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Trifecta Betting

The various state's TABs provide a number of different exotic bet types. Exotics are anything other than win and/or place betting. Exotic bet types are therefore quinellas, doubles (of various types), quaddies, fourtrellas, straight six, superfectas, trifectas, etc. I will now discuss some aspects of trifecta betting.

Since its introduction, trifecta betting has grown considerably in popularity. For the uninitiated, trifectas offer the chance of a big return for a small outlay. All the punter is required to do is select the first three placegetters in the correct order. Some punters specialize in trifecta betting, many of whom have been quite successful.

Box Trifectas   |   Key Box Trifectas
Quinella plus Third
Multiple Trifectas   |   Roving Banker   |   Helpful Hints

Box Trifectas

Many trifecta punters rely on boxing three, four or more selections in a race. Boxing selections means any of your selections can run first, second, or third. This is a rather expensive method but is sometimes appropriate, however there are other ways to approach trifecta betting.

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Key Box Trifectas

This means you select one (key) number for first and various combinations for second and third. This is an ideal method if you are confident that you can select the winner in one.

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Quinella plus Third
(My terminology for a form of Multiple Trifectas)

This form of trifecta betting can be used when you think you know which two numbers will fill first and second placings, in either order. It is like selecting the quinella plus the third placegetter. You take the same two numbers for first and second, with one or more selections to run third. You could take the rest of the field to run third if you so desired.

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Multiple Trifectas

Here you can select as many numbers as you like for first, second, and third. This method provides the best chance of a good collect at reasonable cost. It's probably best to limit your first selection to two or three numbers. The idea here is to graduate your selections. You may think two selections are capable of winning, another few capable of running second, and several others capable of running third. You can throw in a few roughies for third which would put some value into your dividend.

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Roving Banker

With this method, you make one selection (that's the Roving Banker) that you think is sure to get a place, ie. run first, second, or third. You then make other selections that you consider can fill the placings around your Roving Banker. This type of bet is like a key combination where the key selection is not only selected for first, but also for second and third.

The following example shows number 3 as the Roving Banker, and the numbers 1,4,6,7,8,10 to fill the placings around it.

3 / 1, 4, 6, 7, 8,10 / 1, 4, 6, 7 ,8 ,10
1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 / 3 / 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10
1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 / 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 / 3

For a 50 cent unit this would cost $45, or three times the cost of a 1x6x6 key trifecta (which costs $15).

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Helpful Hints

To get a good idea of the value that's available, it's beneficial to examine race results, taking particular note of the prices of the placegetters and also of the unplaced runners, plus the trifecta dividend. You could make theoretical bets to see how you would go, but this can be depressing if your selections pay big dividends when you haven't actually put your money on.

Looking at race results without making a prior selection can be a little misleading. It's very easy to say to yourself that you would have been successful, when in fact this may not have been the case if you were forced to make a selection.

Good Luck!

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