System Bets Definition

System bet is in many ways similar to accumulator bet as it is placed on a number of selections, but with the big difference being that not all selections need to be guessed correctly to qualify for a return.

System bets can be played with bankers, in which case all selections marked as bankers need to be guessed correctly, or it can be played without bankers.

System bets are usually placed at longer odds and backed by big stakes so as to ensure nice profit even if a punter has several losing selections.

Popular system bets include Trixie, Yankee, Canadian, Heinz and Lucky 15, as well as different variations of the aforementioned bets. The process of calculating possible returns is not so difficult, but players may need the help of a betting calculator with more complicated system bets.


A player places a trixie system bet, which consists of four bets involving three different selections. If we mark the three selections as A, B and C, then we can easily see that the bet includes three doubles: AB, AC and BC and a treble: ABC. If selections A and B win, but selection C loses, then AB double is the only one that qualifies for the return. If the player correctly guesses all three selections, all four bets qualify for a return.

System Bets Pros and Cons
  • Not all selections need to win in order to qualify for a return
  • You can choose the system bet that best suits your betting style
  • High winning percentages
  • Yield lower returns than accumulators
  • System bets need to be placed at long odds to ensure good profit