razzplayer
razzplayer
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December 29th, 2015 at 5:18:21 AM permalink
I was told it is 17%, I am not sure.
odiousgambit
odiousgambit
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December 29th, 2015 at 6:47:04 AM permalink
17% is about right, but it depends on the track, and on the bet, see wizard link

http://wizardofodds.com/games/racetrack-betting/
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MathExtremist
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December 29th, 2015 at 9:54:57 AM permalink
"House edge" isn't the right term -- you don't bet horses against the track operator. The takeout from the pari-mutuel pools at horse tracks varies from about 15% to 25% depending on the kind of bet you make. Your theoretical edge is dependent on how good a handicapper you are.
"In my own case, when it seemed to me after a long illness that death was close at hand, I found no little solace in playing constantly at dice." -- Girolamo Cardano, 1563

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