What is an Acca?
An ‘acca’, or ‘accumulator‘, is a type of bet which relies on multiple outcomes rather than a single outcome in order to win. Bets within the acca are paid according to the mulitplied odds against each single win payout, resulting in a far bigger payoff for the player – but with a much higher risk. The term ‘acca’ is most associated with sports betting, very common in soccer and horse racing, though accumulator bets appear in many different kinds of gambling.
If a gambler refers to placing an ‘acca’ bet, they mean a wager of two or more selections which are reliant on each other coming off to make the win. Unlike a set of singles bets, the ‘acca’ or ‘accumulator’ results are all tied to each other, and players must win every selection to get any payout at all. For this reason, the acca is a riskier bet, with much longer odds. However, the chance to make a big profit from a small wager makes these acca bets very popular with sports betting fans.
The term often appears in soccer betting, and in other sports where many matches take place over a short period. Players might select their pick for the winner in every match on a particular day, for example, with five teams selected. If they opt to place five singles bets, and one of their picks loses, they have still won four bets. Each winning bet is paid according to the odds for that selection. However, if the player’s five picks are in a ‘acca’ bet and one loses, the whole bet is lost. If all five teams win, the player receives a greatly enhanced payout.
Acca bets are paid according to the win from each singles bet, rather than the original stake. For example, the player’s five teams are all at 2/1 and they bet $1 on each, they get $15 paid out – their $5 overall stake, and their winnings. If they made an acca bet under the same terms, they get a return of $1215 from their $5 bet. Each singles win is staked against the next match, multiplying the potential earnings of the bet significantly.
Some bookmakers will allow the bettor to ‘cash out’ on an acca before the sporting contest has concluded. If an acca result is still to be determined, but the result is looking good for the bettor, a bespoke payout will be offered so the punter can lock in a certain chunk of winnings. This will be less than the potential return, but if a bettor is uncertain about the result or has been given an attractive offer, they may opt to cash out.