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TVG is one of the premier names in horse race betting. It offers a combination of live streaming of horse racing from tracks all around the world and an online betting service.
Formed in 1999, this digital, cable and television network is now owned by the FanDuel group, which acts as the US division of Paddy Power Betfair.
Offering pari-mutuel betting day and night, TVG offers an ideal one-stop shop for all horse racing fans.
This guide to TVG is divided into the following sections to take a detailed look at all that TVG offers, including bonuses and incentives, while detailing the full coverage of horse racing:
The initial welcome bonus at TVG comes in two parts.
First, new players signing up at TVG can enjoy $20 in free cash.
Use the TVG promo / referral code FREE20 when you create your free TVG account and receive $20 in your account immediately.
Within 15 days of this award, you’ll have the opportunity of getting an additional 100% matched bonus on your first deposit. TVG will match your deposit amount up to $100.
Note: The aforementioned cash bonuses are limited to one per household.
Unlike many gambling sites, there are no strict rules in place that make claiming the bonuses tricky. There are no wagering requirements as such, although account holders must use the bonus cash for betting (as opposed to claiming the cash only to withdraw it).
Every time you place a bet at TVG, you’ll be awarded loyalty points in the TVG Wager Rewards program.
To become a member of the program, you simply click on the “enroll” button on the wager rewards’ opt-in page or call 1-888-PLAY-TVG (888-752-984) and request enrollment from a customer services agent of the site.
As a member, you receive a point for every dollar wagered at TGV, whether that be a win, place, show, exacta and any other betting option. As long as you keep playing, the points will continue to accrue. Your points will expire if you take a six-month break in between wagers.
Upon earning 2,500 points, you will gain a $5 credit, wagering the $5 in the same way as if you had simply deposited the $5.
Clicking on the “Promotions” page at the top of the site will bring up a page detailing a series of promos and contests you can enjoy at TVG.
You’ll generally find that the promotions on offer will be seasonal and based on the current racing action. This approach shows that TVG keeps its finger on the pulse of current events, as opposed to offering a catch-all bonus all year round.
For example, in the lead-up to the Kentucky Derby, you’ll find bonuses offered on the prep races, whereby you could get money back (up to $10) if your selection finishes second or third after placing a win bet.
The “Money Back Specials” follow the same format and are available on certain select races during the season.
TVG also offer a refer-a-friend bonus scheme.
Invite any of your friends to join and, as well as them benefiting from the welcome bonuses, you’ll also benefit by receiving $25 if they deposit within six months of signing up. The “Referral Bonus” may only be used for wagering on your account.
If you’re feeling lucky, you might want to enter the “Super 5” or “Super 8” contests offered daily at TVG.
In each of the two contests, you’ll need to pick the winner at each of the five or eight races. These two contests offer potentially huge wins, especially if you have one or two longer odds winners in the mix.
In the Super 8 contest, due to the higher level of difficulty, consolation pools exist for entrants who pick five or more winners.
One of the most attractive options offered by TVG is the “Free Past Performances” program.
To be part of this program, first, you must purchase any of the past performances programs directly from your TVG account. You’ll be reimbursed the following day having placed a wager on the days racing (further details below).
On entering TVG, the main page features a large splash screen filling much of the right-hand side of the page. This highlights promotional info at the top of the page, while the “Featured Tracks” are displayed just below.
Each of the featured track’s info box tells you how many races are remaining and the time of the next race. Below the racing info is a link to “TVG Picks,” where site experts offer you tips for the upcoming racing.
To the right of this splash page, you’ll find information concerning the carry-over pools from each of the tracks; ideal if you’re looking for that mega payout.
The left-hand side of the page features a column showing the imminent races at the top and the upcoming featured races below. You can opt to watch the live streaming in a small window on this page, too, should you choose.
To access the rest of the site, you’ll click on the drop-down menu across the top of the page. The first list features a full race schedule, the racing results and a comprehensive track information list (This list is categorized state by state at the top of the page, with international track info at the bottom.).
