick at least one winner. There is a 25% bonus if all 6 selections win, and a 10% bonus if 5 out of 6 win. Oddss are doubled if you pick one winner and 5 losers.
  • Patent: 7 bets on 3 selections in separate events: 3 singles, 3 doubles and 1 treble. You get a return if you pick a winner.
  • Single: The most common bet - just pick a selection to win.
  • Straight Forecast: You pick the selections you think will come first and second. You must predict the result in the correct order. Payouts are normally based on SP (starting price) odds.
  • Super Heinz: 120 bets on 7 selections in separate events. 21 doubles, 35 trebles, 35 fourfolds, 21 fivefolds, 7 sixfolds and 1 sevenfold. You get a return if you pick at least 2 winners.
  • Super Yankee (Canadian): 26 bets on 5 selections in separate events: 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and 1 fivefold. You get a return if you pick at least 2 winners.
  • Reverse Forecast: 2 bets on the selections you think will come first and second. Effectively 2 straight forecast bets.
  • Treble: A bet on two selections in separate events. Both are required to win to achieve a return. The return from the first bet is used as the stake for the second.
  • Tricast: A forecasting bet where you pick the horses you believe will finish first, second and third. You must predict the result in the correct order.
  • Trixie: 4 bets on 3 selections in separate events: 3 doubles and 1 treble. You get a return if you pick at least 2 winners.
  • Yankee: 11 bets on 4 selections in separate events: 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 fourfold.





Horse Racing Rule 4 Deductions

  • Rule 4 deductions apply when a non-runner is announced on the day of the race, after you have made your bet.
  • This improves the chances of other horses winning, so bookmakers adjust their odds.
  • If your horse is withdrawn, your stake is returned.
  • If another horse is withdrawn, any winning bets will be subject to a rule 4 deduction based on the odds of the withdrawn horse. 'Place bets' are included.
  • If the favourite is withdrawn, the deduction will be sizeable. Non-runners at long odds don't have much affect.
  • Deductions are usually quoted as 'pence in the pound' - this refers to the percentage of any winnings deducted.

NON RUNNER ODDS

DEDUCTION

UK
Decimal
UK
Decimal
Up to
1/9
(1.11)
90%
2/11
(1.18)
to
2/17
(1.12)
85%
1/4
(1.25)
to
1/5
(1.20)
80%
3/10
(1.30)
to
2/7
(1.29)
75%
2/5
(1.40)
to
1/3
(1.33)
70%
8/15
(1.53)
to
4/9
(1.44)
65%
8/13
(1.62)
to
4/7
(1.57)
60%
4/5
(1.80)
to
4/6
(1.67)
55%
20/21
(1.95)
to
5/6
(1.83)
50%
Evens
(2.00)
to
6/5
(2.20)
45%
5/4
(2.25)
to
6/4
(2.50)
40%
13/8
(2.63)
to
7/4
(2.75)
35%
15/8
(2.88)
to
9/4
(3.25)
30%
5/2
(3.50)
to
3/1
(4.00)
25%
10/3
(4.33)
to
4/1
(5.00)
20%
9/2
(5.50)
to
11/2
(6.50)
15%
6/1
(7.00)
to
9/1
(10.00)
10%
10/1
(11.00)
to
14/1
(15.00)
5%
Over
14/1
(15.00)
None

 

  • Some bookies will only apply rule 4 up to 75%, and some will not apply the 5% reduction. Always check the terms on the site.
  • Be careful with ante post bets (which are made at least a day before the race) which normally do NOT refund stakes on non-runners.
  • Bookies normally update their odds quickly after a non-runner is announced, and will often change them to SP (Starting Price) while they are updating. If the odds you get are subject to a Rule 4 deductions, they should make this clear to you. Read your bet slip carefully!

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