Saturday, December 31, 2011

The # 1 Money Making Secret to Win Big At The Dog Track

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Do you lose money at the track? A lot? Too much? Well, as far as I'm concerned, losing any amount is too much. The whole idea of going to the dog track, whether you go for business or pleasure, is to go home with more money than you walked in there with.
Most people though - nine out of ten of them - lose money every time they go to the races. This isn't fun and it's not good business. Here's how they lose and what you have to do to go home a winner.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How to Save Money & Win More

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If you can make money "sometimes" you can make money all the time. It's trite, but true. Can you spot a winner often enough to go home with a profit, at least once in awhile at the dog track? Well, if you can, then you've mastered the basics of greyhound handicapping.

Now, all you need to do is learn how to make that work for you consistently, and you also need to work on money management. Nine times out of ten, when decent handicappers aren't making a profit, it's because they're losing money through poor betting judgment.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1981 American Greyhound Derby

How to Break A Losing Streak

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We've all had them. Losing streaks are pretty depressing, especially if you don't know why you're having one. All of a sudden, you stop hitting winners and start picking losers. It seems like the universe is laughing at you by making your dogs fall down on the turn, get bumped on the break and fade right before the finish line. As a friend of mine once said, "It's heart-rendering."

I've had plenty of losing streaks and I get just as bummed out as the next person, although I shouldn't after all these years. I don't always practice what I preach, so sometimes it takes a while for the fact that I'm on a losing streak to filter through my thick head.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

How To Handicap Route Races

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There are far more sprint races - shorter races usually at 5/16ths of a mile or 550 yds - than route races at most tracks. Route races are around 610-660 yds. Marathons are a type of route race that is even longer, but there aren't many marathons at any track, so we'll stick with 660 yd routes for this discussion.
I like route races, though many don't. One of the things I like about routes is that they last longer than sprints and the dogs have more time to jockey for position and actually use some finesse to work their way up to the lead. The finish of a route is often exciting also, because dogs that close sometimes come charging up and nip the leaders at the wire. Routes are more like horse races to my mind.
That said, handicapping routes is a little different from picking winners in sprints.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hollywood Schooling

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Who will win the $10,000 World Series Contest

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Finals Set For The $10,000 World Series of Greyhound Handicapping

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The field is set for the finals of the $10,000 World Series of Greyhound Handicapping and the event will be shown live on December 17th and 18th only on Sixteen of the best handicappers in the greyhound world have qualified for this event by winning their way into the finals. Qualifying tournaments have been held over the past twelve months and these sixteen handicappers have emerged as the best of the best. 
For these two days the field will compete over several tracks and you can see it all unfold on With the incomparable Randy Birch calling the action the push for the $10,000 will surely be a must see event.
Watch the top greyhound handicappers in the country vie for the $10,000 in prize money as they battle it out on December 17th and December 18th exclusively  on

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hollywood Opens For Live Racing

New Season of Live Racing Begins
Reprinted From The Mardi Gras Blog
 Thursday December 1st began the 78th season of greyhound racing here at Mardi Gras Casino and it looks like it’ll be a thrill a second! For our opening weekend we were lucky enough to have one of the most recognizable voices in the industry broadcasting live from our very own grandstand, Mr. Randy Birch! A 30-year broadcasting veteran, he and our house announcer Ramon Cadavieco kept the crowd enthralled during their show on Big Jackpot Betting. Live from our brand new announcer’s booth right in the grandstand, all of the show’s regulars were in attendance in the Big Jackpot chat room, as well as a few very special live appearances! (Nice to see you Curlyman, SFRenie & Ecoraider!)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Are you A Real Handicapper?

