The Scoop6 is essentially the horse racing industry’s very own version of the National Lottery.

However, unlike its ball dropping cousin, the Scoop6 is significantly more fun to watch and you can get involved for a small stake – just £2.

The Scoop6 is a pool betting system so basically, the more people who enter, the more money goes into the prize pot.

Each Saturday you get to place bets on six selected races. Usually, these races are shown live on iTV (you can find a list of the qualifying races here).

The objective is to pick the winner of all these races. Scoop6 winners often walk away with more than £500,000! Although, jackpots have rolled-over to more than £10+ million in the past.

The concept was formulated back in 1999 and has been running successfully for nearly twenty five years.

Scoop6 Prize Pot

The bet comprises of a win fund and a place fund. The ‘win’ fund is the most lucrative pot, especially if it rolls over for several weeks as it often does.

If you pick all six winners, you win a share of that total win pool. This could be outright or shared with a number of others.

It’s all down to the popularity of the selections amongst the players. Essentially, if lesser fancied runners win or place in the nominated races, then the win and place dividends are usually much higher.

If all your selections are placed, then the ‘place’ fund is regarded as the consolation prize. However, this can be a monster payout in itself.

Those who have successfully chosen six winners and scooped the win fund are then eligible to have a go at the Bonus Fund.

To win the Bonus Fund, the player(s) have to correctly choose the winner of one nominated race the following week.

So now you know what the Scoop6 is, let’s take a closer look at how it all works.

How Does The Scoop6 Work?

Stakes are allocated to the three different funds as follows: Scoop6 win fund, Scoop6 place fund, and Scoop6 Bonus Prize Fund in the ratio of 7:4:3, respectively.

Following allocation, a deduction of 30% will be made from each fund. The net pool for each fund is 70% of stakes.

A £2 line (the minimum stake permitted) will allow you to pick a single selection in each of the six nominated races.

However, if you wish to increase your chances, you can opt for a permutation. If you pick more than one selection in any of the races, you need to multiply all the legs involved.

E.g  1x1x1x1x2x2 = 4 lines x the £2 unit stake makes a total of £8.

Many people believe that the single £2 line bet doesn’t get a look in and that it is the big permutations costing thousands of pounds to place that whisk away the bulk of the total pool. However, that is not the case at all.

In 2014, there were eight winners, including Craig Brazier, a bin clean from Nottinghamshire, who split the pot, each walking away with £1.3 million

Agnes Haddock scooped a total of £688,620 when correctly choosing six winners in 2007.

Tony Wonnacott, a 45-year-old man who also played just a straight £2 line, won £310,000 in 2009.

Video Guide To Placing A Scoop6 Bet

So How Do I Play?

Most high street bookmakers take the Scoop6 bet. You need to look for the special slip that pretty much looks like a lottery slip and is just as easy to fill in.

If you are unsure, then just ask the staff at the counter, who will be more than happy to oblige.

Alternatively, you can place the bet with BetFred by visiting the “Tote” section on the site.

Here’s How It Works At Betfred

There are various opportunities to place a Scoop6 or a similar style of pool bet with Betfred.

  • Jackpot: Select the winner in each of the six nominated Jackpot races. Available every day, on Horses and Dogs. Minimum guaranteed pool of £10,000 each day
  • Placepot: Pick a horse to be placed in each of the first six races. Available every day on every meeting
  • Quadpot: Just like the Placepot but on less races, pick a placed horse in races 3-6
  • Straight Exacta: With an Exacta you need more than just the winner. Pick the 1st and 2nd in the correct order to win
  • Combination Exacta: Pick selections to come 1st and 2nd in any order
  • Scoop 6: Select all six winners from six nominated races, and if you’re successful, you’ll win a share of the Scoop6 jackpot.


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