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There are several options for online horse betting in the US. One of the best around is TVG.
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Read on for more information about the online wagering site.
TVG started life as a TV network for broadcasting horse races, dating back to 1999. Once online wagering became legal in jurisdictions, it added an online wagering site to its portfolio.
The Oregon-based company was once affiliated with horse racing and gaming giant Churchill Downs Inc. Now it’s owned by European bookmaker and gaming company Paddy Power Betfair, which bought the company in 2008.
Also under TVG’s umbrella is a daily fantasy sports operator, Draft.
TVG has an easy to use platform for betting on horse races, and for watching them online too.
When you get to the TVG site, it’s extremely clean and easy to navigate. It will let you quickly and easily bet on races at tracks around the US and even internationally.
Creating an account requires entering some personal information, like name, email, phone number and date of birth. You’ll have to give some more information to TVG in order to deposit and make real-money bets.
The main page will direct you to upcoming races. A convenient navigation bar on the left-hand side gives you a list of races in chronological order. Clicking on any of these will take you to a page where you can bet on races at that track. Another click, once on that screen, will move you to any other race at that track on that day.
From there it’s a simple matter of placing your bets. First you click on the type of bet you want to make — win, place, show or an exotic bet — for a certain race. That will take you to a pop-up menu that gives you options for that race, amounting to a virtual “betting slip.” Use a drop-down menu to select the amount of your bet, then pick the horse(s) on which you want to place your bet. Submit your bet, and you’re done.
The site is quick and responsive, and odds and time-to-race are updated in real time.
Here’s a quick tutorial:
Any bet that’s available at a track will also be available online:
If you want to wager from your phone or tablet, TVG also has you covered.
If you have an iOS device like an iPhone, you can download the TVG betting app from the App Store. The app is perhaps even easier to use and more intuitive than the website itself.
There’s currently no app for Android, but the site is optimized for mobile and works just as well as the desktop version.
TVG currently covers more than 150 tracks. That includes a majority of the tracks around the US and a variety of international tracks.
While some of its competitors have more track coverage, the menu of racing venues is more than robust enough to keep most bettors engaged.
One of the best parts of TVG is that you can usually watch the races after you’ve bet on them. TVG has live streaming of almost every race on which you can bet at the site.
When logged in, you can watch any track TVG covers. Your viewing isn’t 100 percent unlimited; you’ll eventually get locked out of live streams if you don’t place any bets. But every time you wager $25 you will get more viewing time. In reality, you should never run out of the ability to watch races if you’re placing a minimal amount of bets.
TVG also offers bettors a variety of tools — some free, some that cost money — to help you succeed at betting.
TVG experts give away their best picks every day, for example. You can get free past performances by meeting some minimal standards.
More experienced handicappers might want to buy any number of products available from Daily Racing Form, Equibase, STATS and more.
In short, if you want to get more information, you can find it at TVG.
Creating an account takes just a few minutes. You must give your name, address, phone number and birthday, while also making a password for your account. You will also need to provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.
The best and quickest option for deposition is PayPal. Using the PayPal option will allow you to use your account to fund your TVG account.
Other options include
There are fees associated with certain types deposits at TVG.
Once you have funded your account using one of the methods above, you can usually get your money back the same way.
In order to get benefits from TVG, you have to meet wagering requirements each quarter.
They start if you have wagered $10,000 in a quarter, the highest level you can reach on your own is at $25,000 in total wagers.
Here’s a look at what you get:
There are also deposit and other promos from time to time, so make sure to check back on the site regularly.
TVG is available in a wide variety of states. Here’s the list that they serve currently: