Double bets are extremely popular among sports bettors in the UK. They allow you to combine two events into one single bet. By doing so, you get greater odds and therefore a greater potential payout than you would if you placed two singles. Of course, both ‘singles’ have to win for your overall double bet to win. You can work out the potential value of any double bet with our double bet calculator.
Calculating wins from a double bet is not too difficult, but it’s not as easy as calculating returns from a single bet. For a start you have to remember it’s your return from your first bet that you use as a stake for your second, not your winnings. For this reason, mistakes can happen.
You can eradicate the possibility of mistakes by using our free double bet calculator, which can also function as an e/w double bet calculator. Just input the values as you need, click calculate and allow our free tool to crunch the numbers!
As explained previously, a double bet is two single bets combined. If the first bet wins, then the returns from that bet are used as the stake for the second. If that bet then also wins, then your payout is greater than what it would have been if you’d placed two singles. If only one of your bets wins, then your double bet will fail.
Let’s look at a football betting example using two EPL matches, Newcastle v Arsenal and Fulham v Leicester. You think that Newcastle and Fulham will win the games. Newcastle are priced at 29/20, and Fulham at 13/8. You decide to place two singles £1 and work out your potential winnings:
Total profit: £3.08, total returns: £5.08
However, an alternative would be to place a £2 double bet instead. Here are the potential winnings.
Total profit: £10.86, total returns: £12.86
Therefore it is potentially better to place a double bet at a UK online bookmaker, as opposed to two singles as you’ll get back over double if both Newcastle and Fulham win. The downside is with a double bet, if only one of Newcastle and Fulham win, then you don’t get anything back from double bet, although you would if you’d placed two singles. Of course if both teams lose you get back zip, no matter which bet you placed!
For horse racing and a few other sports, each way betting is possible. An each way bet is a double bet in itself, with half of your stake going on a win bet, and half on a place bet.
You can place an each-way double bet. Here half of your stake will be placed on a double win bet, and half on a double place bet. We have an example of this below to illustrate.
We placed a £2 double each way bet on two horse running at Goodwood – Dubai Hills at 4/1 in the 1.30pm, and Sergeant Tibbs at 8/1 in the 3.10pm. Odds for a place are a quarter of the starting price for both horses.
If both horses win:
If Dubai Hills wins, and Sergeant Tibbs places, or Sergeant Tibbs wins and Dubai Hills places, or if both horses place:
If either horse or both horses place, then your double bet loses.
There are plenty of different outcomes with any double each way bet, as follows:
To save yourself the stress of working all eventualities out, use our free each way double bet calculator instead, or our horse racing double bet calculator for ‘to win’ horse racing bets.
Our free double bet calculator can be used in a number of ways, including as an e/w double bet calculator, a double chance bet calculator and forecast double bet calculator. We have outlined most of the common ways that our free bet calculator can be used, and you can see all these options listed below.
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Not quite. A double bet is just two single bets combined - the returns from one act as the stake of the other. A cross bet takes the same stake from the winnings of each winning bet to place a second single bet on each outcome. With a cross bet you get more back if both bets win. You may not be able to place a cross bet at your online bookie of choice.
You can, but a forecast bet is not a true double bet. You are betting on two competitors, but you are predicting which of them will win, and which of them will come second. You will be offered single odds for this bet. A reverse forecast allows you to pick the two competitors to finish first and second, but in any order. Using our forecast double bet calculator is very easy.
Not at all! You can place your double bet on any sport, as it is just a combination of two singles. Indeed, you can combine any two singles from multiple markets for a double bet.
It's up to you. You win more with straight double bets, but you are more likely to get a return with an each way double bet. Why not use our double bet calculator (which also functions as an each way double bet calculator) to compare the potential winnings from each on the same two selections?
Yes, our tool can be used as a double chance bet calculator, but a double chance bet is not the same as a double bet. A double chance bet combines two outcomes on the same event. For a football match it could be for the home team to win or draw, or for the home team or away team to win (so, no draw). Despite the name, a double chance bet is in fact a single bet.