Professional Poker Player Transition to Sports Betting – Where’s the +EV in Horse Racing Systems?

EV or Anticipated Worth is a broadly used time period in poker terminology to find out if the end result of a play is +, Zero or – by way of profitability. This text is aimed for Poker Gamers who additionally prefer to punt on UK and Irish horse racing. It by no means ceases to amaze me what number of good poker gamers are horrible at betting on horse racing. If they will spend a lot time on their poker recreation then why not additionally put within the effort when putting a wager to make sure that you may have probably the most +EV resolution that you would be able to presumably make with all the data at hand. The title of the put up is definitely a small bit deceptive as I personally imagine that each one horse racing programs are doomed and the way in which to persistently revenue at betting on horse racing is to have a horse racing methodology not a system.

The next article will lay the bottom work for anybody who needs to begin taking their punting to the subsequent degree. There isn’t any higher satisfaction then spending an hour or two analysing a race and 1 horse simply stands head and shoulders above the remaining whenever you examine all of the various factors that I’ll clarify beneath. After all the hardest half is having the self-discipline to solely watch for when these such events happen when putting a wager, and a few occasions, this may increasingly imply you don’t wager for as much as a month. (This may increasingly assist clarify why I moved into taking part in poker from sports activities betting because the outcomes of your actions are identified instantaneously, and you may play a recreation anytime of any day). I additionally suppose you possibly can examine a MTT participant to knowledgeable sports activities bettor – you possibly can go lengthy durations and not using a win after which rating just a few huge outcomes after which rinse and repeat and hopefully over the course of the 12 months you should have been worthwhile.

1. You have to specialise. All probably the most worthwhile skilled sports activities bettors choose not just one sport however solely a small area of interest in that sport. Patrick Veitch, who has gained over 10 million punting on horse racing within the UK solely bets on UK flat racing. He even has an enormous staff of researchers who do a number of the work for him, however he as he additionally works 18 hours days throughout the flat season he’s naturally burnt out by the top of the season.

For the newbie although, what I imply by specialise is focus on an space of horse racing the place you will get probably the most data. Info is energy so until you personal a shed load of two 12 months previous horses or are the nephew of Aidan O Brein, there isn’t a level in specialising in 2 12 months previous horse races as you simply wont have sufficient data to go on. Subsequently it makes extra sense to specialise on handicap races, the place every horse within the race should of least have run Three occasions to qualify however primarily are run by the identical horses 12 months in, 12 months out till they’re retired.

The very best races then to specialize in are four 12 months previous plus handicaps in flat and nationwide hunt racing as you may have probably the most data obtainable and you can begin to see patterns in horses and due to this fact select some very +EV choices when you may have noticed this sample and nearly all of the racing public have not. That is the bread and butter of profitable punting, going towards the gang.

Personally I used to specialize in four 12 months previous plus UK flat handicaps in the summertime, and UK and Irish Nationwide Hunt handicap chases and hurdles within the Winter.

2. In your specialised space, when you choose a race to analyse, you need to undergo each horse within the race to develop a shortlist. Beneath are my 5 important standards that each horse should have when you’re putting a wager.

a) Going – The horse have to be confirmed on going circumstances.

b) Distance – The horse have to be confirmed on the journey

c) Course Kind – The horse have to be confirmed on related sort after all

d) Health – The horse should have proven that it could possibly function at optimum ranges since its final variety of days off the observe.

e) Class – The horse should have both gained on the class he’s at present competing in earlier than or else gave an excellent exhibiting in a earlier race on the related or increased class degree.

Going and Distance

With regard to going and distance and to a lesser extent course sort, I can’t absolutely low cost a horse who has by no means raced on the going if he has extraordinarily good sire stats (15% + strike fee) nonetheless I might at all times give priority to a different horse in a race who has gained on for instance tender going in comparison with a horse who has by no means raced on tender however has sire stats of 18% strike fee for tender going circumstances.

With distance, I might additionally use sire stats if a horse is transferring up or down in journey by 1 furlong on the flat, and a pair of furlongs in nationwide hunt. With expertise, you possibly can inform by a race if a horses wants the additional journey or not and the sire stats could be a good way to again up that visible piece of data.

Course Kind

This usually neglected by the overall racing public. The very best factor about UK and Irish racing is the various kinds of race programs you’ll encounter. Cheltenham (left-handed, galloping, undulating and testing observe with stiff fences) is completely completely different to Stratford (left Handed, flat & Sharp) as it’s to Sandown (right-handed, galloping, testing observe)

A horse who has gained twice in Cheltenham will in all probability by no means win a race at Stratford and vice versa. Greater sized horses are extra suited to galloping tracks as they will take the turns simpler and might preserve a robust galloping tempo for longer whereas a smaller sized horse is healthier suited to sharp tracks (i.e lower than 10 furlongs) as many of the operating will likely be going round bends and due to this fact the larger horses won’t be able to keep up their prime galloping velocity for lengthy on the stretches.

