Today's Tote Placepot Tips

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Today's Tote Placepot Tips

Welcome to our daily placepot tips page, where we tackle the biggest Tote pool placepot of the day across today's horse racing. Each day here you will find our Tote Placepot perm put together by experts at Bookmakers with full instructions as to staking and the number of placepot lines we consider required for that placepot ticket.

If you don’t already, we recommend opening up a horse racing betting account with Tote UK to place your pools bets on the Placepot. Tote has live pools data, easy-to-use permutation options and, like most of the best horse racing betting sites, live streaming for UK and Irish racing each day.

During the jump season, the Tote will be guaranteeing one daily placepot pool of £100,000 and on Saturdays it will guarantee a £250,000 placepot pool for one selected meeting. Our placepot experts will concentrate on these selected meetings each day and at the weekends, where possible, to ensure you are playing in the biggest prize pool and have the best chance of being part of a large placepot dividend if your selections are successful. 

Today’s Placepot Tips & Selections

We are trying to win the £100,000 Tote guaranteed placepot at Huntingdon on Tuesday. 

The first of the six placepot races goes to post at 1.30pm and the final leg, race six, will go to post at 4.00pm.

Our expert suggested placepot perm is as follows:

Tote Placepot Selections | Huntingdon 28th March 2023

Placepot Perm 

Leg 1:    1 - 2 & 4

Leg 2:    1

Leg 3:    3 & 4

Leg 4:    8 & 9

Leg 5:    6

Leg 6:    1

Calculation 3 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 1 x 1 = 12 bets

Stake suggested: £1 x 12 = £12 Total Bet

Leg 1

1.30: 1 - 2 & 4

1. Spotty Dog

Eight race hurdler, but winner of two of his nine starts over the larger obstacles the latest victory coming over course and distance earlier this month on soft ground, beating seven rivals by one-and-a-half lengths off a 6lb lower mark. Makes more appeal than most in these conditions.

2. Le Tueur

Solid and consistent gelding in a number of starts in the last 12 months, including a victory over course and distance earlier this month off a 10lb lower mark on good ground at odds of 15/2 delivering a 20-length win. Possibly more to offer and likely to go close in this contest. 

4. Drop Him In

A 12-race maiden, including three defeats over fences since his debut over the larger obstacles in December. The yard has a 45% win and place strike rate at this venue in March and April in the last couple of years. One to keep in mind. 

Leg 2

2.00: 1

1. Greyval

Cost connections €36,000 from France in November 2022, before running well in defeat on stable debut and then going on to win at Doncaster when last seen in January, beating eight rivals by two lengths in a listed contest. Should have too much for his opposition here.

Leg 3

2.30: 3 & 4

3. Keplerian

Ran well on defeat on chasing debut at Leicester last month, and has a chance of hitting the frame in this event. Trainer Fergal O’Brien has a 56% win and place strike rate at this venue in the last 12 months, 17 winners from 52 starters with another 12 claiming place money. 

4. Master Malcolm

Winner of two of his 11 starts over the larger obstacles with two more place efforts. Ran well in defeat on latest start over course and distance last month, finishing second of eight in a race that has seen the winner, third and fourth all win since. 

Leg 4 

3.00: 8 & 9

8. Tenfold

Six-year-old gelding, getting nearer to his first victory in seven starts over hurdles. Second of 12 on latest start at Plumpton last month over 2m, beaten by a quarter of a length. Trainer Gary Moore has a 43% win and place strike rate at this track in the last 14 months. 

9. Bushtucker Park

Five-year-old mare was not disgraced on debut at this venue in January in a 2m bumper on good-to-soft ground. Can give a good account closely related to the likes of The Changing Man, Lady Jane and Dell Oro who have all gone well at this track. 

Leg 5

3.30: 6

6. Stroll On By

Nine-race maiden, who has finished in the places in four of his five starts over hurdles. Possibly his best effort came earlier this month at Ludlow over 2m 5f on good ground, finishing second of seven runners. Looks likely to be challenging for one of the place positions. 

Leg 6

4.00: 1

1. Hillfinch

Winner of one of her nine starts over hurdles, which came on her second attempt at this track in February 2022 over 2m 5f. Racing off a 17lb lower mark than the daughter of Hillstar was initially given 12 months ago. Yard’s runners usually go well at this track. 

How Does A Placepot Work?

