03/31/2014 12:21PM

TVG agreement allows betting into commingled pools on Hong Kong races

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Hong Kong Jockey Club
The average Hong Kong race draws $17 million in bets, almost $3 million more than the handle on the average race card at Saratoga Race Course last year.

Television Games Network has reached an agreement that will allow its customers to bet into commingled pools on races in Hong Kong beginning this weekend, the company announced Monday.

The deal is believed to be the first allowing North American bettors to wager into Hong Kong pools, which are the largest in the world. The average Hong Kong race draws $17 million in bets, almost $3 million more than the handle on the average race card at Saratoga Race Course last year. The average field size in Hong Kong is 12.6 horses per race, 4.5 horses higher than the average field size in North America.

Bettors will be able to wager into win, place, quinella, and trifecta pools, TVG said. As in most foreign jurisdictions, the place pool is actually a show pool. The trifecta in Hong Kong is referred to as the “tierce.”

Hong Kong’s two racetracks run Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. With the time difference, that means the Wednesday card starts at 7:15 a.m. Eastern for North American bettors, while the Sunday card starts at 1 a.m. Eastern.

Past-performance information on horses is available for free on the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s website. The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a government-administered agency that runs every aspect of racing and training in the Chinese territory.

roundsaturn31 . More than 1 year ago
Hong Kong offers the best bang for the buck anywhere in horse racing. You need to learn the style and huge bias of turf vs. dirt, or as they call it "the all weather track". huge money, no more monkey business than at any US track. Bet small and clean up big! This was going strong until a dispute stopped us from betting it about 6 years ago. Glad to hear that it is back!
jttf More than 1 year ago
why not inform the race fan what the takeout is on each wager ?
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
I wonder what crooked stuff goes on over there?
M More than 1 year ago
Love to see racing go global... One of my favorite race places, too... big races, big pools. And check out the Hong Kong form (online) for the health of the horse: vet treatments, injuries, medications, status.. easy to read (don't need to be a vet). All listed and disclosed for the horse player. We could do this in the United States. Maybe get a used copy of Horse Owner's Vet Handbook (Giffin and Gore) if you really want to be sure about names/meds. Optional-but rich source of info for horse player.
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
First time gelding info would be great to start. I agree with you. All of that info should be available here as well.