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Understanding Bet Types

There are many different ways of betting on a football match. This guide will outline each type of bet and explain how it works. Understanding every soccer bet option will help make your wagering more profitable.

Match Odds (Money line)

Also known as 1X2, this is the easiest and most common type of bet. You can bet on three different options: home win (1), away win (2) and draw (X).

To give an example from an upcoming World Cup match:

Spain: 1.77
Ukraine: 4.80
Draw: 3.25


First choose a wager amount. If your pick wins you get your bet stake back on top of your winnings. Multiply the odds and your stake to calculate your winnings. For example:

You bet $100 on Spain at odds of 1.77
The bookmaker deducts $100 from your online betting account
If Spain win, you get back your $100 stake, plus your winnings ($100 x 1.77) = $77
The bookie credits your account with $177 and you make a profit of $77
Keep in mind, if you bet on Spain and the game ends in a draw or Ukraine win, the wager loses.

Single

Also known as a straight bet, this is the simplest type of bet: you only have to pick the correct result of one event to win the bet, like in the match odds example above.

Multiple (a.k.a. Parlay, Combo)

A multiple is a bet that combines two or more bets together.

Multiples have bigger returns, but come with more risk since every bet in your multiple has to win. The most popular types of multiples are doubles and trebles.

Double

A double is made up of two bets. Both must win for you to win.

For example, you place a $100 double bet on Spain and England:
Spain 1.77 to beat Ukraine
England 1.64 to beat Paraguay


If Spain and England both win, you get back your $100 stake, plus your winnings ($100 x 1.77 x 1.64) = $290
You make a profit of $190

Treble

A treble is made up of three bets. All three must win for you to win. For example, you place a $100 treble bet on Spain, England and Brazil:

Spain 1.77 to beat Ukraine
England 1.64 to beat Paraguay
Brazil 1.45 to beat Croatia
If Spain, England and Brazil all win, you get back your $100 stake, plus your winnings ($100 x 1.77 x 1.64 x 1.45) = $420
You make a profit of $320

Accumulator
If a multiple includes four or more bets, it's called an accumulator. Don't forget, all bets in a multiple must win, otherwise it loses.

Total Goals (Over/Under)
Also known as Goal Line, you bet on whether the total goals scored by both teams will be over or under 2.5

Correct Score
Pick the final score of the match after 90 minutes of normal time. (Extra time does not count).

First Goal
Pick which team will score the first goal of the match.

Half Time
Pick the result of the game at half time: home win, away win or draw.

Half Time/Full Time
Pick the result of the game at half time and the full time result (home win, away win or draw). Both predictions must be correct to win this bet.

Draw No Bet
Bet on either team to win the match. If the game ends in a draw your stake is refunded.

First Goalscorer
Pick which player, from either team, will score the first goal of the match.

Last Goalscorer
Pick which player, from either team, will score the last goal of the match.

Anytime Goalscorer
Pick which player, from either team, will score a goal anytime during the match.

Scorecast
Pick the first player to score and the final score of the game during normal time. (Extra time does not count). Both predictions must be correct to win this bet.

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