Sports Betting Glossary

Single/Straight
A single or straight is a bet on 1 selection. Your selection must be successful to have a return.

Double
A double, round robin or 2 play parlay is 1 bet involving 2 selections in different events. Both selections must be successful for the bet to win, with returns from the first reinvested on the second.

Treble
A treble or 3 play parlay is 1 bet involving 3 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Returns from the first are reinvested on the second and then onto the third.

Four-fold
A four-fold or 4 play parlay is 1 bet involving 4 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections. Arsenal, Sir Percy, Fernando Alonso and Tiger Woods would all have to win for the bet to be successful.

Five-fold
A five-fold or 5 play parlay is 1 bet involving 5 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections.

Six-fold
A six-fold or 6 play parlay is 1 bet involving 6 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections.

Seven-fold
A seven-fold or 7 play parlay is 1 bet involving 7 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections.

Eight-fold
An eight-fold or 8 play parlay is 1 bet involving 8 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections.

Nine-fold
A nine-fold or 9 play parlay is 1 bet involving 9 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections.

Ten-fold
A ten-fold or 10 play parlay is 1 bet involving 10 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections.

Eleven-fold
An eleven-fold or 11 play parlay is 1 bet involving 11 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections.

Twelve-fold
A twelve-fold or 12 play parlay is 1 bet involving 12 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections.

Thirteen-fold
A thirteen-fold or 13 play parlay is 1 bet involving 13 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections.

Fourteen-fold
A fourteen-fold or 14 play parlay is 1 bet involving 14 selections in different events. All selections must be successful for the bet to win. Winning returns are reinvested on successive selections.

Trixie
A trixie consists of 4 bets involving 3 selections in different events, 3 doubles and 1 treble. Any two winning selections guarantee a return. If any 2 of your selections win, 1 of the double bets gives a return. If all 3 of your selections win, all 3 of the doubles, and the treble give a return.

Patent
A patent consists of 7 bets involving 3 selections in different events, 3 singles, 3 doubles and 1 treble. Any one winning selection guarantees a return. If any 1 of your selections wins, 1 of the single bets gives a return. If any 2 selections win, 2 of the single bets and 1 of the doubles give a return. If all 3 selections win, then all 3 singles, all 3 doubles and the treble give a return.

Permed Patent
A permed patent involves between 4 and 6 selections, with the patent being made up of all the possible combinations of three different selections. The permed patent would be 28 bets (4 individual patents)

Singles    Doubles    Trebles
Patent 1- a, b, c    a, b, c    ab, ac, bc    a, b, c
Patent 2 – a, b, d    a, b, d    ab, ad, bd    a, b, d
Patent 3 – a, c, d    a, c, d    ad, ac, cd    a, c, d
Patent 4 – b, c, d    b, c, d    bd, cd, bc    b, c, d

Yankee
A yankee consists of 11 bets involving 4 selections in different events, 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 four-fold. Any two winning selections guarantee a return. If any 2 of your selections win, 1 of the doubles gives a return. If any 3 selections win, 3 of the double bets and 1 of the trebles give a return. If all 4 selections win, then all 6 doubles, 4 trebles and the four-fold give a return.
Permed Yankee
A permed yankee involves 5 or 6 selections in different events; the yankee bets are made up of the possible combinations of four different selections.

The permed yankee would be 55 bets (5 individual yankee bets)

Doubles    Trebles    Four-Folds
Yankee 1 – a,b,c,d    ab,ac,ad,bc,bd,cd    abc,abd,acd,bcd    abcd
Yankee 2 – a,b,c,e    ab,ac,ae,bc,be,ce    abc,abe,ace,bce    abce
Yankee 3 – a,b,d,e    ab,ae,ad,be,bd,ed    abd,abe,ade,bde    abde
Yankee 4 – a,c,d,e    ae,ac,ad,ec,ed,cd    acd,ace,ade,cde    acde
Yankee 5 – b,c,d,e    eb,ec,ed,bc,bd,cd    bcd,bce,bde,cde    bcde

Lucky 15
A lucky 15 consists of 15 bets involving 4 selections in different events, 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 four-fold. Any one winning selection guarantees a return.

If any 1 of your selections wins, 1 of the single bets gives a return. If any 2 of your selections win, 2 of the single bets and 1 of the doubles give a return. If any 3 selections win, 3 of the singles, 3 of the doubles and 1 of the trebles give a return. If all 4 selections win, then all 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles and the four-fold give a return.

Lucky 15 bonuses apply to all sports and bet types, with the exception of US Sports, Numbers betting (Lottos etc), Goals Over/Under, Asian Handicaps, Goal Line and 2-way handicap betting on Rugby; and Horse racing Tote and Pari-mutuel bets. All selections must run at odds of 1/9 or longer for bonuses and consolations to apply. For 1 winner only, we pay double the odds.

Super Yankee
A super yankee consists of 26 bets involving 5 selections in different events, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-folds and 1 five-fold. Any two winning selections guarantee a return.

Lucky 31
A lucky 31 consists of 31 bets involving 5 selections in different events, 5 singles, 10 doubles, 10 trebles and 5 four-folds and 1 five-fold. Any one winning selection guarantees a return.

