What is a Single?
A single bet is also known as a straight-up bet. It involves placing a wager on a single selection, such as a to-win bet on a team or a number pick at roulette. Unlike combination bets, such as trebles and accumulators, a single bet is won based on one outcome only. The odds on a single bet are often shorter and the resulting payoff is smaller than those gained by the multiplier effect of combo bets, but the risk is lessened as there is only one outcome to worry about.
A bet on a football team to win a match, or a bet on a horse to win a race, is known as a single wager. It differs from a double or treble bet because it only relies on one outcome. If the result is in the bettor’s favor, the stake is returned along with the win amount. Single wagering is most common in sports betting, but other games also have single bets. Roulette, for example, includes a range of combination bets and single bets. Choosing one of the numbers, picking red or black, or going for odds or evens are all examples of single bets. Making the street bet, betting across lines or spreading bets would not qualify as single bets.
Players might also make single bets at craps instead of going for the combination, and single play in Keno means selecting the basic numbers, with no groups or number patterns. Single might also refer to a wager on a slots spin. While many games have multi-line play, a player can choose to focus on the line across the center of the reels: the traditional win line of old-style fruit machines. A single line bet has fewer chances of winning, but action across the win line is exactly the same as any other line on the game screen.