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Not everyone who goes to the dog track is a handicapper. I've mentioned before that, in my opinion, most people who bet on the dogs are NOT handicappers. They're bettors, but there's a big difference between being a handicapper and betting on the dogs on hunches, with numbers or names or because someone gave you a tip.
If you bet your house number or on dogs named "Ryan" because that's your son's name, you're a bettor, but you're not a handicapper. If you always bet the 1/2 double because the 1 and 2 boxes are the best boxes at the track, you're still not a handicapper. "Best" doesn't mean that the 1 dog or 2 dog will be in the quiniela in this particular race.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Greyhound Handicapping-Past Performance

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Like most serious greyhound handicappers, I'm always going over my old programs to see if I can spot something that will increase my odds of winning. Recently, I noticed something on some programs from the spring races at a New England track. It seemed to me that their M races and A races had dogs who ran much closer to form than the other grade races. I wondered why this was.
Why would M and A dogs at that track be more consistent? Why would they run the way it looked like they'd run, when the dogs in the other grade races didn't? It stumped me and I thought of all kinds of reasons why this would be so, until I suddenly realized that I was looking at this from entirely the wrong angle.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Winning With the Old One-Two Punch

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Some people live at the track. Some people go once a year. I'd say most people who play the dogs go weekly or a couple of times a month. They don't follow it closely like the guys who hunch over their laptops, punching numbers into a calculator and talking on their cell phones with their eyes glued to the biggest TV in the place. Those guys probably know more about the dogs than the kennel owners do.
If you're like most dog players, you go on a Friday night with your spouse or maybe with a friend or a group of friends. You have a couple of drinks, maybe eat in the restaurant, bet on your kids' names or your favorite numbers or because you overheard someone in the bathroom telling someone on a cell phone that he had it from the dogmen that Junior Java was hot tonight and would definitely win for fun in the third race.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Speed Handicapping

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Speed comes up almost constantly in greyhound handicapping. Why wouldn't it? Speed is what gets one dog around the track faster than the other 7 dogs. Obviously, if you can figure out which greyhound has the fastest speed, you can pick the winner of any race. But that's easier said than done. Believe me, learning speed handicapping in greyhound racing can take a lifetime.
I think most of us handicappers start out by looking for dogs with the fastest times in their last races. When we realize that doesn't work, we may switch to dogs with the fastest "best time" if the program provides that information. Many of them do. But that's not really a true picture of how fast the dog will run in any race. Even if the conditions and dogs of the "best time" race were exactly the same, there's no way to tell how fast a dog will run.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Who Gets The Money

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At the dog track, there's a winner in every race. There's also a dog who places and one who comes in third for show. Even if there are no exotic bets allowed in a race - and few races don't have some kind of exotic bet - someone wins money on one, two or three dogs.

You might be saying, "Well, duh! That's certainly stating the obvious!", but bear with me. There's a point I'm trying to make here and it may be one that you've never thought of before, even if you've been going to the dog track for years.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winning on the Way Up

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In a previous article, "Greyhound Handicapping: Winning on the Way Down", I mentioned that dogs who are moving down in grade are 7 times more likely to come in than dogs moving up in grade. That's why I look for dogs who are moving down, especially if they've moved down two grades i.e. double droppers.
But there are times when it makes sense to bet on a dog who is moving up in grade. Of course, the dog has to show something special for me to consider it a contender as I handicap the race. Some of those special little clues that a dog has a chance of running in the money at a higher grade than its been running in are hard to spot. But, if you do spot them, it's a good idea to at least include the dog in quiniela boxes or even trifectas if you play them.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Winning on the Way Down

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Remember the old song, "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down"? Well, it comes into my head every once in awhile at the track when I'm cashing a winning ticket on a dog that went off at longer odds than it should have, but won for fun, as they say. I'm talking about droppers, dogs who have dropped down in class by at least one grade and maybe more.
I love these dogs when they're in a particular kind of race, because I know something that most of the crowd I'm betting against doesn't know. Dogs who are moving down in grade come in at a rate of 7 to 1 compared to dogs who are moving up in grade. It's not hard to figure out why.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sectional Times Are Back

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Back in the good old days, almost every dog track printed the First to Turn or FTT in their programs. This was the call for the dog who was leading at the first turn and that dog's time to the first turn. Better yet, when you looked at a dog's lines for its last six races, if it was First to Turn in any of those races, there was FTT in that line, along with the time.
This made it a lot easier to compare dogs. Instead of just knowing that the dog breaks and is first at the 1/8th call, you'd know that it is fast enough to beat all the other dogs in that race to the first turn. Knowing the time of the FTT call helped a bettor know which dogs were likely to be FTT in this race.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hidden Factors in Handicapping

