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Notice Title

Amendments to Betting Rules

Pursuant to section 52 of the Racing Act 2003, the New Zealand Racing Board hereby gives notice of the following amendments to the Betting Rules published as a Supplement to the New Zealand Gazette, 25 August 2003, No. 113, page 2981.
Change #1
10.10 Commingling is amended as follows:
The NZ Racing Board may commingle certain betting pools with other totalisator betting organisations. The Board is authorised to do this under section 62 of the Racing Act 2003.
10.10.1 Interpretation
In Rule 10, unless the context otherwise requires:
"Commingling" is the process where one totalisator organisation combines the sum of its betting investments on individual starters and the sum of its selected betting pools for certain events, with those investments and betting pool totals on the same events of another totalisator organisation.
"Commingling emergency procedures" means those procedures that the Board may follow in the case of computer systems or data communications problems.
"Commingling Partner" means one of the totalisator organisations conducting commingling.
"Guest" is the Commingling Partner that is betting into the pool on races being held in the Host jurisdiction, or that is betting into Merged pools being operated by the Host on races held in a jurisdiction other than the Host jurisdiction.
"Host" is the Commingling Partner that is operating the races that the Guest is betting on, or that is operating Merged pools on races being held in a jurisdiction other than the Host jurisdiction.
"Hub" is an Intermediate-Host that transmits the bets on behalf of the Guest to the Host.
"Merged pool" means the betting pool that has the investment and betting pool totals from Commingling Partner(s) included in it.
"Separate pool" means a betting pool that may not include all of the investment totals from the Commingling Partner(s).
10.10.2 Commingling as Host
(a) The NZ Racing Board may act as a Host Commingling Partner.
(b) Commingling Partners that may Guest into the NZ Racing Board Merged pool are listed in Rule 10.10.6.
(c) When acting as a Host, the Rules of the NZ Racing Board remain unchanged.
(d) The Board will indicate that there are Guest(s) Commingling into a Merged Pool.
(e) All pool total information will be expressed in New Zealand Dollars.
(f) Dividends paid will be the same in both the Host and Guest jurisdictions.
(g) The Board will select which races and betting pools it will Commingle on and may at its discretion choose not to Commingle on certain races or betting pools.
10.10.3 Commingling as Guest
(a) The NZ Racing Board may bet into a Merged Pool of a Commingling Partner as listed in Rule 10.10.6.
(b) Subject to Rule 10.10.3(c), when Commingling as a Guest, the Betting Rules of the Host jurisdiction as they apply to the commingled pools will apply and will override the equivalent rule in NZ Racing Board's General Betting Rules. The Betting Rules of the Host are listed in the appropriate Commingling Partner Appendix as defined in Rule 10.10.6.
(c) Controlling Body the Board's Betting Rules 4.16(g) and 4.16(h) that relate to the cancellation of Win, Place, Each Way and Quinella bets will apply to Commingled bets.
(d) Any additional betting rules relating to Commingling that are not specifically covered in NZ Racing Board's General Betting Rules or the Host's Betting Rules are listed in APPENDIX 6.
(e) The Host Commingling Partner may have other Guests betting into the merged pool.
(f) All pool total information will be expressed in New Zealand Dollars.
(g) Subject to APPENDIX 6 Rule 1(a), dividends paid will be the same in both the Host and Guest jurisdictions.
(h) The Board will select which races and betting pools it will commingle on and may at its discretion choose not to commingle on certain races or betting pools.
10.10.4 Commingling as Hub
(a) The NZ Racing Board may bet into a Merged Pool of a Commingling Partner as listed in Rule 10.10.6 via a Hub.
(b) Subject to Rules 10.10.3(c) and 10.10.3(d), when Commingling as a Hub, the Betting Rules of the Host jurisdiction as they apply to the commingled pools will apply and will override the equivalent rule in
NZ Racing Board's General Betting Rules. The Betting Rules of the Host are listed in the appropriate Commingling Partner Appendix as defined in Rule 10.10.6.
