A Yankee bet is one of the combination and system wagers available to punters in the UK with six doubles, four trebles and a fourfold accumulator all on the same betslip. It is based on four selections from different sports events put together. We go into all the details here about just what is a Yankee bet and how you can use it to your advantage when you are placing one.
In short, a Yankee or “round robin” consists of six doubles, four trebles and one fourfold, and you need two wins minimum to get a return. It is made from four selections, with 11 individual wagers on the chosen picks. With this bet type you wager on a number of selections but you do not bet on any singles. In order to return any money from such a wager, at least two of your selections will need to be winners.
So, a Yankee is a system bet, in which several selections and wagers are combined to create a ‘single’. Not all selections in a Yankee bet have to be winners but at least two of them do, and the more winners you have, the more money your Yankee bet will return.
A Yankee bet consists of four selections, and the following combined bets:
It is therefore easy to see that a Yankee bet consists of eleven separate wagers. You will have noticed that it has no singles. If you want to add singles to your Yankee bet then you can place four singles yourself, separately from your Yankee. You can also place a separate wager known as a ‘Lucky 15’ which is basically a Yankee bet with four singles added.
In the 1940s there was something of a friendly US invasion of the UK, mainly to help with the war effort. After the Second World War ended, the ‘GIs’ from the states would hang around, mainly to help with clean up efforts and to maintain the peace. US soldiers used to visit racetracks, and among the wagers they placed were round robin bets. Such type of wagers were unheard of in the UK, so in the UK a round robin became known as a ‘Yankee’ bet after the informal term for an American … or at least that’s how the story goes when people explain the etymology of a Yankee bet.
So, how does a Yankee bet work? To place a Yankee online, all you need to do is add four separate selections to your betting slip. When it comes to setting your stake, the option to place a Yankee bet should be available. It is important to remember that your stake will usually be per separate wager, so if you set it at £1 per selection, your overall wager will be £11. Don’t think that your stake-per-selection is your overall bet – if you add £11 as your stake and think that’s your total, your final stake will be £121!
Here we are going to place a horse racing Yankee bet on four selections at Goodwood, as follows:
Above you can see all our selections now on our betslip, however, we don’t currently have the option for a Yankee bet, only singles or a fourfold. To see other options, here we need to hit the ‘other multiples’ button.
Now we can see all the other options that are available to us, including the Yankee bet. To place the wager, all we need to do is set our stake, which is going to be £1 per selection. This will give us a total stake of £11, as it, has eleven selections.
To set our wager, all we need to do is hit the ‘Place Bet’ button, and you are all set!
Continuing our explanation of how does a Yankee bet work, the amount of money that we get back from our wager depends upon how many horses you chose win (if we’ve placed a horse racing Yankee bet of course). To break things down, we’re now going to take a look at the potential winnings that our selections could generate, for a £1 on each separate wager.
Total Potential Return: £835.75
Naturally you are going to be impressed that an £11 bet can generate a £800+ return, but please remember that this is the return if all four of our selections win. However, as you can see if only two of our selections win, at the odds of the mounts we’ve chosen, we are still covered. You must also remember that if only one selection wins, our Yankee bet returns nothing.
Note that if you struggle with bet winning calculations then you can use one of our range of handy bet calculators.
You may have heard of a permed Yankee bet, and how it differs from a normal Yankee. A permed Yankee is two or more Yankee bets combined.
So, a permed Yankee bet with five selections will perm five different Yankee bets. In each of the five, one of the selections is omitted. This creates a total of 30 doubles, 20 trebles and five fourfolds. This creates a grand total of 55 wagers, with all potential doubles, trebles and fourfold covered. Some wagers will be covered more than once. For example, if we name our five selections A, B, C, D and E, then the AB double will be covered three times. The only times it won’t be covered is in the variation that omits A, and the variation that omits B.
A permed Yankee bet with six selections consists of fifteen different Yankees. If we name our selections ABCDEF, then the Yankees placed are ABCD, ABCE, ABCF, ABDE, ABDF, ABEF, ACDE, ACDF, ACEF, ADEF, BCDE, BCDF, BCEF, BDEF and CDEF. That’s 165 wagers in total, although a few bets are repeated multiple times.
