The Betting System – Making The Process Of Wagering Simpler

Before horses take to the track, there is a battle of nerves off the track. Selectors, handicappers and players all try to determine the winning combination, by judging the different variables in play. No single factor can determine the winner and sometimes even a careful analysis of all the factors put together still fails to pick the winner. Hence, bettors are constantly on the lookout for a set ‘system’ that can be applied to come up with the winning combination.

Some hold that a system is an entirely mechanical way of picking probable winners. Others hold that a system does leave some room for subjective judgment by a player. Furthermore, some argue that a system must be based entirely upon logical rules whose validity can be tested. Others are more conservative and leave room for rules that show results, or at least fairly consistent rules, although their exact logical basis cannot be determined.

For an average player, a system can be considered as a set of rules, which he applies to each horse in a race. When he is through, he hopes the result will point out the probable winner. The result may come in the form of a total figure, which is arrived at by assigning definite points for specific things. For example, a player may have a system, which credits a horse with two points if he won his last race. He may get another two points if he came from behind in the stretch and then won easily. Each possible factor or condition earns the horse points, which are totaled later. The horse, which winds up with the highest total is the selection.

Some systems are based entirely upon a set of elimination rules. One rule may eliminate all horses whose last races were more than two weeks ago. Rule two may eliminate all horses, which were more than two lengths behind the winner in their last races. More succeeding rules eliminate other horses until the player has gone through all the entries. He hopes at that time there will be only one horse left to qualify. If not, he starts applying more rules until finally he either has only one left or has decided to pass up the race.

A system tries to do what the professional selector does—it tries to arrange all the variables into some distinct pattern which will permit the probable winner to stand out in the final checking results. The system points out a pattern of past performances, and the user of the system hopes that pattern will continue.

There are many misconceptions about systems. Some players believe the more complicated the system, the more reliable it is and the more winners it selects. On the other hand, a very simple system may ignore some fundamental rules that are necessary in order to determine a horse's fitness, such as whether it is included in the right class, in terms of its ability to go the proper distance or to pack a weight it can handle.

A system can be used as a guideline but it cannot precisely pinpoint the winner. Over the years, numerous race-goers have devised countless systems to pick the winners of races. While no single system is flawless, the best one is ultimately that which scrutinizes all the major and minor variables in detail and offers a high degree of accuracy in prediction.

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