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Betting on horses

Betting on horses is one of the most popular forms of gambling. How often do we hear older gentleman saying they are “Heading to the track”, or we see them hanging out at an OTB (off track betting).
There are a lot of reasons why it is so popular and why so many people take chances on a particular horse.  One reason why people bet on horses is because horses always do the best they can, in each and every race, and that is something we appreciate.
There is something about watching strong and fast thorough breads race each other around a track, pushing their limits and ultimately achieving success.  Even if you don’t win on the track, you are engaged at these amazing animals, who can sometimes reach up to forty miles per hour.
There are a few rules and regulations every prospective horse gambler needs to know.
The traditional horseracing betting wagers are Win, Place, and Show.
- Win is if the horse you bet on finishes first and you collect your winnings.
- Place is when you bet your horse to finish second and the horse finishes first or second, then you win.
- Show is if you bet your horse to finish in third place and then if your horse finishes first, second, or third, you win.
- Across the Board is when you bet your horse to win, place, and show, so if he finishes first, second, or third, then you win.
- Win-Place is pretty self-explanatory.  You bet your horse to finish in the top two spots, and if that is where they end up, then you win again.
There are many other ways you can bet on horses, but the above are the most common and ideal if you are just starting out.
There are different strategies gamblers institute whenever they go to the track or bet horses on television. Generally, the type of race track will determine your horse racing strategy. Some race tracks are built for speed, while others are for stamina, and some are made specifically for strength.
When you get to the track the weather could have a large affect on the outcome of every race.  Some of the best horses are thrown by head winds, while average horses are unaffected by them.  It is important to know as much information as possible to make the most informed bet possible.
Often the jockey will determine the race by the way they handle the horse and it is important to know who is riding and what their tendencies are.  When a jockey decides to make a break for the final straight away, it can make all the difference between a win, a place, and failure.  Many people believe that interaction between horse and rider matters more than any other factor when betting on horses.
Author: Abscident
© Gambler Awards, 2008
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