Exacta box bets are attractive to bettors because they are much easier to win than straight exactas but still provide healthy payout potential. Experienced horse racing handicappers have a hard enough time identifying the two best horses in a race, let alone predicting their exact finishing order.
Simply, an exacta box is a way to play every exact combination with a group of horses. If you liked three horses in a race equally, for example, then you could do a three horse exacta box. There are six different exacta combinations involving those three horses - #1 first and #2 second, 1-3, 2-1, 2-3, 3-1 and 3-2.
To determine the cost of a $1 exacta box take the number of horses you want to box and multiply that number by the number of horses in the box minus 1. A $1 exacta box of four horses would be calculated as 4 * (4-1) * $1 = $12, which equates to 12 $1 exacta bets.
A bet on two horses to finish in first and second (Win and Place) in precise order. Minimum bet is $2. An Exacta Betting slip would show $2 Exacta (2-7). This means you have placed a $2 Exacta Bet on horse #2 to finish in first place (Win) and horse #7 to finish in second (Place).
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Double Chance Double Chance allows betting on two outcomes of a sporting event, increasing the chances of winning. This type of bet is commonly used in football matches. It's one of the easiest and safest bets on football because it involves two possible results. You can pick either a home win/draw; away win/draw; home win/away win.