# 3 Game Parlay Bet Payout

A 3 game parlay bet payout is typically 6/1, though it may vary slightly from sportsbook to sportsbook, and will also depend on whether you force a true odds calculation. Recall that parlays combine multiple bets into one big bet. Individual bets are also called selections. The bet wins if all selections are correct.

Point spreads, over-under totals, moneylines, and some prop bets are commonly combined to make a parlay bet. This lesson works off our parlay betting tutorial which offers a much longer and detailed explanation of parlay bets, house edge, and payout calculations.

The 3 game parlay is popular among bettors who feel confident in their handicapping, but don’t want to take on the risk of a 4, 5, or 6 selection parlay. After all, the probability of winning a parlay decreases the more selections you add.

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## 3 Game Parlay Bet Payout

A winning 3 game parlay bet typically pays 6/1. The exact payout might be different depending on which sports betting site you use, though 6/1 is fairly universal across all sportsbooks. The “Global Sportsbook Payout” for a 5 selection parlay is also 6/1.

However, the exact payout may vary when you include a moneyline or prop bet side that doesn’t have standard odds. We explain this in more detail below.

The following table illustrates the odds of winning a 3 game parlay bet, the payout, and the house edge on the bet. The “house edge” is simply the mathematical advantage the sportsbook has on the customer each time they bet.

Parlay Bet Payouts and House Edge
SelectionsActual OddsUsual PayoutHouse Edge
23/12.6/110.00%
37/16/112.50%
415/110/131.25%
531/120/134.38%
663/140/135.94%
7127/175/140.63%
8255/1150/141.02%
9511/1300/141.21%
101027/1700/131.54%

### Parlay Payouts Short the Winning Gambler

As you can see, the actual odds on a 3 game parlay are 7/1. That means a payout equal to the wager’s risk would be 7 x wager. However, at 6/1, you’re losing 1 wagering unit (7/1 actual odds – 6/1 payout = 1 unit). The reduced payout shorts the winning gambler and makes the parlay bet a moneymaker for the sportsbook.

## Standard Odds Example

A “standard odds” parlay means all the selections have -110 odds. It’s easy to calculate a standard odds parlay payout. Simply multiply your bet amount x the payout figure. We’ll use the Global Sportsbook Payout value of 6 in our example:

• \$10 Bet
• 6/1 Payout
• \$10 x (6/1) = \$60.00

## True Odds Example

A “true odds” parlay means one or more of the selections do not have -110. This might happen when you include a moneyline selection with a -180 favorite, or a prop bet with a +250 side. Unlike the standard odds payout example above, we’ll have to do some more math to get the right payout.

### Example Selections

Note the selection that forces a true odds calculation: Panthers +500 moneyline.

• Broncos -5 -110
• Celtics +7 -110
• Panthers +500

### Example True Odds Calcuation

We’ll need to calculate a multiplier for each of the three selections. Our parlay bet tutorial explains the steps in detail. For simplicity, we’ll skip a couple of the calculations to demonstrate how a true odds payout differs from a standard odds payout.

The multiplier for any -110 odds selection is always 1.9091. In this example we have 2 selections with a 1.9091 multiplier. Now we’ll figure the multiplier for the Panthers +500.

• Plus Values – Divide odds by 100 and add 1. (500/100) + 1 = 6.
• Minus Values – Divide 100 by the odds value and add 1. (100/110) + 1 = 1.9091 (rounded)

Now we multiply all the multipliers, and then multiply the product by our bet. Finally, subtract our bet amount to figure the payout to get a \$208.68 win on a \$10 bet.

(1.9091 x 1.9091 x 6) x \$10 = \$218.68 – \$10 = \$208.68

The product of the multipliers (numbers inside the parentheses) is 21.868. Note that it’s much higher than the actual odds (7/1) on a parlay comprised of standard odds selections. This is due to the +500 Panthers moneyline selection. Including a big moneyline underdog in a parlay increases the player’s risk. Therefore, the sportsbook must offer a higher payout should the parlay win.

In general, it’s best to try to force a true odds payout calculation, as it favors the player. That means you should try to include a favorable moneyline or prop bet within your parlay as often as possible.

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## FAQs

What is the “Global Sportsbook Payout” for a 3 Game Parlay Bet?

The “Global Sportsbook Payout” for a 3 game or selection parlay bet with standard odds is 6/1. A winning \$10 bet would payout \$60.

What is the payout for a standard odds 3 Game Parlay Bet?

A common payout for a standard odds 3 game parlay bet will be 6/1. Though 6/1 is common across most sportsbooks, the exact standard odds value may vary depending on the sports betting site.

How can I get true odds on a 3 Selection Parlay Bet?

Include one or more moneyline or prop bet selections that don’t have -110 odds to force a true odds calculation. Putting a big moneyline underdog in your 3 game parlay will increase the potential payout well above a standard odds payout.

What is the house edge on a standard odds 3 Game Parlay Bet?

The exact house edge will vary depending on the sportsbook, however it will be around 12.5%.

Do standard odds parlay payouts favor the player or the sportsbook?

Parlay payouts favor the sportsbook, or the house. The payouts made to players placing standard odds parlay bets are well below the bet’s true odds. The sportsbook keeps the difference as profit.

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