(c) Irrespective of the Controlling Body, the Board's Betting Rules 4.16(g) and 4.16(h) that relate to the cancellation of Win, Place, Each Way and Quinella bets will apply to Commingled bets.
(d) If the Hub is separated from the Host the Hub, rules will apply in relation to "Three Place Dividends" Race as set out in APPENDIX 5.
(e) The Hub may act as a Hub for more than one Guest.
(f) All pool total information will be expressed in New Zealand Dollars.
(g) Subject to APPENDIX 6 Rule 2(a), dividends paid will be the same in both the Host and Guest jurisdictions.
(h) The Board will select which races and betting pools it will commingle on and may at its discretion choose not to commingle on certain races or betting pools.
10.10.5 Commingling emergency procedures
(a) The Board may separate its betting pool from the Commingling Partner after commingling of the pool has already commenced. The circumstances where this could happen include, but are not limited to, computer system or telecommunication failure.
(b) If a betting pool is separated in these circumstances, the Board will declare the dividend calculated on the value of the total investments made with the Board and may not include any value of investments notified by the Commingling Partner.
10.10.6 Commingling Partners
(a) Tabcorp Manager Pty Limited. For Tabcorp (Victoria) specific commingling betting rules refer to APPENDIX 5.
(b) Scientific Games Racing LLC.
(c) Phumelela Gold Enterprises.
(d) Hong Kong Jockey Club. For Hong Kong specific commingling betting rules refer to:
www.hkjc.com/english/betting/betting_rule.htm
10.10.7 Hubbing Partners
(a) Tabcorp Manager Pty Limited.
Change #2
3 INTERPRETATION is amended as follows:
3.1 In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) "Account Betting" means betting using an account established for the purpose of placing bets.
(b) "Account Holder" has a corresponding meaning.
(c) "Act" means the Racing Act 2003 as amended.
(d) "Authorised Event" means a sports game, competition, or event upon which the Board may conduct sports betting pursuant to the Act by obtaining the written agreement of the appropriate New Zealand national sporting organisation or controlling body.
(e) "Betting Account" means an account established by the Board for the purpose of placing bets.
(f) "Betting Voucher" means a voucher (including gift vouchers) purchased by an Investor that can be used to place Investments with the Board or can be exchanged for cash.
(g) "Board" means the New Zealand Racing Board as established under the Act.
(h) "Code" means each of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Incorporated, Harness Racing New Zealand Incorporated, and the New Zealand Greyhound Racing Association Incorporated.
(i) "Controlling Body" means the body or authority controlling the conduct of the Event upon which a Totalisator is operating.
(j) "Dividends" means an amount payable from the relevant Totalisator Pool to each winning unit of betting.
(k) "Dividend Unit" means the unit of Investment upon which Dividends are declared for each totalisator bet type.
(l) "Easybet" means a bet on a nominated pool of a Race or Authorised Event where some or all of the selections are made by the Board's computer.
(m) "Entrant" means a Race Entrant in a Race or competitor in an Authorised Event to which a number is allocated.
(n) "Identification" means such documentary evidence containing a photograph and specimen signature as the Board deems acceptable from time to time.
(o) "Investment" means a bet placed on a Race or Authorised Event.
(p) "Investor" means a person who invests money on a Race or Authorised Event.
(q) "Joker" is a selection made by the Board's computer.
(r) "Late Scratching" in the case of:
(i) New Zealand racing means a Scratching made after 9.00am on the day of the Race Meeting; and
(ii) Overseas racing means a Scratching made after the official Scratching time of the Race Meeting as determined by the controlling body in the relevant jurisdiction.
(s) "Odds" means the ratio of Return to Investment for a Fixed Odds bet.
(t) "Official Result" in the case of:
(i) an Authorised Event is a ruling in respect of the result made by the official controlling body of a particular sport as immediately declared after the event. Subsequent protests, appeals or disqualifications will not be recognised or considered for betting purposes. Bets will be Settled on the Official Result unless stated otherwise; and
(ii) a Race Meeting is the determination, made in accordance with the Rules of Racing, of the official placings of Race Entrants in a Race.
