Lucky 31 Bet Calculator

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Lucky 31 Bet Calculator Explained

Even if you know how to calculate Lucky 31 bets, doing something like that manually would be a huge undertaking. That’s why you can find the best Lucky 31 bet calculator right here on Betting Fellow.

If you’re new to all of this, don’t worry: this page also serves as a detailed Lucky 31 bet guide. We’ll go through a thorough examination of this combination bet, including in-depth examples with analysis, and a walkthrough of how to use a Lucky 31 bet calculator.

What is a Lucky 31 bet?

A Lucky 31 is a full-coverage combination bet which includes 5 individual selections, their singles, and 26 various accumulators. It takes any five sport betting selections and rolls them all into 31 separate bets. So, how does a Lucky 31 bet work?

Every Lucky 31 starts with the 5 selections. These should be from different matches and wagering on different results. Once you have those, combine them into all possible accumulators that can be made from 5 predictions. If we name these picks A, B, C, D, and E, the Lucky 31 will consist of the following:

5 Singles: A, B, C, D, and E.

10 doubles: AB, AC, AD, AE, BC, BD, BE, CD, CE, and DE.

10 trebles: ABC, ABD, ABE, ACD, ACE, ADE, BCD, BCE, BDE, and CDE.

5 four-fold accumulators: ABCD, ABCE, ACDE, ABDE, and BCDE.

1 five-fold accumulator: ABCDE.

As you can see, a Lucky 31 is essentially a Super Yankee (Otherwise known as a Canadian bet) which also throws in the singles. As such, it is only marginally more difficult to calculate, and we recommend reading through Betting Fellows Canadian bet page to get as complete of a picture as possible.

The name was devised by the bookmakers who first started offering this combination be type, similarly to Lucky 15 and Lucky 63. As such, it merely reflects the number of bets it contains.

Why Use a Lucky 31 Bet?

To avoid repeating things unnecessarily, the basic advantages of Lucky 31 bets are petty much the same as those of a Super Yankee. However, the singles add another layer of complexity, although at a steep price.

So, a Lucky 31 achieves pretty much the same results, presenting an opportunity to maximise returns from just a few basic predictions. Spreading the stake the way it does is also great for safety, ensuring you don’t need all of them to win – which is a distinct problem with regular accumulators.

The problem with a Lucky 31, though, is that the singles will put even more strain on your budget, with small to negligible results. The only two scenarios in which a Lucky 31 is a smarter option than a Super Yankee is if all of your selections win and if only one of them loses – although exposing yourself to the increased risk is questionable in the first place.

Why is that, you might be asking? Well, if you’ve read through our Canadian bet guide, you probably noticed how that betting type gives positive returns even if only 3 selections win. Because of the bigger stake involved, a Lucky 31 bet will end up with you losing money in a 3-win scenario, even if you followed the general rule of only making over 2.00 odds selections.

As such, because of how a Lucky 31 bet works, it is only ever a good option if you’re feeling particularly confident about all 5 predictions. Paradoxically, full-coverage combination bets are only really worth it if all odds are longer than 2.00. So the glaring disadvantage of Lucky 31 is that you can't truly be that confident about predictions which all have an implied probability of less than 50%.

Although it might sound bad on paper, there are times at which you should use this type of bet.

The reason bookies call these bets "Lucky" is connected to frequent bonuses these are subject to. For example, bookies often give a 20% bonus on your winnings if all of the selections win. Considering it has 31 bets, a Lucky 31 can offer massive profits in such a case, and the 20% increase is nothing to scoff at.

Additionally, bookies often offer sportsbook bonus offers for situations where only one selection loses, and double odds on the single stake when it’s the only one that wins.

How To Use the Lucky 31 Bet Calculator

So, now you know how to make a Lucky 31 bet and you want to do so. You have your selections, but you want to make sure what your returns would be like in every possible outcome. With the number of variables, doing so the old-fashioned way would be a nightmare. That’s where our Lucky 31 bet calculator comes in.

The app has a fairly simple, user-friendly design that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The first step would be to set it up to your tastes in terms of the betting odds format and make the bet each-way if it’s required. You’ll also want to decide on your stake. Keep in mind that the calculator allows you to define the stake as either per-bet or as the full budget for the whole Lucky 31.

Then, just fill in all of the selections’ odds in the corresponding fields. After that, it’s just a matter of tracking your chosen wagers and marking them as either wins or losses.

Lucky 31 in horse racing is by far the most common way this system is used, which makes sense seeing how that’s where it originally comes from. This means that there are some additional options specifically for horse races.

Namely, you can mark your selections’ results as being a dead heat or a withdrawn participant. Also, if you ever happen to need horse racing’s Rule 4 system of odds adjustment, the calculator can deal with those as well.

