Betting Folds Explained – What it is and how it works
I have been betting and around the betting industry for a many years now, so I forget some of the hurdles new punters face when it comes to gambling. I’ve written a whole series on betting basics in-order to make the journey for novice punters run a little smother. But I know I can’t cover ever issue. What I can do is write a new article when I hear of a new topic people don’t fully understand. And betting folds, such as a 4 fold, 5 fold, 6 fold etc. is one such topic.
I was talking to a friend; he might have the occasional punt on the Grand National or the Cheltenham festival, but generally he knows very little about sports betting. He was asking me what a Lucky 15 bet was. It’s a combination bet including all singles, double, trebles and a fourfold I was replying, when I saw the dumbfounded look on his face.
He had no idea what a four fold bet was. Well thankfully it is pretty simple. And all other types of betting folds are exactly the same. So once you understand what a 4-fold is you’ll know what all betting folds are (hopefully you have notice I have written fourfold in a few different styles, this is deliberate as there seems to be no consensus on the correct format).
What is a 4 fold bet?
It’s just as easy to answer what does folds mean in betting? Basically it mean accumulator. In fact you’ll even see it written as 4 fold accumulator or 5 fold accumulator (but to save on writing or speaking, most people will just say “6 fold” or “7 fold”). The only difference is that a fold bet tells you the number of selections that have been chosen in the accumulator. Whereas if you just say accumulator bet, it could be any number of selections.
4 fold bet explained
As just mentioned, a fourfold is just an accumulator with 4 selections. To calculate what your odds will be, or your pay-out, all you need to do is multiple the individual odds for each selection (and times that by your stake for the pay-out).
An example would be, if you place a £10 4-fold on selections with odds of 2.5, 3.25, 4 and 3 then the total odds would be 2.5 x 3.25 x 4 x 3 = 97.5. Which means your total pay-out would be £975. Beware that if any of the selections lose, then there is no return. All selections must win.