How to Bet a Double: Fancy a flutter that’s a bit more fun than a ‘win’ or ‘each way’? Why not try a Double:
Step 1: Choose a horse to win from one race.
Step 2: Choose a horse to win from a different race.
Step 3: Pay your stake to the bookie.
Step 4: Both horses need to win their races for you to win the bet.
Step 5: If successful, claim your winnings. This will add up to more than if you had bet on the two races separately because the winnings from the first race will have been added to the stake on the second race and then multiplied by the odds for that race, to result in your total winnings.
Two separate bets:
First race £1 at 3-1 = winnings of £3 + £1 stake
Second race = £1 at 4-1 = winnings of £4 + £1 stake.
Spend £2, end up with £9.
How to bet a Double:
First race £2 at 3-1 = winnings of £6 + £2 stake
Second race = £8 (from first race results) at 4-1 = winnings of £32 + £8 stake
Spend £2, end up with £40.
Of course it is harder to pick two winners than one, but that’s why the return is so much better!
We don’t want to sound negative, but remember to only bet what you can afford to lose.
Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there’s a lot more to learn…