What is an Accumulator Calculator?
An Accumulator Calculator is a simple tool used by many websites to help you calculate the potential earnings from an accumulator bet. An accumulator bet is effectively one bet made up of several smaller bets, with odds which increase greatly as a result.
Using a bet calculator, you can find out exactly how much you stand to earn by putting in the odds of the bets which comprise the accumulator, as well as your stake.
Accumulator Calculators Explained
To use this type of calculator, you will need to enter in all the odds of the constituent bets. After this, you simply enter your stake, and the calculator will take care of the maths for you and tell you how much you will earn in the event that all of the bets in the accumulator win.
Online bookmakers will generally have a built-in calculator which, once you enter your stake, will tell you your potential winnings before you place your bet. However, you may still prefer to use a specialist calculator to compare different bookmakers or to use in a bricks-and-mortar betting shop.
In certain sports such as horse racing, these calculators will generally have other options – for example, whether or not the bet is each way, and whether it is Win-to-win, place to place or equally divided. If you’re betting each way, you’ll also need to put in the place odds, which differ from bookmaker to bookmaker. Finally, ‘Rule 4’ deductions can be accounted for, in the event that other horses pull out of the race your horse wins or places in – again, these can vary from bookmaker to bookmaker, making the calculators particularly useful for racing.
Most calculators will only work for ‘normal’ accumulators – for full cover bets such as a Heinz or Goliath, however, there are other calculators to help you work out your return for each potential outcome.