Trifecta Bet Calculator
Each type of Trifecta Bet is calculated a bit differently, which is why it’s important to know how much money you’re putting in based on the risks involved. Let’s look at how to calculate the costs of a Trifecta Bet.
$1 Trifecta Key Costs: To figure the cost of a Trifecta Key, use this simple equation: $ x Number of horses x number of horses minus one.
- For example, a $1 Trifecta Key 1 with 2,3,4,5 would be 1 x 4 x 3 = 12 possible combinations costing you $12.
- $1 with 2,3,4: $6
Trifecta Part Wheel Costs: Multiply the number of horses used on top or the win position of the exacta with the number of horses used in the second position (less one if the same number is used on top in the exacta).
- # of horses in the first position x # of horses in the second position minus 1 x # of horses in the third position minus 2.
- For example, a $1 Trifecta Part Wheel 1 with 2,3,4 with 2,3,4,5 = 1 x 3 x 3 = $9 (9 possible combinations)
Trifecta Box Costs: To figure the cost here simply multiply the number of horses used by the number of horses used less one.
- $1 Trifecta Box with three horses: $6 (6 possible combinations)
- $1 Trifecta Box with four horses: $24 (24 possible combinations)
- $1 Trifecta Box with five horses: $60 (60 possible combinations)
The more horses you add to an Exacta Bet, the more likely you are to lose money in the end. If you bet on 8 horses, you have more chances of winning, but you would be lucky to make $30, resulting in a loss of nearly $650. For this reason, Exacta Box horse racing betting is generally best left to experienced handicappers, or those who employ the services of a veteran handicapper.
Of course, the track will take out its portion before the prize pool is calculated so the payout wouldn’t be exactly $120. But still, a $100 return on a $2 bet is amazing odds.
Whether it’s a huge race or an unexpected win, an Exacta payout usually gives a decent return, which is why it’s one of the most popular bets.
And They’re Off!
You can place Trifecta Bets at any racetrack or off-track betting bureau. At the track, you simply complete a betting slip or you can just request your selection verbally at the counter. If you’re not sure what to do, just ask a member of staff for some assistance. If you’re still a little unsure about how to place your bets or where to put your money, don’t worry. You’re not the first person to need a bit of help, which is why AmWager is here.
Horse betting can be an intimidating endeavor until you get used to the wagers, lingo, and payouts. AmWager has an easy to use online betting platform anyone can use to place their bets. Check it out and try your hand with the horses, it might be the one step to your next lucky break.