NYRA may use jackpot-type Pick Six bet at tracks
September 25, 2018 9:13 AM
by Robert Mann
The New York Gaming Commission on Monday approved a proposed set of New York Racing Association (NYRA) rules allowing the advent of a jackpot-type Pick Six bet to NYRA tracks and, subsequently, to simulcast customer nationally.
The rules, which are now subject to a 60-day public-comment period, would allow officials to set aside a portion of the Pick Six pool for a payout that would be won only if there is a sole winning ticket. A NYRA official told the Daily Racing Form last week that it does not currently have plans to introduce the wager but prefers to have the “optionality” to offer the bet in the future.
Jackpot-style pick six bets, offered at a reduced minimum price (usually 20 cents instead of $2.00) were first introduced in South Florida, and are now a part of nearly every major racing circuit.
Santa Anita, which opens its 22-day fall meeting on Friday, is scrapping its traditional $2.00 Pick Six on a trial basis, offering a jackpot-style wager with a 20 cent minimum in its place.