Lucky 31 Bet Explained

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Updated: 04/02/2022 07:27

Lucky 31 Bet

UK betting sites offer a range of multiple wagers, with Lucky 31 bets among the best of them.

There are 31 lines in a Lucky 31 bet, as the name suggests, which means that the stake can get quite large. If a user placed 10p on a Lucky 31 their total stake would be £3.10 in order to cover all of the potential outcomes that are included. At £1 per line, the full stake would be £31 in total.

A Lucky 31 bet can be used on a wide range of sports, but in the UK it is probably most used for football betting and horse racing betting, but there is no reason why it cannot be used on tennis or even dogs.

Those who do not have a lot of experience placing multiple wagers might be unsure of what a Lucky 31 bet is and how it works, however, so read on for our full guide to this popular wager.

What is a Lucky 31 bet?

A Lucky 31 bet is a type of multiple wagers that is commonly available at top UK betting sites.

Similar to a Lucky 15, it simply involves a fifth selection being included to bump up the total number of lines that make up a Lucky 31 bet to 31, as the name of this wager suggests.

A Lucky 31 bet can also be compared to a Super Yankee – sometimes called a Canadian instead – except there are five singles included as well, making up the full 31 lines included.

Horse racing is the most common sport used for a Lucky 31 bet but it is offered for other sports such as greyhounds, football and so on too – any of them where multiple wagers can be placed.

So how does a Lucky 31 bet work and how do UK sports fans go about placing a Lucky 31 bet?

How a Lucky 31 bet Works

A Lucky 31 bet has a total of 31 lines in all – which means the stake is 31x – and it is as follows:

  • 5 singles
  • 10 doubles
  • 10 trebles
  • 5 four-folds
  • 1 five-fold accumulator

This means that a Lucky 31 bet will pay out a return as long as just one of the legs wins. The more legs win, the more lines will be winners and the more a user will get in return. It depends on the odds of the selections, but around three winners will often turn a profit in a Lucky 31.

Naturally, the best possible result for a Lucky 31 bet is for all five of the selections to be winners.

How to place a Lucky 31 bet

Placing a Lucky 31 bet works in the same way as another type of multiple wagers on a UK betting site, such as a treble, an accumulator, a Yankee, a Canadian or even a Lucky 15 bet.

Users can browse through the main markets they are considering and add five selections to their betslip before placing a Lucky 31 bet.

It is important to keep in mind when placing a Lucky 31 bet that the stake will be multiplied 31 times, which means the full outlay can get quite large.

To give an example, a £1 bet on a Lucky 31 bet would result in a £31 outlay in total, which is a significant amount of money, but a large potential profit would be up for grabs if all five legs won.

UK horse racing fans who want to place a Lucky 31 bet should also remember that their stake will be doubled in the event that they want to cover the each-way option on this type of wager.

So how exactly could a Lucky 31 bet work in practice? Let’s take a look at a specific example.

As we mentioned before, a Lucky 31 bet is made up of five singles, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, five four-folds and a five-fold accumulator. In horse racing, a Lucky 31 might therefore look like this:

5 singles

  • Horse A to win
  • Horse B to win
  • Horse C to win
  • Horse D to win
  • Horse E to win

10 doubles

  • Horse A + Horse B to win
  • Horse A + Horse C to win
  • Horse A + Horse D to win
  • Horse A + Horse E to win
  • Horse B + Horse C to win
  • Horse B + Horse D to win
  • Horse B + Horse E to win
  • Horse C + Horse D to win
  • Horse C + Horse E to win
  • Horse D + Horse E to win

10 trebles

  • Horse A + Horse B + Horse C to win
  • Horse A + Horse B + Horse D to win
  • Horse A + Horse B + Horse E to win
  • Horse A + Horse C + Horse D to win
  • Horse A + Horse C + Horse E to win
  • Horse A + Horse D + Horse E to win
  • Horse B + Horse C + Horse D to win
  • Horse B + Horse C + Horse E to win
  • Horse B + Horse D + Horse E to win
  • Horse C + Horse D + Horse E to win

5 Four-folds

  • Horse A + Horse B + Horse C + Horse D to win
  • Horse A + Horse B + Horse C + Horse E to win
  • Horse A + Horse B + Horse D + Horse E to win
  • Horse A + Horse C + Horse D + Horse E to win
  • Horse B + Horse C + Horse D + Horse E to win

1 Five-fold

  • Horse A + Horse B + Horse C + Horse D + Horse E to win

A Lucky 31 is known as a “full coverage” type of wager. This means that each of the five total selections that are included are covered in full, meaning just one leg needs to win for a payout.

Let’s say that in our bet, all five of the horses picked out for the Lucky 31 are at evens (1/1).

This means the potential payout for the Lucky 31 bet with a £1 stake per line will be as follows:

  • 0 selections win – £0 return with a loss of -£26
  • 1 selection wins – £3 return with a loss of -£28
  • 2 selection wins – £8 return with a loss of -£23
  • 3 selection wins – £26 return with a loss of -£5
  • 4 selection wins – £80 return with a profit of £49
  • 5 selection wins – £242 return with a profit of £211

Of course, it is highly unlikely that all five horses would be offered at evens, and in the event of higher odds then fewer wins will be required in order to turn a profit from a Lucky 31 wager.

But as a general rule of thumb, people can expect to need around three of their five selections to be a winner if they want to make a profit out of a Lucky 31 bet placed on a UK betting site.

Lucky 31 bet FAQs

What is a Lucky 31 Bet?

A Lucky 31 bet is a type of multiple wager that is similar to a Canadian, which some users might know as a Super Yankee. There is one big difference between a Lucky 31 and a Canadian or a Super Yankee wager, which is that there are also five singles included in this type of bet.

How does a Lucky 31 bet work?

As the name of this type of wager suggests, a Lucky 31 bet is made up of a total of 31 lines, which are as follows: five singles, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, five four-folds and one five-fold accumulator.

This means that just one of the five selections a user makes needs to win to receive a payout, but of course, the largest potential win from a Lucky 31 bet is if all five of their picks come in.

How to work out a Lucky 31 bet?

Learning how to work out a Lucky 31 is far from simple due to the large number of lines that are involved, which makes it a lot more complicated than working out the payout of a double or a treble. However, UK betting sites will automatically show people their potential profit when they are placing a Lucky 31 bet and various places online also host a Lucky 31 bet calculator too.

Steven is the product manager on BettingLounge and is an experienced iGaming writer who has been working in the industry since 2018.

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