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The Tote - investing back.

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 all the money from bets on a given race is pooled together and, like a lottery, is shared out among customers with winning tickets.

The Tote has a minimum bet of just £2 and accepts cash and cards across all courses, making it one of the most convenient ways to place a bet on-course. The friendly Tote team are always on hand to help with your selections or to answer any questions.

Plus, as the Tote is owned in partnership by the majority of British racecourses, it is constantly reinvesting back into racing. By choosing to bet with the Tote, you can do so knowing that racing is benefiting too.

What are the different Tote bets?

Totewin Description

It’s simple…pick the horse you think is going to win the race! You can place a Totewin bet on all races.

Pick a horse you think will run well enough to be placed - finishing in the first two, three or four depending on the amount of runners in the race. 

Toteeachway description

Choose a horse to either win or be placed in any race.  This is in effect two bets, so remember to double your stake! 

Toteexacta description

For this bet, you’ll need to pick the 1st and 2nd horses in a race, in the correct order of finishing. 

 

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.

Totetrifecta description

Pick the 1st,2nd and 3rd in the correct order. The ultimate betting challenge - win big by selecting the first three home. 

 

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.

Toteswinger description

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.

Pick a horse in each of the first six races that you think will be placed. 

Win £50 Free Betting Vouchers with the Tote at Cheltenham Festival
Do a Placepot bet on any day during the Festival for your chance to win a £50 betting voucher with the Tote.
All you need to do is place your Placepot with any of the friendlyTote team before 12:30pm and hand them a completed entry form at the same time and you’ll be included in the draw. The minimum bet is just £2 and each day, ten people will win a £50 Tote betting voucher.

You can give yourself more chance to win by selecting more than one horse in each race. This is called a 'perm'


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.

Just like the Placepot but on fewer races. All you need to do is pick a placed horse in races 3-6.

Pick the first six winners at the Totejackpot meeting!

 

To win the Totejackpot all you need to do is 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 so 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 Totescoop6 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; the 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

A ‘Lucky Pick’ bet, is the easiest way to bet on-course. Similar to the lucky dip on the National Lottery, the Lucky Pick is designed to be smart as it uses a special formula which is weighted towards the more likely outcomes in an event.
Lucky Pick wallets are available in £5, £10, £15 and £20 wallets, which give you a selection of bets.
There are two types of Lucky Pick wallets. Meeting wallets are sold before race 1 and include some bets that lasts for the whole day (such as the placepot). Race specific wallets are specific to one race.
Also you can ask for an individual lucky pick bet on any bet type. So you could get a lucky pick placepot at the start of the day and ask for lucky pick win bets on any race.
Look out for the specially designed wallets for the 2019 Festival. Can you identify the silks and collect all 10?
You can ask for a Lucky Pick at any Tote kiosk or team member on-course.

get to know the lingo

 

 

A bet involving two or more selections in different races – winnings from one are placed on the next.

A horse is placed if it finishes in the first three or four, depending on the number of runners in the race. 

This means any horse not finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in a race or event. 

This is a betting term that denotes that all horses not already listed in the betting market for a race are at the bar price or longer odds.

This is a bet in two equal parts – one backing a horse to win and the other backing it to finish in the first three.

These are betting odds where your stake exactly equals your winnings – £5 at evens wins a further £5.

A horse's race record. You may hear people talk about the form of a race, indicating the collective performances of all the horses.

To find out more about betting, how to read a racecards and even what to look out for in the parade ring make sure you take a look at our Racing Explained.

 

Racing Explained

 

 

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