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Quick! How wide is your favorite track? Don't know? Well, if it's Twin River (formerly Lincoln in Rhode Island) it's only 17 feet wide, the narrowest track in the US. So, I hear you say, what difference does it make how wide the track is? The dogs don't race across the track; they race around it.
True, but on a narrow track, those turns can be much harder to get around without bumping and getting in each other's way. This is why there seem to be more accidents on the turns at Twin River, something I noticed when I went there last time. Can you imagine what a dog coming from Southland, where the track width is an amazingly wide 34', would think as it got jammed on the first turn at Twin River?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Using Your Memory

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I hate losing, don't you? I don't know anyone who enjoys being wrong and that's what losing is in greyhound handicapping. You use every skill you have, you make your best picks and you bet them. If they win, you probably watch all the replays on the monitor, write the amounts of what you won on the program page and look at them again a few times when you get home. But what do you do if you lose?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Handicapping With No Surprises

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Greyhound handicapping is no match for reality, as my friend Willie says. I believe the first time he said it was when we were sharing a ticket on a speedball that had just won in M, J, D and C and was about to knock the competition dead in B. He was a dead cert. The only early speed in the race. As a matter of fact, the only class dog in the race, who had run in A a few races ago, was a closer who looked like he couldn't get out of his own way when he ran in his last six races, which were all in A.
So Willie and I were leaning on the fence, preparing to watch "Speedball" win for fun and wondering why he was at odds of 5-1 instead of 2-1. Well, shortly after the dogs broke out of the box, we were wondering why he wasn't at odds of 50-1 because he didn't even try.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tri-State Hosts The Action Tonight

Winning At The Track With Good Advice

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When I started with greyhound handicapping, I was in my late twenties and as numb as a pounded thumb about dog racing. Luckily, I had several more experienced mentors to give me advice and keep me from ending up in the poorhouse. That's one of the reasons I write articles about how to win at the dog track now. I remember how it felt to want to win, way back when I was too clueless to pick a winner in a one-dog race.
Here in no particular order is some of the best advice I ever got:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Winning With T Races

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Any dog track program will tell you how greyhounds are graded. Except for the highest and lowest grades, they move up when they win a race and - at most tracks - move down when they fail to finish in the top three positions in three consecutive starts or fail to earn better than one third place finish in four consecutive starts.
The rules for J and M may differ somewhat and, of course, dogs who win in the top grade can't advance, but these are the basics of how dogs are graded. The reason they're graded is so that dogs with similar abilities will be running with each other, instead of with dogs who are much better or much worse at winning.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Best Bets Sometimes Look Like Losers

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There are great dogs. There are lousy dogs. There are so-so dogs that spend most of their lives bouncing between Grade C and Grade B, never making it into the top grade, but hanging in there with enough wins and seconds to keep them from dropping down into the lower grades. You can make money on dogs like these.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kevin Ward's Expanded Selections at Tri-State for Wednesday

Tri-State Selections for Wedneday Night August 31

Tri-State Race 1 – Two schools of thought here 368 - 827. $2 DD 38 – 3 for $4 bucks.

Race 2 – 374 367. Rico’s Crosby #3 to WPS…

Race 3 – 857 758. Make up your own mind about #1…Recent time off, great box, but weak school.

Race 4 – 814 413. Really don’t expect the 4 here…but being objective. Like the 8 a lot. 1 looks strong from the post. Probably play 8 – 1 – 3467, 8 – 3467 – 1, 1 – 8 – 3467. Can we beat the 2,5?!

Race 5 – Fast Annie’s early speed earns her a place at the top of one of my TRI’s…8 7 4 - you never know when she’ll break the recent slump and against this field of recent under achievers…..all is possible. Still I see this next Trifecta as the one to beat…615. Only time will tell. #6 Rico’s Top Shelf may pay a nice price for a grade dropper with a pair of solid runs from the middle posts recently. It should be a nice battle between 6&7&8 for a spot at the front of the pack going into the first turn. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Beating The Competition

