Madison Keys, Major League Baseball – William Hill Patent

The key to futures betting is to try and stay ahead of the pack.

By: Shane Lambert

When it comes to futures betting and parlays, one thing I recommend doing is grouping together bets that will settle at about the same time. For instance, the 2016 US Open will be settled in September and a short time later the various divisional races in Major League Baseball will be settled as well. Conjoining outcomes up is a good way to get long odds on events without having to fork out large bets.

Madison Keys is on top of her game right now heading into the French Open. But let’s look ahead to the US Open where she will be one of the top-ranked Americans in the women’s draw. Currently William Hill have her priced at 25/1 but you have to think that those odds will shorten on Keys in the months ahead. They will surely see a shortening if she does really well in Roland Garros or the All England Club, as many expect her to.

You also have to think that Kei Nishikori will see shortening odds ahead of Flushing Meadows. With Roger Federer having his troubles, the Swiss Maestro can’t really be backed in any market and Japan’s top player is one that could benefit. He is priced at 25/1 at the moment.

When it comes to a good baseball divisional pick, how about the Philadelphia Phillies at 33/1? At time of writing they were just a half-game off of the pace and seemingly as good as anyone in the division. 33s severely underestimates this team’s chances in the NL East.


A trixie is a bet that covers all the parlays between three events. There are four bets in a trixie, one on all three events and three on the doubles between each event. However, there is no straight up bet, to get that you can take a patent.

Keys at 25/1, Nishikori at 25/1, and Philadelphia at 33/1 makes odds of 22983/1 on a treble. What I recommend is taking a patent, which is 7 bets. A one-unit bet on each line offers a potential return of 25,514 units.


1-pt Patent: Keys to win US Open, Nishikori to win US Open, and Phillies to win NL East