Bets Explained

If you are not a regular at your local bookies, we understand that sports betting can look a little bit confusing at first glance. To help explain everything you need to know to get started we have put together a beginner’s guide to enjoying and winning at bgo Sports.

Fractional Odds

All of the bets quoted within bgo Sports are fractional. To work out how much you would win you simply divide the first number by the second. For example, 10/1 means that whatever you stake on this bet you will receive 10 times your stake back if you win. So, £1 on a 10/1 bet will give you £10 winnings. For £1 on 6/4 you just need to divide 6 by 4, giving you a multiplier of 1.5. Therefore if you stake £1 on a 6/4 bet you will return winnings of £1.50.

When you bet and win you also get your stake back on top of your winnings. So, £1 at 10/1 will give you £10 (winnings), plus your £1 stake back equaling a total return of £11, and £1 at 6/4 will give you £1.50 (winnings), plus your £1 stake back equaling a total return of £2.50.

Some of the fractions do take a bit of time to work out. So when you make your selection at bgo Sports we also what the potential return would be if your bet is a winning one and let you know before you place it.


Single Bet

A Single is a bet on 1 selection in one event (winner of an event, correct score at the end of a match, total points scored during a match etc.). Your selection must be successful to get a return. So if you place a £1 bet at 10/1, if you selection wins you get back £10 (winnings), plus your £1 stake equaling a total return of £11.


Each Way Bet

There are a number of events within bgo sports where you can bet on your selection either Wining or being Placed. If there are between 5 and 7 runners, the place portion of a bet pays out at 1/4 of the win odds if your selection is placed first or second. If there are 8 or more runners then the first three places pay out 1/4 of the win odds.

A £1 stake Each Way bet would cost £2 (£1 to win + £1 to place). For example, if the horse wins at odds of 8/1 the £1 win portion of the stake is multiplied by 8 and returned with the original £1 win betting stake paying out £9, just like a normal ‘Single’. And the £1 place portion of the betting stake is multiplied by 1/4 of the odds, so 8/1 becomes 2/1, with the original £1 place betting stake paying out £3 – thus total winnings of £12. But If your horse finishes in second, third or fourth the £1 win portion of the stake is lost and ONLY the £1 place part of the betting stake is multiplied by 1/4 of the odds, resulting in total winnings of £3.


Straight Forecast

This bet involves 2 selections in 1 race finishing 1st and 2nd in the order named.

e.g. 17:37 bgo Veledrome

Selection 1 – Victor Browning
Selection 2 – Emery Franco


Number of Bets - 1

The first named selection (Browning) must be placed first and the second named selection (Franco) must be placed 2nd for this bet to win.

The forecast return for a £1 bet is shown at the end of a race.


Reverse Forecast

This bet involves 2 selections in 1 race finishing 1st and 2nd in either order. As such there are 2 bets involved - two straight forecast bets. To make this bet you tick the ‘Any’ box within the forecast column.

e.g. 17:37 bgo Velodrome

Selection 1 – Victor Browning
Selection 2 – Emery Franco


Number of Bets - 2

The named selections can finish first and second in either order. The forecast return for a £1 bet is
shown at the end of a race.


Combination Forecasts

This bet involves 3 or more selections in a race, with any 2 to finish 1st and 2nd in any order. To make this bet you tick the ‘Any’ box within the forecast column.

e.g. 17:37 bgo Veledrome

Selection 1 – Victor Browning
Selection 2 – Emery Franco
Selection 3 – Blaze Pate

£1 Combination forecast (or CFC) = £6

That's 6 x £1 Forecasts:

1st
Browning Franco
Browning Pate
Franco Browning
Franco Pate
Pate Browning
Pate Franco


The easiest way to calculate the number of bets in a combination forecast is to take the Number of Selections x Preceding number. So, for 3 selections, 3 x 2 = 6
If you picked 5 selections in a race, you would have 20 combination forecast bets (5 x 4 = 20).


Straight Tricast

This bet involves 3 selections in a race finishing first, second and third in the order named.

e.g. 17:37 bgo Veledrome

Selection 1 – Victor Browning
Selection 2 – Emery Franco
Selection 3 – Blaze Pate
Nº. of Bets - 1

The selections must finish in the order you specify for any returns. The tricast return for a £1 bet is shown at the end of a race.


Combination Tricasts

This bet involves 3 selections in a race finishing first, second and third in any order.

e.g. 17:37 bgo Veledrome

Selection 1 – Victor Browning
Selection 2 – Emery Franco
Selection 3 – Blaze Pate

The easiest way to calculate the number of bets in a combination tricast is to take the Number of Selections x 2 Preceding Numbers. So in the example above, a £1 combination tricast would cost £6. This is calculated as (3 selections x 2 selections x 1 selections) x £1.

You can also make four or five selections under a combination tricast. As long as three of these four or five selections finish in the first three places then your bet will pay out. Beware however that, for example, four selections would mean you were placing 24 bets and five selections would result in 60 bets.


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