trixieTo the average person on the street ‘Trixie’ likely sounds like either a word that Golem from Lord of the Rings would utter at the edge of a volcano, or something that national treasure magician Paul Daniels would’ve shouted out during his hayday. However of course those who hang around betting offices a bit too often will be able to reliably inform you that a Trixie is in fact a type of bet.

For those still drawing a complete blank I’ll explain further. A Trixie is not dissimilar to a 4-fold accumulator (a bet where you need all 4 of your selections to win with no exception). The difference with a trixie bet is that you cover every combination within that four fold bet, so every win counts, aka you don’t need a clean sweet to see a return. Every single bet, every double, every treble counts. It could be a good option if you feel that you are ‘in the know’ or ‘quietly confident’ of the majority of your bets but at the same time are making room for the unknowable. With an accumulator 3 big odds wins out of 4 would gain you nothing, but with a trixie you could walk away with a tidy sum.

So, in short it’s something of a safety cushion when compare to a straight accumulator which is literally all or nothing. There’s no right or wrong with the type of bet you choose of course, but if you deduce that a trixie is the right bet for you, as long as you’re in the ballpark and haven’t gone for a bunch of odds-ons shots, you could in line for a tidy return even if you don’t get four wins out of four. Most bookies offer trixies.

5 of the biggest wins on multiples and accumulators


Who doesn’t enjoy hearing about a humble punter absolutely taking the bookmakers to the cleaners by turning a tiny stake into a life-changing sum with a well-plotted accumulator? These stories pop up in the press every now and then and they are always liable to raise a smile. After all, it’s like winning the lottery, but through skill rather than by chance, and it may well leave you reaching for your laptop and searching for a bookmaker to beat. We decided to round up five examples of everyday sports fans making a killing by turning their expertise into profit:


From plumber to millionaire


In March 2011, Steve Whiteley, a plumbing Engineer from Devon, hit a six-horse acca to scoop the Exeter Tote Jackpot and turn £2 into more than £2 million. Taxes reduced it to £1.45 million, but Whiteley was not complaining. He admitted he was not really all that into horseracing and only went to the track a couple of times a year, when entry was free. On that fateful day he first opted for multiple selections, but when he realised he would have to stake £32, he whittled it down to just one six-fold accumulator. He got off to a strong start as Semicolon came in as the 2/1 favourite, followed by Black Phantom at 12/1 and Ammunition at 16/1. He really started getting excited when another 16/1 shot, Mr Bennet, romped home in the fourth race. With just two to go, Lundy Sky did the business for him at a starting price of 5/1. His selection in the final race was Lupita, a 12/1 outsider who had never won a race and nor had the jockey. But Lupta pulled off a stunning victory – the only one in his entire career – and Whitely’s bet came in at cumulative odds of 358,639/1. The Tote jackpot had rolled over and he took the lot home, on top of his winnings, making him a rich man. Yet he refused to give up his £500-a-week job and went back into work the next day.


Dark day for Coral


Bookmaker Coral was stung for £823,000 after a customer, who asked to remain anonymous, landed a five-fold accumulator with a £19 stake. The punter chose five runners at Punchestown, but did not even watch the races. Instead he went out on the tiles, and only realised he had won when he came in and checked the results in the early hours of the morning. “I’ve been placing these accumulator bets pretty much every day for twenty years, and winning this bet is the realisation of a lifetime dream,” he said. “Over the years I’ve come close to landing a big return a couple of times but kept hitting the woodwork, and now I’ve done it I feel remarkably calm. I don’t know if I’ll even carry on betting after this as I feel I’ve achieved my goal.” Cue punters heading over to in their droves in a bid to pull off a similar feat.



Futures success


Another unidentified punter hit the headlines back in 2001 when he correctly predicted the winners of the top five English football leagues and three Scottish divisions, the rugby union champions, the country cricket champions and the Champions League winners. The winning odds were a record 1,666,666/1, and his 30p bet netted him a cool £500,000. The last one to come in was the Champions League and his selection, Bayern Munich, played Valencia in the final. It ended in a 1-1 draw after extra-time, and never would an Englishman have been so pleased to see a German team win on penalties.


Frankie’s Magnificent Seven


Arguably the greatest highlight in horseracing history came when Frankie Detorri rode all seven winners at Royal Ascot in 1996. His supreme achievement remains unmatched in the history of the sport, and the fact it happened on Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Day, with the BBC cameras rolling, made it all the more magical. The early bird price on it happening was 235,834/1, while the starting price cumulative odds worked out at 25,095-1 as bookies wised up over the course of the day. Punters went crazy after he won his first six races, and it seemed like half the country lumped on Fujiyama Crest, his seventh mount, sending the odds plummeting from 11/1 to 2/1. Detorri pulled off a seventh win, the crowd erupted and the bookmakers wept. Few had backed him to win all seven, but one punter that did was Darren Yeats, who put down £59 and ended up winning £550,000.


A Dream Come True


In 2008, Yorkshireman Fred Cragg, a fertiliser salesman, celebrated his 60th birthday by laying down the princely sum of 50p on an eight-horse multiple covering races at Sandown, Wolverhampton and Dubai. The first horse to come in was Isn’t That Lucky, a 10/1 shot trained by Jonjo O’Neill, and Cragg’s luck held out all day, culminating in his eighth selection winning at 2/1 in Dubai. The name of the horse? A Dream Come True. It really was for Craggs, who turned his 50p stake into £2 million. The birthday boy was so stunned that he sat through an entire family meal before revealing his win, his new-found millionaire status and his impending entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Author bio


Martin Green is an experienced sports writer and tipster.

Super Heinz

super heinzFor when one can of beans isn’t enough, we have super heinz! Or perhaps this is a typo  relating to Super Hans from Peep Show? Okay, excuse my bad jokes, but I have to liven up talking about multiple bet types here somehow don’t I? Alright, enough with the question marks. In short Super Heinz bets consist of an almost mind boggling 120 bets based on 7 initial selections. To break it down we have 21 doubles, 35 trebles, 35 four-folds, 21 five-folds, 7 six-folds and 1 seven-fold.

Of course with this number of bets on the go, unless you have a statistician waiting in the wings it might take you a bit to figure out how much you’ve won or lost. Still, broadly speaking you could perhaps gleam a general idea based on how many winners you had out of the seven. Your bet is spread pretty thinly with a super heinz as opposed to with a straight seven fold bet, but as usual it’s horses for courses and there’s no strict right or wrong as such. If you go for a straight seven fold acca it’s potentially ‘pie in the sky’ territory, whereas if a Super Heinz is the order off the day your bet is very variable indeed, but at the very least with so many variations invested in, you’ll need a good few wins to make a tidy profit.