Manipulating the multiples
Multiple bets can earn big money for punters, but usually it's the bookies
who cash in.
Here's the professional punter's guide to "manipulating the multiples" and turning
them into cost-effective bets that generate substantial profits.
IN THE WORLD of gambling, multiple bets are something punters love to hate. On one hand
they provide opportunities to win big money for small stakes.
Yet doubles, trebles, Yankees and the like are extremely hard to land. That's why the
bookies love them - their profit on multiple bets is huge.
So what can the poor punter do? Without these wagers there is little chance of winning decent
amounts unless you bet in big stakes.
However, with a little creative thinking you can manipulate the popular multiples in such a way as
to win more money for less outlay. Let's take a look at the possibilities open to you.
Round Robin System
This multiple bet is sadly underused by punters. Why? The Round Robin system is so appealing
that you should consider it whenever you're thinking of placing a multiple bet.
It consists of three selections supported across ten bets. Three doubles and one treble
make up the first four bets.
The remaining six are placed by means of the up and down method. Here, should the original
selection be successful the winnings are retained but the initial stake is placed on a further selection.
The example given shows you how to write out a Round Robin bet on your betting slip:
BETTING SLIP: ROUND ROBIN
3 selections - 10 bets
aSportsBetting Boy - 2.30 York (Selection A)
Happy Punter - 3.30 York (Selection B)
Bread & Butter - 4.15 Chepstow (Selection C)
3 doubles: AIB AIC BIC
6 up and down bets:
A B C
x x x
B C C
Success for any two of the selection~ would mean a double plus two single - being landed and
should put you well in profit.
And if all three horses come home you'll receive a bonanza payout from you treble,
three doubles and six singles. The Round Robin really is an excellent bet and is not used as
much as it should be.
Moving on, there are many ways in which other multiple bets can be manipulated to give the
punter more chance of showing, profit.
One common bet occurs when just two selections have been made. Punters persist in backing
both selections to win and in , double as well - a total outlay of three bet. But some of that
outlay is, initially at leas1 being wasted.
When a double is placed, should the first selection do the business, any money won goes on to the
second. But why lay out money on the second selection until the first one has run?
Suppose you backed two horses in a double and two singles for £5 stakes.
The total outlay would be £15. If the firs selection comes home at 3/1 you've go
£20 running onto the second.
Why Place a Multiple Bet?
THE MAIn ADVANTAGE of multiple bets is that they allow you to win big money
for relatively small stakes.
Imagine you have two selections on one particular day - one at 3/1 and one
at 2/1. You could either place a single bet on each, or place a double bet.
Let's see what might happen in each case. Note: Our example assumes you are betting in
£1 unit stakes. Totals given are net of betting tax.
Placing Single Bets
One possibility is to place separate single bets on the two horses. If both horses came
in you would win £3 on the first (plus your £1 stake) and
£2 on the second (plus stake). Total outlay £2,
total profit £5.
Placing a Double Bet
When a double bet is placed, any money won on the first goes on to the second.
Imagine you have placed a double bet with the same £2 outlay on the same two
selections. If the first selection came home, the £6 won would go on your second.
If that horse was also successful that part of the bet would returm £12.
Total outlay £2, total profit £12.
Advantage Of Double Bet
You could, of course, aim for lower profits and bet in smaller stakes. In this way
multiple bets can offer decent profits if you win, and if you lose you won't have lost
It's possible to conver a greater number of selections in a range of doubles, trebles,
four-horse accumulators and so on.
The principle is the same - the money won on the first bet goes on to
the second, and so on until one of the selections loses.
Choose Your Permutations
The drawback with multiple bets is that they are harder to land than singles.
For this reason punters will cover multiple selections in a range of permutations to
cover themselves in case not all are successful.
This can be expensive, however, because it requires placing a number of bets.
This article outlines some cost-effective ways of backing multiple selections
by eliminating parts of the overall bet.
This allows you to reduce your total outlay and cash in even if your
selections are only partly successful.
How to Win and Save Money With Multiple Bets
For most punters betting in £5 unit stakes this would be a
But because of the way the bet has been placed you've got an additional
£5 running on the second horse in the shape of your second single bet. This is
fine if the second horse wins, but a shame if it doesn't.
A more cost-effective way of staking the bet is to still place the double, but
initially back only the first selection.
Then only back the second selection if the first is beaten.
An Alternative To The Yankee
Taking the theme of manipulating multiple bets a little further, let's
look at how a very popular type of wager can be worked more to your advantage.
The Yankee (six doubles, four trebles and one accumulator) is a bet a
lot of punters use.
It involves making four selections, and if all of them win the bet can provide
But it's hard to find four winners and many bettors often see just one or two of
their selections win. With the Yankee, if just one selection wins the whole bet is lost.
Even if two of the selections come home the one double landed frequently fails to
cover the initial outlay.
However, the wager can be staked so that one winner does provide a return. Instead
of putting the six doubles in the bet, why not replace them with four single bets at
one-and-a-half times the unit stake?
So, if £1 is going to be the unit stake (£11 laid out
in total), substitute the 6 x £1 doubles for 4 x £1.50 singles.
In this way, if only one selection is successful the return will go some way
towards recovering your total stake money on the bet.
And because the unit stakes on the singles are higher then they would be on
the doubles, two winners may well achieve similar profits as the double would on the
Further Alternative Multiple Bets
There are ways to place more cost-effective bets even further up the scale.
For example, with bets where seven selections are made, why not miss out the
trebles and five-timers?
With seven selections, to cover every possible double, treble, four-, five-, six-
and seven-timer involves laying out for 120 bets.
Even if you stake just £50 pence per bet, the whole bet will
If the trebles and five-timers are eliminated only 64 bets remain. At
50 pence per bet you'll be staking just £32.
That's quite a saving, and allows scope for the remaining bets to be staked for more money.
Of course, the drawback is that should all the selections win, the return will be
considerably less than it would be if the bet was placed in its entirety.
That, however, is a risk many punters may feel it is worth taking.
A Multitude Of Possibilities
When it comes to manipulating multiple bets there are plenty of ways
punters can go.
Now you understand the general principle of looking for ways to change these
popular kinds of wager, it's up to you.
By using the table below you can put together your own multiple bets.
For example, with five selections you could have five singles, ten doubles,
ten trebles, five four-folds and a five-fold bet, or you could choose not to place
the doubles or trebles to save money.
By altering multiple bets to suit either your pocket or the level of risk you want
to take you can put together far more cost effective bets with the potential for
earning excellent profits.