A quaddie bet is relatively new to the gambling scene, but it has taken off since its introduction. Initially only available on Victorian race meetings, quadrella bets are attractive because they have massive betting pools largely built by big and small punters.
During the bigger carnivals, such as the Melbourne Cup carnival, quaddie pools reach the millions and it only takes a small percentage bet for a big pay day. There are plenty of quaddie bet options available throughout the week with at least one quaddie per meeting being offered by our recommended bookmakers.
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What is a quadrella
There is no right or wrong way to place a quaddie bet. Punters are simply trying to pick the winner of four consecutive races, but they have multiple ways of doing so.
The most affordable way is to select one runner in each race (1x1x1x1) which will cost $1 for 100 per cent of the return.
It pays to note the entire quaddie pool does not reflect how much you will return on your investment. If other punters have also selected the quaddie, then the pool will get divided depending on their percentage winning stake.
You can select as many runners per leg as you want, but the more you select, the more you will have to pay. For a standard quaddie, the cost for three runners per leg (3x3x3x3) is $81 for a full unit. If you’re wanting to spend less than that, select a “Flexi Quaddie” which gives you the freedom to spend as much as you want, but for a lower stake in the quaddie.
Punters also have the option to decide whether they want tote odds or fixed odds prices. If they select tote odds, then the prices can fluctuate throughout the day, but choosing fixed odds will ensure them the price stated when the bet was processed.
Types of Quadrella
Any race leg where more than one runner is selected is a standard quaddie bet. The most popular option, however, is the Flexi Quaddie, offered by Sportsbet.com.au and CrownBet.com.au.
The Flexi Quaddie allows punters to spend as much as they want on their quaddie bet. Punters can choose to receive from one per cent to 100 per cent of the quaddie payout if they so wish.
Those with a higher stake have either chosen less runners per race, or have spent much more than those with a lower percentage.
Example of two different Flexi Quaddies:
- $50 Flexi Quaddie (returning 104 per cent minimum)
- *Leg 1 – 4 runners
- *Leg 2 – 2 runners
- *Leg 3 – 2 runners
- *Leg 4 – 3 runners
This gives you 48 different combinations at a minimum of 104 per cent. The maximum percentage isn’t 100 with punters able to receive more than the tote quaddie payout if their ticket goes beyond 100%.
- $50 Flexi Quaddie (returning 26 per cent minimum)
- *Leg 1 – 4 runners
- *Leg 2 – 4 runners
- *Leg 3 – 3 runners
- *Leg 4 – 4 runners
Because this bet includes more runners and combinations (192), the percentage return is lower. There is more risk with the first Flexi Quaddie bet than the second, hence the higher potential return unless the quaddie is “terminating”.
A terminating quaddie is great for punters, meaning the pool must be struck no matter what percentage you have on your ticket.
If you’re the only winning ticket and you have 5 per cent, don’t worry, you scoop the entire pool. The downside to this is if there is another ticket on the winning selections, you will receive only your five per cent stake.
Sportsbet’s Turbo Quaddie pays out an extra 10 per cent bonus on the nominated tote dividend (NSW/S-Tab) for Australian gallops races.
The only catch is you’re only allowed one runner per race when playing the Turbo Quaddie, but should you win, you not only get a great percentage of the quaddie pool, but also another 10 per cent on top.
Turbo Quaddies do not feature four races from the same meeting. They will most likely cover four races from different Australia meetings within a small time frame. Some characteristics of a turbo quake include all races being from different meetings and each race int he quaddie being within 30 minutes. Here is an example of how one might work:
- *Leg 1 – Brisbane, Race 4 – 2:43pm
- *Leg 2 – Melbourne, Race 5 – 2:55pm
- *Leg 3 – Adelaide, Race 1 – 3:00pm
- *Leg 4 – Sydney, Race 5 – 3:10pm
When and where Quadrella’s are available
Standard and Flexi Quaddie’s are offered on every Australian gallops meeting throughout the week and on the weekends.
Turbo Quaddie’s aren’t as regular and usually run on Saturday’s and major Metropolitan meetings.
Many meetings across the board will feature an early quaddie and a regular quaddie. The regular quaddies usually feature the last four races on the card, but early quaddies will either start from Race 1 (1, 2, 3, 4) or from Race 2 (2, 3, 4, 5), depending on how many races at that specific meeting.
The early and regular quaddies can’t overlap on races, so the meeting must have at least eight races on the card.
How to place a Quaddie bet
Head to the “Racing” section at any of our recommended bookmakers and click “Multiples” or “Quaddie”.
From there you will see a Quaddie card, listing all available meetings and races. Select your runners by ticking the box allocated to that runner and then enter the amount you want to bet.
The flexibet percentage (if applicable) will display on the page. Once you are happy with your selections and percentage, press the bet, accept or submit button.
Your bet will then appear and all you need to do is finalise your wager.
Quaddie pools are listed on the bookmakers websites either during the week (if the pool is considerably large) or in the day’s leading up to the meeting.