Betting made easy for 'once a year' punters
Tatts.com and TattsBet has made it as easy as possible for those ‘once a year’ punters who want to add to the excitement of Melbourne Cup day by having a flutter.
The easiest way to place a bet on the Cup is by using our exclusive Betting Wizard. You can access the Betting Wizard on our Melbourne Cup site. The Betting Wizard allows you to pick your runners by clicking on a set of tick boxes next to each horse in the field. You can then choose to include those picks in pre-set packages which might include a Quinella, Trifecta or First Four, or you can build your own custom bet.
Tatts.com customers can also download their free TattsBet app for an iPhone or Android from the App store to bet on the Cup. For punters familiar with the Tatts.com website, you can also bet on the race through our usual Racing page. Whilst you can open an account and place a bet on the day, we encourage punters to get in early and avoid the last minute rush.
Customers in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory can also place a bet at any one of our TAB outlets. To avoid confusion, there are three special Melbourne Cup tickets; one each for Win/Place, Trifecta and First4. Special ‘How to Bet’ information will be available in TABs. Importantly, we will have extra staff on hand in TAB outlets to offer friendly advice and assist those who may be a little unsure about bet types or how to mark their tickets. There will be some special temporary facilities for Melbourne Cup betting, including one in the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane.
How do punters make their selections?
The great thing about having a flutter on the Cup or any other race is that you can make your selection in any number of ways. In depth study of the runners’ form is favoured by some punters while others may prefer using their lucky numbers or simply letting the TattsBet computer make their selections by taking a Mystery bet. In between there are myriad methods people use, including jockeys, barrier numbers, trainer’s form, tipsters or asking friends, favourite colours, birthdates, omen names, horse colours and even a blindfold and pin. Visit a TAB or Tatts.com to see what the experts are tipping.
Whatever method you use, having a flutter on the Cup adds to the excitement in the build up to the race and watching the big event.
Betting interest on the Cup
Cup day is by far and away the busiest day of the year for TattsBet with ‘all hands on deck’ at over 1200 retail outlets and four telephone betting centres across Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Australians bet $150M on the Cup through Australian TAB’s last year. When additional betting on the supporting race programs was included, total betting Australia wide on Cup Day was more than $200M. TattsBet punters invested $40M on the Cup and more than $55M on all races on the day.
Queenslanders invested $30M on the Cup race last year and betting on all racing by Queenslanders with TattsBet on Cup day was $45M.
At its peak TattsBet will be processing around 70,000 bets per minute. This generally occurs at around 1.00pm EST. Last year there were more than 7 million hits on TattsBet’s website TattsBet.com on Cup day.