Of all the different bets offered by bookmakers I think Lucky ones, such as Lucky 15, Lucky 31 or Lucky 63, are the most difficult to get your head around. On the other hand, once you do understand what they’re all about they’re also a really good way to make yourself some money. It’s also a little bit like riding a bike: Once you’ve figured it out you’ll know what you’re doing in the future.
Here, then, I’ll explain what Lucky bets are, also known as full cover bets, are and how they work. I’ll tell you about some of the variations on that theme that you can find and hopefully by the end of it you’ll have a better idea of how to take advantage of any offers that appear via online bookies. Speaking of which, I’ll also tell you about any decent offers that are available at the moment.
Best Lucky Promotions and Bookmakers
If you want to understand what a Lucky bet is then you can find this out further down, we will start with which bookies tend to offer the best deals. Bookmakers tend to have three types of offers on their full-cover bets. One of them is a bonus if you have just one winner, one is if you have one loser and one is if you win everything.
Betfred – Inventor of the Lucky Bet
Betfred’s founder Fred Done was the man who actually invented the Lucky bet so as you would expect they are one of the best places to find these bets. They have a permanent offer where if you only have one winner in a Lucky 15 then they’ll pay out at 3x the odds for that winner. They’ll pay 4x the odds for one winner in a Lucky 31 and 5x for a solo winner in a Lucky 63.
They also have a reciprocal offer whereby you’ll be paid a 10% bonus if all of your Lucky 15 bets come home, a 20% bonus if all of your Lucky 31 selections win and a 25% bonus on your winnings from a Lucky 63 bet if all your choices win.
Both of those offers are available on UK & Irish horse racing, greyhound racing and virtual horse or greyhound racing. All extra winnings are in cash with no limits on claim amount.
Totesport – Best For Racing Lucky Bets
Given that Totesport is operated by Betfred it’s no real surprise that their offers are the same as those described above. They’ve also got 10, 20 or 25% bonus if all of your selections win on their horse and greyhound racing, along with 3 / 4 / 5x extra winnings for one winner in a Lucky 15 / 31 / 63.
QUINNBET – Lucky 15 Weekly Free Bets
Quinnbet are the only online betting site that offer a Lucky 15 weekly free bet club.
Any customer who places five or more £15+ Lucky 15 bets (singe or each-way) that settle between Monday and Friday each week will get a £10 free bet token on the Saturday.
Token has a one week expiry, open to any markets a price of 1/2+.
What Are Lucky Bets?
|Bet Type||Selections||Bets||Consisting Of|
|Lucky 15||4||15||4 Singles, 6 Doubles, 4 Trebles, 1 4-Fold|
|Lucky 31||5||31||5 Singles, 10 Doubles, 10 Trebles, 5 4-Folds, 1 5-Fold|
|Lucky 63||6||63||6 Singles, 15 Doubles, 20 Trebles, 15 4-Folds, 6 5-Folds, 1 6-Fold|
Let’s start with the key thing: An explanation of what exactly lucky bets are and how they work.
I’ll begin by talking about the most popular of all full cover bets, the Lucky 15. This bet gets its name from the fact that it is actually fifteen separate bets placed on 4 different selections. Made up of four singles, six doubles, four trebles and one fourfold. It is a type of ‘full cover’ bet as it covers every possible combination of outcomes from a given number of picks.
The joy of this type of bet is that one winner means you’re guaranteed a return, but more than one winner and your return will increase exponentially. Let’s break it down a bit more simplistically:
Say you place a Lucky 15 bet on Liverpool, Manchester City, Rangers & Barcelona. If one of those teams wins their game you will get a return as they are one of your four ‘single’ bets. If two win you’ll get three payouts, which are the two single bets and one double bet. Obviously if all four teams win then you’ll get all fifteen bets paid out.
Bookmakers can often tempt people into making Lucky bets by promising them bonuses on the winnings. That is one of the key offers that you’ll want to keep an eye out for when you’re perusing the betting options.
Lucky bets are available on numerous sports but they tend to be most commonly used by punters on horse racing and football bets. It’s handy for horse racing because you can select four different horses in four different races but you’re not dependant on them all winning for you to make any money.
Unlike with an accumulator, where if one leg lets you down the whole bet fails (unless you’ve taken insurance or something similar), a Lucky bet will still see a return as long as one of your selections wins.
The other important thing to mention is the amount you’re going to bet. You’ll be asked for a unit stake and this is the amount you wish to bet on each line. If you bet £1 per line, to use a simple example, your bet will be worth £15.
Another way to think of a Lucky 15 is a convenient bet package, rather than having to find and place 15 separate bets to cover all of the outcomes the full cover bet will do it for you.
Lucky 31 and Lucky 63
There are numerous different types of full cover bets of which there are three lucky bets, the Lucky 15, Lucky 31 and Lucky 63. As you might expect from the names, these bets are all similar. It’s the amount of selections you’re choosing and the ways that the bets are broken down that make the difference.
Looking at a Lucky 31 bet, for example, you’ll be choosing five different selections. Your cover will then be five singles, ten doubles, ten trebles, five four-folds and a five-leg accumulator. That adds up to 31 bets (with the accumulator counting as one).
For those of you that are keeping up well you won’t be even slightly surprised when I tell you that a Lucky 63 bet is a wager with six different selections. These breakdown into six singles, fifteen doubles, twenty trebles fifteen four-fold bets, six five-folds and a six-leg acca.
If you want to work out what your winnings are likely to be for any given set of circumstances then don’t panic, it’s not as complicated as it might seem. Well I say that, but what I mean is that bookies normally have ‘calculators’ that will do the job for you if you put in the relevant information.
Just to let you know, you can place any of these bets as each-way wagers too.
Other Full Cover Bets
There are lots of different full cover bets that cover various number of selections. If you have three picks for example the bet type that covers all possible outcomes is known as a Patent. If you have 4 it is a Lucky 15, 5 a Lucky 31, 6 a Lucky 63, etc.
You can place full cover bets on as many selections as you like although bear in mind the number of possible outcomes, and therefore the stake, goes up exponential.
Full Cover Bets Without Singles
There is also a whole suite of full cover bets that are almost identical to those described above except the bets don’t cover singles, stating with doubles instead.
A Yankee for example has four selections, the same as a Lucky 15, but only 11 bets instead of 15. This is because the 4 singles are not included. Likewise a Super Yankee is the same as a Lucky 31 but with only 26 bets and a Heinz the same as a Lucky 63 minus the 6 singles making 57 bets.
Despite many of these bets being similar the most popular are the Lucky 15/31/63 and these are the ones that tend to attract offers. On the whole full cover bets are excluded from other promotions so it is always worth reading the small print first.
How To Get The Best Value From Lucky Bets
I could fill up loads more space on this page telling you about the numerous different bookmakers that offer bonuses for Lucky bets but to be honest they pretty much all do. The key thing to look out for is which sport they offer it on and how much of a percentage of your winnings you’ll get as a bonus. You can place Lucky bets on the likes of the football but you’ll normally find the best offers are for horse racing and greyhound racing bets.
Each bookie has its own draw and you might prefer one to another for reasons of personal choice. I’ve found that Betfred and Totesport tend to offer the best bonuses and therefore are the best value.