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What is the Tote World Pool and the benefits of betting into it at Royal Ascot?

ROYAL ASCOT is just around the corner, which means we’re close to the next Tote World Pool event.

The collaboration has been successful since its introduction to Britain back in 2019, with this meeting the first of its kind on these shores.

Baaeed winning the Queen Anne Stakes last year

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The common pool is good news for punters, with bigger and better returns as a result of going against fellow bettors across the globe.

Here’s all you need to know and why betting with Tote could prove financially beneficial.

What is the World Pool?

The World Pool is a collaboration between several countries around the world.

It allows bettors to bet into the same pool as those from eight countries on specific racedays.

Royal Ascot became the first British meeting to be part of the initiative back in 2019.

In total, 2023 will have 18 World Pool events across the UK and Ireland.

What is the benefit of World Pool to punters?

Being able to bet into the same pool as the likes of Hong Kong, Australia, France and the US, this generates greater liquidity while also being able to go against fellow bettors from across the globe.

This means that punters can place larger, more significant bets without having an impact on a horse’s price.

For example, if you’d placed a £1 bet on each winner across 2022’s 17 World Pool days in Britain and Ireland, you’d have a 16% higher return compared to the usual, standard SP.

Significant differences can arise from the price offered on World Pool to that offered by the bookmakers, particularly with jockeys and trainers with international profiles generally being over-bet, with lesser known connections overlooked.

How do I bet into the World Pool?

It’s simple to get involved in the World Pool.

Punters can do so via the Tote website and mobile app, bookmakers that offer Tote betting and on the racecourses themselves.

Bets placed with Tote go straight into the common pool, meaning punters don’t need to indicate that they want to be involved.

What bets are available on World Pool days?

There are seven bet types available in World Pool. Those are:

  • Winner: Picking the horse that you think will win the race
  • Place: Picking a horse to finish in the places in the race
  • Exacta: Picking the first and second place horses to finish in the correct order
  • Trifecta: Picking the first, second and third horses to finish in the correct order
  • Quinella: Picking the first two horses home, in either order
  • Swinger: Picking two horses to finish in the first three places in any order
  • Treble: Only multi-leg bet – Picking the first horse in three separate races

Will World Pool be live at Royal Ascot?

Yes, Royal Ascot is the next World Pool event in Britain and Ireland.

The World Pool will be active for all five days of the meeting, too.

Last year, the Tote Win dividend beat the standard SP on 25 occasions across the five days, while matching it on 10 other occasions.

Following that, the remaining World Pool events are:

  • Irish Derby Day – Curragh – July 2nd
  • King George Diamond Day – Ascot – July 29th
  • Goodwood Festival – Goodwood – August 1st – 3rd
  • Ebor Festival – York – August 23rd – 25th
  • Irish Champion Stakes Day – Leopardstown – September 9th
  • British Champions Day – Ascot – October 21st

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