Betting Syndicates Explained

Written by Steven Hubbard
Verified by BettingLounge team
Last updated 04/10/2023

In short, syndicates are a type of pool betting involving two or more players combing their stakes for a chance to win (share with other winning players in the syndicate) huge prizes.

You may also see this type of pool betting called “Colossus” or even “Jackpot” bets. But, they are all under the umbrella of a betting syndicate.

Syndicates used to be exclusively available to horse racing bets. But, you can now find them in football, tennis and even basketball at a number of betting sites in the UK.

How Do Syndicates Work?

Syndicates are when players combine a certain stake into a pool and then make a selection on multiple outcomes. The prize is then divided among those that made the correct selections.

Example: Mr Green: 1x2- Pick 5 for £5000

Burnley vs Aberdeen

Sarpsborg vs St Gallen

Rangers vs Nk Osijek

Dynamo Kiev vs Shakhtar

Reading Vs Derby

With this syndicate on Mr Green, you have to pick either 1x2 for all the matches in the list. If you get them correct you could win a share of the £5000 or, if you are the only winner, the whole £5000. If you get 4 out of 5 correct you could win a share of £1000.

Now the stake is only £2 so the odds you get are far bet than any acca you could build without the syndicate.

With the highest odds combined using a £2 stake on a normal Acca, you could only win a maximum of £1805.42. But, this is with the highest odds, so all the outside bets combined in an acca is still nowhere close to the potential of winning £5000.

What Are Colossus Syndicates?

Colossus is just the name used for this modern form of pool betting. They cover several different sports but mostly horse racing and football syndicates.

  • Guaranteed jackpot prizes- You can get the full jackpot amount regardless of the total amount of contributions from other players.
  • Consolation prizes- Depending on the syndicate you can get consolation prizes if you get 4 or more correct. Check the syndicate information to find out the consolation prizes for each one.
  • Cash Out option- Players can sell all or part of their bet back to the syndicate to guarantee a profit regardless of the outcome. Of course, your selections need to be winning or you have already won several legs.

Pool Types

You can find these different pool types on several different betting sites including Mr Green, FansBet and ThePools.


  • 1x2- Predicting the outcome of a series of matches.
  • Correct score - Pick the exact score for a series of matches.
  • Asian Handicap - Pick the correct final score match Asian handicap in a series of matches.
  • Over/Under - Pick the total number of goals being over or under a specified number (usually 2.5 total match goals) in a series of matches.
  • Both teams to score - Pick “Yes” or “No” for both teams to score in a series of matches.

Horse Racing

  • Win- Pick the outright winner of each race listed in the syndicate.
  • Place- Pick a horse/horses to place in each of the races listed in the syndicate. Check out our horse racing guide for more details.

Betting Sites with Syndicates

Below is a list of betting sites in the UK that offer syndicate betting for a range of sports including football and horse racing.


The Pools Syndicates

Thepools is back with a revamped sportsbook design while still offering some of the best betting syndicates with pools games worth up to £3million.

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QuinnBet Syndicates

QuinnBet is a fairly new Irish betting site (2017) that offers a wide range of pool (syndicate) betting for both football and horse racing. You will find a healthy amount of syndicates to join, and a leaderboard with the best performing syndicate captains!

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Fansbet Syndicates

Fansbet is a new betting site that launched in 2017, and recently added a "Jackpots" section for syndicate betting.You will find a healthy community of fellow syndicate punters on FansBet, and massive jackpots reaching up to £1 Million!

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Free Jackpot Games

You can also find free jackpot games on select betting sites like Betway and Paddy Power.

Betway's 4 to Score

Betway's 4 to Score is a a free football prediction jackpot game in which you predict the first goalscorers in four select matches to win up to £50,000!

Paddy Power's Beat The Drop

A fun feature for new and existing Paddy Power customers, in a million-pound drop style for a chance to win £1000. Answer ten questions correctly for a maximum win of £1000. You will have an unlimited play of a ‘10 Q - £1,000 Pot’ game within your first month (30 days) after your first entry. Join Paddy Power today to play Beat The Drop for free today!

888Sport Free-to-play Football Predictor

Try 888Sport’s free-to-play football predictor for the chance to win £8000! Make 8 win-draw-win predictions with the 8 games picked each week by 888Sport. Get all 8 right for the chance to win £8k, or get a £1 free bet for each correct pick!

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  • Join or sign in to your 888Sport account (UK members who are fully verified only)
  • Make your 8 win-draw-win predictions with the “Up for 8” game


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