We often get asked to explain different types of multiple bets and a trixie is quite a common bet mainly for horse racing although it can be used in other sports. The trixie bet is a multiple bet option when you have three possible outcomes available and is similar on that basis to the patent bet. The main difference between a trixie and patent bet is that the trixie does not cover any singles so to get a return you will need to have at least two winners out of the three selections.
Trixie bet explained
As mentioned above this bet does not contain any single bets so its just a total of four lines that you are placing the bet on. The trixie bet breaks down as follows
To get a return on this bet you will need to get two winners out of the three. If you want to cover all the options including singles then have a read of our patent bet guide here.
Selection 1 – 10/1
Selection 2 – 10/1
Selection 3 – 10/1
The Trixie bet
Bet 1 – Selection 1 and selection 2 (double)
Bet 2 – Selection 1 and selection 3 (double)
Bet 3 – Selection 2 and selection 3 (double)
Bet 4 – Selection 1, selection 2 and selection 3 (treble)
To keep things simple for this example imagine you want to back three horses and they are all at 10/1. We will use a stake of £1 per line giving us a total stake of £4. If one horse wins and the other two lose there will be no return meaning you’d have lost your £4.
But if any two horses win your return would be £117 (£121 win minus your £4 stake). If your were lucky enough that all 3 horses won then all three of the doubles would win along with the treble. In this instance your returns would be £1,694 with a total profit of £1,690 (returns minus the stake). Obviously picking three winners at 10/1 would be an impressive feat but this shows how you can use the trixie bet to get a decent return even if one leg lets you down.
Can I have a trixie bet each way? Yes in horse racing you can back it each way, you will get less of a return if the horse places rather than wins. In the trixie bet example above you would also have a total stake of £8 rather than £4 as you increase the lines and outcomes when backing a bet each way.
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What is a trixie bet? See the above description!
What is a patent bet? read our full guide on the patent bet below