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To win at the dog track, you have to be better than the average bettor. Because pari-mutuel betting is betting against the other bettors, not the track, it's the guy or gal next to you that you have to beat, not the announcer or the track owner or managers. (Unless they're betting too, which shouldn't be allowed, but that's another article.)
Obviously, most of the crowd is wrong most of the time. I think I read somewhere once that bettors pick the winner about 1 out of 4 times. Since the favorite doesn't pay very well, that wouldn't give you a profit, that's for sure. So if you want to win money at the dog track, you're going to have to think and bet differently from how the crowd thinks and bets.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Betting On Quitters

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People hate a quitter, whether it's a human athlete or a dog who quits and loses. If you want to see a bunch of agitated bettors, look around at the crowd - or just listen to their indignant yowling - when a favorite slows down and lets the other dogs pass him at the finish line. Why in the world would a dog do that?
Well, I can tell you one thing: They don't do it to annoy the bettors. As I've said before, dogs don't know that anyone is betting on them and they don't know that they're running a race. As far as they're concerned, they're chasing prey in a pack. They'll run their hearts out to be first to get the prey, but they can only run as fast and as far as their physical limits will let them.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

How Important is Time?

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As the song goes, "Fast horses win races" and so do fast dogs. So maybe we're all over-complicating this handicapping thing. Maybe we should just go to the dog track, pick the fastest dog in each race and play it to win. Many people do just that, but I don't think you'll find them cashing a whole lot of winning tickets.
And the ones they do cash probably won't pay diddly, because time is pretty obvious. Even greyhound handicapping newbies know how to find the time of the last race for each dog. It's right there in the program next to their final position in their last race.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Winning With Dogs Who Disappoint

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"Disappointed." Have you ever seen that term in a dog's lines on a racing program? Well, it doesn't mean that the dog was disappointed because it didn't win, although a lot of bettors probably were. It means that the chart writer was disappointed in the dog's performance in that race. This is one of those lines that I could do without along with a few others like: trouble (who caused the trouble - that dog or another dog?), no excuses (like dogs ever make excuses), and six lines for a dog and they never mention whether it ran inside, midtrack or outside, so you don't know where it runs without checking prior programs. But don't get me started on chart writing...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Statistics and Information Are Two Different Things

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I've written before about how statistics can help us handicap. The more we know about a dog, the better we can evaluate its chances of hitting the board in any given race. Thanks to the internet, statistics are easy to find nowadays. Programs are free and most tracks publish kennel, post position and other helpful statistics.
But where this all breaks down is when handicappers mistake statistics for information that can help them pick winners. Statistics are facts. Data. Raw figures that tell us, for instance, that the #1 dog's kennel has a 12% win average, which is good. It might even tell us, when we compare kennels stats, that the #1's kennel has the top win percentage at that track. This is good to know, but it's not really information until we use it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Live Broadcast From Tri-State

Randy Birch and Mike Staats Set Up For Live Broadcasting from Tri-State Greyhound Park. New broadcast tower was built in the back of the grandstand area and BigJackpot Betting was the first live broadcast from the new tower.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Get With The Program

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Let's say you go to the track a couple or a few times a week. You usually meet some friends there and you all have a good time, drinking coffee, sitting together, going over your programs and talking about the dogs. It's a pleasant way to while away an afternoon or evening, but it's not the best way to handicap greyhounds. Here's one reason why.
Usually, the conversation goes something like this:
Jimmy: So what do you think of the four dog in the first race?
Al: He's a fighter. He gets to the front and as soon as another dog gets near him, he turns his head and fights. I wouldn't bet him if he was the only dog in the race.
Bruce: I don't see any lines here where he fights. Where do you see that?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Who Sing about Greyhound Racing

How To Pick Winning Dogs Time After Time

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Is your luck at the track hit or miss? Do you do really well one day and not so good the next day? Have you given up on trying to figure out why you win - or, more importantly - why you lose? If that's the case, maybe this article will help you change all that.
Greyhound handicapping isn't an exact science. We all know that. But there ARE things you can do to become better at it, no matter how long you've been failing at it. Even if you have almost no days when you pick the right dogs, if you put some time and effort into learning to really analyze the most important factors in a race, you'll be surprised at how much better you'll do.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Winning in the Rain