Additionally some horses can solely run to their finest at left handed programs and vice versa. You’d really surprise why trainers persist to run horses which clearly is not going to win on a sure turning race observe, however you then realise by doing this, they are going to get their Official score down as horse will look like making an attempt however will likely be hanging left or proper the entire method by way of. You must remember that trainers will likely be making an attempt to govern the handicapper a number of the occasions within the decrease grade races by operating horses on unsuitable floor, on the flawed distance, on the flawed course sort, or operating the horse with a unique model throughout the race all to attempt to scale back their score in order that they will arrange a greater probability for themselves to win sooner or later at an honest worth.

I really like Cheltenham race meet in March for the easy truth, the course is a stiff testing course which right away guidelines out a number of different horses within the race as they only cant deal with it, the grade of racing and pirze cash on provide implies that everyone seems to be making an attempt to win, and you may practically at all times assure what the going will likely be. Subsequently when you simply use the standards above and choose horses who’re confirmed on the 5 elements (and this is applicable to the non handicap graded races too, you will note big income)


To find out a horses health, you need to take a look at its earlier patterns of the way it carried out when it returns after a sure variety of days off the observe. The fantastic thing about handicap races is you may have a great deal of previous data to go on and you may see if a horse is Zero-5 when returning after an 80 day lay off, whereas he’s Three-2-5 when he returns between 15 and 30 days.


A horses class is commonly neglected by the racing public. Statistically horses who’re transferring up in grade/class do not need strike fee, nonetheless the general public will again it blindly if it sees it has gained by 5 lengths in its earlier race in a decrease grade. Analyse previous races to see if a horse has gained or come shut within the grade of race it’s racing in at present. You may low cost a horse if it has failed 2 occasions on the grade when having all different circumstances to go well with aside from when it’s operating for a brand new secure which has file at rejuvenating horses.

Additionally remember that a horse who has positioned in a black sort race (i.e grade, 1,2,Three) could have a extra class than a horse who has profitable file in Class 2 (B) handicaps, so whether it is racing in a Class 2 handicap for the primary time, don’t low cost simply because it has by no means gained a race.

Three. Upon getting created your shortlist primarily based on the above standards, now you can get all the way down to the true soiled work of discovering the eventual winner. Typically you would possibly solely be left with 1 horse, typically with eight, you need to then begin making use of different filters to see when you can slender down the listing extra. Typically the chances will permit to dutch Three horses left if you cannot slender it down anymore. Then go for it as it’s a plus EV transfer.

Nonetheless remember that each time you low cost you need to have a really legitimate purpose backed up by an honest pattern dimension. This is an inventory of filters to cut back the shortlist.


Some horses as acknowledged earlier have an even bigger body then others, due to this fact having prime weight would not make a lot distinction to them, whereas the smaller horse will battle. Once more by learning earlier races you’ll spot a sample


That is the official score that the horse racing board’s in home handicapper assigns to a horse to find out what weight it ought to carry in its subsequent horse race. The OR is up to date weekly, due to this fact you typically see trainers end up a horse Three occasions in per week to attempt to benefit from this earlier than the handicapper reassigns it a better score. For a wonderful rationalization of official hores racing handicapping see this text written by good good friend.

After some time, horses will attain their peak and begin to hover round a sure OR mark. Subsequently will probably be unlikely that it’s going to win if its OR mark is increased than its highest profitable mark until the horse is an bettering progressive kind. However for older horses, this OR mark turns into extra essential and could be extra relied upon.

Area Dimension

Some horses is not going to race until they’re coated within the pack, different horses want room in any other case they get into hassle throughout the race. The trick is to determine these sort of horses. You’ll begin to spot the place some horses solely win in races with lower than eight runners, however by no means determine in races with greater than 12. You may safely assume that he wants the right experience in an enormous runner race however greater than doubtless is not going to get that (That is when you possibly can issue within the Jockeys skill to see if its OK to rule out this horse or not) The sphere dimension issues extra in Nationwide Hunt, as some horses want seeing the jumps early/later and as they’re pack animals want chasing a pacesetter than really main


Plenty of horses want to run in sure occasions of the 12 months. This might be all the way down to how a coach prepares the horse over the course of the season and goals it to be at full health come March time for instance, however different occasions horses simply carry out higher in sure months. Once more by previous patterns you’ll start to identify these developments.

Coach Statistics

eight years in the past it was a really worthwhile development to comply with sure trainers at sure race tracks for sure race sorts. This edge has slowly eroded because the markets have caught on, nonetheless it nonetheless must be factored in when making an attempt to finalise your quick listing.