A placepot bet is a Tote pool bet where you pick a horse to be placed in each race from the first race on a card to the sixth at any meeting in the UK or Ireland each day. The more people who play the placepot, the bigger the pool. Those who find a placed horse in each race within their bet share the pool divided equally between them.

The Tote runs the pool, but players can bet into it through other online betting sites or in betting shops, but the bonuses and additional supports are best served with the Tote for a placepot bet. For running the pool, the Tote will take a deduction from the total pool fund before paying out winning placepot tickets.

How Do I Place a Placepot Bet?

Make sure you have a Tote account or bet with horse racing betting sites that accept Tote pools bets like the placepot. Choose the meeting you wish to place a placepot on and then make your selections starting with race 1, race 2 and so on until the final race of the placepot, which is always the sixth race on the racecard.

You can pick one horse in each race for the simplest of placepot bets; one line and one stake of £1 is a great way to try the placepot. If successful, you will receive the fully declared winning dividend as it is paid out to a £1 stake. More experienced placepot players will often pick more than one horse in a race and perm the outcomes of these horses in a placepot perm. This leads to more bets, more lines and a greater stake, but it is not a requirement to play the placepot that way. 

What is a Placepot Perm?

A perm is a permutation of possibilities, and in placepot terms, it means combining a number of horses in each of the placepot races to try to get a winning ticket. A placepot player may choose two horses in the first leg - race 1 of the card - then have a banker of one horse in the next race, two picks in each of the next three legs before one in the final race of the placepot. That would mean a perm is created for the placepot with selections in each race requiring a simple calculation to work out the number of bets and the staking. In this instance the perm can be calculated like this:

2 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 1 = 16 bets.

Each bet is considered a different line of the placepot and therefore a bet. 16 bets in this perm stakes at 50p a line would cost £8 but a placepot can be played for lines as low as 1p.

The stake then represents the percentage of the placepot dividend you will receive if staking a winning placepot. A 50p line would return 50% of the winning dividend, a 1p line would return 1% and a fully staked £1 line would pay out the whole dividend on a winning placepot bet.

How Should I Stake a Placepot?

Staking a placepot is a personal decision. How much you want to spend, how many horses you wish to pick and what number of placepot lines that required are completely up to you. We suggest starting small, with £1 lines or small perms of horses staked at 50p, 10p etc to keep your stakes manageable and responsible. 

Only ever bet what you can afford and try to play when the pools are biggest and interest in the meetings is high so there is a large number of customers playing the placepot. These will have the biggest pools and chances of a big dividend are higher with larger pools.

How to Calculate Placepot Winnings?

To calculate placepot winnings you need to divide the total amount in the prize pool by the number of winning units. This gives you a dividend amount to a £1 stake. To calculate your payout you need to multiply your stake per line by the amount of winning lines you have in your bet. For example:

£100,000 prize pool divided by 1000 winning units gives a dividend of £100. If you had placed 2 winning lines to a £2 stake per line, your payout would be £400.

The placepot pays more out if fewer people are successful with their picks. If a favourite places in every race, it is likely that it will be won by many people, and therefore the placepot dividend will be low. If it is only won by a few people and has been difficult to win, with many outsiders coming home first or placing in the races then expect a bigger winning placepot dividend to be declared.

Typically, you can expect a placepot to pay better than a place bet on six horses, but the pay outs can range from less than £10 to tens of thousands. The Tote suggests the average pay out last season with the Tote+ bonuses was £441, which is great value if you are successful with a normal-sized placepot or small perm.

What is the Biggest Placepot Payout?

There have been some huge placepot dividends won in the UK and Ireland in recent years. At Cheltenham in 2019, the dividend paid £91,283.10 for a £1 line on one of the days of the Cheltenham Festival. At Cheltenham in 2018, there was a placepot dividend of £32,088.70. One lucky player won it three times for a £3 bet and scooped over £96,000.

Where Can I Do A Placepot Online?

Betting on the placepot with the Tote is the simplest way to punt a placepot. The betting site covers each meeting across the UK and Ireland and also has lots of other pool bets available like the Jackpot, Quadpot, Win pools and products like Exactas, Trifectas, the Scoop 6 and even Fantasy Racing. 

Many mainstream horse racing betting sites will take placepot bets, too, and you can check out our list of operators for those that do and don’t. The placepot can also be placed in person at the racecourse or in many a high street betting shop.

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