You’ll often see the bookies advertising accumulators as their headline offers such as get “10/1 on Everton, Man Utd and Liverpool Winning”. However why are the bookies so keen for us to bet on accumulators, are they poor value?
Well firstly accumulators are popular. The bookmakers are interested in getting people through the door, rather than advertising a bet that will make them the most money.
Secondly YES accumulators can be poor value, but this depends on what bets you select. If you select two bets at poor value, this poorness will be multiplied. Conversely if you find two bets at good value the value will be multiplied.
Accumulators get a bad rep as a string of bets for example 6 correct scores, is a lottery at best. The returns can however be fantastic for a couple of quid outlay. Most importantly they are a lot of fun.
For a while I bet a lot of doubles, but I found the profitability was low, when compared to singles. This is of course personal experience and I think their is room for accumulators if bet wisely.
A great thing to do is look for concessions on accumulators. The best one I’ve seen is betfair’s Acca Edge. This is available on Trebles and above and will give you your stake back in cash if one leg lets you down. And let’s face it this happens A LOT! Of course nothing is free in this life so betfair will reduce the odds of your treble slightly.
This conception is similar to split bets in Asian Handicaps and if played right can be very profitable.
Take for instance a treble involving 3 bets with two you are fairly certain of the outcome and one that is a gamble but irresistable at the odds. The insurance of getting your money back could be a great thing for your long term profits.
To check out betfairs acca edge see below: