How to Bet and Where
The most popular way to bet is on the track’s own tote. Small stakes
are accepted at most venues and there are several fun bets which can
pay big dividends for a relatively small outlay.
The types of bets available on the tote are;
Choosing a greyhound to be first past the post.
Choosing a greyhound to be either first or second.
Picking two greyhounds to finish first and second. A popular bet is a
reversed forecast which means your choice can be first and second in
Trio or trifecta
Very much the same as a forecast but, as the name implys, punters have to pick the first three home.
Combinations cover two, three or even four
greyhounds. For instance, punters can choose three greyhounds and place
a forecast combination, which is six bets in one. If any of the three
greyhounds fill first and second, the bet has been successful.
Most tracks run Jackpots and other unusual bets which involve the
outcome of more than one race. Further information on these types of
wagers can be obtained from the track you plan to visit.
Many punters cannot resist the temptation to bet with the often
colourful bookmakers who ply their trade usually by the side of the
track. Most bookmakers will only accept win bets and punters take the
price on the bookies board at the time they strike the bet.
Whether the price shortens or lengthens afterwards, the punter knows what odds he has taken.
It differs to the tote in that the price of individual greyhounds is
only determined when the race has started and the computer has worked
out and divided the entire pool, less the track’s commission, amongst
the winning tickets.
Off-course bookmakers also take bets on greyhounds and they offer many
speciality and multiple race bets that could appeal to the smaller
punter. There are limits that the off-course bookmakers enforce and it
is worthwhile checking what these are before placing your bet.