Lucky 31 bonuses apply to all sports and bet types, with the exception of US Sports, Numbers betting (Lottos etc), Goals Over/Under, Asian Handicaps, Goal Line and 2-way handicap betting on Rugby; and Horse racing Tote and Pari-mutuel bets. All selections must run at odds of 1/9 or longer for bonuses and consolations to apply. For 1 winner only, we pay double the odds. If all 5 selections win we pay a 20% bonus on total returns. (N.B. Bonuses are not paid on place parts of each-way bets).

Heinz
A heinz consists of 57 bets involving 6 selections in different events, 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 four-folds, 6 five-folds and 1 six-fold. Any two winning selections guarantee a return.

Lucky 63
A lucky 63 consists of 63 bets involving 6 selections in different events, 6 singles, 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 four-folds, 6 five-folds and 1 six-fold. Any one winning selection guarantees a return. Lucky 63 bonuses apply to all sports and bet types, with the exception of US Sports, Numbers betting (Lottos etc), Goals Over/Under, Asian Handicaps, Goal Line and 2 way handicap betting on Rugby; and Horse racing Tote and Pari-mutuel bets. All selections must run at odds of 1/9 or longer for bonuses and consolations to apply. For 1 winner only, we pay double the odds. If all 6 selections win we pay a 25% bonus on total returns. If 5 selections win we pay a 10% bonus on the total returns. (N.B. Bonuses are not paid on place parts of each-way bets).

Quinella
A quinella is a single pool bet based on two selections in the same race. The selections can finish 1st and 2nd in any order for the bet to win. Should a quinella bet contain a non-runner, the bet will be void.

Alphabet
An alphabet consists of 26 bets involving 6 selections in different events, 2 patents (14 bets), 1 yankee (11 bets), and 1 six-fold (1 bet). Any one winning selection guarantees a return. Bonuses are offered on alphabets, when the selections are horses or greyhounds (not ante-post) or correct scores on soccer. If all 6 selections win we pay a 10% bonus on total returns. (N.B. Bonuses are not paid on place parts of each-way bets). All selections must run at odds of 1/9 or longer for bonuses to apply.

Super Heinz
A super heinz consists of 120 bets involving 7 selections in different events, 21 doubles, 35 trebles, 35 four-folds, 21 five-folds, 7 six-folds and 1 seven-fold. Any two winning selections guarantee a return.

Goliath
A goliath consists of 247 bets involving 8 selections in different events, 28 doubles, 56 trebles, 70 four-folds, 56 five-folds, 28 six-folds, 8 seven-folds and 1 eight-fold. Any two winning selections guarantee a return.

Block
A block is a full cover bet involving 9, 10, 11 or 12 selections. All possible doubles, trebles and upward are included in a block. Any two winning selections guarantee a return.
Union Jack
A union jack bet involves 9 selections in different events, written out as follows to form 8 groups of 3.

3 horizontal lines (1-2-3 / 4-5-6 / 7-8-9)
3 vertical lines (1-4-7 / 2-5-8 / 3-6-9)
and 2 diagonals (1-5-9 / 3-5-7)

1    2    3
4    5    6
7    8    9

Each group of 3 can be staked as trebles, patents or trixies. Therefore union jack trebles consist of 8 bets from 9 selections, union jack patents consist of 56 bets from 9 selections and union jack trixies consist of 32 bets from 9 selections.

Bonuses are offered on union jacks, when the selections are horses or greyhounds (not ante-post) or correct scores on soccer. All selections must run at odds of 1/9 or longer for bonuses to apply.

2 successful win trebles – 10% added to win returns
3 successful win trebles – 20% added to win returns
4 successful win trebles – 30% added to win returns
5 successful win trebles – 40% added to win returns
6 successful win trebles – 50% added to win returns
8 successful win trebles – 100% added to win returns

Forecast Betting
Forecast betting involves predicting 1st and 2nd places in a horse or greyhound race. Forecast dividends are declared after each race, based on starting prices and quoted to a £1 stake.

Straight forecast (sfc)
A straight forecast is 1 bet involving 2 selections in the same race to finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order.

Reversed forecast (rfc)
A reversed forecast is 2 bets involving 2 selections in the same race to finish 1st and 2nd in either order.

Straight forecast double
A straight forecast double is 1 bet, like a standard double, involving 2 straight forecasts across 2 races. Both forecasts must be successful for the bet to win, with returns from the first reinvested on the second.

Combination forecast (cfc)
A combination forecast involves 3 or more selections in the same race, with any 2 to finish 1st and 2nd in any order to give a return.

The table below shows the 6 possible winning outcomes to this bet.

1    2    3    4    5    6
Result    a-b    a-c    b-a    b-c    c-a    c-b

The return would be five times the forecast dividend.

The number of bets in a combination forecast is calculated by multiplying the number of selections by the preceding number e.g. for 3 selections, number of bets is 3 x 2 = 6.

Combination tricasts
A combination tricast involves 3 or more selections in the same race, with any 3 to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in any order, to give a return.

