You may be surprised to find out that betting odds of 4/11 are actually quite common.

You often encounter them in cup games where one team is clearly better than the other, such as the initial tournament rounds when mismatched teams or competitors are drawn together.

To balance out the maths, when one team has odds of 4/11, the opposing team is generally around 6/1.


£1 @ 4/11 = 36p
£2 @ 4/11 = 73p
£5 @ 4/11 = £1.82
£10 @ 4/11 = £3.64
£25 @ 4/11 = £9.09
£50 @ 4/11 = £18.18
£100 @ 4/11 = £36.36
Amounts above are PROFIT and DO NOT include returned stakes.

How Good Are Odds Of 4/11?

These odds are low. Really low. You won’t get as much back if you bet with odds like 7/2 or 6/4.

And unless you’re betting a small fortune, they will never really give you a good return. Then again, barring some mishap, it could also be considered a shrewd bet to go after the favourites.

The returns are low, but enough of them could build up a nice pot. You just can’t get carried away, as favourites don’t always win.

The only real advantage to odds this low is that they indicate a very clear favourite.

In the real world, odds of 4/11 mean they have a 73% chance of winning.




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How To Work Out The Maths

So now you know a little bit more, let’s get to the maths! This is actually a very simple formula.

The first number (4) is the amount you’ll win from wagering the second number (11). So for every £10 that you bet, you will get back £3.64 if your bet wins.

You basically get back a lot less than you bet, plus your stake back.

For instance, a £30 winning bet at 4/11 will payout £10.91 (plus your £30 stake is returned). If you increase the stake to £50 you’ll get £18.18 back (plus £50 stake). The maths formula for a win-only bet is:

(amount staked x 4) / 11 = win returns + stake back = total amount of returns.

For example: (£40 x 4) = £160 divided by 11 = £14.55 win + £40 stake back = £54.55 returned in total.

No Each-Way Value

There is an option to bet each way on most markets. However, it is generally advised not to do this unless the odds are over 6/1.

The reason is that you can’t win any money if your bet loses the win but takes a place instead.

Most bookmakers payout 1/4 on each-way places, basically a quarter of the odds. However, there has been a move to reduce this and only offer 1/5 of the odds.

And when you are already betting on such short numbers, it is almost impossible to get any money back on an each-way bet.

For example, if you placed £10 each-way (£20 in total) on odds of 4/11, you would get back £11.81 in TOTAL if you won the place part of the bet.

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You would lose the win part of your stake, leaving you with the each-way winnings of just 1.81p plus that part of the stake back.

That is a loss of £8.19 on your original total stake. It really isn’t worth it.

Sports Most Likely To Have These Odds

As mentioned above, odds of 4/11 suggest a strong favourite in a betting context.

These odds are common in several sports and activities, especially where there are clear mismatches in ability or form.

Football: In a match where a top-tier team plays against a much lower-ranked team, especially in early rounds of national cup competitions (e.g., Manchester City vs. a lower division team in the FA Cup).

Tennis: During early rounds of Grand Slam tournaments, where top-seeded players face qualifiers or lower-ranked opponents (e.g., Novak Djokovic in the first round against a player ranked outside the top 100).

Boxing and MMA: Fights where a reigning champion or a significantly more skilled fighter faces a lesser-known or less accomplished opponent.

Basketball: NBA games where a high-performing team with a strong record for the season is matched against a team with a significantly poorer record.

Horse Racing: A race where one horse has consistently outperformed the field in previous races or has conditions (distance, ground, etc.) that significantly favour it over its competitors.

Cricket: In one-day international (ODI) or Twenty20 matches, when a highly ranked team plays against a much lower-ranked team.

Rugby: International matches where a top-ranked team plays against a team with a much lower world ranking.



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