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Tote Facilities

Tote Betting at Shelbourne Park

On your visit to Shelbourne Park, why not have a fun flutter on the Tote?

Tote Betting facilities are conveniently located throughout the Stadium. Tote Booths are open on both the Ground and First Floor levels. 

Our restaurant customers enjoy Tote Betting service direct to their table by Tote Staff operating hand-held devices. 

Greyhound Racing restaurant customers enjoy Tote Betting service direct to their restaurant table

The minimum Tote Betting stake is just €1. If you've any questions during your time at Shelbourne Park, just ask. 

Tote Betting Information Desk

We operate a Tote Betting Information Desk on the Ground Floor, directly opposite the main turnstiles and Corporate Entrance. The desk will be open from 6pm and will be staffed by a Tote staff member in their recognisable red shirt. 

What can I find out?

At our Information Desk we can help you with information on all aspects of Tote Betting, including:

  • How to place a bet on both Shelbourne Park & Intertrack Racing
  • How to read and understand the Race Programme
  • Understanding odds and dividends

The Information Desk staff will also be able to help with information on services and facilities available within the stadium. 

Can I please a bet here?

The Tote Betting Information Desk does not offer betting facilities but there are plenty of Tote Booths and staff throughout the stadium. 

Can I purchase or collect Tote Vouchers here?

Tote Vouchers cannot be bought here but are available from the Tote Control Room, which our Desk Staff will be happy to direct you to. 

Pre-booked Tote Vouchers will be delivered directly to you by our Customer Care Manager. 

Can I ask about Tote Online Betting here?

Yes, our Tote Betting Information Desk staff will be fully informed and happy to help with your online betting query. 

If I have a complaint, do I visit here? 

We hope that you won't have any issues with our Tote Betting service during your visit but if you do, our Tote Betting Information Desk staff cannot deal with complaints personally but will direct you to the appropriate person to resolve it. 

How the Tote Works

The "Tote" is short for Totalisator. The Tote operates a system to offer pool betting on race tracks. Here’s how it works:

  • Customers bet into a common pool, betting against one another, as opposed to bookmaking where they bet against the bookmaker.  All stakes on a race are pooled and a deduction is made to cover costs.
  • The remainder of the pool is divided by the number of winning units to give a dividend which is declared inclusive of a €1 stake.
  • Tote dividends are not linked to the prices declared by bookmakers. The odds fluctuate according to the pattern of betting and the amount of money placed on each dog.

Betting ceases at the sound of the hare bell. There is no tax on racecourse bets.

The Tote is operated by Greyhound Racing Ireland.

The Greyhound Totalisator Operating Regulations 1971 can be found here

Please Gamble Responsibly. 

Think 21 Policy

Customer notice: Ireland’s horse and greyhound racing stadiums will implement a ‘Think 21’ wagering initiative in October but the entertainment offering to families will be unaffected.

From 1 October 2017, all Tote wagering staff will adhere to a strict policy to ensure no individual(s) under the age of 18 can place a bet by checking photo identification for any person who looks under 21. The underage measure is contained in new legislation and has been supported by HRI and the GRI as part of the industry’s commitment to responsible wagering.

Every year tens of thousands of families across Ireland are attracted to the excellent facilities at racing venues and their experiences will not be diminished by this change.

Feel free to speak to a member of stadium or Tote management for more information.


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