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TAB has launched an exciting new bet - the Pick 3 - which will be available at all race meetings from Monday.
The Pick 3 is similar in principle to the Pick 6 and Jackpot, but with some important differences.
For starters, the Pick 3 can be played on any three consecutive races at any race meeting (South African and international) so there will be seven Pick 3 pools on a nine-race card: Races 1-2-3; 2-3-4; 3-4-5; 4-5-6; 5-6-7; 6-7-8; 7-8-9.
As with the Pick 6 and Jackpot, the unit of betting will be R1 with a minimum bet of R6. So if you take a permutation with three selections in each of the three legs, the cost will be R27 (3x3x3=27 combinations @ R1 per combination = R27). Fractional betting will not be available with the Pick 3. Consequently, there is no need to mark "AMOUNT SPENT" on the TAB betting form - you will automatically be given the bet once at a cost of R1 per combination.
Only mark "AMOUNT SPENT" if you want to play the bet more than once. In a Pick 3 permutation with three selections in each leg at a cost of R27, mark R54 in the AMOUNT SPENT if you want the bet twice, R81 for three times. Do not mark TIMES TAKEN - the system will reject the bet.
Couplings and the first-timer rule will NOT apply to the Pick 3. So in the case of two or more runners from the same stable, each runner must be treated on its merits. First-timer and tote couplings rules do not exist internationally and were excluded from the Pick 3 to be able to offer the bet to the countries who bet into South African TAB pools. If a selection in the Pick 3 is scratched, the tote favourite will replace it.
The Pick 3 will not be available initially in Northern Cape and only at selected TABs in Free State and North West. North West TABs able to process bets from Monday are Mabopane, Morula, Rustenburg taxi rank and Temba. The bet can only be taken at selected tote windows at Turffontein and Vaal racecourses.
Key elements with the Pick 3 are:
l Available on any 3 consecutive races;
l R1 unit - R6 minimum bet;
l No fractional betting;
l Only utilise MARK AMOUNT SPENT section on TAB betting form if you wish to play the bet twice, three times, four times (do not mark TIMES TAKEN - bet will be rejected); and
l Couplings, first-timer rules do not apply.