Bet Like a Pro – Pick 6

Bet Like a Pro will tell you everything you need to know about the Tote Pick 6 and why it could pay to play.

It is worth noting that to the make the most of your chances at the Pick 6, you need to invest some time. Choosing the best selections can take a little time but remember, playing just a single line offers very little protection and it often pays to make multiple selections to increase your chances of striking it lucky.

(If you don’t want to go through the selection yourself, just choose the Quickpick option and have the horses chosen for you!)

The first step you need to take when playing the Tote Pick 6 is to perform an initial sweep of the six races and to give each horse in each race a grade, either A, B, C or X. Each grade categorises the horses as follows;

Grade A – Main contender, most likely to win OR a horse that you feel has an outstanding chance compared to its price. Usually there will be between one to three A horses in a race.

Grade B – Reasonable chances, most likely to pick up the pieces if the A horses fail to run to expectation but there is a definite reason they are not A quality horses (question over form, ground, trip etc.).

Grade C – Unlikely winners who cannot be entirely discounted but may be worthy of inclusion in some tickets.

Grade X – Horses which can be eliminated through lack of ability or any other factors. These are horses you are comfortable to have running against you.

It is important to remember not to let the forecasted prices influence your grading too much. However, if you feel a horse that is well fancied in the market has no chance and is a Grade X stick to your opinion, it could be the difference in winning or losing.

After your initial grading, you will need to re-examine your A, B and C grade and fine tune them a little bit. Many B horses will become C horses and several C horses can be eliminated and classed as horses you are happy to run against you. Remember, some days you will get knocked out by X horses but trying to cover every possible outcome is an extremely ineffective way to play. Long term you are better off on spending money on the horses you think actually have a chance.

By the time you have finished your grading you may have a short list that looks something like this where your A and B+ horses are mains and B- and C+ horses are backups;

Leg Selections Backups
1 1, 2 ,3  
2 1  
3 2, 4  
4 3, 6 8 ,9 ,10 ,11, 12
5 5, 8  
6 4, 6 1 ,2 ,3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10

Now to put that into one big combination would be massively expensive (3x1x2x7x2x10 = 840 units @€1 =€840) which wouldn’t be within everyone’s budget. Instead consider putting on multiple Tote Pick 6 bets;

Bet 1

Leg Selections
1 1, 2 ,3
2 1
3 2, 4
4 3, 6
5 5, 8
6 4, 6

The first just has your main horses.  Cost: 48 units @ €1 = €48

Bet 2

Leg Selections
1 1, 2 ,3
2 1
3 2, 4
4 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
5 5, 8
6 4, 6

The second includes the backups for leg 4. Cost: 168 units @ 0.50c = €84

Bet 3

Leg Selections
1 1, 2 ,3
2 1
3 2, 4
4 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
5 5, 8
6 4, 6, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11

The third includes the backups for leg 6. Cost: 240 units @ 0.50c = €120

So for the three of these bets the total cost becomes a much more manageable €252.

The compromise you have to make here is that on your two backup slips you are only playing for half the pool as it is just a 0.50c stake. You are also not covered in the event that one of your backups wins both the fourth and the sixth but this is the chance you take to spend almost €600 less.

These are obviously just random numbers picked as an example but the same logic can be applied to any Tote Pick 6 card and it will give you a better chance to hit that big win.

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