System bets & perms explained & strategies
Systems bets explainedSystem bets (which are different from betting systems) are popular because they don’t require all of your selections to win, which is a nice boon when you stand it alongside an accumulator for example (see our Accumulator bets explained & advice page). They offer a little more coverage on your bet and they also run at higher winning percentages. You can think of them as an advanced accumulator.
You can make a system bet out of differing amounts of selections, but for this example we will stick with three selections in a bet and this would be called a 2/3 System Bet because you can create three mini double bets and you only need two of the selections to win to get a return.
The three selections are Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. The three bets in a 2/3 System Bet are
- Bet 1: Liverpool and Manchester United win
- Bet 2: Liverpool and Arsenal win
- Bet 3: Manchester United and Arsenal win
PermsThe basic pro of a System Bet is that you only need some of the selections in a bet to win. obviously the more selections win the better off you will be. You will also find System Bets probably more commonly referred to as Perms betting (permutations). Again, if you have made several selections you can Perm them all together to bet on all the doubles, trebles and accumulators that the number of selections in a bet will allow you. There are more common names for perms (which don’t include single bets).
- Trixie = Four selections, 3 doubles and a treble
- Yankee = Four selections, 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a fourfold acca
- Canadian -= Five selections, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four folds and a five fold acca
- Heinz = Six selections, 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 four folds, 6 five fold and a sixfold acca.
System Bet StrategyThere are so many different ways to play System Bets. Again, even when it comes to accumulators, you don’t have to just pick teams who are going to win. There could be value in picking selections which are likely to draw a game and then shoot for 3 of 6 betting on draws only. Why? Bigger value at the end of the day. Some teams are naturally more inclined to draw matches and they can be a huge asset to your multiple bet types, especially when they are included in full cover bets like a Trixie where other legs of the bet can compensate.
Another System Best strategy would be to shoot for higher selections in a 4/5 System Bet by looking for favourites as your selections. That is because you need more reliable, sensible selections to be paid out on. Look for stronger bets when you are gunning for bigger perms and also refer to your research first. It may not be the best choice to pick an away side who is in form but playing in a heated, unpredictable derby match for example.