The Tote Review
Year established: 1930

Mobile compatible: Yes

Jurisdiction: Ireland & UK

Overall rating: C-

Recommended: For recreational players
The Tote Review

The Tote (also known as Tote Ireland Limited) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Horse Racing Ireland, with responsibility for the operation of a Totalisator on the 26 racecourses in the Republic of Ireland. Tote Ireland is at the heart of Irish Horseracing, providing a wide variety of betting options for all race goers. including:

  • Horse Racing Betting;
  • Greyhound Betting;
  • Football Betting;

All profits made by Tote Ireland are used for the improvement of Irish Horseracing.

Tote betting works like this: all the stakes on a race are pooled; a deduction is made to cover costs and their contribution to racing. The remainder of the pool is divided by the number of winning units to give a dividend (© TOTE IRELAND LTD.), which is inclusive of a €1 stake.

In other words, Tote Ireland customers bet into a common pool, betting against one another, whereas in bookmaking, they bet against the bookmaker. The Tote odds may fluctuate according to the pattern of betting and the amount of money staked on each horse. Betting ceases at the “off” of each race.

In 1929 the Totalisator Act was passed for mechanical pool betting in Ireland with the Totalisator borrowing 20,000IR punts from sponsored races. It’s first meeting in Fairyhouse on the 21st of April 1930, offered win and place betting from 35 windows and had a Tote turnover of 5,035IR punts. By the end of 1930, with it’s best meetings at Punchestown, The Curragh, Galway and Tramore, the Tote had sold a million tickets at 87 race meeting amassing 100,000IR punts.

In 1932 Tote Account was established, accepting bets by telegram. Also that year the Tote attracted investors to the company and seven years later in 1939 slot machines were introduced, operating a single machine for each horse. By their end in 1965 they had sold 60 million tickets.

That’s what The Tote says about himself:

“The Tote is the online home of pool betting offering international tote horse racing betting from Ireland, UK, France, USA, Hong Kong and Dubai. We offer win, place and each way betting as well as unique tote bets such as Exacta, Trifecta, Jackpot, Placepot, Pick 6 and Scoop6 which provide opportunities to win big on small stakes. The Irish Pick 6 is our flagship bet with daily guarantees and regular six figure rollovers which make for big customer payouts. On the 31st of December 2017 the Tote Pick 6 pool reached €961,349 at Punchestown Racecourse. Along with horse racing we also offer greyhound, football and other sports betting.

We offer betting on all Tote Bet Types for UK Racing festivals like Cheltenham including the Scoop6, Jackpot, Placepot and Quadpot.

Our WinBig philosophy always aims to offer a positive customer experience while promoting Responsible Gambling. We offer regular money back specials and other extras through our Tote Rewards programme and our VIP Club. As a tote we want you to win, so, we don’t close or restrict your account because you are winning. On our Tote Blog we have regularly updated content to read, watch and listen. We also have a daily Tote Tipster which provides tips for every Irish race meeting.

We have a long association with Irish horse racing - all of our profits go back into the industry - and we serve every racecourse in the country. We’ve been long term sponsors of the Tote Galway Plate at the famous Galway Races and sponsor a number of other races through the year and we are present at new events such as the Dublin Racing Festival.”


- Company with long years of experience;

- No betting limits;

- Generous sign up bonus;

- Straight forward, easily operable website to enjoy;

- Most reliable payment methods accepted;

- Friendly and efficient customer service.


- No other sports besides racing and football;

- High wagering requirements on promotions;

- Limited list of payment options;

- Restricted in many countries.


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