We’ve covered Yankees previously. A yankee is basically a bet that expands on a four fold accumulator where every selection has to win for your bet to be a winner. As opposed to accumulators with a yankee your bet is instead split into various different bets (11 bets from 4 selections -> 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 four-fold.). With a Super Yankee, also known as a Canadian, 5 selections are involved, so as I’m sure you can understand the number of bets increases too. The 5 selections amount to a total of 26 bets. 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-folds plus 1 five-fold.
This is of course a considerable number of bets and so is not as focused financially or in intent as an accumulator. It’s a bet that you could go for perhaps if you’re quietly confident in your selections but at the same time appreciate that they’re not all that likely to ‘realistically’ come up. Personally, I like the ‘edge of your seat’ nature of accumulator bets, even five folds, but it’s understandable of course that some like to see at least some return if they’re ‘close to’ right, rather than 100% on the button. For those punters with that way of thinking, a Lucky 15 is a Canadian aka a Super Yankee is a decent option.
As part of our series covering different types of multiple bets (we’ve covered doubles, trebles and accumulators) it’s time to talk yankees. A yankee is essentially a combination of all of these bets types. It consists of 11 bets: 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a four-fold accumulator and is a popular sports bet, especially in horse racing.
It’s the kind of bet that will appeal to someone who is either having a lucky punt at four selections, or is confident of say two or three of them, but at the same time realises how difficult it is in reality to pull off a four fold accumulator. With a yankee bet even if you don’t tick every box, you can still benefit from two or three wins.
Say for instance that one of your results disappointed, but you gained three winners, well you would still win on four of your eleven bets (three doubles and a treble). For a breakdown of the 11 bets that make up a yankee bet see below:
Yankee Bet Breakdown
||How Many Bets?
||ab, ac, ad, bc, bd, cd
||abc, abd, acd, bcd
Adding another selection (so 5 instead of 4) makes the bet a super yankee resulting in a total of 26 bets (10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-fold’s and a five-fold accumulator). Add the 5 single bets to that and you have what is known as a Lucky 31 (31 bets in total). With both yankees and super yankees even if you’re a fan of betting on favourites, you stand to make a good return should the wins start rolling in.
A retired accountant from Royton put his numbers skills to good use when he turned a paltry £1 bet into a sizable £60,000 return.
Peter Titman, 62, had picked 5 horses in races taking place at York as part of a ‘Lucky 31’ accumulator bet (A lucky 31 bet bet consists of 5 single bets, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-folds and 1 five-fold bet – 31 bets in total). The ecstastic Titman (oh my!) thanked his old uncle George for getting him interested in numbers at a very young age.
Peter, a lifelong Oldham fan, went on to rib the founder of BetFred Fred Done, who is a Manchester United fan. He said: “I’m an Oldham fan and we were relegated after failing to match Rochdale’s result on the last day of the season, so taking £58,000 off a big United fan like Fred has cheered me up.”
The Betfred owner jokingly replied: “Thanks Peter you really are trying to rub it in aren’t you. You empty my pockets then mock my waning allegiance to mighty Manchester United.”
His race winnings were in fact £38,901, but BetFred customers receive bonus if they are able to pick five winners and so that also factored into his windfall. So yet another reason to celebrate.
After picking up his winnings at his local bookmaker, Peter kept it pretty lowkey, with a pint at the pub with his mates and then a chinese. He plans to take a well deserved holiday with family.