Introduction & Key Definitions
Accumulator betting involves betting on several different events (selections) on the same bet coupon. The odds are calculated as the odds on all selections being correct, and all selections have to be correct for an accumulator bet to win. Accumulator betting is popular as it allows big odds to be built up, and consequently big returns, from moderate stakes. In betting shops football coupons often present all fixtures together in a way that encourages this type of betting. Some bookmakers promote a favourites coupon where top teams from across Europe are presented for accumulator bets to encourage customers to accumulate selections that all seem very likely to happen. If one of these strongly fancied teams fails to win it is called a coupon buster.
- Accumulator Bet - An accumulator bet consists of multiple selections chosen to win in independent events. All chosen selections must win to produce a winning payout, therefore whether all selections, or simply one selection loses, the return will still be zero.
- Selection (Market Selection) – A selection is an outcome that money is staked on, essentially what somebody bets on happening. Selection and bet are often used interchangeably.
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