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Sooner or later, it happens to every bettor. You're all ready to go to the track. You've handicapped the program and found a slew of good bets. You even have some extra money in your pocket and your spouse has gone out with a friend, so you won't be accused of neglect. You grab your keys, head out to the car and get about halfway to the track when it starts to rain.
The forecast didn't call for rain, but apparently the weather gods didn't listen to the forecast, because it's pouring as you park in the track parking lot and sit there thinking about whether you even want to go in now. After all, who knows what's gonna happen with the track getting wetter by the minute?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Longshot Wins American Derby

Making A Living at The Dog Track

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Is it possible to make a living at the track? Well, I'd have to say, yes, because I know several people who do just that. How do they do it? That's the downside to making a living at the track. They work at it - harder than they'd work at a 9-5 job.
One of them, a young woman who started playing the dogs when she worked as a lead-out to help put herself through college, is very successful. She's also very disciplined. She gets up early in the morning to get the programs for the four tracks she plays and often doesn't go to bed until after the track closes in the wee hours of the morning.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Should You Avoid Puppy Races?

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Well, that depends. When I started going to the track, back in the 1970's, all the old-timers told me "M" or puppy races were impossible to figure out. "Puppies are inconsistent." They told me. "They're too unpredictable. You have to wait until they get up into "C" until you know if they're any good or not. Just watch the puppy races. Don't bet 'em."
So I watched them. After awhile, I realized that the old-timers were betting the heck out of the M and J races and cashing tickets too. It dawned on me that they didn't want me to bet because I'd be competition. After all, if you wait until a puppy has won in M and J before you bet it, you're not the only one who's noticed that it's a good dog, so you don't get good odds on it.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Event to Support Greyhound Racing in Kansas

First of all we at Big Jackpot Betting would like to give a call out to the crew that made last night's event such a success. A special thank you goes out to the management and staff of the Sportspage Lounge in Kansas City,Kansas who along with Kevin Ward, Michael Loeffler, Bobby Johnson, Shay Rich and of course our own Randy Birch worked together to make last night a reality. Without the help from these dedicated people we never would have been able to pull off a live remote broadcast and combine it with the live broadcast of the night's races from Tri-State Greyhound Park and present it on the internet for all to view.

What was planned as a reunion of long time Woodlands employess and fans actually turned into something much more important than that. The local media picked up on the event from our press releases and sent camera crews and reporters to see what was up. The Kansas legislature was also represented when David Haley, a state of Kansas senator, showed up to express his support in returning greyhound racing to the State of Kansas. The Sportspage Lounge was packed with people who would love to have their jobs in the greyhound industry returned and also with a large group of greyhound racing fans who expressed a desire to support the return of pari-mutuel greyhound racing to the state of Kansas. The support for racing was heard loud and clear and the prospects for its return are beginning to look better by the day.

Randy Birch & Michael Loeffler Broadcasting From The Sportspage

We at Big Jackpot Betting were proud to have been involved in an event that may just well prove to be the beginning of a grass roots movement that may lead to a groundswell resulting in the return of live Greyhound Racing to Kansas.

Thanks to all of you who participated by attending or viewing on It is with your continued support that we can grow this sport and return it to its past glory. Thank you all for being part of this.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

How To Use Form In Your Handicapping

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We often hear about dogs being in form or out of form, but what does this really mean? A simple explanation for form is "running well" but there's more to it than that. I think most handicappers would agree that the definition of form has to include an element of time to mean anything. Dogs come into form and go out of form as they run and it's the smart bettor who takes this into account when handicapping.
How do we know that a dog is in form?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

When Quitters Are Winners

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We've all heard the old saying, "A winner never quits and a quitter never wins." Like many old sayings, there's a grain of truth in it. But there's another old saying, "Never say never." That's true when it comes to a lot of dogs that racing fans call quitters. (Often the bettors call them a lot of other things too, when they're swearing and throwing their programs on the floor.)
Dogs who "quit" don't actually stop running. They just stop trying to get to the lead. There's a reason for this and if you know what it is, you can handicap these dogs and catch them on the occasions when they come in. This can give you some nice payoffs.
Most of them stop trying because of two reasons. One, they can't see the lure. Two, they have to get the lead right out of the box to spark their competitive instinct. If they get the lead, they're alpha dogs and will run their hearts out. If they don't, they slip into beta mode and just run with the pack, probably mumbling under their breath and complaining that everyone jumped out ahead of them.