05/15/2012 1:11PM

Woodbine lowers mimimum betting amounts on some wagers


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Woodbine will be tweaking its live Thoroughbred wagering menu, with several changes taking effect on Friday’s program.

Pick 4 pools have thrived since the introduction of the 20-cent wagering option and 20-cent wagers on the rolling Pick 3s now will be available.

Minimums for all wagers have been lowered with $1 win, place, or show and $1 straight daily double, exactor, and triactors now offered.

Superfectas remain at the 20-cent minimum but a straight wager at that price will now be accepted along with 20-cent straight Pick 3s and Pick 4s. The superfectas and Pick 4s had required at least five 20-cent combinations to meet the former $1 minimum.

“This is about customer choice,” said Sean Pinsonneault, chief operating officer for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, in a prepared release. “Fans can certainly play the races at the traditional base bet amounts but these new features cater to entry-level players and those that just want more flexibility with their bankroll.”

Pinsonneault also said that the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency has cleared the way for Canadian-based players to make fractional wagers when they are available on tracks in the United States.

“We are waiting for American host tracks to complete the necessary updates to their systems,” said Pinsonneault.

The minimum fractional amount in Canada would be 20 cents.