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 https://www.sunbets.co.uk/racing/meetings/today/R 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.

Lucky 31

lucky 31Personally I’m a big fan of doubles, trebles and four fold accumulators, but for those ager to club together even more selections and not satified with a straight forward five fold accumulator, a Lucky 31, might be the multiple bet for you. It’s a step up from a Canadian/ Super Yankee. That’s a bet that consists of 5 selections totalling 26 bets.: 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-folds plus 1 five-fold.

A Lucky 31 adds single bets into the equation and so the bet consists of 5 single bets, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-folds and 1 five-fold. It’s a considerable number of bets to place and so to an extent waters down the direct and focused nature of a five fold accumulator. On the plus side though, it does reward you for being ‘thereabouts’. Realistically a five fold coming up isn’t a daily occurrence and so if you’re looking to see a return for what essentially is a ‘near miss’ then maybe a lucky 31 is the multiple bet for you.



heinzWherever I hear the word Heinz I usually start walking towards the toaster, but of course, there’s life beyond beans and sometimes it can bring you a healthy profit in the process (and less flatulence) .

A Heinz bet is a multiple bet that’s essentially a level up from a Lucky 31 bet. While a lucky 31 involves various permutations of 5 bet selections, a heinz multiple consists of every variant of 6 selections, totalling an impressive 57 bets, so your stake is split in a great many directions. This can of course be good or bad depending on the confidence of your bet and how you approach betting in general. If anything though, should the wins start coming in thick and fast, it gives you something to look forward to, no matter if every one is a winner!

Acca Punter bails out – wins £53k anyway

messiA betfair punter bagged himself a cool £53,000 as a result of his bewilderingly large 22-fold football accumulator starting to come together this April. He bailed out after 15 of the 22 results on had already come in and wisely so as it turned out, as straight after he pulled the plug a Barcelona victory over Real Sociedad required to keep him on course for a potential £1.5 million win, failed to materialise.

He perhaps chose to quit while significantly ahead as a result of other close calls to had to endure, so as a last minute injury time winning goal for QPR against Charlton. There were also dicey moments in the Man City vs West Brom game. The punters initial stake was just shy of £50, so he can’t have any complaints. Any day where you’re cashing out 50K as a reault of a relatively small bet, is a good day!


I’ve included this 22-fold acca on our big accumulator wins page. Go check it out!