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Tampa Bay Downs
Opening day for Tampa Bay Downs is 12/11/2010. For those who may not be aware, over the past several years, Tampa Bay Downs has been quietly reducing takeout on selected wager types with each passing meet.

Tampa management is to be applauded for this. We are happy to report the program been a financial success.

Tampa's average daily handle last year ($4.2 Million) was more than double their average daily handle from 2001 (under $2.0 Million) when the program was started. No question about it: Reduced takeout has certainly been one of the driving forces behind Tampa's growing popularity and success during that time.

For their 2010-2011 racing season, Tampa will once again be lowering takeout.

Here's a link to Tampa's 12/03/2010 press release:




OLDSMAR, Fla. (December 3, 2010) Tampa Bay Downs is pleased to welcome fans and horsemen back for another great year of racing excitement at the Oldsmar oval on December 11’s Opening Day with reduced takeouts and two upgraded stakes races.

The 2010-2011 race meeting will see a decrease in takeout for Pick 3, Pick 4, Super Hi-5 and Pick Six wagering to 18% from last year’s 19% rate. The decrease in takeout has been an ongoing trend at Tampa Bay Downs for the past several years as the Oldsmar oval continues to reward the players that that support the Tampa Bay Downs product. Also new this year is a 50 cent Pick Three wager, which along with 50 cent Pick Fours, 50 cent Trifectas, and 10 cent Superfectas make Tampa Bay Downs a favorite handicapping destination for horseplayers. Tampa Bay Downs will build upon large field sizes, with goals to increase upon last season’s average field size of 8.95 horses per race, once again enhancing the horseplayers’ experience.

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The chart listed below shows a takeout comparison by wager type between Tampa Bay Downs and Santa Anita (California.)
	TRACK	WPS	EXA	DD    TRI   SUPER     P3    P4      P6
	TAM   .1750   .2050  .1800  .2590   .2590  .1800  .1800  .1800
	 SA   .1543   .2268  .2268  .2368   .2368  .2368  .2368  .2368
Players everywhere might consider Tampa Bay Downs as one possible alternative to the decidedly player unfriendly environment created in California by the CHRB and the TOC. Tampa Bay Downs has been moving in one direction by quietly reducing takeout on selected pools with each new meet. California has been moving in another by recently raising takeout over player objections.

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