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Big fields+big pools=Big payoffs at Big M

December 28, 2017
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While winter's chill has been covering the Northeast of late, the action--as well as the payoffs--at the Meadowlands have been white-hot.
Racing resumes at the Big M Thursday evening for the final race week of 2017 with a 10-race program that gets underway at 6:35 p.m. The track will then come back with back-to-back 14-race cards on Friday and Saturday with the same earlier-than-normal winter post time, which will be in effect through the end of February.
There will be many opportunities for bettors over the course of the three programs, as of the 38 races, 34 of them have full 10-horse fields. Couple that with Pick Fours and Pick Fives that have a low takeout of 15 percent, and you have the recipe for a post-Christmas score.
"The winter meet offers great opportunities for vertical and horizontal bettors," said Big M chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. "The full 10-horse fields combined with the long stretch at the Meadowlands makes racing a little more unpredictable, which makes the pools larger because the bigger payouts now become possible. We're looking forward to a great 2018."
Given how things went last weekend, he has good reason to be optimistic:
All-source handle on Saturday night totaled $2,771,241
The Pick Four pool on Friday was $68,192 and $64,196 on Saturday
The 50 Cent Pick Five payout on Friday was $4,375 and $3,671 on Saturday
The average payoff for the 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 was $8,479
The first race Trifecta on Saturday returned $12,390. It was outdone one race later, when $27,399 was the payout
One lucky bettor in Chicago cashed in for $28,332 Saturday when he or she had the only ticket with the winning combination of 6-8-3-1-9 in the Early 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five
Thursday evening's Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five (Race 10) sports a carryover of $53,076
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