When it comes to fortunes won at the races, no bet has a track record quite like the Pick 6. It is the one bet that can produce a seven-figure score, and routinely pays into the six figures when it is hit on Kentucky Derby.
This year’s Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Pick 6s got a boost when TwinSpires.com—the official account wagering platform of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby—stepped up to guarantee that the wagering “pool” would reach $200,000 for the Oaks and $500,000 for the Derby.
The pool is the amount of money bet into a wager, and since horse bettors play against each other rather than the track, the pool is also the maximum amount a person can win on that particular wager.
In other words, the higher the pool the higher the potential payout.
More money is bet on Kentucky Oaks and Derby days than any other two days of racing, so you might think that Churchill does not need to guarantee pool sizes to ensure big payouts, but that extra money does make a difference.
If there is $150,000 up for grabs and four people win then they would get $37,500 each. With $200,000 up for grabs, though, even if five people were to win, that’s still more money per person at $40,000 each. Put another way, more money available means more money to win for more winners. I guess that’s why TwinSpires says it’s Where Players Win.
The other aspect to the guarantee is it gives players peace of mind. The win odds are easy to spot—they’re on the infield toteboard and TVs all over the track and account wagering menus, and the same goes for exacta and daily double will pays. With big multi-horse bets such as the Pick 6 or even superfectas, you don’t know what the odds are on all the combinations you’re playing. Guaranteeing a big pool lets players know the reward is worth a riskier bet.
And if playing the Pick 6 on your own is too risky for you then check out the TwinSpries.com Player’s Pool, which allows members to contribute to a larger pool in an attempt to take down racing’s biggest prizes on America’s best account wagering platform.
TwinSpires.com can’t guarantee the Player’s Pool will be a winner, but guaranteeing the Oaks-Derby Pick 6s at $200,000 and $500,000, respectively, guarantees at least someone will be.
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