November 6, 2013
Punters win big on record-breaking Melbourne Cup
The TAB achieved a record turnover of approximately $9.4m for the Melbourne Cup race yesterday. Full figures for the
whole Melbourne Cup Day are still coming in but are likely to double that number.
TAB Executive General Manager Glenn Patrick said a major growth area for the TAB was Big Race Packs, with a 108%
increase in sales from last year.
“Big Race Packs, which are designed to make betting like an expert easy, also proved a winner for bettors, including the
six lucky punters who each won over $25,000 through their $20 Big Race Packs.
“One of these was a gentleman, who asked the TAB team at a local bar & bistro for some assistance because he wasn’t sure what horse to back. He lives in a rest home and was first going to
visit his doctor before collecting his winnings from his Big Race Pack,” said Mr Patrick.
Big Race Packs will also be available for Christchurch’s Cup & Show Week next week.
One TAB account holder took a $5 percentage Easybet First 4 and won $37,968. Another account holder won $24,916. 5,454
new people took out TAB accounts during the week leading up to the Melbourne Cup.
One brave cash punter put a $120 flutter on a First4 bet and walked away with $118,652.
Tab.co.nz had over 12,000 visitors at one point – breaking last year’s 10,000 visitor landmark.