04/13/2011 1:47PM

Gulfstream's Rainbow 6 to be dispersed a day early

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Gulfstream Park will disperse any carryover of the popular 10-cent Rainbow 6 pool on Saturday, April 23, rather than on April 24, closing day of the 2011 meet, the track announced Wednesday.

The 10-cent Rainbow 6, which had a carryover of $1.17 million entering Thursday’s card, requires the bettor to have the only winning ticket on a given program to collect the jackpot. The jackpot has been paid out four times this season, but not since Feb. 16, when the present pool began to grow. The largest payment to date was $221,000 on Jan. 27.

Tim Ritvo, Gulfstream’s vice president of racing, said the decision to disperse the carryover on April 23 was made because Gulfstream Park’s final day of racing falls on Easter Sunday, a day when all New York betting outlets and Kentucky tracks are closed.

“We want t give all our bettors that have supported Gulfstream racing and the Rainbow 6 throughout the meet the opportunity to take part in any carryover dispersal,” said Ritvo. “We believe the best way to give everyone an equal opportunity to play the Rainbow 6 and be part of the final carrover is to disperse the money on Saturday.

Ritvo said the Rainbow 6 will also be conducted on closing day, April 24, with the entire pool to be dispersed that day as well.

“This decision continues our efforts to always think of our customers both locally and globally,” said Ritvo. “The response to the pick six pool has been enormous. We’ve been receiving 20 calls or e-mails a day of late from customers wanting to know when the pool will be dispersed, where it’s offered, and even what outlets offer the Rainbow 6 with the minimum ten-cent bet.”

Ritvo explained that some outlets, including all Canadian tracks, cannot legally offer the wager for less than a 50-cent minimum play, which makes it impossible for those players to win the jackpot because of the single, 10-cent-ticket requirement.

“Saturday, April 23 will be the only day players at tracks that don’t offer the ten cent minimum can actually win the jackpot outright,” said Ritvo.

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