The Scoop 6 is a bet that is taken seriously by recreational players and pro-punters alike as it could win you up to £1million pounds. Cleaner Agnes Haddock scooped the best part of a million for her £2 Scoop 6 stake. To stand a chance of joining her in the Scoop 6 millionaires club then read on.
What is the Scoop 6? The Scoop 6 is a once-a-week bet every Saturday and it is always on TV (Channel 4 Racing). It involves picking a horse in each of six specific UK horse races. If you pick the winner in each of the six races you win the pool. There is also a place dividend if you manage to pick a placed horse in each of the six races. This acts as a consolation, so the bet is at least still live if one of your selections places rather than wins. You can pick more than one horse in each race to increase your chances but that would increase the cost of the bet. The cost is £2 per line ie: £2 to pick one horse in each of the six Scoop 6 races. Like the lottery, if the bet is not won it rolls over to the next week. That is how the pool, and the potential winnings, can become very large.
So what is the appeal of the Scoop 6? Well, there’s always the option of paying a pound for a lottery ticket but, if you can stretch to £2 (the minimum Scoop 6 bet), isn’t it more interesting to take an active part in your fate? With a Scoop 6 bet you can use your punting skills to choose your selections and increase your chances of success. Isn’t that more rewarding (and more likely to deliver a return) than picking numbers at random or using birthday and anniversary dates and leaving everything to chance?
Secondly, a Scoop 6 bet can potentially offer you some extremely exciting entertainment in the comfort of your own home – at least until one of your selections fails to reach a place position. Fortunately, Channel Four Racing not only gives you the benefit of their ‘expert view’ on the Morning Line if you prefer a bit of professional help with your selections, but also usually show all the Scoop 6 races live, on terrestrial television.
So you don’t have to subscribe to specialist sports channels to enjoy cheering your Scoop 6 bets home. Channel Four Racing also keep you updated on how many Scoop 6 punters are still in with a chance of winning, race by race, as the afternoon progresses. You will know if you are likely to be sharing the prize with quite a few others and booking a luxury holiday for the family and buying a new car or if you are going to be receiving an amount that really is totally life-changing.
Watching a race is always much more interesting if you have money riding on it. If you get even half way through the Scoop 6 bet, surely that’s more exciting than buying a lottery ticket.
There is the heart-stopping mistake over a fence and the sheer exhilaration of a breath-taking close finish (provided your horse wins).
Isn’t that just a bit more exciting than watching small, numbered table tennis balls roll out of a transparent plastic machine that resembles a dysfunctional kitchen appliance?
Thirdly, you have more chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery. If you know a little about horse racing and follow the form, surely you have a better chance of making a winning Scoop 6 bet?
Finally, if you are fortunate enough to win the Scoop 6, you have the opportunity to win the Scoop 6 Bonus Fund by selecting the winner of a single race the following Saturday. The Bonus Fund is definitely a prize worth having. In March 2010, a single punter won over £500,000 on the Scoop 6 and followed up with the correct selection in the William Hill Spring Mile, Irish Heartbeat, to land the bonus fund of over £229,000 – not bad for two weeks’ work.
If you win the Lottery er….that’s it. No chance of getting anything other than press coverage and begging letters the following week.
The six races chosen for the Scoop 6 every Saturday are carefully selected to make a worthwhile challenge for punters, but that’s part of the fun. Like the Lottery, if you are not the only person with a winning ticket, the Scoop 6 prize fund is shared between the successful ticket holders.
Perhaps it is just as well that they don’t make it easy. It wouldn’t be nearly so exciting if you had to share half a million pounds with three hundred other people.
If you are aiming for a Scoop 6 bet win that’s potentially life changing, it doesn’t make sense to follow the crowd via the newspaper tipsters or to pick short priced horses in every race. The chances are that the rest of the world will be selecting them too. If you can use your analytical skills to find value outsiders, they are the ones that will be most likely to help you to achieve a major, hopefully unshared win.
Before placing your Scoop 6 bet, you need to know about the rules. If you place your Scoop 6 bet with one of the best bookmakers and any of your selections end up being non-runners, your bet will default to the favourite in that race, and if there are joint favourites, to the favourite with the lowest number, so there will still be everything to play for. If you would much rather rely on your own judgement rather than that of the betting market, it is definitely a good idea to check for non-runners and place your bet as late as possible on the day to ensure you don’t end with your Scoop 6 bet hopes riding on a favourite that you hadn’t selected.
While the big prize is for selecting winners, a Scoop 6 bet can also pay a dividend if you manage to pick horses that are placed in all of the Scoop 6 races. Typically, this can yield around £500 for a £2 stake. It may not be life changing but it’s more than a conventional bet is going to yield for a similar stake.
Like the Lottery, the Scoop 6 prize fund rolls over if there is no winner to the next week. So you may prefer to make your Scoop 6 bet when you know that the prize is worth winning. Sometimes, over a million pounds is up for grabs. In January 2009, for example, a prize of £1.5 million was won by a single punter.
If you are chasing a big Scoop 6 win fund week and are struggling between a couple of selections in one race, there is nothing to stop you from betting on multiple permutations to cover all the bases. If taking that approach seems to be getting too pricy, why not form a syndicate with friends and spread the cost of increasing your chances?
Certain syndicates, albeit rather large ones, often with a professional gambler at the helm, boast multiple Scoop 6 bet victories. Other large scale (in more ways than one) individual punters, like Harry Findlay, have wagered thousands on Scoop 6 bets each week and have claimed the spoils on a number of occasions.
On the other hand there are frequent winners who have a single £2 Scoop 6 bet, some of whom choose to make their selections rather less scientifically than the pro-punters, who have had life changing wins. At the age of fifty one, Agnes Haddock of Cheshire had a winning Scoop 6 bet that paid out £700,000. She consequently sold her ironing business and now lives off her Scoop 6 betting profits.
So how do you place your potentially life changing Scoop 6 bet? The easiest way to place a Scoop 6 bet is through an online bookmaker like Bet365. They usually provide a special Scoop 6 race card. All you have to do is make your selections, tick the boxes and hopefully watch your Scoop 6 bet horses come in.