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Tote Betting Terms and Rules

Tote Betting


Tote Win
Bet a horse to win.

Tote Place
Bet a horse to finish a place. All open place dividends will be incline as declared by Saftote.

Combines a Win and Place bet. You collect the Win and Place payouts if the horse bet on finishes FIRST. You get the Place payout if the horse runs a place. The same amount is always bet for the Win and the Place. Example: An Eachway bet taken 10 times is a R10 Win & R3 Place = R20.


Pick 2 horses in a race and couple them in a Swinger. You win if the 2 horses chosen fill 2 of the first 3 places. There are 3 winning combinations 1st & 2nd (or 2nd & 1st); 1st & 3rd (or 3rd & 1st); 2nd & 3rd (or 3rd & 2nd). No payout 3rd & 3rd if deadheat for THIRD.


Bet on the horses to finish FIRST and SECOND in the exact order. Bet 3 different ways:

  • Single: Choose 1 horse for FIRST and 1 horse for SECOND.
  • Perm: Choose any number of horses for FIRST and for SECOND.
  • Box: Choose 2 or more horses. You collect if the horses chosen include the FIRST and SECOND finishers.

Choose the winners of the 2 consecutive races that comprise the Double (the first of the 2 races in a Double is termed Leg 1; the second is Leg 2). A Double can be taken on all consecutive races – i.e. Races 1 & 2; 2 & 3; 3 & 4 etc.

Bet on the horses to finish FIRST, SECOND and THIRD in the exact order.

Bet on the horses to finish FIRST, SECOND, THIRD and FOURTH in the exact order.
There are 4 different ways to bet the Trifecta & Quartet: Single, Multi, Float (Rove) & Box.
A popular Trifecta option is Multi, choosing one horse for FIRST with three or more other horses for SECOND and THIRD. Cost of betting 1 horse for FIRST with:

  • 3 other horses for SECOND & same 3 horses for THIRD: R6
  • 4 other horses for SECOND & same 4 horses for THIRD: R12
  • 5 other horses for SECOND & same 5 horses for THIRD: R20

Pick 3 
Choose the winners of any 3 consecutive races. One horse or more can be chosen in each of the three races. Fractional betting can be used.

Pick 6
Choose the winners of all 6 races that comprise the Pick 6 (Legs 1 to 6). One horse or more can be chosen in each of the 6 races.

Choose the winners of all 4 races that comprise the Jackpot (Legs 1 to 4). One horse or more can be chosen in each of the 4 races.

Place Accumulator
Choose a horse, or horses, to finish FIRST, SECOND or THIRD in each of the 7 races that comprise the Place Accumulator (Legs 1 to 7). You can win the bet many times. Example: You choose one horse in each of Legs 1 to 4 and two horses in each of Legs 5, 6 and 7. If all choices finish in the first 3, payout is won eight times (1x1x1x1x2x2x2 = 8).

Calculate The Cost
Pick 6, Jackpot & Place Accumulator, multiply out the total number of choices made for each leg. Example: In a Jackpot you choose four horses in Leg 1; three horses in Leg 2; one horse in Leg 3; two horses in Leg 4. This is 24 combinations x R1 each (4x3x1x2) = R24.

Fractional betting can be used to reduce the cost of all Trifecta, Quartet, Pick 6, Jackpot and Place Accumulator bets. In Jackpot example above, the Jackpot can be played for R12 (half or 50% of the full amount). If you win, you collect half the payout.

Once logged in, your Bet Slip will calculate the number of combinations and give you the option of choosing the number of times or stake as well as calculating the bet for you instead of having to calculate it yourself.


Tote Payout Limits

All Tote Bets are subject to the following limits:

  • The maximum payout per Tote Bet (Win and Place) is R5,000-00.
  • The maximum payout per Tote Bet ( Double) is R10,000-00.
  • The maximum payout per Tote Bet (Trifecta and Quartet) is R100,000-00.
  • The maximum payout per Tote Bet (Pick 3, Swinger and Exacta) is R50,000-00.
  • The maximum payout per Exotic Bet (Jackpot, Pick 6 and Place Accumulater) is R500,000-00 .
  • The maximum payout per customer/per event is R500,000.00 no matter how many single bets have been taken and no matter whether they are across different bet types. 

In the event that the pool is less than the payout limits displayed above, the pool dividend will be used for payout purposes. Should the pool exceed the payout limits in the table above then the amounts in this table will be used as the dividened for payouts and / or percentage payouts, not exceeding R500,000-00 for Tote ets and R500,000-00 for Exotic Bets.


Ante Post

Ante-post prices are offered on most major horse racing events up to 3 days prior to the scheduled day of the race. Ante-post bets are accepted on the basis of all in run, unless a "with a run" price is offered. Stakes are lost if an ante-post selection does not take part. No deductions are made to winning ante-post bets.

Where weather or outside influences cause an event to be postponed or rescheduled to another day then ante-post bets will stand, provided that the entries are not re-opened.

Ante-post bets on horse racing will be void if the race is officially abandoned or declared void, or the conditions of the race or venue are altered. Should bets be void due to these circumstances then any multiple bet, which includes this selection will be paid out on the remaining selections.

Venue Change / Postponement

In the event of a venue or track change , all bets will be null and void.
In the event of racing being postponed, bets will stand if the racing takes place within 48 hours of the postponement. If racing has not commenced within 48 hours of postponement then all bets will be declared null and void.

In all horse races, excluding ante-post bets, if a horse is withdrawn without coming under starters orders it is treated as a non-runner. A deduction may be made from the winnings of bets struck at a fixed price and, if there is sufficient time to form a new market / starting price, the starting price will be subject to the same deduction. The deduction will be defined in accordance with the following table.