There are 2 ways of putting a bet on at the Racecourse:
The Tote offer what is known as 'pool betting'.
The Tote is available on-course and is a pool betting service (like a lottery). This means that for each race, all the money for the different bet types are put into one pool and then shared out amongst the winners after each race.
Your betting on the racecourse with the Tote supports racing, with the majority of revenues flowing back to that racecourse.
There are several bet types available with the Tote such as win, place, each way (win and a place bet) and an exacta (picking the first two in the correct order).
One of the most famous tote bets is the placepot which rewards customers who can pick a horse to place in each of the first 6 races. The average dividend of the Placepot is over £454* to a £1 stake so it is a fun bet where you can a large amount for a small stake.
The Tote has a minimum bet of just £2 and accepts cash and card across all courses making it one of the most convenient ways to place a bet on-course with large payouts available for relatively small stakes
You also have the option to place a ‘Lucky Pick’ bet, which is similar to the lucky dip on the National Lottery. However, the Lucky Pick is designed to be smarter than a random lucky dip as it uses a special formula which is weighted towards the more likely outcomes in an event.
Whatever way you make your selection- by choosing your favourite jockey silks or studying form, there are plenty of betting options and the friendly Tote team are always on hand to help with your selections.
(*for the 12 months leading to October 2018).
When placing your bet with the tote, you will need to give the number of the horse that you have chosen, and NOT the name.
It is important to check your ticket thoroughly when you put your bet on, but if you have any disputes with your Tote bet, there is a Tote Raceday Manager at every race meeting. Simply come to the Raceday Office and asked to be directed to the Tote betting office.
Alternatively, you can visit the Racecourse Bookmakers.
Bookmakers offer 'Fixed Odds Betting'. The bookmakers are located in designated Betting Areas which are at the front of the stands in all Enclosures. The Bookmakers display their best 'price' or 'odds' for every horse and are in competition with each other to provide the most competitive price. When you put a bet on with a bookmaker you get the odds on display at that time, therefore you know exactly how much you will win when you place the bet, but you run the risk of losing out if the price of the horse gets bigger!
The betting ring can be a very daunting place for the first time racegoer. However, it needn't be. Just follow these straightforward guidelines and you'll discover how easy it is to bet with a bookmaker.
Most importantly, have fun - wander around the betting ring and make sure you get a great price. Compare the price that the tote are offering and then find a place in the stands to make sure that you shout your horse home in first place!
REMEMBER, DO NOT BET MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD TO LOSE. WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE OUTCOME OF ANY RACE OR ANY BET THAT YOU PLACE. ALL ARRANGEMENTS ARE STRICTLY BETWEEN YOU AND WHOEVER YOU PLACE YOUR BET WITH.
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