Any 3 of the 4 selections must finish in the first 3 places. The return would be £1 multiplied by the tricast dividend.

The number of bets in a combination tricast is calculated by multiplying the number of selections by it’s two preceding numbers e.g. for 4 selections, number of bets is 4 x 3 x 2 = 24.

Showcast
A showcast is a fixed price forecast or tricast, based on our early prices or show from the racecourse. Available on UK and Irish horses, and Greyhounds.

Teaser
A teaser is 1 bet involving 2 or more point spread or game total selections on football and basketball. A fixed number of points are bought or sold on all selections in the teaser. Pay out odds are fixed depending on the number of teams and the number of points bought or sold. All selections must be successful for the bet to win.

Buying points is simply changing the handicap and also the potential payout.

If bet
An If bet is 1 bet involving 2 to 12 straight play selections joined by a condition. There are two types: – (1) ‘Single Action’ where the player will have action on the second straight bet if the first play wins only, and so on in the chain of plays; (2) ‘Double Action’ where the player will have action on the second play only if the first play wins, ties, or the game is cancelled, and so on in the chain. Wherever there is a loser, the bet stops.

Reversed Exacta
A reversed exacta is 2 bets involving 2 selections in the same race to finish 1st and 2nd in either order.

Should an exacta bet contain a non-runner, the bet will be void.

Trifecta
A trifecta is a pool bet which involves predicting 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the same race. To be a succesful bet, the selections must finish in the exact order predicted. Should a trifecta bet contain a non-runner, the bet will be void.

Combination Trifecta
A combination trifecta is a pool bet bet which involves predicting 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the same race. To be a succesful bet, the selections can finish in any order. Should a trifecta bet contain a non-runner, the bet will be void.

Superfecta
A superfecta is a pool bet which involves predicting 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the same race. To be a succesful bet, the selections must finish in the exact order predicted. Should a superfecta bet contain a non-runner, the bet will be void.

Combination Superfecta
A combination superfecta is a pool bet which involves predicting 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the same race. To be a succesful bet, the selections can finish in any order. Should a superfecta bet contain a non-runner, the bet will be void.

Straight forecast treble
A straight forecast treble is 1 bet, like a standard treble, involving 3 straight forecasts across 3 races. All 3 forecasts must be successful for the bet to win, with returns from the first reinvested on the second and then onto the third.

Straight forecast patent
A straight forecast patent is 7 bets, like a standard patent, involving 3 straight forecasts across 3 races. The bet includes 3 singles, 3 doubles and 1 treble. Any one winning forecast guarantees a return.

Straight forecast yankee
A straight forecast yankee is 11 bets, like a standard yankee, involving 4 straight forecasts across 4 races. The bet includes 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 four-fold. Any two winning forecasts guarantee a return.

Reversed forecast double
A reversed forecast double is 4 bets, involving 2 reversed forecasts across 2 races. Both reversed forecasts must be successful for the bet to win, with returns from the first reinvested on the second.

The following table shows how there are 4 possible winning outcomes to this bet.

1    2    3    4
Race 1    a-b    a-b    b-a    b-a
Race 2    c-d    d-c    c-d    d-c

Any of the above combinations across the 2 races makes the double a winner.

Reversed forecast treble
A reversed forecast treble is 8 bets, involving 3 reversed forecasts across 3 races. All 3 reversed forecasts must be successful for the bet to win, with returns from the first reinvested on the second and then onto the third.

£5 reversed forecast treble. (8 unit stakes @ £5, total stakes £40)

The following table shows how there are 8 possible winning outcomes to this bet.

1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
Race 1    a-b    a-b    b-a    b-a    a-b    a-b    b-a    b-a
Race 2    c-d    d-c    c-d    d-c    c-d    d-c    c-d    d-c
Race 3    e-f    f-e    e-f    f-e    f-e    e-f    f-e    e-f
Combination forecast doubles and trebles
These involve combination forecasts across 2 races (doubles) or 3 races (trebles). Each combination forecast must be successful for the bet to win, with returns reinvested on subsequent selections.

The total number of bets in a cfc double or cfc treble is calculated by multiplying the number of bets in each cfc together.

Tricast betting
Tricast betting involves predicting 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in a horse or greyhound race. Tricasts are only available on handicap horse races with eight or more runners and featured greyhound race meetings.

Tricast dividends are declared after each race, based on starting prices and quoted to a £1 stake.

Straight tricasts (stc)
A straight tricast is 1 bet involving 3 selections in the same race to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order.

Reverse If bet
A Reverse If bet is 2 bets involving 2 to 12 straight play selections joined by conditions. Like a regular If bet, but the chain runs 2 ways, both down the betting slip and up the betting slip making two bets. Both ‘Single’ and ‘Double Action’ are available. Wherever there is a loser, the bet stops.

Not to Win (Lay bet)
Betting on a horse to not win their race.

Exacta
An exacta is a pool bet involving 2 selections in the same race, predicting 1st and 2nd place in the correct order.

Tote Swinger
A Toteswinger bet is when you select two horses to finish in the first three places. These bets are accepted in races of six or more runners nominated by Tote direct.