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2012 Kentucky Derby Games Online
At the KentuckyDerby.com website, you will see that there are new games and prizes gearing up for the 2012 Kentucky Derby. In many cases, some of these options can be confusing to a newcomer. However, with a few basic pointers, anyone can understand whether or not these are gambling opportunities—and how to win their prizes.
Avoiding Kentucky Derby Bets
Unfortunately, the games and bets that the Kentucky Derby websites are offering this year can blur the line between gambling and other Kentucky Derby Festival prize winning opportunities. If you are supervising a child, are under the age of 21, or, want to avoid gambling for personal reasons, be advised.
Age-restricted wagering options for Kentucky Derby betting are the future wagers, Road to the Roses Fantasy Challenge webpage, and Derby Super Hi-5. However, do not worry about gambling being a part of the KentuckyDerby.com website. Their gambling options, BrisNet.com and TwinSpires.com, are on separate websites.
Kentucky Derby future wagers
The closer it gets to the Kentucky Derby, the narrower the pool of nominees becomes. From about 400 horses put on the roster in January, only 24 will make it to race day. The first cut is made by Churchill Downs in mid-February. For this reason, there is a game offered by the Kentucky Derby to play odds on horses in advance—and gain more money than if you placed a bet the day of the race.
These bets are placed at numbered intervals for each betting pool. For the 2012 Kentucky Derby, the "final odd and will pays Derby pools" are open on February 10-11, March 2-4, March 30-1, and the Kentucky Oaks pool is March 2-4. Of course, future odds are a form of betting and not a voting poll to pick your favorite horse.
3. Battle Hardened
4. Creative Cause
5. Discreet Dancer
7. El Padrino
8. Empire Way
9. Ever So Lucky
10. Fed Biz
13. I'll Have Another
16. Longview Drive
17. Midnight Transfer
18. Mr. Bowling
19. Out of Bounds
20. Rousing Sermon
22. Take Charge Indy
23. Union Rags
24. All Other 3YO's
Kentucky Derby Super Hi-5
If you are not familiar with gambling, the Kentucky Derby has figured out a way to help you get around learning all of the terms for various types of bets. In this case, they are calling a "five horse exacta box" by the name "Derby Super Hi-5." For beginners, this means that you have to pick the top five horses that win—in order. In addition to winning money, the 2012 Kentucky Derby is also offering a RAM Laramie Longhorn.
If you want to have all the bases covered for your top Kentucky Derby favorites, you can pick a "five horse superfecta box." This means that it does not matter which place that your five horses win in—as long as all of them are in the top 5. However, you have your bases covered—but you will not win the RAM Laramie Longhorn that the Derby Super Hi-5 is offering .
In the case of the five horse superfecta box, the Kentucky Derby offers a $2 minimum per combination. This means a five horse superfecta box will cost you $240 (120 combinations). You can figure out these combinations by using an online exotic wager calculator.
2012 Kentucky Derby fantasy league
These days, fantasy football, baseball, and basketball are all the rage. Taking the reins of this trend is the online game makers at Churchill Downs. Certainly, virtual horse racing is a fun way to bet on a game when there is no horse race offered that day. However, a virtual horse race is not the same as the 2012 Kentucky Derby Road to the Roses Fantasy Challenge.
Naturally, this is an option for those over the age of 21 and user verification is required. Once you sign up, you can create your own league and compete against friends and co-workers. Weekly prizes are awarded and there are many ways to win. In order to stay on track, you will need to use their game timeline.
According to the RoadToTheRoses.com website, this is the "official fantasy game of the Kentucky Derby" and this game is not found elsewhere. The website also includes details on improvements that have been made for 2012 on last years' game.
Finally, keep in mind that, while there are some restrictions about age due to the prizes received, this is not a traditional gambling option. Instead, signing up and getting started with three stables on the RoadToTheRoses.com game is free.
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Maryam Louise is a longtime resident of the Bluegrass State and has lived in the shadows of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky over the past two decades. In addition to being a fan of horse racing, she has also had a chance to get to know jockeys, horse groomers, and betting clerks as an ESL instructor. Currently, she writes for KentuckyDerby.org and relies on her friends in the multiple facets of the equine industry for writing inspiration.
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