Lucky 15 Bets have got a reputation as a “mug punters” bet. But I’m going to suggest that Lucky 15 bets can be a useful weapon to attack the bookmaker with – when used in the right situations. Firstly though I want to cover exactly what a Lucky 15 bet is, plus how and where to place them. A Lucky 15 Bet is 4 selections – typically horses, with “full cover”, meaning that all the multiple bet options are covered. So the 15 bets are 4 single win bets, 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and one four fold. Here is what a typical betting slip looks like:
You should always note the terms for your Lucky 15 Bets. Here Coral are offering “double the odds” for only one winner. But shop around and you will very often find Triple the odds for one winner, meaning you’ll get three times the odds should only one of your selections win. Smaller, independent bookmakers will often offer triple the odds, such as the example below.
Of the larger firms, Betfred is the only one that will offer you treble the odds on one winner. But the big bonus you get with them is that you’ll also get “Best Odds Gauranteed” prices when betting online.
Also if you have a local Betfred shop, often other local bookmakers, including the big firms such as Hills, Ladbrokes and Corals will “match” the triple odds promise to secure your business. Its a case of “Don’t ask, don’t get”. At the time of writing Corbettsports will also offer you treble odds and best odds guaranteed, on their website, but people have reported trouble getting bets accepted with them.
Ok so that covers the how and where to place your Lucky 15 Bets, but what about finding the right selections? One useful tactic is to utilise the “place” part of the Lucky 15 bet, by betting them each way. This makes the Lucky 15 Bet 30 bets in total, so a £1 each way Lucky 15 would cost a total of £30 (15 win bets plus 15 place bets). Here you are looking for selections that are very likely to make the frame and hence fill a place at least. If you get all four placed you will very often show a profit on the bet even without one winner.
At the time of writing one of my contributors is offering his Lucky 15 Bets via my forum at http://bettingprofitsbulletin.com/forum/horse-racing-systems/lucky-15s/