Lucky 15 Bets Explained

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What is a Lucky 15 Bet?

The lucky 15 is a 4 selection wager consisting of 15 bets: 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a four-fold accumulator.

2 Dice Showing 1 and 5 - Lucky 15

The '15' part of its name comes from its 15 constituent bets, and the 'lucky' part comes from the fact it is often the target of bookmaker bonuses, the most common of which are an all winner bonus, a one loser bonus and a one winner consolation bonus. Bonuses typically take the form of a % increase in returns or increased odds in the case of the one winner consolation - check with each bookmaker to find the most up-to-date information. Also worth noting is that bonuses are rarely if ever, paid on each-way parts of the bet. The bonus aspect of this wager makes it a popular choice for punters considering multiple selections. Each of the 4 selections has the same effect on returns, meaning the order in which bets are written on the slip is unimportant.

Winnings for the lucky 15 can be worked out by hand, but most people prefer to use a tool like the lucky 15 bet calculator. Try entering other odds and changing the stake to get a feel for how different outcomes affect the payout.

Choosing one or more winners will guarantee a return from this bet.

Lucky 15 Composition

The lucky 15 is composed of the following parts:

PartSelectionsNumber of Bets
Single1, 2, 3, 44
Double12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 346
Treble123, 124, 134, 2344
Four-Fold12341
Total:15

Lucky 15 Bookmaker Bonuses

Bookmaker

All Winner Bonus

One Winner Consolation

Bet365

15%

2x Odds

William Hill

10%

2x Odds

Betfred

10%

3x Odds

Coral

10%

2x Odds

Sky Bet

10%

2x Odds

Boylesports

10%

3x Odds

Unibet

10%

2x Odds

BetDaq

0%

2x Odds

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Lucky 15 Example

Let's assume you're betting on horse racing, and you've chosen four horses in different races. We'll call them 'Horse A', 'Horse B', 'Horse C', and 'Horse D'. The odds for these horses are as follows:

Selection Name

Odds

Horse A

3/1

Horse B

4/1

Horse C

5/1

Horse D

2/1

Here's how the winnings would be calculated, assuming a £1 stake per bet (total stake of £15 since there are 15 bets):

  1. Four Singles:
    • If Horse A wins, your return is £1 * (3 + 1) = £4
    • If Horse B wins, your return is £1 * (4 + 1) = £5
    • If Horse C wins, your return is £1 * (5 + 1) = £6
    • If Horse D wins, your return is £1 * (2 + 1) = £3
  2. Six Doubles:
    • If Horse A and B win, your return is £1 * (3 + 1) * (4 + 1) = £20
    • If Horse A and C win, your return is £1 * (3 + 1) * (5 + 1) = £24
    • If Horse A and D win, your return is £1 * (3 + 1) * (2 + 1) = £12
    • If Horse B and C win, your return is £1 * (4 + 1) * (5 + 1) = £30
    • If Horse B and D win, your return is £1 * (4 + 1) * (2 + 1) = £15
    • If Horse C and D win, your return is £1 * (5 + 1) * (2 + 1) = £18
  3. Four Trebles:
    • If Horse A, B, and C win, your return is £1 * (3 + 1) * (4 + 1) * (5 + 1) = £120
    • If Horse A, B, and D win, your return is £1 * (3 + 1) * (4 + 1) * (2 + 1) = £60
    • If Horse A, C, and D win, your return is £1 * (3 + 1) * (5 + 1) * (2 + 1) = £72
    • If Horse B, C, and D win, your return is £1 * (4 + 1) * (5 + 1) * (2 + 1) = £90
  4. One Fourfold:
    • If Horse A, B, C, and D all win, your return is £1 * (3 + 1) * (4 + 1) * (5 + 1) * (2 + 1) = £360

In the best-case scenario where all of your horses win, you would add all these returns together to get a total return of £839. The profit would then be the total return minus the initial stake of £15. To experiment with different outcomes, use this link for a bet calculator preloaded with the above example.

Lucky 15 Bet v Yankee Bet

A Lucky 15 and a Yankee both involve four selections, but they differ in the number of bets placed. The primary difference is that a Lucky 15 includes single bets, meaning you get a return if any of your selections win, whereas, with a Yankee, you need at least two successful selections to get a return.

Lucky 15

Yankee

Single

4

0

Double

6

6

Treble

4

4

Four-Fold

1

1

Total:

15

11

Lucky 15 Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Single Win Return - Even if only one of your selections wins, you'll get a return.
  • Bonus Opportunities - Many bookmakers offer bonuses for one winner or all selections winning.
Cons
  • Higher Initial Cost - You're making 15 bets so your initial stake is multiplied by 15.
  • More Complex - Lucky 15 bets are more complicated than simpler bet types, which could be a disadvantage for beginners.

How Does an Each Way Lucky 15 Work?

An each way Lucky 15 involves 30 bets instead of 15. You're betting on both the selection to win and to place. So, if you have four selections, you're betting on all four to win, all four to place, six doubles on the win, six place doubles, four win trebles, four place trebles, one win fourfold, and one place fourfold. You'll receive a payout if any of your selections win or place.

How to Place a Lucky 15 at Bet365

Placing a Lucky 15 is simple at Bet365, and you don't need to do the maths. You can also use the Bet Calculator to determine your potential returns and bonuses before placing your bet.

We'll take you through it step by step. We will use Horse Racing as an example, but Lucky 15 bets can be placed on other sports, such as football or rugby.

  • Log into your account at Bet365.com or sign up for a new one using the Bet365 bonus code and select Horse Racing from the left-hand menu.
bet365 horse racing menu
You can find Horse Racing bets by clicking Racing
  • This will take you to the page showing all the bets you can place on Horse Racing. You will be able to view upcoming races and select your bets.
  • Choose the 4 selections and add them to your bet slip by clicking on the odds. Your selections should be from different races. You can navigate between races by using the menu at the top of the screen and go back to the main menu to select a different race course.
bet365 horse racing lucky 15
Making your horse racing selections at Bet365
  • Once you have made your selections, expand your bet slip, scroll to the bottom and select the Show More Multiples option.
bet365 show more multiples
Select Show more multiples to place a Lucky 15
  • You will then see all the possible multiple bets you can place. Simply scroll down to the Lucky 15 option and enter your stake per bet. Bet365 will then calculate the total stake for you. Don't forget to select the E/W box if you want your bets each way. This will change your total bet amount.
Bet365 Lucky 15
Enter your stake in the Lucky 15 box
  • If you are happy with your selections and the bet amount, all you need to do is click Place Bet and proceed as usual, ensuring enough money is in your account to cover your stake.

Last Update: 19 October 2023

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Also See

Lucky 15 bet calculator - Work out the returns on your 3 selection lucky 15 bet, factoring in bookmaker bonuses, dead heats, non runners and each way options. Fast and easy to use. Enter the details, and your winnings will update automatically.

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