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TAB Rolling Doubles Back

By popular demand!

TAB will reintroduce Rolling Doubles on all South African race meetings with effect from today’s Fairview racemeeting.

Rolling Doubles were discontinued last month in favour of a single R6 unit Daily Double on SA and many international race meetings.

The Daily Double has shown steady growth since its introduction, but a significant number of TAB customers have clamoured for the return of Rolling Doubles and TAB is acceding to their wishes.

Consequently, Rolling Doubles (races 1 and 2; races 2 and 3; races 3 and 4 etc) will be in operation again on South African race meetings from today.

The Daily Double will be retained for many international race meetings and the new BLITZ Race Meeting, which groups seven of the best races daily into one meeting offering five bets – Place Accumulator, Pick 6, Jackpot Quickmix, Daily Double and Pick 3.

The Daily Double is on races 4 and 5 at BLITZ meetings and on the last two races at most international meetings.

The unit of betting for both Daily Doubles and Rolling Doubles will be R2 effective Monday 30 September.

Simultaneously the unit cost of the Pick 3 will be increased to R2. Rolling Pick 3s (races 1 to 3; races 2 to 4 etc) are offered on all race meetings in this country with a daily Pick 3 on many international meetings.

  • Press release published by Phumelela Gaming & Leisure on Sunday 29 September 2019

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8 comments on “TAB Rolling Doubles Back

  1. Brendon says:

    Remember Phumelela’s management issuing this statement at the beginning of August 2019”

    “Rolling Doubles have resulted in the Double, once a popular feature on TAB’s betting menu, losing much of its identity and appeal. Rolling Doubles currently account for only some 1% of turnover with pools averaging less than R5,000.”

    “To suggest that dropping the Rolling Double on consecutive races will drive TAB customers to take their doubles with fixed-odds operators is spurious”

    Well, give us a number!!! How much did the revenues forgone on the Double cost Phumelela for the past two months? How much did the associated marketing campaign cost Phumelela? And you get paid to reach your ever-receding goals?

    Phumelela’s management has developed psychological defences against the desperation we regularly see in their failed attempts to change management, be it bet types, changes to stakes, retrenchments, employing their friends and family without advertising vacancies…. this list would be endless in an open forum even with a lack of trying. Phumelela’s management are less unsettled by their destruction due to their convenient absence of a social conscience.

    It appears that majority are accepting of Phumelela, under the current management, continuing to squander our money unwisely as they have a system of self-preservation among the privileged few that are running out of everything except for the psychological scar tissue necessary to ignore the situation.

    Phumelela’s results are due to be released this Friday, 4 October 2019. I suspect that the social isolation currently being experiences, depicted by their sporadic dementia will progress to a state of depression followed by more severe health risks. Save a life and walk the plank.

  2. Steve Reid says:

    So due to popular demand the daily double is being reintroduced. The reason given for discontinuing the same bet was the lack of popularity…. Once again Phumelela management show us that they have absolutely no idea what their customers want.

    Who heads up the betting division again? Rather sell shoes dude

  3. Prasheen Harrimohan says:

    True. And when am I gonna be heard Mr editor about the 1 and 1a misery we punters are faced wid when playing USA racing. Also can some1 ask Cecil. Mthembu to shut his mouth and stop talking so much when the races are about to run cos numerous amount of times he yaps yaps yaps about betting and selections etc and then the next minute they switch to the race and its already running. Also please is tt a horse racing channel or sports betting channel cos quiet frankly it’s frustrating listening to Shane MacGregor and Neil Andrews while other races are running in Australia some1 needs to revamp tt and all the ppl that work there

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Prasheen

      Phumelela inform us that that the problem has been identified.
      “Some development is required, but at least the root cause has been identified.”

      So that is progress – they will keep us informed.


  4. Dean says:

    The powers that be at the racing operators and Teletrack do not care one iota about the interests of punters. What market research was done before the rolling double was done away with? None I beleive as it is a popular bet with punters, especially the regular punters that support and keep the tote going. The fact that it has been re-introduced by the operators after obvious financial losses in both adverising and betting revenue is ample evidence of this. No consideration is given to the fact that pools are bigger if more punters win. This short sightedness is costing the industry money. As for TT, the least said the better. Punters are given very litte time to take their bets before a race as the trainer and tipster comments are briadcast when the race is due to be run. Punters appreciate the trainer comments about their runners for the day but cannot listen to them at the off time of races. The incessant rumblings of Brandon Bailey is a major put off. He repeats the same comments about the jockeys and the trainers after each race. He tends to make every racehorse a superstar after it wins a race. He goes overboard with his comments which I find very irritating. There are a lot of other punters that I speak to also feel the same about Brandon Bailey. Its time that both the racing operators as well as TT get their act together for the benefit of horse racing as we do not want to see its demise.

  5. Prasheen Harrimohan says:

    To speak truth I don’t even think anybody follows the sport and horseracing tipstersaybe they should only show trainer interviews and save tt money

  6. Shanil says:

    Punters need alternatives when they have thrown their pa pik6 and jackpot tickets in the bin. Hence the last 2 races must have a double option and pick 3 on the last 3. Get out stakes. I suggest the ladt 2 uk races also have a doubles option. True Neil Andrews with his monotone style can be annoying. And the advert goes on and on. Tellytrack tipsters need not give their view on every single horse in the race but their top 4 and trainer comments on any other. Punters don’t have time minutes before a race to listen to each comment of what the form book states anyway. Ran A good second last time from a wide draw. Or needed his last run from a three month break. Its time Telly Track employed seasoned punters who knows betting and the game well. Being eloquent and having a face for the camera means nothing to the betting public.

  7. Jess K says:

    And for everyone else, there is a mute button. Eases the stress immeasurably …..

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