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Horse Racing - Tote Betting Rules

Tote Win, Place, Exacta and Trifecta

Please note that we no longer offer Tote Win, Place, Exacta or Trifecta betting. Please use the forecast, tricast and place only markets available.

Tote betting is only currently available on desktop devices, see the image below on where to find this. We are looking to make this available on mobile very soon, keep an eye out for updates!

What is Tote betting?

Tote Betting is offered as an alternative to the traditional pricing of Horse Racing, e.g. 4/1, 9/4 etc. In this particular type of betting, all bets of a certain type, e.g. Jackpot, Placepot etc. are placed together in a pool. Odds are then calculated by dividing this pool amongst all the winning bets to determine a 'dividend'. This dividend amount is then paid to each of the winning bet receipts accordingly. As this payment is a dividend, your stake is included in the returns you receive - you do not receive the stake back on top.

Sky Bet offers Tote Betting through the relevant pools. Below are the rules used to determine acceptance and settlement for this particular category of betting; click the relevant bet type on the left to be taken to the Rules for that particular bet type - they will then snap to the top for your attention:

General Tote Rules
  • All totepool bets are placed directly into the live Tote pools.
  • If the bets do not reach the pools, customers will have their money refunded and neither the totepool nor skybet will be liable for any loss of winnings that would have been due had the bet reached the pool.
  • All points that are not included in the rules stated will be governed by the totepool on course rules.
  • If the racecard number of an overnight declared runner is allocated to a reserve horse, the reserve horse will be re-numbered sequentially in line with tote racecourse cash rules.
  • If a totepool race is a walkover, is not run or is declared void, the pool(s) will operate on the remaining specified tote races. In this event total stakes on permutation entries are applied in full to the remaining races.
  • Any bets placed on a non-runner will be replaced by the Starting Price favourite. Where there are joint favourites, the joint favourite with the lowest racecard number will be taken. If the favourite is withdrawn before coming under Starters Orders and too late for a new favourite to be made, the horse returned at the next shortest price will be taken. Where two or more horses are returned at the next shortest price, the one with the lowest racecard number will be taken. If no Starting Price is returned the first actual runner quoted in the Racing Post betting forecast will be taken. Should the Racing Post not publish a betting forecast, settlement will be made in line with Tote Racecourse Cash Rules.
  • In the event of a pool being cancelled bets for the pool concerned will be void.

Minimum Stakes

Bet Type Minimum Bet Multiples of
Quadpot £1 (increments of 10p above that) 10p perm bets can be accepted if the total bet = £1, i.e. 10 lines at 10p
Placepot £1 (increments of 10p above that) 10p perm bets can be accepted if the total bet = £1, i.e. 10 lines at 10p
Jackpot £1 (increments of 50p above that) 50p perm bets can be accepted if the total bet = £1, i.e. 4 lines at 50p
Scoop 6 £2

Tote Jackpot

A Tote Jackpot bet can be taken daily and is available at one selected meeting (except Saturday - see Tote Scoop 6). It consists of selecting a winner at all of the 6 Tote Jackpot races at the Tote Jackpot meeting. The Tote Jackpot races will always be the first 6 races at the selected meeting unless otherwise stated.

  • Bets are accepted up to the first Tote Jackpot race and dividends are declared after the last Tote Jackpot race.

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Tote Placepot

A Tote Placepot bet can be accepted daily at every British race meeting. It consists of selecting a placed horse in all 6 Tote Placepot races at your selected meeting. The Tote Placepot races will always be the first 6 races unless otherwise stated.

  • Bets are accepted up to the first race and dividends are declared after the last Tote Placepot race.
  • Place terms are determined by the Tote. Any concessions offered by Sky Bet (i.e. extra places) are not applicable to Tote bets.

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Tote Quadpot

A Tote Quadpot bet can be accepted daily at every British race meeting. It consists of selecting a placed horse in the 4 Tote Quadpot races at your selected meeting. The Tote Quadpot races are always races 3 - 6 unless otherwise stated.

