Betting 101

What to Say to the Mutuel Teller When You Bet

If you're a beginning bettor you probably want to place your bets at a mutuel window with a live mutuel teller before using self-service betting machines and mobile applications. Here’s what you should do when you get to the betting window:

  1. Have your money in hand, so that once you're at the counter, you're ready to make your bet
  2. State the track's name
  3. State the race number you are betting on
  4. State the amount of money you are betting
  5. Say the type of bet you are placing
  6. Finally, state the horse's program number

It should sound something like this, "Churchill Downs, Race 11, $2 to win on #4." After you've handed the teller your money, make sure you take your betting ticket and store it in a safe, or lucky, place. If your bet wins, you'll need to return to the betting window and give the teller your ticket to collect your winnings.

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