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BIG mandatory Hi-5 payoff Aug 30 at Mohawk

07:32 AM 22 Aug 2014 NZST
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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 21, 2014 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the mandatory payout date for its Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 wager.

The Jackpot Hi-5 will have a mandatory payout on the final race of the August 30 card of racing at Mohawk.

The carryover pool currently stands at $583,607.77 (after the Tuesday, August 19 card).

In preparation for the event, the final opportunity to wager on the Jackpot Hi-5 before the mandatory payout date will be Monday, August 25. The carryover will continue to build through that date, provided there is not a single winner. The wager will then be suspended for the Tuesday, August 26, Thursday, August 28 and Friday, August 29 cards of racing, allowing customers to prepare for the mandatory payout prize.

The August 30 card at Mohawk offers five stakes races, including the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, the $667,000 Metro Pace and the $480,000 Shes A Great Lady Pace.

The Jackpot Hi-5, which has enjoyed a strong following since it launched October 17, has not been won since June 7. WEG last offered a mandatory payout event, with carryover, for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 on May 17, generating a total pool of $2,002,026.

The wager requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order, traditionally, on the last race of the program. The Jackpot proviso means that the entire pool pays out only when there is one winning ticket sold that correctly selects the first five finishers in exact order.

If no single winning ticket exists on the Monday, August 25 card, half of the amount bet into the pool, plus the accumulated carryover, will be available for the final race on the August 30 programme. The remaining half will be split between the winning tickets as part of a consolation payout.

"The mandatory payout races for the Jackpot Hi-5 have been popular betting options for horseplayers of both breeds," said Greg Martin, Senior Director, Wagering and Technology. "Bettors are investing efforts in both cashing the wager before the announced mandatory date, looking to be the single winner, and after, as players, core and newcomer, are taking a shot on getting at least a share of the big jackpot payout on the mandatory race."

The Jackpot Hi-5, which offers a 20-cent minimum, also has a takeout of 15 per cent, a continent-equalling low.

by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

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