Whether you are wagering on a horse race or playing roulette at your local casino, both are a form of gambling, no doubt. Also, shooting dice on the craps table or trying to pick a trifecta can both be fun, for sure.
Overall though, when you weigh everything up, punting on the ponies has a lot more going for it than hanging out in the casino or playing online blackjack. And it’s not just about your chances of actually winning money either. There’s more to it than that.
Horses for courses, obviously, but if you want a better chance of having a win, and enjoy a great day out in the process, then a day at the races will be a much more fulfilling experience all round.
Going To the Race Track Is Attending a Sporting Event
Of course it can be fun heading to the casino for the evening with friends, and there is definitely a certain buzz in those places, but it tends to pale in comparison to getting dressed up in your best gear and spending a day outdoors at the races.
It doesn’t have to be a major meet like the Melbourne Cup 2019 at Flemington Racecourse. It doesn’t even have to be at a major metropolitan racetrack. One of the best race days of the year is the Birdsville Races, held literally in the middle of nowhere on a dusty race track.
The build up to each race on the day’s card is filled with anticipation and a last minute rush to place bets. When each race starts it’s greeted with a roar from the crowd. Every race is like sitting trackside to watch Usain Bolt contest the Olympic 100m.
That’s an atmosphere you just can’t experience inside your average Australian casino, and you certainly won’t be experiencing any crowd buzz sitting by yourself at home gambling online.
Even if you know nothing about horse racing, or aren’t even an enthusiast, a day out at the races is a lot of fun no matter what.
Horse Race Wagering Is Not All Down To Chance
Most casino games are total chance, and the way they are set up, the odds are very much in the favour of the house. That’s how casinos are assured of always making a profit, even though some people will occasionally have big wins, and many people might experience small success.
Overall, no matter what happens, the casino is assured of a profit and there’s not anything anyone can do about it. The owners know the games are all chance, so that’s precisely why they stack the odds heavily in their favour so they are certain to always be in the black.
It’s a different story when it comes to horse racing though. Sure, there is always an element of chance, but horse racing is a sporting event, with real horses and real jockeys.
You have form guides to go by, some races have less horses than others, there is a multitude of different types of bets you can place, track conditions play a part in the result and so on.
The list goes on.
You can study form, see what horses perform well at the race distance and in the current track conditions, which jockey is currently experiencing a real purple patch in form and results, and your chances of backing a winner – no matter what kind of bet you take – are so much higher than any odds a casino will give you.
Casinos Don’t Like Betting Strategies
With horse racing you can conjure up as many betting strategies as you desire. In a casino environment, it’s an entirely different story all together. Casinos despise gaming systems and ban most of them, such as card counting in blackjack.
They don’t even need proof. If they even suspect you of doing something they don’t approve of, they’ll shut you down, escort you out of the casino and usually place a ban on you returning.
Whether you are wagering on the ponies at home online, at the TAB, or at the track itself, you’re free to employ any strategy you like, so long as it’s honest.
There is definitely a lot more freedom and fun to be had with horse racing.