The “Handicapping” menu is where you’ll do your race analysis. Here you can access the handicapping store, the free past performance program, race replays, TVG picks and the TVG blog. The blog offers regular articles about the world of racing and is updated multiple times a day – it’s a good read for all racing fans.
The third drop-down menu offers a link to the promotions listed above, while the final menu features the “Help” options. The help menu features tutorial videos, a resource center, “TVG FAQ” and a feedback section, where you can email the site directly.
To the right-hand side of this menu bar, you’ll find a direct link to “Watch TVG,” which goes directly to the streaming page. Here you’ll also see a live Twitter feed, featuring up-to-date action from the tracks.
Overall, the design makes the site easy to navigate, with the ability to move from race to race with ease. With a focus on the streaming side, having placed your bet, you’ll have many options as to how you’ll watch your race. You can watch it in a small window (ideal if you want to continue assessing the form while watching the race) or the full-screen option, where you can focus solely on the race.
Placing those bets couldn’t be more straightforward, too. Click on your selection, choose your bet and stake, and you’re good to go.
TVG has recently introduced a new mobile betting app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Apple users can simply go directly to the app store to download the app, while Android users can download the app directly from a link on TVG’s website.
The new app is intuitive, with the ability to swipe through menus and tap the selections you want.
Just like the main site, there is the same focus on live streaming. Tap “Live” and the live stream will appear at the top of your mobile device while you can scroll through the races and place your bets in the lower portion. You’ll also find handicapping information in this section.
Perhaps one of the best options available via the app is the “Race Alerts” where you can receive a notification five minutes before the start of a race, and another notification when the result is official. You can turn these notifications on or off.
TVG offers a comprehensive amount of racing from across the globe.
If you happen to be up early (long before any horse racing from the US has started), you can enjoy the action from the UK, South Africa, France and many other nations.
You’ll also find comprehensive action from all of the biggest tracks in US racing, including:
Overall, the action comes to you thick and fast from more than 150 tracks worldwide.
The betting you enjoy at TVG is linked directly to the pari-mutuel pools available at the tracks. The following common bet types are all available at TVG:
The exacta, trifecta and superfecta all feature additional options such as box, key or wheel. The box option offers these combinations in any order, while key or wheel options see you give a focus to specific selections within these bets.
This has its advantages, as that sole focus on horse racing ensures that it’ll bring you specific racing content, more so than many of its rivals, which might try and cover as many bases as they can. This racing focus ensures it can offer a comprehensive array of racing.
The only other sport you can enjoy at TVG is greyhound racing. This is only available if you’re logging into TVG from the Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Oregon and Wyoming.
If logged in from any of these seven states, you’ll see a “Greyhounds” tab at the top of the page. From a mobile device, select tracks at the bottom of the screen and you’ll see greyhound tracks listed with all others.
Live streaming is TVG’s specialty. The “Videos” page of the site gives you a long list of all the day’s races that you can stream live on the site, as well as those you can directly from TVG.
The site features two channels where you can enjoy the racing: TVG and TVG2.
You can also enjoy the TVG action through “Watch TVG,” a service available through Roku, Amazon and Apple devices. Having downloaded the service onto your particular device, you can log in through your account and stream the action. You’ll also have the option to sign up to the service independently at the cost of $9.99 a month.
Under the “Horse Racing” tab at the top of the page, you’ll find the “Results” option.
Clicking this will bring up a new page where you can sort the results by date/track, giving you a full rundown of the 1-2-3 in each race, as well as all of the payouts, too (including exactas, trifectas, superfectas, daily doubles, the Pick 3/4/5/6/8 alongside win/place and show).
You can also search for a particular horse in the results section, while a “Favorites” tab allows you to select your favorite horses and head straight to the results.
There are many ways to assess the form at TVG.
The comprehensive racing results service (detailed above) gives you a full rundown of payouts for each race. You can also display the race cards and other info such as the race purse, the odds for every horse, the weight carried and the jockey and trainer, too.
