The Scoop 6 is Totesport‘s bet to rival the lottery and the pool often reaches seven figures meaning you could win over one million pounds. The Scoop 6 is generally available only on a Saturday. Totesport (go to their Totepool section to place the bet) was the UK government owned bookmaker, once known as The Tote, but in 2012 they sold it to the private company Betfred.
So how does The Scoop 6 work?
You need to find the winners (or placed horses) in the six chosen races. The six races involved in the bet are chosen by Totesport the day before the bet occurs on a Saturday. They tend to choose very competitive races that are on Channel 4 TV, as Channel 4 gives a lot of publicity to the bet. If you follow it on television then Channel 4 will announce how many tickets are left after each of the races.
The Scoop 6 bet costs £2 a go. You can have as many goes as you like. A £2 bet entitles you to one selection in each of the six races involved.
If you chose two selections in each of the six races then that would give you 64 x Scoop 6 bets. The way this is worked out is by multiplying the number of selections you choose in each leg (or race):
- Leg 1: 2 selections
- Leg 2: 2 selections
- Leg 3: 2 selections
- Leg 4: 2 selections
- Leg 5: 2 selections
- Leg 6: 2 selections
To work out the number of Scoop 6 bets this entitles you to:
2x2x2x2x2x2 = 64 Scoop 6 bets @ £2 each = £128 in total.
If you get the winner in each race then you win the amount of money in the pool (a bit like a lottery). If there is more than one winner then the Scoop 6 pool is divided according to the number of winners.
If there are no winners then the pool will be carried forward to the following Saturday. In that way the pool can grow very large if there are a few carryovers. The pot for picking the six winners has reached as much as £11million, which was the biggest so far in May 2014, so it is well worth having a crack at. That week, after 12 rollovers, eight fortunate winners won £1.3m each.
The Scoop 6 bet has a few added extras as well. Totesport also allocates money from the pool to a ‘Scoop 6 Bonus’. If you win the Scoop 6 then the next week you select one horse to win the ‘bonus race.’ Again, Totesport chooses the bonus race during the week before. It is usually a very competitive handicap on Channel 4 TV. Again if this is not won then it carries forward week by week. The bonus race prize pool has been as much as £5million.
There is also a Scoop 6 consolation dividend. If you get a placed horse in each of the six Scoop 6 races then there is a place dividend. It is not usually a lot of money but, dependent on the number of winners and size of the pool, the place dividend might be in the region of £100 to £500.
The place dividend will be higher if a few favourites are out of the frame as that would knock a lot of tickets out of the reckoning. Whereas if a lot of fancied runners did get in the first three then the place return would undoubtedly be small.
How do you place a Scoop 6 bet?
You can place a Scoop 6 bet on the Totesport website (click their ‘Totepool’ tab to get to the right place), where you can bet on horse racing and sports in the normal way as well. Just click on the link below to go straight to Totesport.