"The POP" Pick 3 Strategy"
The pick 3 can be a very profitable wager if a good strategy is used. One key
to pick 3 success is to be able to single a horse in one leg and have a chance
for a nice pay out. POP stands for
Play Overlays in the Pick 3.
We have developed a profitable pick 3 strategy that is designed to
A) Not cost a lot to bet
B) Has a good chance to pay very well
- 1) - You must have one horse to play as a single in one of the legs. This
horse has to be "special" in some way.
Morning line odds on this horse has to be equal to or greater than 3-1. The reasoning here is that we are
trying to find a pick 3 bet that is not going to be played by everyone at the track. Who needs
a pick 3 that pays $35?
If you use a horse with a ML of 5-2, 2-1, 9-5, 7-5, etc, chances are
it will be heavily bet. So, rule 1 is a special horse with a ML equal to or greater
than 3-1. Not a very hard find on a typical card at most tracks IF you have the
- 2) - Full Card Report's True Odds on this single key horse has to be equal to or less than
Many of you know a
VALUE ODDS horse can be a
possible outstanding candidate for a single if you are looking to make a nice score.
There are also plenty of nice
overlays on the reports that are not Value Odds picks.
As you get to know the reports and
take notes, you will know rather easily which horse to make your "special" single key.
- 3) - Key the aforementioned qualifying single to each horse in the other
2 legs that are in Full Card Report's Group A (top 4 picks) on the reports.
You can also include any other horses that have our true odds of 6-1 or less.
An amazing thing we find that is there are a lot of these
2-1, 3-1, 4-1, 5-1 and 6-1 true odds horses paying very well as overlays.
Most of the time you will play 4 horses in each of the other
2 races. This means your ticket will usually cost $16 on a $1 base.
- 4) - Keep in mind the bankroll rules with this wager as in all wagers.
To place a $25 wager you should have a bankroll of $500 (Max 5%) or more.
If you are going to play
pick 3's you should set aside a separate bankroll just for pick 3's.
If you have a
light bankroll we suggest you do not place this wager or play a light version of it.
The light version would be your key single with 3 horses in the other 2 legs each.
The 1 horse with 3 horses with 3 horses only costs $9 on a $1 base. You pick any 3 that
you want as long as they are within the true odds range.
- 5) - If you like a horse within one of the 3 races of the pick 3 that you
play, and he is at nice odds, always back up your pick 3 bet with a win bet on that
You definitely do not want a $25 horse to win, miss 1 leg of the pick 3 and
not cash a ticket on him.
You have (or should have) a separate bankroll for
win bets and you would follow the usual % of bankroll rules for the win bet.