This Week with The Professor: Avoiding Traps


There’s a reason why it’s one of the most beloved and quoted lines from Star Wars. Being able to spot a trap before it’s too late is priceless. Before you yell, “It’s a trap!” we’ve asked The Professor for some pointers on how to best avoid common greyhound racing traps. What is an example of a common trap and what can we do to avoid it? Help us, Professor, you’re our only hope!

Common “traps” are things which at first glance may appear to be a major factor or good bets, but are really not. Today we are going to discuss the #1 post “trap.” Just because a greyhound draws the one post does not mean that it is a good thing, or a good bet.

Some of the reasons for this are:

• They may be intimidated by the rail and prefer to initiate their run from the middle outside, even if they are inside runners.

• They may be midtrack or wide runners with average early speed and will be trapped inside for the run to the turn by quicker hounds.

• The one post is always overbet and rarely a good value, especially for finishers, as the post for these type of runners is not really a major factor.

The best barometer for whether or not any of these factors are true is to go back on the dog’s history and see what their record is from the one post position. Do some research as to whether the hound will like the post and your efforts will reward you.

Have a question for The Professor? Leave a comment below and you could receive a $2 wagering credit to your Greyhound Channel account if your question is featured!

2 thoughts on “This Week with The Professor: Avoiding Traps

  1. Pool and odds manipulation. Sometimes I will see larger bets placed on dogs that have really no chance. Such as a 4 year old graded maiden who has never won and has no intention of every winning. Often win, place or show money is either wagered early or late. What are these bettors thinking? Are they trying to mislead other bettors? Are they trying to affect the price payouts at small tracks hoping to cash in with larger bet at some overseas bookie? Face it we have often seen a low odds favorite win, but have a huge place or show prices. Most dog tracks are win-place-show pools of less than $1,000. Often only a few hundred dollars. A $100 wager on a dog with no chance can result in some huge payouts ror the rest. Could it be just someone with too many beers and doesn’t understand parimutual wagering? What is the consensus answer?


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