Successful betting accumulators are the holy grail for punters, offering them the opportunity to win life-changing sums of money for small stakes.
They can be fraught with danger, but the additional level of excitement makes them an enticing proposition for people who like betting.
The term ‘accumulator’ generally relates to a bet that involves as least four selections, with each of them needing to be successful in order to secure a winning return.
Read on as we take a closer look at betting accumulators and explain how you can win big on this exciting type of multiple wager.
What is an accumulator?
As previously mentioned, a betting accumulator refers to a bet that features at least four selections, although it is feasible to include many more.
This type of bet is most commonly placed in football or horse racing, with punters putting a few different selections into one bet in the hope of winning big.
A frustrating element of accumulators is the need for every selection to be successful – a last minute equaliser or final fence fall can be tremendously frustrating for punters in these types of bet.
However, many operators now offer ‘acca insurance’, giving punters their stake back as a free bet if just one of their picks lets them down.
How do accumulators work?
Accumulators work by taking the winnings from your first selection and placing them on the second pick. If this is successful the amount rolls over onto the third pick and so on.
A great recent example of an accumulator was a wager placed by Guardian journalist, Barry Glendenning, who predicted four results in the Premier League.
He picked Everton (13/8), Newcastle United (27/10), Arsenal (4/9) and West Ham United (6/1) to win their respective matches and each team was successful.
Glendenning received £982.04 for a £10 stake, highlighting how quickly the returns can mount up in an accumulator. There are many tips available for punters looking to get started with football accumulators.
Magnificent Seven leaves bookies in despair
Horse racing is another sport that lends itself to accumulators and that point was highlighted perfectly back in September 1996.
Top jockey Frankie Dettori famously went through the card at Ascot, riding all seven winners at cumulative SP odds of 25,095/1,
It was a day to remember for casual punters across the country, with many of them combining Frankie’s ride into multiple bets.
The scenes of joy when Fujiyama Crest crossed the line first in the final race were a joy to behold and left many bookies tearing their hair out.
Curley coup proves accas work
Legendary trainer Barney Curley was famed for his long-running battles with the bookies and he hit them hard with a multiple bet in 2014.
He was the driving force between a four-horse betting coup that scooped around £2 million and drew praise from various racing personalities including Martin Pipe and Ian Balding.
The four horses were backed in doubles, trebles and accumulators, although none of them had won since 2010 and two had not raced for more than a year.