In the world of betting, there are countless ways to place bets, whether through strategy, studying statistics, or implementing a special bet type. A flag bet is one such method — a different way to place your bets with the aim of increasing your winnings and reducing your losses. Read on for everything you need to know about flag betting!

Flag betting is quite a niche bet, so if you've never heard of it, here’s a quick overview. A flag bet is a form of system bet which uses several legs to make an accumulator and creates several smaller bets, giving you a greater chance of success.

A typical flag bet is quite similar to a Yankee bet in that it’s four-legged, covered by six doubles, four trebles, and a four-fold acca. What makes it different is the added 12 bets coming in the form of six up-and-down wagers — each of which contains two legs. That totals 23 separate bets, which means that your stake will be multiplied by 23, so a flag bet calculator might be a tool worth using.

An up-and-down bet (UAD) is split in half, with each UAD consisting of two legs that are staked separately. If the first bet wins, you’ll keep your winnings, and the original stake is carried over to the second bet. If one loses, you’ll win just a single bet.

So now that you have a better idea of what Flag betting is, why should it be part of your betting strategy? Firstly, simply knowing about it will help you find bookies that offer it, as not many do. Secondly, the strategy is useful thanks to the fact that it could get more returns than a four-selection acca would. And on the flip side, if an acca loses, you lose the whole stake, but a flag bet will still give you some returns if part of the bets are won.

What is a flag bet in horse racing? The first thing to understand is the four legs you can bet on, as shown in the example below.

• Leg 1: Horse 1 to win race 1

• Leg 2: Horse 4 to win race 2

• Leg 3: Horse 6 to win race 3

• Leg 4: Horse 9 to win race 4

These are the 23 total bets which will be automatically placed once you make a flag bet. Note that this type of bet can be applied to any sport.

1 Four-fold Acca

• Horse 1 to win race 1 and Horse 4 to win race 2 and Leg 3: Horse 6 to win race 3 and Leg 4: Horse 9 to win race 4

4 Trebles

• Horse 1 to win race 1 and Horse 4 to win race 2 and Horse 6 to win race 3

• Horse 1 to win race 1 and Horse 4 to win race 2 and Horse 9 to win race 4

• Horse 1 to win race 1 and Horse 6 to win race 3 and Horse 9 to win race 4

• Horse 4 to win race 2 and Horse 6 to win race 3 and Horse 9 to win race 4

6 Doubles

• Horse 1 to win race 1 and Horse 4 to win race 2

• Horse 1 to win race 1 and Horse 6 to win race 3

• Horse 1 to win race 1 and Horse 9 to win race 4

• Horse 4 to win race 2 and Horse 6 to win race 3

• Horse 4 to win race 2 and Horse 9 to win race 4

• Horse 6 to win race 3 and Horse 9 to win race 4

12 Up and down bets

• Horse 1 to win race 1, if the first bet wins a ‘Horse 4 to win race 2’ bet will be automatically placed.

• Horse 1 to win race 1, if the first bet wins a ‘Horse 6 to win race 3’ bet will be automatically placed.

• Horse 1 to win race 1, if the first bet wins a ‘Horse 9 to win race 4’ bet will be automatically placed.

• Horse 4 to win race 2, if the first bet wins a ‘Horse 6 to win race 3’ bet will be automatically placed.

• Horse 4 to win race 2, if the first bet wins a ‘Horse 9 to win race 4’ bet will be automatically placed.

• Horse 6 to win race 3, if the first bet wins a ‘Horse 9 to win race 4’ bet will be automatically placed.

### Flag Bet Winnings Breakdown

It's important to remember that with so many separate bets, you’ll stake a lot more, but it will increase the chance of winning a bet. The more legs you win, the more small bets you’ll win. To make a profit, you’ll need to win as many as possible, but system bets help to mitigate losses and possibly increase your winnings.

• If all four legs win: Well done — you’ve just won 23 bets at once! This will of course give you the greatest payout and greater returns than just a single four-legged acca.

• If any three legs win: You’ll win one treble bet, three double bets, and up to six up and down bets.

• If any two legs win: You’ll win one double and up to two up and down bets.

• If any single leg wins: You’ll win up to one up-and-down bet.

What is a flag bet if not a means to make a profit? It’s therefore important to keep this in mind when placing bets, so don’t go too wild and you should be fine.

As mentioned, since a flag bet is a form of system bet, there are several scenarios in which you might walk away with a few betting wins. Here’s a breakdown of what a typical flag bet consists of — winning any of these will pay out a partial amount of your stake.

• Four-fold Acca: Leg 1-2-3-4 MUST WIN for a payout

• Trebles: Any combination of 1-2-3; 1-3-4; 2-3-4; 1-2-4 MUST WIN for a payout

• Doubles: Any combination of 1-2; 1-3; 1-4; 2-3; 2-4; 3-4 MUST WIN for a payout

• Up and Downs: Any combination of 1-2; 1-3; 1-4; 2-3; 2-4; 3-4 MUST WIN for a payout

While you may be thinking that this all seems too complicated, it’s actually relatively simple to place. Let’s go through it.

1. Find a bookie who offers flag betting: Not every bookie features flag bets, so be on the lookout.

2. Figure out what to bet on: You’ll need to do your research and choose four legs which you want to place a wager on.

4. Select flag bet: From the bet slip, select multiples and find ‘Flag Bet’ from the drop-down.

5. Set your stake and place your bet: That’s it! Remember that your stake is multiplied by 23 and you’re good to go.

Although a yankee bet and a flag bet are quite similar in many aspects, there are a few key differences which are crucial to know when betting.

The main difference is the inclusion of 12 up and down bets, which means there’s a greater chance to win some of the smaller bets. This leads to the fact that there are 23 bets in a flag bet and only 11 in a Yankee bet.

The initial investment is a lot greater, as your stake is multiplied across 23 rather than 11. So, a £1 Yankee bet will see you stake £11, whereas a £1 flag bet will actually cost you £23. The risk and reward, of course, match each other.

It's time for the final verdict: are flag bets worth adding to your betting arsenal? Here are the advantages and drawbacks of flag betting at a glance.

Pros:
• Winning all four legs will exponentially increase your possible winnings
• If you lose one or two legs, you still win some bets
• Can be placed on several sports
Cons:
• Your initial stake is much larger

As another type of multiple bet, a flag bet boosts your chances of getting some bets right and increasing your overall winnings. It’s a tricky system bet, but can hold a lot of value if done well and at the right time.

Yes, just like many other multiple bets, you can add each-ways to your stake. If all four legs are eligible for each-way betting, the total number of bets placed will rise to 46.

Both types of flag bets are identical except for the number of initial bets. A flag bet features four legs, and a super flag features five legs.

There are several types of flag bets to play. Basically, you can flag bet on any system bet, including Heinz flag bets, Goliath flag bets, and many others. You can also do the same for super flag bet options.

A flag bet on horse racing is mostly played on wins and on different races. You can also go for each-way, but this will double your stake.

A super flag bet is almost exactly the same as a regular flag bet, except it involves five initial bets rather than four. This increases the bets to 46, so a super flag bet calculator is crucial at this point.

WRITTEN BY Jeremy Sant Fournier View all posts by Jeremy Sant Fournier

If there’s one thing Jeremy loves, it’s sports. A football fanatic at heart, Jeremy can always been found watching, playing or talking about sports. It’s in his blood, and with a keen interest in sports betting, sports writing is a match made in heaven.