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Betting Permutations (Perms)

Betting Permutations (Perms) Explained - © MAK - Fotolia.com

There is a way to find 7 bets from only 3 selections, making use of what have incorrectly become known as permutations or perms. Consider the following 3 selections: Bolton to beat Charlton @ evens, Leeds to beat Liverpool @ 6/4, Southampton to beat Tottenham @ 5/4.

First off, each selection can be taken as a single match bet.

Secondly, there is one treble available at odds of 11.25, calculated by multiplying together the odds for each of the 3 singles (2 x 2.5 x 2.25). However, there are also 3 doubles available too, by “perming” any 2 games from the 3 selections.

Such a series of bets is commonly known as a ‘Patent‘, or a ‘Trixie‘ if the singles are left out leaving only 4 bets. The greater the number of selections to choose from, the greater the number of combinations available. Combinations are not, of course, restricted to doubles. If we wish to choose from 4 matches, there are 6 combinations of doubles and 4 combinations of trebles available, in addition to 1 fourfold and 4 singles.

Betting permutation table

Patent Bet 3 3 1 0 7
Trixie Bet 0 3 1 0 4
Lucky 15 Bet 4 6 4 1 15
Yankee Bet 0 6 4 1 11

Obviously the math for all of this can get pretty complicated and if you want to quickly know you returns then there is no better way than just plugging it all into the betting permutations calculator that we have handy for you on this page. It is a great way to really look at the meat of your wager and of course if you just want to edit and switch things around with different options, it is quick and easy to do and much easier than with a pencil and paper.

Betting permutation calculator


Permutations means the different outcome that you can create for your initial bets. Basically what you are looking at really is creating several different bets from your normal selections. This should be pretty easy to do from the betting slip at your online bookmaker.

Just go through the markets and find your individual selections and add them to your betting slip. It is then inside of the betting slip that you find the options to select your multiple configurations of bets.

Creating perms in betting

So let’s say that you have picked four selections for the day’s horse racing action. Then you will need to understand the options that you have going forward in what you can create from them. From four selections you can create yourself 15 bets, and make yourself a Lucky 15 which is no surprise given the name of the bet itself!

But there one thing to watch for is the difference between just a multiple and a full cover bet multiple. The difference is that the latter one will offer the single bet selections in the wager as well.

To explain this, from your four selections you could create a Yankee bet which has no singles in it, but six doubles, four trebles and one fourfold. From those four same selections you could also create a Lucky 15 white includes the 6 doubles, 4 trebles and fourfold just the same as the Yankee, but it will also include the four singles. Remember though it is extra coverage but it adds four more bets to the wager which will mean more stakes as well. Permutations can be as simple as the three doubles which can be made from three selections.

Benefits of perms

The benefit of football permutations and and betting perms is basically that you don’t need all selections to win in order to return something. For example in a Trixie bet which has those three selections, if one of them were to lose you would still cash in on the one remaining double that would be a winner.

So at least that is offering something back for you. So that is an advantage and the other one of course is that the more winners than you can land in the bet, then bigger and bigger the returns get.

So if you weigh that up compared to a normal accumulator then you have less overall risk on your hands, but whereas in an accumulator you can play something as little as one 20p stake and still win big, because of the extra outlay in stakes that you have to put down on a Lucky 15 you are essentially taking on more risk with the stake as compared to an accumulator.

As with all betting, just fully assess the risk and reward of permutations betting and taty on track with your betting bankroll.

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