The noble greyhound - a brief
Greyhounds were first introduced
to America in the 18th century to help farmers control the
jackrabbit population. As time went by, the farmers started
to conduct some form of competitive greyhound racing which
evolved into the greyhound track racing as we know it today.
The origin of the greyhound is quite
old, possibly dating back thousands of years. The Pharaohs
rated them first among all animals as both pets and hunters.
Images of the early greyhound can be seen etched on walls
of ancient Egyptian tombs. In Arabian culture at that time,
the birth of a greyhound ranked nearly as high as the birth
of a son. In Persia, Rome and Greece, the greyhound enjoyed
Greyhound racing in England was first
established for the English nobility and could not be enjoyed
by other citizens. In 1014 King Canute of England enacted
the Forest Laws, which stated that only noblemen could own
and hunt with greyhounds.
The elegance and beauty of this most
noble animal is a sight to behold. Additionally, at the
end of their racing career the greyhounds easily adapt to
the life of a loving pet and have become the pet of choice
among an increasing number of pet lovers.
Greyhound track racing dates back
to 1919 when Owen Patrick Smith promoted the first major
race meeting in California.
O. P. Smith, invented the revolutionary
mechanical lure circa 1912 that could travel around a circular
track that made dog racing possible. His research into forcing
the dogs round a track hit on the idea of getting them to
chase a rabbit. His experiments included dragging a stuffed
one around a track behind a motorcycle. He is considered
the 'father' of American greyhound racing.
The sport did not reach British shores
until 1926 when Manchester's purpose-built track first held
a meeting on 24th July. It was such a success that more
race tracks were built around the country and today Greyhound
racing is a major sport event in the UK.
Betting rules (How to bet,
types of bets.)
The main object of betting on greyhounds
is to beat the 'Oddsmakers' or the 'Odds Compilers' and
win some money. Additionally, placing a bet on your favorite
event makes the race exciting and more enjoyable.
Betting is done through Sports books
or Sportsbooks (US) or Bookmakers (UK) entities that accept
bets. You can bet on the outcome of greyhound races and
several sporting events.
To place a bet, you go to a sports
book, physical or online. You could also bet over the phone
with many sports books. Note that a sports book is not the
same as an oddsmaker. The sports book simply accepts sports
bets. An oddsmaker is a person who sets the betting odds.
You need to state what you are betting
on by making a selection, the type of bet and the amount
you are wagering. Your selection will obviously depend on
the odds offered, so you will want to examine the range
of odds available before you make a decision.
There are many types of bets you
can place. Some sports books may offer more betting varieties
and combinations than others. Below is a list of the more
common types of bets used in greyhounds racing. Different
countries may use different terms for how to bet and also
for the types of bets.
Type of bets
Straight bet or Single or
Win bet. This is the simplest and most common bet. You bet
on a winner at given odds. You collect only if your chosen
greyhound is the first across the finish line.
Place. A wager for place means
you collect if your selected greyhound finishes either first
Show. The third greyhound
across the finish line. A wager to show means you collect
if your selected greyhound finishes either first, second
Across The Board. You make
three individual bets on one dog to Win, Place, and Show.
If your selection wins, you collect on all three bets. If
your selection runs second, you collect on Place and Show
bets. If your selection runs third, you collect the Show
bet. Your total wager will be three times the individual
bet. For example; a $2 'Across The Board' bet would cost
Combination Bet. Combinations
cover from two to four greyhounds to win in chosen order.
(see following bets).
Quiniela or Reverse Forecast (UK).
A bet placed on two greyhounds to finish first and second
in either order.
Perfecta or Exacta or Straight
Forecast (UK). A bet placed on two greyhounds but they
must cross the finish line in exact chosen order.
Trifecta or Tricast or Treble
Forecast (UK). A bet placed on three greyhounds to cross
the finish line in exact chosen order.
Superfecta. A bet placed on
four greyhounds to cross the finish line in exact chosen
Twin Trifecta. A multiple
pool bet. Two trifecta selections in two races. You select
the winning Trifecta combination in one race and exchange
that ticket for a second Trifecta in the following race.
One-half of the net Twin Trifecta pool will be paid equally
to winners of the first half when those tickets are presented
to be exchanged. The remaining half of the pool, along with
any carry over will be to winners of the second half. If
no one selects the second half correctly, the pool is carried
over to the next racing performance.
Tri-Super. Similar to the
Twin Trifecta. You select the winning Trifecta combination
in one race and exchange that ticket for a Superfecta in
the following race.
Titanic Tri-Super. This operates
the same as the Tri-Super, except you must correctly select
the Trifecta combination in the 5th Race and the Superfecta
in the 7th Race.
Daily Double. Similar to an
accumulator you select the winners of the first and second
races on that day. You must place your bet before the start
of the first race.
Jackpot. Pick six winners
in six races to share in a Jackpot prize. The rules and
prizes will vary from race track to race track.
Parlay or Accumulator. A multiple
bet. A kind of 'let-it-ride' bet. Making simultaneous selections
on two or more races with the intent of pressing the winnings
of the first win on the bet of the following race selected,
and so on. All the selections made must win for you to win
the parlay. If a race is a tie, postponed or cancelled,
your parlay is automatically reduced by one selection; a
double parlay becomes a straight bet, a triple parlay becomes
a double. A parlay bet can yield huge dividends if won.
Pick 3. Picking the winners
of three consecutive races.
Pick 6. Picking
the winners of six consecutive races.
Note: Different countries
and different race tracks may have different rules, use
different terms for how to bet and also for the types of
bets. If unsure, ask the sports book or bookmaker when placing
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