The Lucky 63 bet was reportedly invented by Fred Done, founder of the bookmaker Betfred. Unsurprisingly it got its name from the number of sub-bets used to create it, and is described as ‘lucky’ due to the bonuses offered on the bet.
While the Lucky 63 bet may sound big and complex, it is easy to place in practice. Online bookmaker betting slips will automatically make this bet type available once six selections are placed.
Because it comprises so many sub-bets, a Lucky 63 bet can generate big returns even against low stakes.
However, the large number of selections used to place the sub-bets does reduce the statistical possibility of winning all sub-bets and getting the maximum bet payout.
So, how many bets in a Lucky 63?
The answer’s in the name: a Lucky 63 bet is made up of 63 sub-bets, including:
These sub-bets are structured in such a way that every selection appears at least once in each bet type.
|Sub-bet||Lucky 63 breakdown||Number of bets|
|Singles||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6||6|
|Doubles||1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-6, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6, 4-5, 4-6, 5-6||15|
|Trebles||1-2-3, 1-2-4, 1-2-5, 1-2-6, 1-3-4, 1-3-5, 1-3-6, 1-4-5, 1-4-6, 1-5-6, 2-3-4, 2-3-5, 2-3-6, 2-4-5, 2-4-6, 2-5-6, 3-4-5, 3-4-6, 3-5-6, 4-5-6||20|
|Four-folds||1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-5, 1-2-3-6, 1-2-4-5, 1-2-4-6, 1-2-5-6, 1-3-4-5, 1-3-4-6, 1-3-5-6, 1-4-5-6, 2-3-4-5, 2-3-4-6, 2-3-5-6, 2-4-5-6, 3-4-5-6||15|
|Five-folds||1-2-3-4-5, 1-2-3-4-6, 1-2-3-5-6, 1-2-4-5-6, 1-3-4-5-6, 2-3-4-5-6||6|
How does a Lucky 63 bet work?
Placing a Lucky 63 bet starts with making six selections in the betting markets.
Each selection you make should be in a unique market so that it is possible for all six bets to win – for example, don’t pick two horses to win the same race.
When placing your selections go for entries that you feel have an excellent chance of winning their bet. Even a couple of speculative bets can radically reduce your chances of winning a Lucky 63 bet.
Once you have made all your selections they will appear automatically on your bookie’s betting slip, assuming you’re placing your Lucky 63 online (which is strongly recommended).
In most cases the betting slip will detect that you have made six selections and will offer a Lucky 63 bet as an option in the multiple/combination bets section of the slip.
From there you just need to enter a stake. This stake will be multiplied by 63 to cover all the sub-bets, giving you your total bet stake. Once that’s done, submit your bet.
If one of your selections in a Lucky 63 bet wins you will earn a return on your bet. In practice a single winning bet at odds of 64/1 or higher will earn you a profit on a Lucky 63 bet.
However, selections priced at odds this high are more likely to tank your Lucky 63 bet than win it.
So you will generally need three or more selections at more modest odds to win their events to earn a profit of the bet, although this depends entirely on the specific odds of these winning selections.
Lucky 63 betting calculator
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Lucky 63 betting strategy
While you don’t need to win all your bets to earn an overall profit from a Lucky 63, you typically want to make selections that have a very good chance of winning.
The more selections win, the more successful bets are activated and the bigger the overall payout.
A conservative Lucky 63 betting strategy is to place these bets using six selections at low odds. This generates a payout larger than you’d have made if you bet the same amount on six singles.
For example, you could place a Lucky 63 bet on six top ranked tennis players playing against low ranked opposition in the first round of matches at a Grand Slam.
Assume each of these low ranked players is priced 1/6 in the match betting markets and you place a £1 stake per bet on the Lucky 63.
If each player wins you’ll get a total return of £102.46, for a £39.46 profit – far more than the £10.5 profit you’d have earned if you’d split up a £63 stake and placed six winning singles on the players.
However, at odds like this all six bets in a Lucky 63 need to win to generate a profit, and just one losing bet will plunge the overall bet into loss-making territory.
On the other side of the spectrum, you can attempt to generate the type of massive payout a Lucky 63 bet can generate by balancing each selections prospects against getting the best possible price.
To place this type of bet you really need to know the sport you are betting on.
That’s because this is the key to finding value in the betting markets – i.e. identifying selections that are priced well above the statistical probability of their winning their event.
An example would be finding an overpriced horse in a race betting market.
If you can string together six of this type of selection your bet will become profitable with fewer selections winning, and could generate a massive payout if all six win.
For example, let’s assume you manage to find six high value horses, all overpriced at 5/1 in their respective race betting markets, and stake £1 per bet on your Lucky 63.
A winning Lucky 63 bet with all six horses winning will pay out a £117,648 return, for a massive total profit of £117,585!
Taking this approach also means you need fewer winning bets to make a profit. Using the example above:
- 5 winning bets will net a £17,743 profit
- 4 winning bets will net a £2,337 profit
- 3 winning bets will net a £279 profit
Whether you choose to bet conservatively, go for higher odds or combine the two approaches is up to you.
Either way, remember that it is preferable to keep your stakes small when placing large combination bets, as they offer the opportunity to generate good returns without breaking the bank.
Lucky 63 bet FAQ
Are Lucky 63 bets worth it?
Does bet365 offer a Lucky 63 bonus
Which is better Heinz or Lucky 63?
When it comes to Lucky 63 vs Heinz the only difference between these two combination bet types is that the former includes six singles. So if you want to earn a return with just one of your selections winning, or earn an overall larger return if all six win, the Lucky 63 is the way to go.
If you want to bet a small stake on your combination bet and aren’t too bothered about scraping back some of your stake if only one selection wins, the Heinz bet is the better option for you.
What’s better: Lucky 63 vs Super Heinz?
A Super Heinz bet is made on seven selections compared to six for a Lucky 63, which means it will by default be more difficult to earn a full payout on this bet. It will also be more expensive as it comprises more sub-bets. And with no singles, you won’t get a partial return if only one selection wins their event. However, the trade-off is potentially scoring a much bigger payout.
By contrast a Lucky 63 is relatively cheaper for the same per-bet stake, has a better probability of winning, and also features singles that will add to your returns for less successful bets.
So if you prefer a more conservative bet, go with a Lucky 63. If you want to go for higher-risk glory and a massive payout, then the Super Heinz is the better option.
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Bearing in mind that bookie odds are slightly lower than the statistical odds on any given selection due to the overround, you can calculate the approximate probability of winning a Lucky 63 by multiplying the odds on each of the selections in your bet.
For example, if your selections are all priced at 2/1, the approximate probability of them winning will be 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 or 64/1.
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