Parlay (gambling)

A parlay or accumulator is a single bet that links together two or more individual wagers and is dependent on all of those wagers winning together. The benefit of the parlay is that there are much higher payoffs than placing each individual bet separately since the difficulty of hitting it is much higher. If any of the bets in the parlay loses, the entire parlay loses. If any of the plays in the parlay ties, or "pushes", the parlay reverts to a lower number of teams with the odds reducing accordingly.
Odds and payout

Parlay bets are paid out at odds higher than the typical single game bet, but still below the "true" odds. For instance, a common 2-team NFL parlay generally has a payout of 2.6:1 if both picks are correct.[citation needed] In reality, however, if one assumes that each single game bet is a coin flip and would be expected to pay out at 1:1, the true payout should instead be 3:1, a substantial difference.
Example 1

Alex places a three-team NFL parlay on the Packers, Bears and Bengals. If any one of those teams fail to cover the spread, Alex loses his parlay bet. But if all three teams beat the spread, Alex gets paid $600 for every $100 bet.

If Alex pushes on one of those picks, he then has a two-team parlay. If he pushes on two picks, he would then have a straight bet.
Example 2
Premier League Fixtures Home team Away team Home win Draw Away win Result
Arsenal F.C. Manchester United F.C. 1.70 3.20 4.50 0–0 (draw)
Chelsea F.C. Fulham F.C. 1.70 3.30 4.40 2–1 (home win)
Liverpool F.C. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 1.30 4.00 8.50 3–1 (home win)
Winning example

You wager $1,000 on Arsenal/Manchester United to draw, Chelsea to win and Liverpool to win. You win $6,072 as you correctly predicted all three results.

The calculation is: $1,000 × 3.2 × 1.7 × 1.3 = $7,072, less the stake of $1,000.
Losing example

You wager $1,000 on Manchester United to win, Chelsea to win and Liverpool to win. You lose the wager as Manchester United did not win.
Example 3

The following is an example of a traditional Las Vegas Parlay Card, which shows the typical payouts for up to 15 team parlay bet:
Number Odds
2 Team Parlay 13 to 5
3 Team Parlay 6 to 1
4 Team Parlay 10 to 1
5 Team Parlay 20 to 1
6 Team Parlay 40 to 1
7 Team Parlay 75 to 1
8 Team Parlay 100 to 1
9 Team Parlay 150 to 1
10 Team Parlay 300 to 1
11 Team Parlay 450 to 1
12 Team Parlay 600 to 1
13 Team Parlay 750 to 1
14 Team Parlay 900 to 1
15 Team Parlay 1500 to 1

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