The Rainbow Pick Six has caused much discussion in the horseplayer community.
On the negative side:
- As Andy Beyer wrote, the takeout is off the charts. For true blue horseplayers, this is a bad takeout bet.
- It eliminates churn. That's probably true, too. Bets like this suck bankrolls, through high takeout and locking up money. That's not a good thing. A $196 pick 6 is $196 that can't be bet in low takeout win pools, or doubles.
- Jackpot bets create buzz and bring in a new demographic. There is a little old lady playing dime slots in the slots parlor right now trying to win a $224 jackpot. She can come over to the track side, bet a $24 ticket and have a shot at two million.
- The favorite lonshot bias is alive and well in the Rainbow Six. With people buying tickets with so many bombs, the favorites are underbet. If you take a logical ticket, keying some hard to beat chalk, you can walk away with a decent bet - below the 52% rake, that's for sure. It's a skill and an art.
As the aforementioned Andy Beyer once said,
"The capacity to enjoy: so few people have it. A gambler may have as many periods of frustration as he does exhilaration, but at least he knows he's alive."
The Rainbow Six certainly does that.
What do you think about it? Should it be discontinued, or do we see merit in it for horse racing?