Betting odds explained

It’s a bit of a headache understanding odds, so we’ve devised a beginners guide to betting odds explained.

When looking at odds, you can view them in two formats; decimal and fractional. Decimal format refers to the total return including the stake, i.e. £1 at odds of 5.5 (9/2) returns £5.50 (£4.50 profit + £1 stake). Fractional odds are slightly more complicated but more commonly used amongst bookmakers and the industry professionals. 4/1 refers to the return based upon stake, i.e. a return of 4 units for every 1 unit staked (£4 return for every £1 staked).

See the below chart for a breakdown of odds in both fractional and decimal format. Also the returns for £5 level stakes can be found. Remember not to get confused with similar looking fractional odds. e.g. 4/5

If you want to work out your winnings from a multiple bet such as an accumulator, we recommend you use a betting calculator to do it for you. See our list of betting calculators here.

Knowing your odds

 

Fractional

DecimalWIN RETURNS FROM £5  (inc. stake)

1-2

1.5

£7.50

4-71.57

£7.86

8-13

1.62£8.08

4-6

1.67£8.33
8-111.73

£8.64

4-5

1.80£9.00
5-61.83

£9.16

10-111.91

£9.55

1-1

2.00

£10.00

11-10

2.10£10.50

6-5

2.20£11.00

5-4

2.25£11.25

11-8

2.38

£11.87

6-4

2.50

£12.50

13-8

2.63

£13.13

7-4

2.75£13.75

15-8

2.88£14.38

2-1

3.00£15.00
9-43.25

£16.25

5-23.50

£17.50

11-43.75

£18.75

3-1

4.00

£20.00

100-30

4.33

£21.66

7-2

4.5

£22.50

4-1

5.00£25.00
9-25.50

£27.50

5-1

6.00

£30.00

11-2

6.50

£32.50

6-1

7.00

£35.00

13-2

7.50

£37.50

7-18.00

£40.00

15-2

8.50

£42.50

8-1

9.00£45.00
17-29.50

£47.50

9-1

10.00£50.00

10-1

11.00

£55.00

25-126.00

£130.00

33-1

34.00£170.00
50-151.00

£255.00