What is an express bet?
Express is a combined bet of two or more choices, in which losing any choice means losing the entire bet.
In order for the express to win and bring full potential winnings, all the elections in it must win. Express also makes a profit when the bookmaker calculates part of the election as a refund, but at least one wins. In this case, the express coefficient and the winnings will be smaller, because the return makes the selection coefficient equal to 1.0.
How is the coefficient and the winnings on the express calculated?
To calculate the coefficient of the express, multiply the coefficients of all the choices in it. At the same time, bookmakers round the product of the coefficients to the nearest integer with 2-3 decimal places.
- Let’s take an example. Let’s say you have assembled an express of 4 events with coefficients of 1.5, 1.7, 1.8 and 2.0.
- Let’s find out what the express coefficient will be:
1,5 x 1,7 x 1,8 x 2,0 = 9,18
Now let’s calculate the net profit at the rate if you put 1000 rubles on this express:
9.18 x 1000 – 1000 = 8180 rubles
If you bet 1000 rubles on each of these elections separately, then if all 4 bets win, you will get significantly less profit:
(1.5 x 1000 – 1000) + (1.7 x 1000 – 1000) + (1.8 x 1000 – 1000) + (2.0 x 1000 – 1000) = 500 + 700 + 800 + 1000 = 3 000 rubles
For a big profit, you will pay with an increase in risk. Because losing even one choice in the express will lead to the loss of all the money, and with the ordinaries you will even earn a little.
And what happens if 3 of the 4 selections of our express – with coefficients of 1.5, 1.7 and 1.8 – are returns? It will turn out this way:
1,0 x 1,0 x 1,0 x 2,0 = 2,0
As you can see, the final coefficient of the express has become lower due to the return of 3 out of 4 selections. But if the fourth choice wins, then the express will win entirely! Even with a coefficient of 2.0, which is equal to the coefficient of the only winning choice in the express.
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What are the limitations when composing an express?
Bookmakers have one general restriction on such bets.
- This is the inability to assemble an express from duplicate and related selections. Even if you do it because of a technical error, the bookmaker’s rules allow him to cancel such a bet.
- The simplest manifestation of this limitation is that you will not be able to collect express bets on the same match.
Of course, you will not be able to make an express from the same bet that you have chosen twice or more.
Similarly, you will not be able to make an express of bets on the entry into the playoffs of teams from the same group in the group tournament. Also, you will not be able to collect an express from bets on the victory of the team in a separate match and on its own exit to the next round of the competition.
Why does this ban exist?
Imagine that tomorrow Spartak hosts Zenit. You expect teams to score at least 3 goals. The coefficient for a total of more than 2.5 goals is 1.83. And there is also a bet on a total of more than 1.5 goals, the coefficient of which is 1.23. If the teams score 3 goals, both choices win. It would be possible to collect an express of TB (2.5) and TB (1.5) in one match – and with 3 goals scored, win with a coefficient of 2.25 instead of 1.83 and 1.23. Unfortunately, you will not be able to do this. There are no fools.
Bookmakers also limit how much a client can win by express. There are different forms of this restriction: the payout limit, the limit on the final coefficient of the express, the limit on the number of selections in the express.
Consider the particular limitations of the legal bookmaker “Winline”:
- The maximum possible number of outcomes in one coupon is 20;
- The maximum number of outcomes in one coupon is 20
according to the rules of the BC , the maximum possible coefficient of the express bet is 5000.0. If the collected combination gives a higher figure, the calculation will be made by a factor of 5000.0;
The maximum coefficient of the express bet is 5000.0
if the express includes bets with different maximums, then the maximum allowable amount for the entire express will be equal to the lowest among them.
How do I place an express bet?
First you need to click on the selections that you want to combine into an express. Let’s say you liked the following options: Tottenham’s away win over Leicester in 1.73;
Manchester United’s away success against Watford for 1.66; Nantes with a handicap (+1) in the match against Monaco for 1.35.
Select the outcomes for the express in BC Winline
Betting on a head start
In the coupon, you need to choose the type of bet – express. After all the necessary outcomes are selected, they get into the bookmaker’s coupon. It is usually located on the right side of the screen. The bookmaker calculates the final coefficient and the potential payout. In our case, this is a coefficient of 3.87, and the payout at a rate of 1000 rubles will be equal to 3870 rubles.
Coupon with an express type rate
The express is ready!
Is it worth playing on express trains?
To answer this question, you must first decide what goal you are pursuing. If you just want to have fun and tickle your nerves, then no problem – put it. But express trains are unlikely to bring profit at a distance. After all, multiplying the betting odds, you multiply the bookmaker’s margin, which is contained in them.
To understand this, let’s take a match between equal opponents with two possible outcomes. The probability of winning each of them is 50%, and the coefficient for opposite outcomes is the same. Let’s say 1.85 versus 1.85. We will make 100 single bets, 10 rubles each. At a distance, half of these bets will lose, half will win. So we will calculate:
- 100 x 0.5 x 10 x 1.85 = 925 rubles
In total, we put 1000 rubles (100 x 10 rubles), and we got 925 rubles back. We are at a loss of 75 rubles. This is 7.5% of our bank, and this is the margin of the bookmaker.
Now let’s see what happens if we put 100 express trains from two such events, 10 rubles each. The coefficient of each express will be 3.42 (1.85 x 1.85), and the probability of passage will be 2 times less than that of a single bet, that is, 25%. Because if we won half of the distance in single bets, then we will win a quarter here.
- 100 x 0.25 x 10 x 3.42 = 855 rubles
In total, we put 1000 rubles (100 x 10 rubles), and 855 rubles were returned to us. We are at a loss of 145 rubles, or 14.5% of our bank. This is the margin, and it is almost twice as high as in the case of single bets. It turns out that it is more profitable to put ordinaries (odinars) than to collect from them, for example, twin express trains.
- The more choices are included in your express, the greater the advantage the bookmaker gets over you.
- Therefore, it is mathematically unprofitable to put express trains.
That does not prevent them from remaining insanely popular among the players of bookmakers and giving a lot of emotions when playing. So the choice of whether to play on express trains depends on your expectations. What do you want – emotions or an increase in the chances of making a profit?
- Pros and cons of express trains
- Advantages Disadvantages
The ability to collect a very high coefficient of difficulty of winning with a large number of events
You can get a big win with one bet
The ability to play live and pre-match
You can insure your choice by taking a smaller coefficient
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Sports betting: where to start and 6 tips for a beginner.
An express is a combination of single events, which is calculated by winning only if all the selected markets are passed. Combinations can start from two events. The bet coefficient is calculated by multiplying all the coefficients.
It is impossible to collect mutually exclusive events in the express – this is the only general restriction on the part of the bookmaker. Some companies may limit the maximum coefficient or the number of events in the coupon. To make a bet, you need to collect all the necessary markets in a coupon, specify the amount of the bet and make a forecast.
Answers to frequently asked questions
Is it possible to hit the jackpot on the express train?
Yes, not so long ago, for example, a bettor collected an express of eight football matches and put ₽100 on it — as a result, he received a payout of ₽594,359.
What is the minimum bet on express in bookmakers?
Usually the minimum bid is 20-100 rubles.
Is it possible to return the funds for the loss of the express?
As part of the promotions, bookmakers can provide such an opportunity.
How are the coefficients in the express?
It is necessary to multiply the coefficients of all the elections in it. At the same time, bookmakers round the product of the coefficients to the nearest integer with 2-3 decimal places.