What is a Win Only If Bet?

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What is a Win Only If Bet
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Definition Win Only If Bets allow players to wager on multiple matchups, moving to the next wager if the previous wager wins. The subsequent wager amount can be no more than total winnings from the previous wager. If the player loses any bet, all remaining bets are off.
Bet Type Exotic
Odds See each matchup’s spread and total. Consider total number of bets made. The greater the number, the harder it is to win them all.
Sportsbooks All USA Sportsbooks
Example 3 team Win Only If Bet. Player takes Raiders, Cowboys and Broncos to win. Each team pays -120 moneyline. Player wagers $120 on Raiders. If Raiders win, player collects $100 winnings + $120 bet = $220. Player can now bet up to $220 on Cowboys. Player wagers $200 on Cowboys. If Cowboys win, player collects $166 winnings + $200 bet = $366. Player can now bet up to $366 on Broncos. Player wagers $300 on Bronocs. If Broncos win, player collects $250 winnings + $300 bet = $550. Final payout is $550.

Win Only If Bets allow players to wager on multiple matchups, moving to the next wager if the previous wager wins. The amount on the subsequent wager can be no more than total winnings from the previous wager. If the player loses any bet, all remaining bets are off. Players make keep all winnings up until the losing bet.

See Also
What is Spread Betting?
What is a Parlay?

Win Only If Bets seem confusing, to say the least. It’s important to learn this bet and add it to your arsenal. If Bets are substantially less risky compared to parlays.

Let’s examine the If Bet in a series of examples, broken down piece by piece.

A bettor wants to make a Win Only If Bet on the following games, choosing the Patriots, Colts, and Bears as winners:

Matchup 1. Patriots -120 vs. Jets
Matchup 2. Colts -180 vs. Cowboys
Matchup 3. Bears +160 vs. Seahawks

Note: The sportsbook shall pay winnings at True Odds. Refer to a parlay card for regular parlay payouts.

Example 1: Bettor makes a successful 3 matchup Win Only If Bet

1. A bet of $120 is placed on the Patriots in the first matchup, -120 to win $100. If the player wins, he gets his $120 wager plus $100 winnings = $220 total.

2. Next, the player can wager on the Colts favored to win at -180, because his Patriots bet won.

He can bet no more than the $220 win from the Patriots bet. The player bets $200 on the Colts. If the player is successful, he gets his $200 wager plus $111 winnings = $311 total.

3. The two prior wins lead the player to his third and final wager. He wagers on the Bears +160.

He can bet no more than the total winnings from his Colts bet. The player bets $300 on the Bears. If the player is successful, he gets his $300 wager plus $480 winnings = $780 total.

The player’s bet has finished successfully.

The player now calculates his winnings + wagers: $220 (Wager 1) + $311 (Wager 2) + $780 (Wager 3) = $1311 winnings and wagers. Not bad!

Example 2: Player only wins 2 of 3 bets

1. Consider the example above. The player wins bets 1 and 2, the Patriots -120 and Colts -160 respectively.

2. The two prior wins lead the player to his third and final wager. He wagers on the Bears +160.

He can bet no more than the total winnings from his Colts bet. The player bets $300 on the Bears. The player loses his Bears bet.

The player now calculates his winnings + wagers: $220 (Wager 1) + $311 (Wager 2) – $300 (Wager 3) = $231winnings and wagers.

Example 3: Player only wins 1 of 3 bets

1. Consider the example above. The player wins bet 1, the Patriots -120.

2. The wins lead the player to his second wager. He wagers on the Colts -180.

He can bet no more than the total winnings from his Patriots bet. The player bets $200 on the Colts. The player loses his Colts bet.

The player’s loss on the matchup means all remaining bets are off.

The player now calculates his winnings + wagers: $220 (Wager 1) – $200 (Wager 2) = $20 winnings and wagers.

Important Notes:

1. Win Only If Bets can have more than 3 bets. Most sportsbooks offer up to 15 bets.
2. Players can combine different choices on the favorite or underdog. Different types of wagers can be combined.

If you feel comfortable with the concept of a Win Only If Bet, we encourage you to try one at your sportsbook. They are much less risky than a parlay and can still produce big wins if successful. The best part is that players may keep all winnings accumulated prior to any losing bet. Essentially, the real financial risk is determined by how much you bet on the first wager. Then the odds of winning the entire bet vary depending on how many bets are made and the chances each bet will be correct.