Coach – Jockey mixtures

In the event you attempt to comply with this blindly by backing profitable Coach-Jockey Combos, you’ll most probably find yourself with a loss. Nonetheless it’s a good instrument to have when you’re making an attempt to cut back the shortlist as some stats are simply too good to disregard.

Jockey Reserving

That is really a robust indicator. Nonetheless this once more does not imply a lot if the horse would not first qualify for the 5 important standards above. Additionally when you solely ever again horses with the highest jockeys on board you’re forgoing on EV as, the chances will drop on a horse with the likes of Ruby Walsh or Tony McCoy on board, however odds will nonetheless stay good on a horse if for instance the jockey reserving was Graham Lee, who’s a really underrated performer. Look again over previous races and see how the horse has carried out beneath their steering earlier than. You’ll begin to see worthwhile developments and indicators.

Playing Stables

There are just a few methods to do that. One is manually file stables the place horses have been closely backed and gained. One other method is to have a look at a horses earlier wins and see what the common odds had been. The decrease the profitable odds, the larger probability that the secure cash solely goes down when the horse has probability of profitable (Kevin Ryan is an instance of a playing secure). The upper the chances, means the horse has gained races that they weren’t absolutely anticipating to win and due to this fact much less doubtless a playing secure (Veneita Williams involves thoughts right here for being an sincere secure).

Put up Race Feedback

That is usually neglected. In the event you see what trainers, jockeys and homeowners have mentioned to the press after a horse has gained (See the racing put up web site for all of the feedback), you possibly can choose up some helpful data which may also help you lean come what may on a variety.

Tempo of the race.

To know the tempo of the race you first want to determine what’s every horse’s most popular operating model. They are often damaged down into entrance runners, outstanding runners, Maintain up horses. This is is a implausible article which particulars the breakdown of profitable % of various horses operating kinds in comparison with the precise variety of race entries of horses with completely different operating kinds.

It reveals that you need to actually be concentrating on entrance operating and outstanding horses because it accounts for 65% of winners in comparison with being solely 50% of entries in races. Entrance runners particularly account for 20% of winners although they solely provide 11% of runners in a race.

You should use this to your benefit when you get to know all the completely different course sorts. By backing a entrance operating horse that satisfies the 5 important standards on a race course which has a pointy observe with a brief run in, you may have added just a few % EV factors to your choice.

One other issue right here is analysing the earlier Three races the horse has ran in and take a look at the in operating feedback. Particularly take a look at the horses who got here positioned or got here outdoors the highest four however had been shut close to the top. Maintain and eye out for feedback like “completed strongly”, “stored on nicely”, “stayed on nicely”, “stored on last furlong”and for different tidbits like “hampered” however then “completed strongly”. These can level in the direction of a horse who’s on the upward curve and given the right circumstances within the subsequent race could have an excellent probability of profitable.

One other factor to consider is that if a race doesn’t have any pure entrance runners, then the race is not going to be run at a real tempo, due to this fact might throw up some very uncommon outcomes. It could imply that the horse who has the very best velocity on a flat observe will win when it drives all out within the final furlong.

When the tempo of the race is assured, the classier horse which satisfies the important standards will as a rule win the race.

four. Sources

For six years, earlier than getting lured into the world of On-line Poker, I punted efficiently on horse racing and I used the next assets

Rankings from

The scores are primarily based upon superior pure arithmetic however are introduced in a a simple to learn pdf. The primary characteristic in my opinion that units this service other than a number of pretenders is the ‘Class’ filter they derive utilizing their mathematical strategy. Fantastically correct for Non Handicap graded races in each Nationwide Hunt and Flat racing within the each UK and Irish racing. Additionally they have an incredible discussion board the place you possibly can trade concepts with the opposite members and have not too long ago launched a Racing Bot the place you plug in all of your worthwhile racing programs and sit again and watch.

Stats and scores from

I solely discovered this web site four years into my sports activities betting profession, and it was free for practically 2 years after that. It’s no doubt the largest time saving instrument in the case of analysing a race utilizing all the standards and filters I’ve talked about above within the article. The one unfavorable is that they solely cowl UK horse racing.

Racing Put up Web site- Final 12 months they launched a subscription service and I suppose it was about time contemplating all the data that it gives. It’s important for anybody critical about racing. I used it to substantiate my findings from the scores and stats talked about above.

At The Races Web site – Good for watching earlier races and affords completely different race evaluation from the Racing Put up. So far as I do know that is nonetheless free.

I hope that after studying the above that you’ll no longer simply throw cash blindly on the favorite when you may have a punt on the horses. Put a little bit of effort and time into the choice course of and provides your self a +EV probability of profitable.

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