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Systems bets explained

System bets & perms explained

System 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

So you can see from that example that just two of the selections are needed to win something. If Arsenal and Liverpool both win, but Manchester United don’t then you would get a return from Bet 2. Again, if you had just picked all three to win in an accumulator you would have no return. You can generate different betting possibilities the more selections that are selected for a system bet. A 2/4 Perm means that you will get something back if two of your four selections win. Choosing six selections, for example, gives you options of going for 2/6, 3/6, 4/6 or 5/6. A 2/6 system gives you fifteen doubles from the six selections, a 3/6 gives you twenty trebles and so on. System bets can get a little time consuming to figure out when it comes to winnings, so use the great system bet calculator at Online Betting.me.uk to help you figure out a ptoenteial return.


The 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.

Incidentally, there are 57 bets in a Heinz, which is why the Heinz company have used 57 varieties in their company identity!

System Bet Strategy

There 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.

Pros and cons of System Bets

The coverage that is placed on System Bets is great and more valuable than shooting for an accumulator. You are eliminating the need for all sections to win to get something back instead of a Hail Mary gamble on an accumulator. Of course because you are you are perming bets, you need a stake for each of the bets which means that you will be putting more stake out there. Make sure it’s all within your betting bankroll.