What is the Tote Survivor bet and how does it work?

What is the Tote Survivor bet and how does it work?
Survivor is the new last-man-standing Tote bet for Saturday’s racing Credit: Getty

Find all the info you need on Survivor, the Tote’s new last-man-standing Saturday multi-leg bet, plus a brilliant betting offer to try it out with

What is a Tote Survivor bet?

It’s a pool bet in which you try to pick the winners of six selected Saturday races before the first one begins. After each race any player that didn’t pick the winner is eliminated until only one Survivor is left. The Survivor then wins all the money in the pool. 

A key difference between Survivor and the Tote Scoop 6 is that with Survivor you may not need to pick all six winners to win or share the prize pool.

What if there are multiple Survivors after six races? The pool will be split between them.

What if nobody wins? If a race in Survivor is won by a horse no remaining player has picked, all players who were still in the game going into the final leg share the pool.

How does a Tote Survivor bet work?

The simplest way to play Survivor is to pick a single horse in each of the six Survivor races. This is called a single line (1x your unit stake).

Many players will want to give themselves a greater chance of being the Survivor by picking more than one horse for some or all of the six legs (races) in the bet. This will mean more lines with each line being worth 1x your unit stake.

Calculating the number of lines in your Tote Survivor (example)

Multiply the number of selections in the first leg by the number in the second leg, then multiply that number by the picks in the next leg and so on until you’ve covered every leg as follows:

Where can I play the Tote Survivor bet?

Unlike other Tote games, which can be played via most betting sites, Survivor is currently exclusively available on Tote.co.uk.

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How is the Tote Survivor prize pool calculated and shared?

The Survivor pool is the total number of bets on the Survivor game each week, minus 27% taken by the operator to cover running costs.

How many lines should I have in my Survivor?

It’s completely up to you and how much you want to wager. Unlike a Tote Placepot, only one line (selection) can win in each race, so playing lots of lines may only be worthwhile if the prize pool is big enough to make it appealing to you.

Tote Survivor strategy

As with any multi-leg Tote pool bet the punter has to strike a balance between picking the most fancied horses and those that may have been underestimated.

Why? If a favourite looks like a good thing it’s likely many of your Survivor rivals think so too. More of them will progress to the next leg, meaning the money in the prize pool is likely to be split between more people.

Pick an unexpected winner that few of your Survivor rivals have selected and the number of people left in the game could shrink dramatically, potentially leaving a great share of the prize pool for you.

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