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Combined bets

When it comes to making our bets, the possibilities we have are almost endless. The bookmakers offer us a lot of sports, sporting events and markets within each event so that we find the bet that convinces us and make our selection. And within all these options we find the combination bets, which combine several bets and have a great success in both players and bookmakers, who often offer promotions as insurance or bonuses for combining selections.

What is a combined bet?

The world of betting is divided into two major types: single bets and combined bets. A simple bet is one in which only a selection intervenes, for example the winner of a tennis match or an over / under bet on the number of goals of a football match. In contrast, in combination bets more than one selection is involved, for example the winner of the tennis match plus the number of goals.

The key of the combined bets is that the odds of the selections are multiplied, hence the prize is higher. However, it is necessary to guess all the selections of the bet so that this one is winning, for that reason that the more variables include the combined bet the more difficult it will be that it goes ahead. The higher the risk, the greater the potential gains obtained so the bettor will have to look for the balance between risk and profits.

Generally, the combined bets have to include markets of different events although it is certain that many bookies begin to offer special combinations where the player can select markets of the same event. This is what happens, for example, with Bwin’s “Build your bet”, Betfair’s “Combi match” or Bet365’s “Create bet”.

Types of bets combined

When making your combined bets, you can include as many selections as you want. Of course, bookmakers can set a limit of selections, which is usually at 12, a very important figure. As you add selections to your betting slip you will see that several options appear next to the so-called “multiplication factor”, which is the number of bets we make. The units to be played are multiplied by that number. For example, betting a unit with a factor of x3 means that you are playing 3 units. Let’s see it a little better:

Combined bet of 2 or double

As its name suggests, a combined bet of two is one in which we only have two selections. Calculating the odds is as simple as multiplying the odds of both selections. It is the safest combined betting method, since we only have to guess two bets to be valid. On the ticket, the bet will appear as “double” with the multiplication factor 1 (x1). This means that we make only one bet.

Combined bet of 3 or triple

If we add a third selection to the betting slip, we are making a triple combination in which the three selections must be correct to collect it. In the ticket you will see that the word “triple” appears with a multiplication factor x1. However, within that triple bet you can also combine the events with each other so that they form doubles (multiplication factor x3) so if a selection fails we do not lose the entire bet. Another option for combined bets of 3 selections is the trixie, which includes the triple and the three possible doubles among all the selections.

Combined system bet

The trixie does not stop being a system bet, bets where a series of selections are combined and several bets are made combining all bets with each other. There are up to seven types of system bets:

Trixie: 4 bets combining 3 selections. There are three doubles and one triple, and we need to hit two forecasts to achieve benefits.
Patent: 7 bets combining 3 selections. There are three simple, three double and one triple, and it is enough to hit a forecast to achieve benefits.
Yankee: 11 bets combining 4 selections. There are six doubles, four triples and a quadruple, and we need to hit two forecasts to make a profit.
Super Yankee or Canadian: 26 bets combining 5 selections. There are 10 doubles, 10 triples, 5 quadruples and a quintuple, it is enough to hit two forecasts to achieve benefits.
Heinz: 57 bets combining 6 selections. There are 15 doubles, 20 triples, 15 quadruples, 6 quintuples and a sextupke, we can achieve benefits with two successes.
Super Heinz: 120 bets combining 7 selections. There are 21 doubles, 35 triples, 35 quadruples, 21 quintuples, seven sextuples and one sevenfold, we need to hit two selections to achieve benefits.
Goliath: 247 bets combining 8 selections. There are 28 doubles, 56 triples, 70 quadruples, 56 quintuples, 28 sextuples, eight septuples and one eightfold, with two hits we can achieve benefits.
Lucky 15: 15 bets combining 4 selections. To the 11 bets of the Yankee there are 4 simple bets.
Lucky 31: 31 bets combining 5 selections. To the 26 bets of the Canadian or Super Yankee 5 simple bets are added.
Lucky 63: 63 bets combining six selections. At 57 Heinz bets there are 6 simple bets.

How to make a combined bet

Making a combined bet is very easy. Just log in and go to the events that we want to combine. Each time you select a market, this will be added to the ticket and we will see both the different types of combined bets that we can make as the multiplication factor and the odds. We just have to enter the amount to play and we will see the cost of the bet and the possible winnings we will get.

It is possible that while you add selections to your betting ticket, messages or icons appear on the possibility of cash out and close the bet ahead of time to ensure gains or add insurance in case a selection fails. Once we have completed the betting ticket with all the selections that we want to combine, the type of combination and the money that we are going to bet we only have to place the bet.

Safe combination bets, are there?

Based on the premise that 100% secure bets do not exist, it seems difficult to justify the existence of secure combined bets. As we have said, as you add selections to a combined bet the risk is greater since any failure ends up ruining the entire bet. System bets help to minimize the risk, since we can obtain certain benefits by failing some selection but it is also true that the investment will be greater.

