What is ‘Full Cover’?
Full cover is a type of bet which combines all available multiple bets over a given number of selections, depending on the type of full cover bet that you choose. Full cover bets are a popular choice because they can mitigate your risk if you have a number of selections with high odds, meaning that if one or two selections lose, there’s a low margin for error – and all is not lost.
As package bets, you have more options to win because not all of your selections have to win for you to get a payout, but you do need to place more bets initially – meaning a larger upfront cost.
‘Full Cover’ Explained
Full cover bets come in a host of different varieties, including ‘Trixie’, ‘Yankee’, ‘Lucky 15’ and ‘Lucky 35’. ‘Lucky’ bets come with singles included and often offer bonus winnings if one or more comes in. One common bonus is double the odds for one winner. Although previously only found at horse and greyhound races, full cover betting is now an option for betting on many different sports, including football.
One downside to full cover betting is that it can be difficult to return a profit, as the cost of the bet is higher to begin with – due to the number of lines. However, there is still a better chance of getting a return with a full cover bet than with an accumulator, as you don’t need all of your results to come in to get a win. One of the simplest full cover bets is a ‘Trixie’, where you place four bets consisting of three doubles and a treble on three selections. If two of your four selections win, you’ll get a pay out. This process escalates as you add more and more selections, ending with the ‘Goliath’, a wager on eight selections that’s made up of 247 separate bets. Again, if two selections win, then you get a return on your investment.