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Yankee Bet Explained & How to Calculate It

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What is a Yankee bet?

A Yankee bet is a multiple bet made up of four selections. It contains six doubles, four trebles and a fourfold (accumulator) for 11 lines. No one is entirely sure where the name comes from. However, the leading theory stems from an American WWII soldier stationed in Britain who won money on a bet with multiple permutations. 

As with any multiple wager, it’s increased in popularity since the start of online betting with a bookmaker. It is now a staple in the arsenal of many punters who enjoy what a multiple bet can provide them

How a Yankee Bet Works

There are two types of Yankee bets, a standard Yankee and a Super Yankee. A standard Yankee is four selections for 11 lines, covering doubles, trebles and a fourfold. 

A Super Yankee still covers all multiples from doubles upwards, but it contains a fifth selection for 26 lines compared to the standard 11. Sometimes you will hear a Super Yankee referred to as a Canadian.

A Yankee bet can be placed as a win or each-way bet. If choosing each way, the lines double, so while a £1 win Yankee will cost £11, a £1 each way Yankee will have a stake of £22. For a Super Yankee, the stakes would be £26 or £52 to a £1 line for the win and each way.

Two successful selections are required for a return for both bets, be that two winners or two places in an each-way bet.

Advantages of a Yankee Bet

The returns from a combination bet can quickly add up. This makes them so popular – the dreams of a hefty profit for a relatively small stake. A Yankee bet is precisely the same. It’s a cost-effective way of putting together four selections, and it’s a more straightforward bet to gain a return from than a four-horse accumulator.  

For example, a £1 win Yankee on four 1/1 shots will cost £11 and payout £72 if they all win. In comparison, a £5 Acca on four 1/1 selections would return £176 for a clean sweep. 

Naturally, the bigger the prices, the more difficult the bet is to win, but this shows why a Yankee is so popular with punters. 

With a double needed for a return, it is perhaps worth noting that a 9/4 and 5/2 double is required for the bet to produce a small profit, providing there are no Rule 4 deductions. This shows you don’t need to pick out crazy prices to take full advantage of a Yankee bet. 

Risks of a Yankee Bet

With any bet, there is a chance of losing money. Needing two of the four selections in a Yankee to land to achieve a return does make them a more challenging bet to win than some. 

The rigid structure of the bet means that you are locked in with no flexibility, and stakes are generally higher on any multiple bet. This means that you must consider the suitability of a Yankee bet compared to other bet types before they place them.

Tips for Placing a Yankee Bet

Making sure suitable horses are put in a Yankee bet is key. Gambling on any sport is best done with plenty of study, and a Yankee is no different. All multiple bets see the stakes go up quickly. 

Picking horses with the right conditions underfoot, running at a track they have previous strong form at and racing over the correct distance are all helpful when considering Yankee selections. 

As mentioned above, a £1 each way Yankee will cost £22, so if that is not in your budget, consider a smaller stake. A 25p each-way Yankee will cost £5.50, for example. Always gamble responsibly, and only bet what you can afford to lose.

Yankee Bet Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Yankee Bet and a Lucky 15 Bet?

A Yankee covers doubles and upwards as multiples. A Lucky 15 includes singles as well.

What is the difference between a Yankee Bet and a Super Yankee Bet?

A Yankee has four selections, and a Super Yankee has five.

Can I place a Yankee Bet online?

Yes, a Yankee Bet is a widely accepted bet online.

What happens if one of my selections is a non-runner?

The Yankee bet still stands with any winner, plus the non-runner paid out as a single.

How many bets make a Yankee?

11 – six doubles, four trebles and a fourfol