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Tabcorp get creative with the imaginatively named 'Big6'

... but still pull out an average product.

Victorian and NSW tote monopoly TABCORP gave been blasted in recent years for their lack of innovation with new bet types. A decade ago they had a bet called the Straight Six requiring punters to land the winner of six races in a row. They sacked it because apparently it was a bad thing the syndicates got heavily involved, pumping tens of thousands of dollars into the pools which rolled over for several weeks.

In recent years they have brought out lemons such as Spinner (will the first two horses home be even numbers, odd or 'split' as per two-up, with a 16% margin!), Duet (place quinellas - famously advised as a great bet by King Muppet Robert Nason because 'my mum likes it') and the Mystery 6, which was similar to the Straight 6, but you couldn't pick your own numbers, it was just a lottery ticket.

The Big 6 will be on the last six races (no variety for quality of race or how short the favourite is) and mostly likely all at the same venue. If it did go cross-venue, then it would only go Melbourne and Sydney because that's where Tabcorp hold their licences, no interest in including other states. No free-to-air TV to potentially get it into millions of homes, and it lacks the place and bonus portions like the Scoop6.

Read more about the Big 6 here.

It's a step in the right direction from Tabcorp, but it wouldn't have taken more than five minutes to think of it and they haven't researched abroad to see why the Scoop6 can really get people excited about it.

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