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The great truth about Combination Bets

13 July, 2020
La gran verdad sobre las Apuestas Combinadas
  • The reality of the combined.
  • Pros and cons of combined.
  • The impact of the house margin (mathematical disadvantage) when multiplied.
  • How to multiply the betting advantage with value.
  • The concept of bets almost won.
  • Practical tips.


As we have seen in the previous tutorial, Stake + profit = payout. But what is the Payout and how is it calculated? The great truth about Combination Bets

The payout is the amount of money that is distributed among the winners of a bet, in terms of percentage and regardless of the outcome of the bet.

Payout vs Overround

The Overround is the percentage of commission that the bookmaker takes, while the payout is the percentage that is dedicated to paying winnings. As we have said before, whatever the outcome of the bet. The percentage of the payout varies depending on the ‘Bookie’ and the country where it operates. It is usually between 92% and 95%. Although in some cases, and this is frequent in houses that operate in Spain, it can reach 90%.


Payout percentaget Qualification
97% Perfect
96% – 97% Excellent
95% – 96% Very good
94% – 95% Regular
Menor al 94% Bad

How is it calculated?

To calculate the payout, assuming they were combined, the following formula is used:

Payout = ((1/share 1) + (1/share 2) + (1/share 3)) x 100

Therefore, if we have a quota of 2.00 for local, 3.40 for draw and 3.75 for visitor, the payout would be the result of:

((1/2.00) + (1/3.40) + (1/3.75)) x 100 = 106,08%

That remaining percentage is the commission that the bookmaker takes, that is, the overround, which will have to be subtracted from 100 and determine the payout. In this case it would be 93.92%.

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