The Biggest Betting Dilemma: Single Bets or Combined Tickets

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Every sports bettor has undoubtedly come to this dilemma during their betting career. Is it better to play single bets or play multiple selections in combo bets? The dilemma is more than justified because both strategies have their advantages and disadvantages. Single bets are certainly a safer way to play, while combined tickets bring potentially much higher profits.

This article will present all the advantages and disadvantages of these betting strategies and explain them in the best possible way and help you choose the game that suits you best.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Combo Tickets

Quite obviously, the most significant advantage of combined tickets over single bets is that you can potentially win considerable amounts with a relatively small stake.

For example, if you combine four games with odds of 2.00 and bet only 10€, the potential win is 320€, while playing four separate single bets, you bet 40€ for a maximum win of 80€. This difference is more than evident.

Also, with combined tickets, the margin by which bookmakers make their profit favors bookmakers because it is slightly higher.

So, with the successful strategy of playing combined tickets, you can make a significant profit at the bookmaker. The combined tickets range from double tickets (two games) to treble tickets (three games), while all other combined tickets with four or more games are simply called – 4, 5, 6-fold. You can read more about the different types of combined bets and their names in our glossary of terms and expressions.

Of course, it’s important to note that if you don’t predict correctly just one game in the combined ticket, you lose your bet. Even if you are very confident in your match selections, the use of combined ticket tactics will be very unbalanced, with frequent small losses and occasional more significant gains.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Single Bets

In our humble opinion, it is much better to bet on a single bet in the long run. It is best, as always, to show this by example.

It sounds like a logical solution to play a double combined ticket, right? Well, that is not the case in the long run. Imagine a situation where you predict correctly only one of two games. In practice, such situations will happen almost every day. Just remember how many times you heard someone at a local bookmaker miss a ticket for “just one game” or “just one goal.”

But often, different bookmakers have different odds. In order to be successful in sports betting, you must use all the tricks that exist and thus gain an advantage over bookmakers.

You will often be able to take better and higher odds at different bookmakers, and thus you will be able to make money at bookmakers by playing single bets.

In any case, playing single bets is a professional and proven profitable strategy of sports betting. Bettors who stubbornly believe that it is better to play combined tickets with smaller odds are simply not correct. In fact, such bettors are the dream of every betting site. No matter how good your bets are, you are more likely to do something wrong when you play more games than when you play a single bet.


Of course, here and there, anyone can hit a combined ticket; that’s not in dispute. But the goal of this article is to point out to potential sports bettors what has been proven to be more profitable over a longer period. Single bets are more profitable. A single bet allows you to choose a bookmaker with better odds, lower margins and “protects” you from losses due to just one miss on the ticket. Everything is clear with this way of betting: how much money and how many odds, so much profit.

And remember, Rome was not built in one day. It takes a lot of patience and discipline to be successful in sports betting. One of the most famous matrices in sports betting is that sports betting is not a sprint but a marathon. Be patient and disciplined, and profit will come.