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Best of the Best: don’t miss out on the best price

Competition is generally a good thing. As you’ll have worked out from the huge volume of advertising you see every day, competition among bookmakers in Australia is fierce.

There’s a number of ways the bookies will attempt to differentiate themselves from their opposition, and that can usually lead to some wins for you if you’re smart about where you place each of your bets. Getting the best odds is one of the most important factors in successful punting – there’s nothing worse than getting a winner but taking a poor price!

Best Tote / SP

When online bookmakers first came to Australia, off-course punters largely bet on the tote. There weren’t many other options! So bookies wanted a way to attract tote punters to their sites so they could sell them their fixed odds products. Some bright spark came up with the notion of ‘Best Tote’.

Australia of course has three separate totes, each paying their own dividend. Paying out at the best of the three is an attractive offer for the tote punter: they get the same payout as their home tote anyway, except if one of the other two has a higher dividend, in which case they do better. No brainer.

(As an aside, if you’re still one of those punters still betting on the tote, stop immediately! You’re doing yourself out of cash. Place your tote bets with an online bookmaker, almost all of them offer best tote).

The Best Tote offer evolved, and bookies now offer Best Tote / SP on metro racing: the best of the three totes or the official starting price, whichever is higher.

Top Fluc

Top Fluctuation was traditionally offered by on-course bookies. It pays at the highest fluctuation of the official price during immediate pre-race betting. A good deal, the only catch being you have to place the bet before on-course betting traditionally opens (usually around 30 minutes before the race).

Nearly all bookies offer top fluc on metro racing.

Best Of The Best

As the name implies, Best of the Best (BOB) is the ultimate dividend type: it pays at the higher of Best Tote / SP and Top Fluc.

This highest dividend product is obviously a very low-margin proposition for bookies. So unlike other ‘Best Tote’ offers, not all bookies offer it given the potential losses they could incur.


If you’re a follower of any Champion Bets racing services, you’ll definitely want to have access to Best of the Best. It’s widely used by many of our analysts, including Gareth Phillips, Mark Rhoden, Trevor Lawson and Cameron O’Brien. As professional punters, they know how important price is… that’s why they recommend Best of the Best so often.

Where To Get Best of the Best?

VicBet has the widest Best of the Best offer. They offer it on every Australian race, every day!

It can’t be beaten, so make sure you have a VicBet account for all of your tote betting.

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