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How to Place an Accumulator Online & in a Bookies

July 14, 2018 9:00 am Published by

Ah the Accumulator – the noble Acca – probably one of my favourite bets. It can be used to string together a series of low odds selections into one meaty bet without having to lay down a crazy stake. At the other end of the spectrum, for us dreamers, you can piece together the most outlandish bet and stake 50p to win £10,000 or more.

It’s this versatility that makes the accumulator a favourite of both the rookie and the seasoned punter. But how exactly does it work, and how do you place one – both online and in a high street bookies shop?

In this article we’re going to get right into the guts of an Acca, have a good rummage around and see what we can find out about this king of bets.

How To Place An Acca Online

The first thing you need to understand is how to actually put on an accumulator. Now, they are relatively straightforward bets, however they are a little more involved than a standard “to win” style of bet. Because of that, we’re going to run through how to place one, starting with how to do one online.

For simplicity sake we’re using Betvictor in this example, but the general method is true across all online bookies when you’re using their websites. Apps can differ a bit more between the various bookmakers, but once you have the basics you’re all ready to go.

    Accumulator Bet

  1. Start by logging into your account. What do you mean you don’t have an account? Right, go set up an account. Oh, and make sure to check out their welcome offer if you’re new.
  2. Are we in? Cool. So just remember that we are using Betvictor as the example here, so it may be slightly different with other sites. The first step is to find the sport you want to bet on. We want football, so we look to the navigation menu located to the left.
  3. You will now see the main screen fill with a host of options, with matches and competitions all neatly lined up. Click on the league you want – the Premier League for example.
  4. You will see a list of fixtures flash up, with odds next to each team for a win (and draw odds in the middle). Click on as many as you like to add to the bet slip.
  5. Open the bet slip once you’ve made all your selections and check that you have the right ones. Toward the bottom of the slip you’ll see a tab marked “Multiples” Select the Accumulator option (the / 1 option) and then enter the amount of money you want to stake in the Stake Box.
  6. Hit the big green ‘Place Bets Now’ button and wait for the money to roll in.

How To Place An Accumulator In A High Street Bookies

You can also kick it old school and lay your bet down in an actual betting shop, having to talk to real life human beings.

    Betting Shop Accumulator Slip

  1. Locate your nearest shop. Depending on where you live this could be harder or easier.
  2. Having found it, dodge the old fart having a roll up in the doorway and go inside. You now have two options open to you, and it’s really going to depend on the sport and the type of bet you want to do. Here we go then…
  3. If you want to do a straightforward bet on football, the process is simple. Inside the bookie shop there will be a range of A4 sized sheets of paper covering popular football bets. Look through them and you will find one that lists all the games being played on a set day. They will usually cover (providing the it’s a full fixture list) everyone in England from the Premier League to League 2 and in Scotland everyone from SPL to Scottish League 2.
  4. Grab a sheet and fistful of free pens and either retire to the nearest pub or take a seat at a table (warning – the table will be sticky, no one will know why). Mark your selections as instructed, enter your stake in the bottom corner and hand over your sheet and money at the counter.
  5. It’s also possible to request odds on some more obscure bets. In this instance, simply fill in a betting slip with the bet you want – say over 12 corners in the West Ham game, less than 4 yellows in the Arsenal game. Take it to the desk and the counter staff will ring head office for odds. Be aware, they don’t take on every bet you ask for, and the more obscure it is the less likely they’ll bother.
  6. Hand over your stake amount, get your slip verified and you’re good to go.


How Does an Accumulator Work?
An Acca works like a snowball rolling down a hill. Say you have 3 selections (called a treble). When you place the bet, all the money goes on bet 1. If it wins, the original stake and all the money roll down onto bet 2 and so on. It doesn’t necessarily have to go in that order, especially if the bets come in out of the order on your betslip.

All the selections have to come in for the full bet to pay out. However, because of their nature Accumulators can be prime candidates for a well-timed cash-out, so keep an eye on them.

What is a Five Fold Accumulator?
You need a minimum of two bets to make an Acca. A two bet version is called a double, one with three bets is called a treble. After that they move in Fold territory.

So a four bet Acca is called a Four Fold meaning that a Five Fold bet is – that’s right – an accumulator bet with 5 selections in it.

Accumulator vs Full Cover: Which is Better?
A full cover bet splits your stake over multiple bets that cover all eventualities. It means you are far more likely to see a return however because the risk is much lower, so is the return.

So if you want to play it safe, Full Cover is better. If you want to win more money (and take more risk) an accumulator is the winner.