## What is an Alphabet bet

An Alphabet bet is one of the most complicated of bets. It has six selections and is a combination bet formed of two full cover bets with singles (2 Patents) a full cover bet (A Yankee) and to top it off a six-fold accumulator is also thrown in. In total this means an Alphabet is 26 separate accumulator bet. Two Patents at 7 bets each, a Yankee bet with 11 bets and the single accumulator adding 1 last bet. If your selections were labelled from A to F the formation of these separate exotic bets would be, Patent 1 formed of selections A, B and C. Patent 2 Made up of selections D, E and F. A Yankee formed from selections B, C, D and E. And finally the 6-fold accumulator consisting of all 6 of your picks.

## Alphabet calculations

An Alphabet bet is one of the most complicated of bets. It has six selections and is a combination bet formed of two full cover bets with singles (2 Patents) a full cover bet (A Yankee) and to top it off a six-fold accumulator is also thrown in. In total this means an Alphabet is 26 separate accumulator bet. Two Patents at 7 bets each, a Yankee bet with 11 bets and the single accumulator adding 1 last bet. If your selections were labelled from A to F the formation of these separate exotic bets would be, Patent 1 formed of selections A, B and C. Patent 2 Made up of selections D, E and F. A Yankee formed from selections B, C, D and E. And finally the 6-fold accumulator consisting of all 6 of your picks.

As an Alphabet bet is deemed one of most complicated of combination bets you’d expect it to be extremely hard to calculate the winning. It is in fact relatively easy but it is one of the more long winded bet types to work out. This is due to the fact an Alphabet is made up of different 3 different bet types, and these need no calculated individually. Please check the Patent, Yankee and accumulator pages if you want to see how each of these equations were derived.

Now to calculate an Alphabet all that needs to be done is to add the 2 Patents, Yankee and accumulator together. This is how the final formula looks

(A + 1)(B + 1)(C + 1) – 1 +

(D + 1)(E + 1)(F + 1) – 1 +

(B + 1)(C + 1)(D + 1)(E + 1) – (B + C + D + E + 1) +

A * B * C * D * E * G

You can simplify this equation a little further but as you’ll more likely already know the individual elements from this equation from your settling of the much more popular bet types an Alphabet is made up from it is better to stick with these common elements . This way will also reinforce the calculations needed when calculating the more generic bets of full cover bets, full cover bets with singles and accumulator bet. Although this equation does seem to have many step it wise to remember that an Alphabet bet is made up of 27 individual multiples and calculating them and adding them together will be a lot more protracted.

This equation assumes you are betting one unit stake. If betting more you must then multiple the final answer by what you are betting. A unit stake is what is bet on each individual selection. Therefore with an Alphabet bet if you’re betting one unit (i.e. £1) your total stake will be 27 times this, as an Alphabet is 27 separate bets.

## Example of how our Alphabet calculator works

If the calculations section has left you a little confused a simple example should clear everything up. If you are still none the wiser you always have the option of just using our Alphabet calculator.

When placing an Alphabet bet be aware that the order in which you choose your selections is important and will affect your pay-out. Many people who gamble on this bet type on a regular basis will have a system that suits them best. This system will normally depend on how risk averse they are. A common method is to have your two largest odds selections either side of the bet, selection one and six. This ensures the Yankee section of the bet consists of the four most likely to win selections. This method would also mean less of a pay-out if all six choices win, so it’s a trade-off between risk and pay-out.

In order to keep this example easy to understand the sporting selections will all be winners and there will be no rule 4 or dead heat calculations. The odds of our selections from 1 to 6 are 8, 2.2, 3, 1.5, 2 and 9. The unit stake will be £1, a total stake of £27. When calculating an Alphabet it is best to have a hand held calculator or pen and paper available. Now let’s add the odds to the equation

(8 + 1)(2.2 + 1)(3 + 1) – 1 +

(1.5 + 1)(2 + 1)(9 + 1) – 1 +

(2.2 + 1)(3 + 1)(1.5 + 1)(2 + 1) – (2.2 + 3 + 1.5 + 2 + 1) +

8 * 2.2 * 3 * 1.5 * 2 * 9

This is a lot to work out in one go, so to make it easier and to reduce the risk of errors it is best to calculate each line individually and then add them together, this leaves us with

114.2 + 74 + 86.3 + 1425.6

So the sum of the 4 separate combination multiples is £1700.01

The above example used the risk adverse method we already mention. Now to show you the difference in pay-out between this betting system and a more aggressive Alphabet bet we’ll show an example using exactly the same selections but moving the highest odds selections into the middle of an Alphabet. This time the order of your bets odds are 1.5, 2.2, 3, 8, 9 and 2. Now fill these odds into their required slot in the equation you get.

(1.5 + 1)(2.2 + 1)(3 + 1) – 1 +

(8 + 1)(9 + 1)(2 + 1) – 1 +

(2.2 + 1)(3 + 1)(8 + 1)(9 + 1) – (2.2 + 3 + 8 + 9 + 1) +

1.5 * 2.2 * 3 * 8 * 9 * 2

Now the sum of this equation is £2854.40 which is a massive difference in pay-out compared to the first bet even though both bets are Alphabets and both have the same selections. But remember the higher pay-out comes with a higher risk, although the chances of all six winning is the same, it’s when one or more of your selections lose your betting returns will suffer. This is because the loser are more likely to come from the middle section and will reduce the pay-out of 3 of the combination bets, whereas placing the higher priced bets on the outside of the Alphabet only 2 of the combination bet will be hit with losing selections.