  • Bets are accepted up to the third race and dividends are declared after the last Tote Quadpot race.
  • Place terms are determined by the Tote. Any concessions offered by Sky Bet (i.e. extra places) are not applicable to Tote bets.

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Scoop 6

A Tote Scoop 6 bet can be accepted each Saturday on six races that day, referred to as legs, designated by totepool. The legs may be from one or more race meetings that day and choices are usually focused on terrestrially televised races. A horse must be selected in each leg.

  • Bets are accepted up to the 'off' of the first of the six Tote Scoop 6 legs.
  • Each £2 stake unit goes into a central pool where it is divided into a Win Fund, a Place Fund and a Bonus Fund.

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General Scoop 6 Rules

In the event of a Scoop 6 leg being declared void, the Scoop 6 will operate on the remaining legs. Should Scoop 6 be decided on less than six legs the Bonus Fund will not operate and that day's Bonus Fund (excluding any carry-over, which will be rolled over to future Bonus fund(s)) will be divided equally between the Win Fund and Place Fund.

Win Fund

  • If there is no outright winner of the Win Fund, the respective portion of the pool will be rolled over to the next Scoop 6 Win Fund as decided by the Tote.
  • The Win Fund dividend is won by all players who have selected all six winning horses and each player is eligible to register, via the Bonus Race Hotline (see Bonus Fund for telephone number), to qualify and play for the Bonus Fund the following Saturday.

Place Fund

  • To win a dividend from the Place Fund, a horse on which a Tote Place dividend would normally be declared must be selected in each of the day's nominated Scoop 6 legs or where due to insufficient runners no Place pool is operated on a Scoop 6 leg, the horse winning that leg must be selected.
  • If there is no outright winner of the Place Fund, the respective portion of the pool will be rolled over to the next Scoop 6 Place Fund as decided by the Tote.

Bonus Fund

  • The Bonus Fund dividend is won by any player who, having registered to qualify, selects the winner of the Tote nominated Bonus Fund race on the following Saturday.
  • Claimants for the Bonus Fund must call the Bonus Race Hotline (0800 028 4418) to register as a Bonus Race qualifier before 6pm on the Thursday prior to Saturday's nominated Bonus Race. Failure to register will result in the claimant being unable to compete in the Bonus Fund. Claimants should also state if they have more than one winning line as they will be entitled to one entry per winning line.
  • Qualifiers who choose to play for the Bonus Fund may be asked to agree to full media publicity. Qualifiers who agree to media publicity may be requested by the Tote to appear at a racecourse or other venue in which case the Tote will arrange and pay for reasonable transport and accommodation costs.
  • If there are no registered qualifiers for the Bonus Fund or no registered qualifier selects the winner of the Bonus Race, the Bonus Fund will be rolled over to future Scoop 6 Bonus Fund(s) as decided by the Tote.
  • The nominated Bonus Race will be announced by 12.30pm on the Friday prior to the Bonus Race and registered qualifiers must call the Bonus Race Hotline (0800 028 4418) again between 12.30pm and 6pm that Friday or on Saturday between 9am and one hour before the advertised 'off' of the Bonus Race to place their bet selection (or selections if they have more than one winning line).
  • It is the responsibility of registered qualifiers to register their selections on the Bonus Race Hotline (0800 028 4418). In the event of a selection not being received before the required time, the Starting Price favourite, in accordance with the selection rules above, will be allocated.
  • Should a Bonus Race bet selection become a non-runner, registered qualifiers will have the option up to 30 minutes prior to the advertised 'off' of the Bonus Race to make a new selection. Should no new selection be received or should a selection become a non-runner less than 30 minutes before the advertised 'off-time' of the Bonus Race, then the Starting Price favourite, in accordance with the selection rules above, will be allocated.
  • In the event of the nominated Bonus Race not taking place or being declared void for any reason, the Tote reserves the right to nominate an alternative race on the same or a future day as the Bonus Race.

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