How to Use Four Fold Bets Effectively
Four fold bets are a type of Multiple bet. These are more commonly known as accumulators. This is where several different bets are combined into one bet, allowing for a much greater payout as the odds of each leg are combined. If any one leg of the accumulator bet loses, then the whole bet will lose regardless of the outcomes of the other bets.
4-fold bet explained
A four fold be is a multiple bet where, as the name suggests, there are four different legs. For example you may bet on Arsenal to win at 2/1, Spurs at 3/1, Newcastle at 5/1 and Liverpool at 1/2 then the total odds would be (2 x 3 x 5 x 1.5) 45/1. This is because in effect the first leg winnings (of 2) would placed alongside the original stake, and that amount placed in the next leg of 3, and should that win then the total amount of those two wins is on the next game, etc, etc. This can happen even if all games are being played at the same time.
Pros and Cons of 4-fold bets
The advantage is that you can place (in effect) larger sums of money on events that are taking place at the same time. Potentially it is possible that if the odds are good on an event far in the future and you fear they will be cut, adding them to an accumulator locks in the odds and also ensures a large stake on them (providing the first legs win).
These are tenuous advantages though, in the main there is no real advantage to betting on a 4 fold bet or any other form of accumulator. All you are doing, especially if the bets are over a period of time, is wagering huge sums on just the large leg, a bet many people are very very unlikely to make on its own, however by adding it to an accumulator that is exactly what you are doing. Furthermore the more bets you add the less chance there is each time that you are getting value, and the way this bet is combined with the others just means you are betting large amounts on bad value bets and in the long run you are bound to lose doing this.
Tips to increase your four fold betting success
Not a tip to increase your success as such but a way to mitigate your losses is to place bets who offer concessions and boosts for accumulator bets. Depending on how many legs your multiple bet has a boost of up to 100% can be added, although for 4 folds 5% is closer to the standard. There are also bookmakers who will refund bets if one leg of an accumulator lets you down, which is better than nothing.
Frequently Asked Questions
A four fold from 6 means that you have divided the 6 teams up into 15 (fifteen!) different combinations of four teams. For example you can bet on:
- Teams 1, 2, 3, 4
- Teams 1, 2, 3, 5
- Teams 1, 2, 3, 6
- Teams 1, 2, 4, 5
- Teams 1, 2, 4, 6
Etc, Etc, Etc. There are 15 possible combinations in total.
The best bookmaker will actually depend on who is offering the best odds on your chosen bets on the day. That being said and all other things remaining equal then it is good to note that at BetFair Sportsbook placing a £20 four fold football bet awards you another £5 free bet to use. Alternatively at PaddyPower there is boosted odds, and at WillHill if one leg lets you down you get your money back.