Unlike racecourse bookmakers who offer you odds – or prices – for betting on each horse in a race, the Tote offers you a pool bet. This means the betting stakes on a given race are pooled together and, like a lottery, is then shared out among customers with winning tickets.
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.
There are various different bet types available with the Tote.
Betting with the Tote at oncourse supports racing, the majority of revenue flowing back to the individual racecourse. So, by choosing to bet with the Tote, you can do so knowing that racing is benefiting too.
BETTING WITH THE TOTE
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TOTE BETS?
It’s simple…pick the horse to win a race! You can place a Totewin bet on all races.
Pick a horse to be placed (information on what is a placed horse below). You can play this bet on all races with 5 runners or more.
For this bet, you’ll need to pick the 1st and 2nd horses in a race, in the correct order.
This is ideal if you want to choose more than one horse in the same race, or there is a hot favourite. An exacta is available on all races with three or more runners.
With a Straight Exacta you need to select the horse you want to finish 1st and the horse you want to finish 2nd. They must finish in the correct order to get a return.
A Banker Exacta is where you select the horse you think will win the race then choose as many horses as you want to finish 2nd. The more horses you pick, the more the bet will cost.
A Combination Exacta means you can pick two horses to finish 1st or 2nd in any order. This increases your chances of winning but also doubles your total stake. You can pick more than two horses to finish in the top two with a Combination Exacta. For example, selecting five horses and collecting if two of them finish 1st and 2nd.
Pick the 1st,2nd and 3rd in the correct order. Win big by selecting the first three home.
Win big by picking the 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order. The ultimate betting challenge. Available on all races with three or more runners.
There are three ways to play the Trifecta; Straight, Banker and Combination. With a Straight Trifecta you need to select the horses to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd. They must finish in the correct order to get a return. A Banker Trifecta is where you select the horse you think will win the race then choose as many horses as you want to finish 2nd or 3rd. The more horses you pick, the more the bet will cost.
A Combination Trifecta means you can pick three horses to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any order. This increases your chances of winning but also increases your total stake. You can also pick more than three horses to finish in the top three with a Combination Trifecta. For example, selecting five horses and collecting if three of them finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Simply pick two horses to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any order.
You’re a winner if your selections finish 1st and 2nd, 1st and 3rd or 2nd and 3rd. Available on all races with six or more runners.
Multi Race Bets
Pick a placed horse in the first six races.
Permutation betting offers more chance to win and is available on the Placepot where you can select more than one horse in each race.
Just like the Placepot but on less races, pick a placed horse in races 3-6.
Pick the first six winners at the Totejackpot meeting.
Pick the winner of the first six races at a selected meeting each day. With a minimum guaranteed pool of £10,000 each day, it's your chance to win big for a small stake.
Permutation betting offers more chance to win and is available on the Jackpot where you can select more than one horse in each race. Perm bets will cost more depending on the number of selections. To calculate the cost of a perm bet, simply multiply the number of selections by each other. For example, 1x1x3x2x1x3 = 18 bets. Then calculate your total stake by multiplying the number of bets by your unit stake. For example, 18 bets x £1 = £18.
The Totescopp6 is available every Saturday and at selected festival meetings throughout the season.
With the Scoop6 there are three ways to win. Pick the winner of all six selected races to scoop the big money Win Fund.
There are three chances to win with the Scoop6:
- Pick the winner of all six selected races and scoop the Win Fund.
- If you get the Win Fund, you also get a risk-free shot at the Bonus Fund by picking the winner of one single race the following weekend.
- There's also a Place Fund for any customer who picks six placed horses so you don’t even have to pick the winners to be a winner
What is a placed horse?
Number of runners
Number of places
4 or less
5,6 or 7
1st and 2nd
8 or more
1st, 2nd and 3rd
Handicap with 16 or more
1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th
Permutation bets are available by picking more than one horse in a race.
A 'perm' or permutation is a combination of bets on one race, where you spread your stake across multiple selections. For example, if you were to choose more than one horse to place in each race when building your Placepot, you will be doing a ‘perm’ bet.
Perm bets will cost more depending on the number of selections. To calculate the cost of a perm bet, simply multiply the number of selections by each other. For example, 2x3x2x1x1x2 = 24 bets. Then calculate your total stake by multiplying the number of bets by your unit stake. For example, 24 bets x 50p = £12.
“I love coming to Cheltenham and we always do a Placepot when we arrive. It’s a great bet that we can follow through the day. I’d won it a couple of times before and it paid a couple of hundred pounds. I didn’t know how much I had won last year, but didn’t expect £182,000 from a £2 bet, I’m not sure who was more shocked when I presented the ticket last year - me or the member of staff!”
Winning racegoer from The Cheltenham Festival 2019