Treble bets, like all football accumulators, are popular with punters because, on the surface, there appears to be decent money to be made from small stakes. Short-odds single bets on their own offer little (if any) potential reward, so combining them into a Treble is understandably more popular because of the increased combined odds it offers. Of course, along with those increased odds comes the extra risk that one of the three selections will ultimately let the bet down.
With any three football matches, there are 27 possible combination of outcomes and a Treble is essentially a bet on just one of those 27 combinations occurring. Put like that, a Treble can appear rather less tempting to the discerning weekend punter.
All this shouldn’t discourage you from picking a Treble bet over another type of multiple, however, as it offers a good balance of risk and reward. A Double might not offer quite enough interest, especially if both selections are odds-on or at best a fairly meagre price. A four- or five-fold multiple, on the other hand, dramatically decreases the likelihood of achieving a return. A Treble sits nicely in the middle of this sliding scale of what you stake to what you can get back, and, with shrewdly-applied research, can prove a profitable method.
A Treble also offers hugely increased value when compared to placing three separate single bets on the same three events. Using the example of Manchester City, Chelsea and Celtic we mentioned above, three separate £10 bets on each result would return £17.27, £20 and £18 respectively, for a total pay-out of £55.27 - and that for a total stake of £30 instead of £10. That’s a profit of just £23.27 on the three singles, compared to £52.18 on the Treble - for the exact same combination of bets.
A more creative, and potentially more lucrative, way to use Trebles is to select five teams who you think will win, then place 10 trebles on the 10 different combinations of teams. You should get a return as long as at least three of those teams win. If four win, the potential profit is very tidy indeed and picking all five correctly obviously pays off in spectacular style. This is a good way to include one or two selections which offer slightly more value, combining them with the remainder who are more strongly fancied. Unlike the standard Treble, this more complex option gives you the leeway of making two incorrect selections but still making a profit.