What is a combination tricast bet?

12 Jul 2021
Phil Lowe 12 Jul 2021
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What is a combination tricast bet?

A combination tricast bet is a further step up from a combination tricast, in that it allows you to pick three or more selections from a race, and you then need three of those selections to finish first, second or third to win the bet. 

A combination tricast is often seen as a much safer approach to forecast betting than a traditional tricast bet. This is because you cover a much wider variety of options, as opposed to just placing one bet on who will finish first, second, and third. 

If a combination tricast is something totally new to you, then please read the following guide to get to grips with what exactly it looks like, and all the pros and cons associated with it. 

Before that though, if you are not up to speed with what a traditional tricast bet or even a forecast bet looks like, then feel free to check out our useful guides using the betting types link at the top of the page.

Calculating odds and an example

A combination tricast is a little bit more difficult to understand in comparison to the traditional tricast bet. 

This is because a traditional tricast bet is simply one bet being placed on one outcome, whereas a combination tricast is a number of different bets being placed on various different outcomes, depending on how many selections you add to your bet slip. 

When placing a combination tricast, the first thing you should do is head on over to your prefered bookmakers and select the sport you are looking for. Due to the nature of a forecast bet, chances are that you will be placing your bet on either horse racing or dog racing. 

Once you have chosen your event, you can then go about adding your three or more selections to your betslip. 

It is worth remembering that the number of bets you place, and in turn, your stake, will be affected by the number of selections you place on your bet slip.

The following list shows how many bets you will place depending on your number of selections:

3 selections- 6 bets 
4 selections- 24 bets 
5 selections- 60 bets 
6 selections- 120 bets 

Once you have chosen the number of selections you are going to place and have put them on your bet slip, you can then place the bet. Some bookmakers will offer you the option of making the bet into a tricast on your betslip, but for those who don’t, you will want to find the forecast tab on the race’s page, if there isn’t one, then check under other markets. 

Now let’s take a look at how the bet works. 

For the sake of ease, we are going to go with the lowest number of selections you can place- three. 

Your bet will be composed of the following six bets: 

1) Horse A to win the race, Horse B to finish second and Horse C to finish third 
2) Horse A to win the race, Horse C to finish second and Horse B to finish third 
3) Horse B to win the race, Horse A to finish second and Horse C to finish third 
4) Horse B to win the race, Horse C to finish second and Horse A to finish third 
5) Horse C to win the race, Horse A to finish second and Horse B to finish third 
6) Horse C to win the race, Horse B to finish second and Horse A to finish third 

As you can see from the above bets, the only way you will lose money on your combination tricast is if one of the three horses you have chosen fails to finish in the top three. 

One thing you should be aware of here is that the bookies are not likely to offer you odds when you place the bet. Instead, they will calculate the returns from the bet after the race is run. Generally speaking, though, you can work out if your in for a good return or not based on the odds of the horses you have chosen. 

It is also a smart move to check out what your chosen bookmakers’ policy is when it comes to non-runners, as some will return your stake, while others may edit the bet on your behalf and turn it into a forecast or even a single, depending on how many of the horses are not running. 

Advantages of a combination tricast bet

One of the biggest advantages of a combination tricast, especially ahead of a more traditional tricast bet, is that you provide yourself with a lot more coverage and you can also add as many selections to your bet slip as you please. 

Despite the fact that you will have to wager more money here, you are still likely to make quite a comfortable profit still. 

In general, combination tricasts are often advised over a straight tricast by more experienced gamblers. 

Disadvantages of a combination tricast bet 

Forecast betting, regardless of what form it takes, can be incredibly difficult, and combination tricasts, despite offering extra insurance, are still very tough to get right. 

Your stake is also multiplied by when it is placed, which means you can stand to lose a lot more money than what you would do on a straight tricast. 

Some punters also find the fact that a lot of bookmakers won’t offer fixed odds on a combination forecast incredibly frustrating. 

Sports you can place a combination tricast on

Most bookmakers will only allow their customers to place combination tricast bets on racing sports, with a lot of them restricting it down even further to just horse and dog racing.

A lot of bookmakers will allow you to place a combination tricast on sports which have a final league standing, but you would either have to contact them directly or use their request a bet feature if they have one. 

For detailed guides on how to bet on various different sports, please check out how to bet section using the link at the top of the page.