What is a GOLIATH BET?

You can easily be forgiven if your first question is, what is Goliath betting? A Goliath bet is very much what the name suggests.

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It is a huge combination of permutations combining a total of eight selections. Your stake per line is multiplied by 247 to cover all possible outcomes (excluding singles).


It is possible for you to earn big returns from small stakes, even with so many different lines on this bet.

For example, a 10p Goliath bet would cost £24.70 to place. But if you have eight winning lines, the returns on an eight-fold accumulator could be very big!

Before we move on to looking at the profits that can be garnered from this bet type, it is important to answer the question, what is a Goliath bet?

Here is a definition of what a Goliath bet is before we move on (also shown above)


A Goliath consists of 247 bets on eight selections i.e. 28 doubles, 56 trebles, 70 fourfold accumulators, 56 fivefold accumulators, 28 sixfold accumulators, eight sevenfold accumulators and one eightfold accumulator. Two or more selections must be successful to have a return. A £1 Goliath costs £247.


Let’s look at an example of a Goliath bet on the Cheltenham Festival. We have selected some horses from the 27-race programme at Cheltenham on which to base an ante-post Goliath bet.

This could be an ideal bet if you want to secure an interest across the entire meeting. In horse racing betting, similar sentiments could apply to other high-profile meetings where prices will be available for key races across the meeting before the action gets underway. These could include Royal Ascot, the Aintree Grand National Meeting, Glorious Goodwood or the Punchestown Festival.

By using a Goliath bet calculator, you could weigh up the potential returns on your investment on a bet of this type that would provide a sustained interest in, for example, the entire four days of the Cheltenham Festival.

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Below are the selections for our Goliath bet example:
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If we stick with the £1 stake (total cost £247) the returns are lucrative if all selections are winners. In this case, the total return would be in excess of £37,637 on our Goliath bet.
There are many combination bets involved in Goliath bets, so it is worth remembering that you do not need all your selections to be winning ones in order for this bet to be profitable. You can also start off with a stake much lower (or higher) than we have used, depending on your bankroll.
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A Goliath bet that includes four/five winning selections from eight can result in large profits relative to the initial stake.


You might want to use Goliath betting in other sports, too. You could choose to place this bet on a combination of snooker matches, for example.

You will generally have the choice of win markets, handicap options and correct score outcomes on all major snooker tournaments.

In general terms, this bet is ideally suited to selections priced at around even-money. For Goliath betting, this means that the potential earnings on your bet are quickly doubling up with each winning selection that you have. As a consequence, having around 50% of the selections as winner – four to five lines – means that you are going to see a pleasing return relative to the initial stake on this bet.

While we now have the Goliath bet explained, it is worth pointing out too that this bet type is often employed by experienced bettors. As the number of lines involved is so big, you should be confident in your understanding of this bet before using it.

Once you learn a bit more about the Goliath bet, it could prove to be a useful betting tool if you are finding that accumulators are being let down by one or two legs time and again. With the Goliath’s full coverage, you will still be able to show a handsome profit if you can achieve five winning legs from eight selections.

Goliath Bet - FAQs:

Is Goliath A Good Bet?

Arguably the most exciting bet type around, the Goliath gives punters the chance to win a large sum of money. 

How Do You Place A Goliath Bet With 888sport?

Go to your chosen sport and add eight selections to your bet slip. Then, click permutations on the tab and scroll down to the Goliath bet section.

Can You Do An Each Way Goliath Bet?

Yes – 888sport customers can place an each-way Goliath by simply ticking the box next to the selection.

When Is A Goliath Bet The Best Option?

If you are looking to enjoy yourself with a thrilling multiple, the Goliath bet is the one for you.


Now one of the most popular bet types with bookmakers across the United Kingdom, the Goliath Bet gives punters a chance to dream big and win big.

Landing a Goliath bet is very difficult but with a bit of luck and plenty of research, this could be a bet type worth considering.

Follow our simple steps to placing a Goliath bet at 888sport and we wish you the best of luck with your future wagers! 

The next bet type on our list is What is a Heinz bet, which also includes the interesting stat behind the naming of this particular bet!

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