Guide To Tricast Bets

A tricast bet (also known as a trifecta in the USA), is a type of pari-mutuel wagering in which the punter predicts the order of horses to finish first, second, and third in a race. This type of bet offers the chance of great payouts and is often used on hound racing as well.

The term tricast was invented in the 1970s. It is derived from the popular perfecta bet in which punters predict the exact order of horses to come at the first two places. Over time, the tricast has become pretty popular for horse racing punters, as it provides a chance of winning big for a small bet.

There are two types of tricast bets – straight and combination tricast. The straight tricast requires you to predict which horses will come at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the correct order. On the other hand, combination tricast bet requires you to predict all possible outcomes of your chosen selection on the first 3 places. If you choose 3 horses on the race, the possible combinations will be six, meaning that you’re placing 6 tricast bets. It’s a far easier betting option as it covers all bases for your selection but costs you a lot more as you’re betting 6 times your original stake.

Some bookies offer the so-called reverse tricast bet, which costs double the stake as you’re betting on two selections. A reverse tricast will be won if your selections come first and second in either order. Again, it gives you a better chance of winning but costs you double.

Although they might seem easy in theory, tricast bets are pretty hard to win. If you’re an experienced horse racing punter, you probably know how your major plans can get easily spoiled by a horse that falls or when huge favourites come below the third spot. It can be tricky to get a tricast right, but if you do manage to win it, the returns are usually pretty good.

Tricast bets require a lot of focus on the race you’re betting on and a fair amount of research as well. Going to a bookmaker and looking for a tricast bet may be a waste of time and money – instead, you should go straight to the races and take a look at the race card, where you should be able to find all the information you need. Of course, nothing guarantees a win, but doing thorough research before placing a bet will surely increase your chances.

Other factors that you should take a look at are the form of the horse and the jockey as well. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t win a tricast bet on the first try – it will probably be a while until you get the hang of the system. Experiment will smaller tricast and even superfecta bets, follow the events and form of the runners and we’re sure it won’t be long before you’re richer by the thousands.

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