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10 Things to know about World Pool

  1. World Pool was created by Hong Kong Jockey Club and brings together racing fans from over 20 nations so everyone is effectively betting into one pool creating huge liquidity. It's like the EuroMillions version of the lottery.
  2. World Pool in the UK is operated by the Tote. You can bet with the Tote at tote.co.uk, tote.ie, or on the Tote App, at a racecourse, or with a bookmaker as most offer Tote bets in shops and online.
  3. Without bookmakers' commission to pay, the Tote can offer the best value to their direct customers via the Tote website. Here we operate Tote+ (Tote Plus), giving an extra 10% on every winning dividend–that means a £100 win becomes £110 on tote.co.uk. In addition, Tote Guarantee ensures the Tote win price will also match or exceed the industry SP, so Tote customers will never feel short-changed on winning bets.
  4. The pool betting model means the Tote is agnostic about results so welcomes winning customers and will not restrict bet sizes.
  5. The international nature of World Pool means there is some great value to be found across markets. For example, Hong Kong racing fans will tend to over bet on jockeys they know so shorten their price, meaning other runners are over-priced respective to their chances.
  6. There are currently seven bet types included in World Pool. These are Win, Place, Forecast, Trifecta (first, second and third in correct order), Quinella (first two in either order) and Swinger (two in the first three) and Treble.
  7. This year turnover across World Pool events has been over £190 million.
  8. The 2021 Derby was a World Pool event for the first time and saw the pool grow from £1.7 million to over £26 million with winners paying more on the Tote. For example, Adayar paid £20.24 on the Tote compared to 16-1 with bookmakers.
  9. There are 17 World Pool days on British and Irish racing in 2022, including Coral-Eclipse Day, QIPCO King George Diamond Day, first three days of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the first three days of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, Longines Irish Champions Day at Leopardstown and QIPCO British Champions Day.
  10. World Pool means bigger financial returns to British racing through increased media rights payments to racecourses and more revenue generated via pool betting.

What is World Pool?

World Pool is a collaboration between global totes and the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC).  

World Pool allows bettors from all over the globe to bet into a single pool, bringing them together into one multi-million pound pool betting experience. 

Through national commingling, racing fans from countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, France, the USA and the UK all effectively bet into the same pool for each race. 

After huge success for World Pool at Royal Ascot and British Champions Day in 2020, the Hong Kong Jockey Club hosted 17 World Pool days on British and Irish race meetings last year.  

What does that mean for bettors?

By having a number of different countries betting into the same overall pool, it means racing fans can pit their wits against bettors from all around the globe. More importantly though, it means that there will be more liquidity in the pools, with opportunities better value as a consequence.

With more individuals betting into the pool it means that big stakes bettors will have less of an impact on the dividend, providing more robust betting opportunities.

UK runners could be underestimated by the international pools, or the raiders could be looked over by the UK Tote customers. This difference of opinion could ensure a bigger price that one might be expecting about certain horses on the day.

At British Champions Day, Tote beat SP on five of the six winners on the card, so there’s plenty of value to enjoy courtesy of World Pool.

 

Adayar Derby

What are the World Pool days?

For 2022 the following World Pool events have been confirmed so far;​

  • World Sports Betting Cape Town MET - Kenilworth, South Africa, Saturday 29th January ​
  • Dubai Super Saturday - Meydan, UAE, Saturday 5th March​
  • Dubai World Cup - Meydan, UAE, Saturday 26th March ​
  • QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day – Newmarket Rowley Mile Racecourse, Saturday 30th April​
  • Cazoo Oaks Day – Epsom Downs Racecourse, Friday 3rd June​
  • Cazoo Derby Day – Epsom Downs Racecourse, Saturday 4th June​
  • Five days of Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th June ​
  • QIPCO King George Diamond Day – Ascot Racecourse, Saturday 23rd July​
  • The first three days of the Qatar Goodwood Festival - Goodwood Racecourse, Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th July​
  • The first three days of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival – York Racecourse, Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th August​
  • Longines Irish Champions Day – Leopardstown, Saturday 10th September ​
  • QIPCO British Champions Day – Ascot Racecourse, Saturday 15th October ​

How much money is bet into World Pool?

World Pools were available on both Royal Ascot and British Champions Day last year, where bettors had the chance to win a share of some monumental pools. At Royal Ascot, £137 million was bet into the World Pool, up from £92 million the year before, and we could see even more this year.

As well as the straight Win and Place markets, World Pool will be in operation for a number of Exotic bets such as the Tote Swinger and Quinella, which were involved last year, plus new additions the Exacta and Trifecta. 

Some of these bet types are extremely popular in other racing nations, even more so than the Win market. For example, last year at Royal Ascot, there was nearly £2 million more bet into the Quinella pools than the Win pools across the meeting.

What bet types are eligible for World Pool?

• Win – 17.5% Takeout
• Place – 17.5% Takeout
•Quinella – 17.5% Takeout
• Swinger / Quinella Place – 17.5% Takeout
• Trifecta / Tierce – 25% Takeout
• Exacta / Forecast – 19.5%
• Treble – 25%

Is there a maximum bet or maximum payout?

There are no maximum limits to the amount of money that can be staked or won on a Tote bet. (The size of the pool provides a natural limit to the available winnings)

Will Tote+ still apply?

We’re delighted to say that Tote+ will still apply on all World Pool bets. So, by betting directly at Tote, not only can you enjoy the brilliant value the huge pools throw up, but you get an extra 10% on top of your winnings.

Are there any bet types which aren’t World Pool?

The Placepot and our other multileg bets won’t be commingled. The Tote Exacta is another pool which will only be available to UK bettors.

How can I watch World Pool races?

You can watch every World Pool race live at Tote.co.uk by simply logging into your account having previously made a deposit.


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