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How To Bet On Dog Races
Betting on dog races can be a fun hobby for many people. While there are similarities to betting on horse racing, there are also some notable differences.

Many of the bets you can make on dog racing are the same. Win, place and show bets are all available on dog racing. Most dog tracks offer exacta and trifecta wagering as well. The quinella is a popular wager on the dog races.

One of the things to consider when betting on dogs is that there may not be a large amount of money in the betting pools themselves. This can lead to some strange payoffs at times. Like a show bet paying more than a place bet or even win at times. When the betting pools are not as large and liquid, a large bet on a certain dog can skew the odds.

Dog betting is usually considered less reliable than horse racing when it comes to predicting the outcomes. Dogs do not race with a pilot (jockey) such as a horse would. The rules also allow for much more leeway when it comes to bumping, jostling, etc. Often times you will see dogs bumping and even flipping over each other during a race. As a fan this is also part of the charm of the sport.

One of the draws to betting on dog racing is the high unpredictability of the races. Dogs with high odds can rarely be completely discounted, for many of the reasons I just mentioned. The favorite dog can easily be cut off, jostled, bumped or otherwise hampered in a race and lose much of their winning chance.

These dogs are exceptional athletes in their own right and can really fly around the racing surface. Bottom-line going to the dog races can be a fun night out for you and your friends.
 
Types of bets you can place on Dog Racing

Win: Collect if your dog finishes first.

Place: Collect if your dog finishes, first or second.

Show: Collect if your dog finishes 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

The Daily Double: You win if you pick the winner of the first and second race. To bet you say "$2 daily double on 3 (your pick to win in the first race) and 5 (your pick to win in the second race)". Your bet must be placed before the closing bell of the first race.

Quinella: (Reverse Forecast, UK) You win if you pick two greyhounds that finish first and second, in either order, in any single race. To bet you say "$2 quinella, numbers 5 and 6". If the results of the first two greyhounds are either 5-6 or 6-5, you win.

Quinella Box: Pick three or more greyhounds. You win if any two of your selections finish first and second. To bet you say "$2 Quinella box on 4,5 and 6". You are making three separate bets so your minimum bet is $6. If they finish 4-5, 4-6, 6-4, 6-5, 5-4 or 5-6 you win. You can box as few as three or as many as the field.

Quinella Double: Quinella Double is a combination bet of two winning quinellas in the last two races. Select two greyhounds to win and place, in either order, in each of the last two races. You must win both quinellas to win your Quinella Double.

Quinella Wheel: You can also 'wheel' a favorite dog, so that it is combined with all the other dogs. Based on the $2 value, the total cost of a wheel with, say, 7 other dogs is $14. For example; if you wheel #2 with the 7 other dogs in the same race and #2 comes in first or second, you win because you have all the combinations covered.

Perfecta or Exacta: (Straight Forecast, UK) The Perfecta is similar to the Quinella, except the two greyhounds must finish in the exact order. To bet you say "$5 Perfecta, 4-6". Only if the greyhounds finish 4-6 you win.

Perfecta Box: As with the Quinella box, except the two greyhounds must finish in the exact order. To bet you say "$2 perfecta box on 4,5 and 6". You are making six separate bets so your minimum bet is $12. If they finish 4-5, 4-6, 6-4, 6-5, 5-4 or 5-6 you win. With Perfecta Box, for each extra dog you add to the box the possible combinations get compounded and your number of bets increases accordingly. A "$2 perfecta box on 4 dogs" will cost you $24 (12 bets), a "$1 perfecta box on 5 dogs" $20 (20 bets), and a "$10 perfecta box on 6 dogs" $300 (30 bets @$10 each).

Straight Trifecta: (Tricast or Treble Forecast, UK) Pick the first three greyhounds to cross the finish line in exact order. To bet you say "$2 trifecta numbers 7- 4 -5". Only if they finish 7-4-5 you win.

$1 Trifecta Box: Pick three greyhounds to finish first, second and third, in any order. To bet you say "$1 trifecta box 2,3 and 5". You are actually making six $1 bets, so your total bet is $6. If they finish 2-3-5, 2-5-3, 3-2-5, 3-5-2, 5-2-3 or 5-3-2; you win.

$1 Trifecta Key: Pick your favorite greyhound to win, then two or more others to place and show in any order. To bet you say "$1 trifecta key on 1 with 2 and 3". You are actually making two $1 bets so your total bet is $2. To win your Key greyhound must win and the other two must finish either 1-2-3 or 1-3-2.

Superfecta: The straight superfecta is played by picking the first four greyhounds to finish in exact order. To bet you say "$2 straight superfecta 1-3-2-8". You would collect if the race finishes exactly 1-3-2-8.

You can Box, Key or Wheel most of the above bets.