For even more detailed info, you can purchase a past performances program. You’ll pay for them initially, but as long as you wager the appropriate (relatively small) amount, the fees for this extensive info will be reimbursed.
There are four past performances programs for you to enjoy:
Alongside these, you’ll also find the “Stats Race Lens” day pass. This is a relatively new initiative from Stats LLC, the world’s leading sports technology service, in conjunction with Equibase, the thoroughbred industry’s official database.
Having honed its art designing predictive algorithms for sports such as Major League Baseball and the NFL, Stats have turned its gaze on horse racing. This premium product will provide handicappers with additional data, insights and proprietary predictive modeling.
If you wager at least $10, you’ll be reimbursed in full for your past performances program by 7 a.m. the next day (the day pass requires you to wager at least $25 to be refunded for your purchase). The info provided by these past performances program is comprehensive, enabling you to bet smarter for no fee at all.
Being a registered site within the US, you’ll find a host of banking options for deposits and withdrawals:
Debit/credit card: Most major banks will allow deposits using this method, although check in with your bank to ensure it accepts this method (a small number of banks can decline deposits to online wagering companies). There is a $5 fee associated with this deposit method.
BetCash: This free option allows both deposits and withdrawals. Fill out the BetCash form at the bottom of TVG’s deposits page, make a deposit using a checking account online or speak to a customer services rep on the phone.
Wire transfer: Fill out a wire transfer form, take it to your bank and the deposit will be made either the same day or the next working day (if after 1:30 p.m.). Any wire transfers less than $1,000 will have a $15 charge.
Green Dot Moneypak: Pick up cards at places such as CVS and Walgreens and make a deposit online (for New Jersey users, it is suggested they use Vanilla Mastercard gift card instead).
PayNearMe: Another free option, where you can make a deposit at stores such as 7-Eleven, CVS and Family Dollar where you’ll pay by scanning a barcode.
PayPal: Use your personal PayPal account to make a deposit online. This deposit method generates a $5 charge and is not available for NJ residents.
Prepaid cards: While many prepaid cards will not be accepted for online wagering, there are two that will. If you’re 21 or older, you can apply for TVG’s prepaid card, where you can deposit funds onto the card directly from your bank. There is a $5 deposit fee using this method. The Vanilla Mastercard gift card is another card that works at TVG.
Cash deposits: Some of the TVG tracks will allow cash deposits directly into your TVG account. Call TVG for a list of tracks and the available hours for deposits.
Money orders/checks: You can mail money orders or checks directly to TVG.
Withdrawal options include cash being paid back onto your TVG prepaid card, a check withdrawal request (either standard or overnight), a wire transfer, PayPal, same day cash withdrawal at the track, a wire transfer and a BetCash (ACH) transfer. Check the site for appropriate fees where applicable.
To open an account at TVG in the US, you have to reside in one of the following states:
In general, you can open an account if you are 18 or older, although residents in Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, North Dakota and Washington state have to be at least 21 years old.
Both US citizens and resident aliens can enjoy the services offered by TVG.
If choosing a gambling site where you want to focus solely on horse racing, TVG is an ideal pick.
With racing coverage coming from more than 150 tracks worldwide, this site has it covered. You’ll receive the same great odds as those at the tracks, with the betting linked into the pari-mutuel pools. This gives added opportunities as you can engage in additional betting such as exactas, superfectas, pick 6s and more – with some of the prizes offering life-changing amounts.
With the free past performances programs, including the innovative Stats Race Lens day pass, TVG wants its members to have the best info there is. Unlike some other gambling sites, TVG doesn’t benefit when you lose (one of the beauties of pool betting), so if you’re winning, they’re happy, too.
The standout feature offered by TVG is the range of live streaming. Log in at any time of day, and you’ll be able to watch and wager on races throughout the world, with the further options to enjoy the action on its apps and through the “Watch TVG” service, too.