A fairly common strategy is to combine somewhat low odds, which by themselves are not interesting but combined with others are more interesting. For example, 1.40 odds selection has a 71% exit option and 1.40 € odds one has a 77% chance. By themselves they do not tell us anything, but if we combine them we have 1.82 odds that starts to be interesting and with something more than 70% chance that it can come out.

If we talk about safe combined bets we must also talk about the “Banker”, a selection that we take for granted and that will be present in all the combinations we make from a certain number of selections. This allows us to reduce the number of system bets, although if you fail the banker you have lost all the combined. For example, in a bet of 4 selections (A, B, C and D) we choose the selection A as a banker, and we bet AxB, AxC and AxD, but not BxC, for example.

Pros and cons of combination bets

As you may have deduced throughout this guide, the combination bets have many advantages, but also their drawbacks. It is not exclusive to this type of betting, but also simple bets have their pros and cons. The same goes for the different betting markets, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. Before continuing with a combined bet you have to assess the pros and cons you have.


We can obtain great benefits
Great variety of types of combined bets to choose from
They allow to draw value to the lowest odds
They are more exciting than simple bets
Many bookies offer insurance and promotions


The more selections you include, the more risk
We can be carried away by odds
Lower odds can fool you
You have to thoroughly analyze each bet
Bad long-term gaming system

10 tips for your multiple bets

Making combined bets is very easy, the tricky thing is to hit. Below you will find a series of 10 tips to make your bets combined, 10 tricks you should know before taking risks and that can help us achieve significant profits.

How many selections do I include in my combined bet? It is the million dollar question, and there is no magic formula that allows us to know. It all depends on your bettor profile and the odds to which you aspire, but in general it is not recommended to put more than 5 selections in the same combination. If with 3 or 4 selections you achieve the ideal odds, go ahead. It is always better to combine two of 3 or 4 selections than one of 6.

Do not get excited about odds: As you add selections to the combination, you will see how your combined share grows. A very common mistake is to continue adding selections so that the odds continue to increase, without being fully aware of the risks involved.

Do not trust the low odds: Just as we will not get excited as the odds go up, we will not do so either by adding low-fee selections to “secure” the combined bet. True, the combination is a way to take advantage of bets with low odds, but we can also fail. Before placing the bet, make sure it is worth adding a selection with very low odds.

Beware of the markets that you include in the combination: If the bet on 1X2 offers us a good share in the combined, why are we going to include a handicap that adds risk? We will always try to use the most likely markets, although the odds are somewhat lower.

Combine different events: A common mistake is to include a lot of selections from the same event, for example La Liga or Roland Garros, in the same combination. If you focus on the same tournament, you have more options to lose. Find out about other tournaments and events and you will have more chances to win.

Never include the same selection in two combos: It is the “do not put all eggs in the same basket” version applied to bets. A very common mistake is to include the same one, of which we are very sure, in several combinations. Although the rest of the selections are different, it is enough to fail that selection to lose all the bets.

Treat all selections as a simple bet: Find out about all the selections, analyze the precedents, the status of each team or player, the physical state, the calendar … You have to treat each selection of a combined bet as if it were a simple bet and So decide if you enter or not. Do not limit yourself to look at the odds, observe all the details that may affect your development.

Take advantage of promotions: Most bookmakers offer promotions that add more interest to the combined ones, and that we can take advantage of. Generally we talk about the return of the bet in the form of free bet if we fail by a selection or an increase in the odds as we add selections – which brings us back to the second point.

Are you interested in holding until the end? Virtually all bookmakers offer us the option of cashout, so why should we wait until the end to cash? If you have the opportunity to close the bet before the last selection is settled, study if you are interested in closing it before the hour to ensure gains and minimize risks. For this you can leave the odds at low selection for the end.

Remember, the normal thing is to lose the bet: At all times you have to keep your feet on the ground and be realistic. The most common in these bets is to fail, so at all times you should know that there is little chance of success. It is something to take into account, especially when choosing the amount to bet. Being conservative with the stake is a virtue.

Best bookmakers for combination bets

Any bookmaker will allow us to make our bets combined, although it is also true that the odds of the same combination can be significantly different between one bookmaker and another. Our advice is to play in more than one bookmaker, which will help us to find both the best combination and the best promotions. For example, insurance such as the Betfair Edge Insurance, which in exchange for a small reduction in the fee is returned to us in the form of real money if we only fail a selection.

Bookies like Bet365 raise our share a bit as we add selections.


At this point, does it make sense to make combination bets or do we prefer simple bets? Logically, if you are looking for security a simple bet is better but a combined bet keeps the emotion alive longer and will always offer us more interesting odds. The key is to find the balance between the risk and the odds, and if you are able to find it, you will have more options for your combos to go ahead. Following a good betting strategy will be key.

In any case, we must take into account that we should treat each selection as an individual bet, both at the level of prior research and of conviction at the time of making the selection. If you’re not totally sure you can get out, better eliminate that selection from your combine. Do not lose sight of the promotions and possibilities of closing the bet, which will always be more interesting in the combined than in the simple bets.