Combination Tricast Bet Explained

A combination tricast is an alternative to a straight tricast and that is because it uses the selections to create a variety of bets instead of just one. The combinations of different bets still need to predict the top three finishers in an event.

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What is a Combination Tricast bet?

A combination tricast bet takes three selections, just as it would be in a tricast, and forms them into all combinations of possible outcomes. The final result needed is the prediction of the top three in a horse race in any order. This type of forecast bet is commonly used in horse racing and greyhound racing only.

In contrast, a tricast is one bet calling the exact order of the three. So with three selections, a total of six different bets are made in a combination tricast. Each of those bets require its own unit of stake.

How does a Combination Tricast bet work?

The combination tricast ensures that all potential outcomes of a 1, 2, 3 finish in a race from your predictions are covered. For example let’s say that Phar Lap, American Pharoah and Habitat were the selections.

Here are the potential combinations of top three finishes that they could produce and this is how a combination tricast works, by creating a bet for each possible outcome:

 1st2nd3rd
Bet 1Phar LapAmerican PharoahHabitat
Bet 2Phar LapHabitatAmerican Pharoah
Bet 3American PharoahPhar LapHabitat
Bet 4American PharoahHabitatPhar Lap
Bet 5HabitatPhar LapAmerican Pharoah
Bet 6HabitatAmerican PharoahPhar Lap

 

Winning example of a Combination Forecast in Horse Racing

So taking the same horses from above, you would only need any of those scenarios to play out for your combination tricast bet to win. As with most forecast bets though, you really are not going to know your exact winnings until the race is in the book.

That is because bookmakers will use the Starting Price, then calculate at the close of the race a winning dividend for a combination tricast. This will be a monetary value, such as £12.23 or £143.65 for example.

Whatever that dividend value is, will then be multiplied by the unit of stake that was used for the winning bet.

£1 Combination Tricast
£1 unit Stake
6 bets = £6 unit stake

For example, if Bet 2 was the outcome of your bet then you would multiply £1 x 12.23 (or whatever the dividend is) to get your payout. Because none of the other five bets within the Combination Tricast won, those stakes won’t be returned.

Losing example of a Combination Tricast in Horse Racing

The appeal of this bet type is that all possible outcomes from your selections are covered. So if your three selections come in in any order, you win. But that doesn’t, of course, account for all of the other runners in a race.

It takes only one of the three selections in the combination tricast to not place within the top three and the whole thing fails. For this example, Phar Lap failed to secure a top-three finish in the race and you can see all bets are wiped out because of his inclusion in all six of them.

 1st2nd3rd
Bet 1Phar LapAmerican PharoahHabitat
Bet 2Phar LapHabitatAmerican Pharoah
Bet 3American PharoahPhar LapHabitat
Bet 4American PharoahHabitatPhar Lap
Bet 5HabitatPhar LapAmerican Pharoah
Bet 6HabitatAmerican PharoahPhar Lap

 

How many bets in a Combination Tricast?

There are six bets in total. Each one of those bets will need its own unit of stake against it. That is how many different combinations of trebles that you can create from three selections.

How to work out a Combination Tricast odds?

Combination tricast odds are not something that can be accurately portrayed before a race. That’s down to Starting Prices being used and not fixed odds on the individual horses when placing a bet. Combination tricast calculators can be complicated to use as well, so the simplest way is to study recent results and what dividends were paid out. Look at the odds of the top three finishers, number of runners and see what the dividend was (as a ballpark idea).

Combination Tricast Strategy

At the end of the day, you are looking for three selections to come good under one umbrella of a bet. It’s not a particularly easy thing to do, even in a race with a moderate number of runners, such as eight. So picking stronger options as opposed to those with only an outside chance, is common practice.

However, making a forecast is certainly a lot easier to do with a Combination Tricast than with a straight tricast where you are relying on an exact 1, 2, 3 prediction from one bet. The combination tricast offers all those extra outcomes, although it will require extra stake compared to a straight tricast. It is still common practice to select stronger options as opposed to outside chances.

How Does A Combination Tricast Bet Work - Betting Type Explained

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