Lucky 31 Bet Example

An example will be a great way of examining all the different outcomes a Lucky 31 can have. This will give you an idea of how important a single selection is to the overall profit margin of a Lucky 31, and how much a Lucky 31 pays.

For this particular example, we’ll use 5 football betting selections. We are aware that horse racing might be more relevant, but horse races can end in dead heat situation or otherwise be complicated; a simple footy Full Time Result will make it easier for most punters to follow.

A quick disclaimer: these bets were chosen because they had relatively round odds. We also tried to make the odds as somewhat close to what a good Lucky 31 would have. However, we do not claim that this would be a smart bet to make. Also, they've been listed as per their respective odds, longest to shortest.

Anyway, let’s take a look at our selections:

Selection A: Europa League game, Eintracht vs. FC Salzburg. Our pick is home win at odds of 2.60.

Selection B: England Premier League matchup between Newcastle and Burnley. Home win at odds of 2.50.

Selection C: Europa League match, AZ Alkmaar vs. LASK Linz. We’re betting on a home win at odds of 2.40.

Selection D: Europa League again, Club Brugge vs. Manchester United. We’re going for Man Utd at odds of 2.30.

Selection E: UEFA Champions League, Napoli vs. Barcelona. Our selection is an away win at odds of 2.20.

Let’s assume we're putting up a stake of £5 per bet. This adds up to a total budget of £155. This is probably a higher stake than most situations will require, but it helps to keep the numbers round.

If all selections win, the total return would amount to £2256.95. This deal is made even sweeter if your bookie offers Lucky 31 bonuses, as a lot of the best ones do. With the 20% bonus, the returns are a whopping £2708.34 If only one selection loses, the stake is somewhere between£623.32 and £701.86, depending on which selection lost (Selection A losing would result in the smallest profits and then range up to selection E).

With two losses, the total returns range from £142.12 to £171.30. Yes, you do end up making some money back if only your lowest-odds selections fail. However, that’s because our selections have odds that are considerably above 2.00. You can probably see how unlikely this scenario would be; if you think winning 3 selections is a strong option, consider going for a Super Yankee.

With only 2 successful selections, the returns can range from £47.80 and £58.00. As you can tell, the less you win, the singles start becoming more of a liability than a bonus.

And finally, only a single winner will net us between £11 and £13. You can safely say that our Lucky 31 has failed at this point. However, a lot of the best betting sites offer to double the odds on the single winner as a consolation prize – bringing the returns to anywhere from £17 to £21.

Lucky 31 FAQ

How does a Lucky 31 each way work?

Each-way bets essentially mean that you're placing two bets for each of your Lucky 31 selection. One is made as per usual, that the selection will win, while the other predicts a placement in one of the top few positions.

Placement bets vary per bookmaker but usually include the top 4 or 5 positions. As such, each-way bets are usually made for horse racing but can be done for any sport where there are multiple possible outcomes. This kind of approach splits your stake even further, resulting in increased stake costs and a lot of added safety. To get the full picture on how each-way bets work, we recommend checking out Betting Fellow’s Each-way betting guide and FAQ.

Is Lucky 31 a good bet?

As always, this depends on the situation at hand. As we’ve discussed in the “Why use Lucky 31 bets?” section of this article, Lucky 31s have a lot of problems when compared to their no-singles equivalent Canadian / Super Yankee, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come up with a good Lucky 31.

Generally speaking, you need to be very confident that at least 4 of your selections will win if you really want the singles to be worth it – otherwise, you run the risk of increasing your stake substantially for very diminishing returns. Of course, the issue is further complicated with online bookmakers regularly offering attractive bonuses for Lucky 31 bets. All in all, Lucky 31 betting is not recommended for beginners and needs to be thoroughly planned out if you want good results.

How to calculate Lucky 31?

With more than 30 separate bets all rolled into one, accurately calculating returns without the help of a bet calculator such as the one found here would be difficult. You can find Lucky 31 bets explained if you scroll up to the first section of this article, where we deal with what Lucky 31 bets consist of.

When you know that, it’s merely a matter of doing the math on every single and accumulator which are rolled into Lucky 31s.

What happens to a Lucky 31 with a non-runner?

In case one of your horse racing selections is voided because they were withdrawn, the number of bets in a Lucky 31 is not affected in a major way – you only lose that one single. All of the accumulators who had that selection in them, however, lose one of their legs: doubles become singles, trebles become doubles, the four-fold accumulators become trebles, and your five-fold Acca becomes a four-fold.

That brings the total number of bets to 30. The bets that were unaffected by the withdrawn selection play out normally.