A plea to TAB to amend their carryover policies and use the marketing opportunity that it could present during lockdown has been made by one of the game’s staunchest punters.
A spokesman for TAB recently clarified their carryover policy after Sporting Post readers asked what happens to the relatively small amounts that accrue daily on the host of small venues.
“They are accumulated in same bet-type stockpiles until the amounts are big enough to get the interest of customers and then used around month-end, when customer participation is at a peak. That simultaneously gives us the opportunity to ensure such carryovers are fully marketed and communicated.”
On Sunday evening we received a call from the staunch player, who even stretches his passion to soccer bets in Belarus.
“Over R30 000 was carried over in quartets and in the Place Accumulator on Sunday. This brings the figure to over a million rand carried over since 1 March 2020. How much in total for the past year. By implication, are the directors of this company aware that they may be in breach?” he asked.
The argument is that carryover money belongs to punters. And that nobody knows what the extent of the carryover fund is.
“It’s a matter of common business sense and trust. I’d rather play a Mickey Mouse venue with R40 000 in the PA pool than R20 000 in kitty. And once punters see that we can start getting minor venue exotics and quartets up to better amounts, it will be a snowball effect. That’s what TAB are suggesting, yet contradicting themselves in their actions. Trust and customer credibility is so important. They need to start promoting the turnover today – and the carryovers are one way of launching that momentum until we get back to racing locally. It’s our money, we must be able to win it back and it’s a no-brainer!”