System Bets

They are a type of bet similar to the combination, in which the odds of the selected options are combined with each other, allowing you to hit certain combinations without it being necessary to hit all the options.
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Betting systems are a less common form of betting, but remain a very interesting strategy for lovers of combination bets who know their risks of the same.

Basically, combined betting systems are a series of different bets made from a series of simple bets. This definition not have made it clear what systems are, so we will resort to the best way to explain these things, practical examples.

Trixie system

A system based on three simple bets is known as a Trixie, and it would be the smallest of all systems (a minimum of 3 simple bets are needed to make a system). We will use a Trixie as an example:

We have that the victory of Real Madrid is paid at 1.5, the victory of Barcelona is paid at 2, and the victory of Manchester United is paid at 2.5.

In this case, being a trixie, this system would be composed of four combined bets (three doubles and one triple):

  1. Real Madrid (1.5) + Barcelona (2) = 3
  2. Real Madrid (1.5) + Man.Utd (2.5) = 3.75
  3. Barcelona (2) + Man.Utd (2.5) = 5
  4. Real Madrid (1.5) + Barcelona (2) + Man.Utd (2.5) = 7.5

Each bet in the system always carries the same amount of money wagered, and they are usually used with odds above even or close to it, so that in case one of the three bets fails, slight profits can still be made.

Example results
In the example case and betting 10$ on each system combination, if all three results were correct, profits of 152.5$ would be achieved. If Real Madrid failed, profits would be reduced to 10$, while if Barcelona failed, losses of 2.5$ would be incurred, and if Man.Utd failed, losses of 10$ would be incurred. Logically, if two of the bets were failed, or all three, losses would be the total amount bet, 40$.

System types

The trixies are just one of the many systems, as there are more:

  • Trixie: is based on three selections which make four combined bets: three doubles and a treble.
  • Patent: is based on three selections, each comprising three single bets and four combination bets: three doubles and one treble. In total, there are seven bets involved.
  • Yankee: is based on four selections that make eleven combined bets: six doubles, four trebles, and one fourfold.
  • Canadian: is based on five selections that form twenty-six combined bets: ten doubles, ten trebles, five fourfolds, and one fivefold.
  • Heinz: is based on six selections that combine into fifty-seven bets: fifteen doubles, twenty trebles, fifteen fourfolds, six fivefolds, and one sixfold.
  • Super Heinz: is based on seven selections to form one hundred and twenty combined bets: twenty-one doubles, thirty-five trebles, thirty-five fourfolds, twenty-one fivefolds, seven sixfolds, and one sevenfold.
  • Goliath: is based on eight selections that make up two hundred and forty-seven combinations: twenty-eight doubles, fifty-six trebles, seventy quadruples, fifty-six quintuples, twenty-eight sextuples, eight septuples, and one octuple.
  • Lucky 15: based on four selections that make four single bets, six doubles, four trebles, and one quadruple. In total there are fifteen bets, from which the name derives.
  • Lucky 31: is based on five selections that make five single bets, ten doubles, ten triples, five quadruples, and one quintuple. Thirty-one total bets.
  • Lucky 63: is based on six selections that make a total of sixty-three bets: six singles, fifteen doubles, twenty trebles, fifteen quadruples, six quintuples, and one sextuple.


Brian Dekker
Brian Dekker

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    Andres zuñiga

    If I place 10 selections and say that 7 win, how does it work?

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    ROBERTO guevara

    If one makes a bet on 4 selections, do they have to deposit money for each bet to form the trixie?

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