# Tricast Bets Explained

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In this article, we explain **what a tricast bet is** and go on to list the **different types of tricasts**. We reveal the **difference between straight tricast bets and reverse tricast bets** and explain what the most **special feature of a tricast bet** is. Finally, we talk about the **significance of tricast bets in horse racing.**

## What Is a Tricast Bet?

A tricast is a **challenging type of bet** in which you must **predict the first, second and third-placed finishers** in a contest, in that **EXACT order**. So, if you say **contestant number 7 will finish first**, **number 3** will finish **second** and **number 5** will finish **third**, the **result must be 7-3-5 **if you **want to win** the bet. If **they finish 7-5-3, you lose**, even though you may have **predicted the first place correctly** at the time of placing the bet.

### Like a Straight Forecast

Thus, the **tricast is like a straight forecast bet**, except that **instead of picking two contestants** in the **correct order** — **as you would in a straight forecast** — you **must name three contestants** in a tricast **in the CORRECT ORDER**. Hence, a tricast is also referred to as **a straight tricast bet**. The important **difference between a straight forecast bet and a tricast** is in the **number of contestants** you pick. In a **straight forecast,** you must predict **who will finish first and who will finish second.** In a **straight tricast**, you will have to **predict the number one, two and three positions **in the contest.

## Different Kinds of Tricasts

### Straight Tricast

As we have already explained earlier, a **straight tricast bet** requires you to name **three finishers** AND the **correct order in which they will finish**. If you want a **straight tricast bet explained **in a simple way, look at the **following table**, which charts the **possible outcomes in a race** in which you have **predicted that runners A, B and C will finish first, second and third.**

Your Tricast Prediction | The Actual Result | The Fate of your Bet |

A-B-C | A-C-B | You lose |

A-B-C | B-A-C | You lose |

A-B-C | B-C-A | You lose |

A-B-C | C-A-B | You lose |

A-B-C | C-B-A | You lose |

A-B-C | A-B-C | You win |

**Reverse Tricast**

A **reverse tricast** allows you to **predict the first three finishers** but does **not require you** to name **them in the correct order**. For instance, if you predicted that **contestants 3, 5 and 7 would be the top three finishers** in a contest, then **you would win the bet** regardless of **the order in which they finished provided **these runners were** ahead of the rest.**

**Less Risky than a Straight Forecast**

Thus, a **reverse tricast is less risky than a straight tricast**. However, the **payout **you can expect **in a reverse tricast bet** will also be **smaller than in a straight tricast**. In fact, the payout in a reverse tricast will be **one-sixth of that in a straight tricast**. To understand a reverse tricast better, look at the chart below. We have **assumed that you predicted that runners A, B and C will finish** ahead of the rest (D, E and F) in a race.

Your Tricast Prediction | The Actual Result | The Fate of your Bet |

A, B and C | A-C-B | You win |

A, B and C | B-A-C | You win |

A, B and C | B-C-A | You win |

A, B and C | C-A-B | You win |

A, B and C | C-B-A | You win |

A, B and C | A-B-C | You win |

A, B and C | D-B-C | You lose |

## What’s Special about Tricast Bets?

The **special thing** about a tricast bet **is that you can get a HUGE return** on a **very small stake** IF YOU WIN. The key phrase here is ‘if you win’ because the **chance of winning is very low**. Even **if there were only six** runners, the **probability of winning** a tricast **is 1/119**. If there are **more than six runners,** the **chance of winning is even lower**.

### How Tricast Odds are Calculated in a Six-Runner Race

Here’s how we **conclude that you have a 1/119 chance** of winning the tricast when there are six runners:

When **there are only six selections** (runners), you **can have 20 possible trebles** (**20 possible combinations **of horses that could **end up in first, second and third positions**). Additionally, there are **six different ways in which every possible treble** can appear. For instance, let’s consider **horses numbered 1, 2 and 3.** They can appear in the following **six possible orders**: **1-2-3, 1-3-2, 2-1-3, 2-3-1, 3-1-2 and 3-2-1.**

Let’s say that **you have correctly identified the three runners** that will finish ahead of the other three, you **WILL NOT WIN** the tricast **UNLESS** you **can specify the CORRECT ORDER** in which the three runners will finish. Supposing you have **predicted the horses to finish in the 1-2-3** order and they **finish in one of the other five orders** described above, then you **will lose the tricast bet. **

Because making **such a prediction is extremely difficult**, your **payout will be huge if you win**. So, **even by betting a small amount on a tricast bet**, you could end up **winning a huge sum of money**.

## What Is a Tricast in Horse Racing?

Tricast **in horse racing** is **a popular type of bet with punters** — especially in **America and South Africa–** with a punter having to **predict which horses will finish first, second and third **in a race. These **predictions are hard to get** right, hence, **very high odds are usually offered** on a tricast.

### Tote Trifecta

Other than **a straight tricast** (as described earlier), a punter at a horse race can **also opt for what is called a tote trifecta**. While the **rules are virtually the same** as in an regular tricast bet, the **difference is in the way the winnings are calculated**. The **odds are based on pool betting** (known as parimutuel betting). There are **three types of tote trifecta**: **straight, combination and banker.** While **straight and combination trifectas** are forms of **straight and reverse tricast bets**, a **banker trifecta** allows a punter to **predict the first runner**, while the **second and third will be selected by two other punters**. The **returns on a tote trifecta** are usually **higher than the odds offered by a bookmaker on a tricast bet**.