A Super Yankee adds one further selection to bring the total number of selections up to five. It consists of 26 bets – ten doubles, 10 trebles, five fourfolds and a fivefold. The Super Yankee is also known as a Canadian, and you can get the complete lowdown on the Super Yankee on our ‘Canadian Bet Explained‘ page.
So, know you know what a Yankee is, you might be asking yourself why you would want to place one. Why not just place four singles? What are the benefits of placing a Yankee Bet? Are you more likely to win or less likely, and will your winnings be greater or smaller than alternative wagers? Here are four reasons you might want to place a Yankee bet over alternatives:
The Yankee bet originates from horse racing, so you may think that this wager can only be placed on horse racing, but that is not the case at all. In fact you can not only place a Yankee on any sports, you can combine different sports and events across your entire Yankee bet, as long as all the sections are single wager with a clear outcome.
Here though are the most popular sports for Yankee bets.
When it comes to what is a Yankee bet and if it is worth placing one, there is only one real drawback, and that’s the fact that it contains no singles. This means that at least two of your selections need to win in order for you to get any return. This is a classic example of risk v reward, though – you are accepting a greater risk, as the rewards will be greater if the risk comes off. If you are confident that at least two of your selections will win, then a Yankee bet is always worth considering.
The main alternative to the Yankee bet is the Lucky 15. As previously explained, the Lucky 15 is a bet which has four separate selections. The difference between the two is that the Lucky 15 contains the four singles missing from the Yankee.
If you want to lower the risk of your bet returning zero, then choose a Lucky 15. If you were considering a £1 Yankee though (total stake £11), you’d have to up your stake to £15 to cover those four singles, or lower your stake-per-selection so that your overall Lucky 15 stake is £11. This will diminish all potential winnings though, so in some ways it’s a tough one to call.
Yes you can, but only in horse racing or greyhounds. An each way is two bets in one – a win and a place . A place bet wins if your horse or hound places (finishes in the top four in a horse race depending on the number of runners, or the top two in greyhounds) but pays at one quarter of the odds.
An each way Yankee will double your overall stake, or halve your stake-per-selection if you want to keep the overall stake the same. It is two Yankees in one, a win, and a place.
All bets within your each way Yankee are calculated as normal each way bets. So, if for one of the doubles one selection wins and the other selection places, then the win double will not pay out, but the place double will. The same logic applies to all parts of the bet.
Note that if all four of your selections place but none win, then the place half of your Yankee will pay out the maximum return, but the win half will not pay out anything.
If you want to get the most out of your use of Yankee bets, then here are three top tips that should enable you to do just that:
How can we say so surely that UK online bookmakers offer Yankee bets? If you do find one that doesn’t, then you can simply create it yourself. This by adding all the necessary doubles, trebles and a fourfold. This is one of the reasons it has become such a popular bet type in the UK.
Now that you have had Yankee bets explained thoroughly, with examples and variations – you are virtually an expert. It is indeed a bit of a puzzle to get a good setup but that is quite the charm with Yankee bets. And the returns are not bad either.
We wish you good luck on your betting, and keep reading up on the different variations and combinations available for punters to keep it fun.
A Super Yankee bet, also known as a Canadian bet. It is a type of combination that consists of 26 wagers across five selections. It includes ten doubles, ten trebles, five fourfold accumulators, and one fivefold accumulator. This offers bettors the opportunity to cover multiple outcomes and potentially increase their chances of winning.
A Yankee bet in horse racing is a popular type of combination that involves four selections. It consists of eleven bets, including six doubles, four trebles, and one fourfold accumulator. The Yankee allows bettors to combine their chosen horses in various combinations, offering the potential for multiple winning outcomes.
A permed Yankee bet refers to placing multiple Yankee bets on different selections within a single wager. It allows punters to cover more possibilities and increase their chances of winning. Each Yankee within the perm is considered a separate bet. The overall cost of the wager is determined by the number of Yankees selected.
An each way Yankee bet combines a win with an each way. It consists of 22 wagers, with 11 wagers placed on the win and 11 placed on the place. In horse racing, the place part usually pays out if the horse finishes in the top two, three, or four positions; depending on the number of runners and the specific terms of the race.
A Yankee bet in football is a type of combination that involves four selections from football matches. Bettors can choose different outcomes, such as the winner of each match or specific goalscorers, to create their Yankee bet.