(u) "Payout" means the amount that will be paid on a winning bet and includes any refunds due on that bet.
(v) "Race" means a galloping Race, a harness Race or greyhound Race as the case may require.
(w) "Race Meeting" means a meeting held on a day for the purpose of conducting Races upon which Investments are accepted by the Board.
(x) "Refunds" means an Investment returned to an Investor.
(y) "Returns" means a sum of money that is paid out on a Fixed Odds Winning Selection and is subject to Rules and the product of Odds times Investment.
(z) "Rules" means these Rules for the Administration and Conduct of Betting, the Totalisator and the conduct and operation of Sports Betting.
(aa) "Rules of Racing" means the New Zealand Rules of Racing, the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing and the Greyhound Racing Rules.
(bb) "Scratching" means the declaration in accordance with the Rules of Racing that a Race Entrant is a non-Starter, and includes the withdrawal of a Race Entrant.
(cc) "Starter" means a Race Entrant remaining in a Race at 9.00am on the day of the Race Meeting or, where the Race Meeting is scheduled to start before 10.00am, one hour prior to the advertised starting time of the first Race of that Race Meeting. In the case of Races outside New Zealand, Starters shall be similarly determined, but two hours before the scheduled start time of the first Race of the Race Meeting, where the Race Meeting is determined by the Board.
(dd) "TAB" means the trading brand of the New Zealand Racing Board.
(ee) "TAB National Syndicate" is a syndicate run by the Board where Syndicate Investors pool their money, the total of which is then invested by a person nominated by the Board, on Races at one or more Race Meetings selected by the Board.
(ff) "Termination" means the distribution of a particular pool even though no ticket has correctly chosen the winning Entrant or winning option.
(gg) "Textbet" is the means of betting by mobile phone text messaging.
(hh) "Ticket Value" means the amount of money paid for a ticket and may consist of one or more bets placed.
(ii) "Totalisator Agency" means a totalisator agency operated by the Board, and includes any premises on which totalisator betting may be received by the Board.
(jj) "Tote Manipulation" means the process of deliberately manipulating the totalisator by placing bets that are subsequently cancelled. This process has the effect of depressing the dividend on a selection when the bets are placed and then raising that dividend when the bets are cancelled.
(kk) "Touch Tone" is the means of betting using a Betting Account through an automated telephone betting system.
(ll) "Winning Selection" means the contingency or contingencies deemed to win, or place, if appropriate.
Change #3
APPENDIX 6 is amended as follows:
1. ADDITIONAL BETTING RULES SPECIFIC TO COMMINGLING AS A GUEST WITH TABCORP
(a) Minimum dividend for Win, Place, Quinella, Trifecta, First4 and Quaddie
Irrespective of the Controlling Body, the Board will pay a minimum dividend of $1.00 for the Win, Place, Quinella, Trifecta, First4 or Quaddie pools.
Change #4
This is a new rule
APPENDIX 6 is amended as follows:
2. ADDITIONAL BETTING RULES SPECIFIC TO COMMINGLING AS A GUEST WITH THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB
(a) Minimum dividend for Win, Place, Quinella, Trifecta, Triple Trio
Irrespective of the Controlling Body the Board will pay a minimum dividend of $1.00 for the Win, Place, Quinella, Trifecta, First4 or Quaddie pools.
(b) Statutory deduction - Win
The statutory deduction for commingled Win pools will be 17.50%.
Where a pool is scheduled to be commingled, but the Board decides to un-commingle the pool before any betting data is exchanged with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, then the statutory deduction for that Win pool will be the statutory deduction as listed in APPENDIX 1.
(c) Statutory deduction - Place
The statutory deduction for commingled Place Pools will be 17.50%.
Where a Pool is scheduled to be commingled, but the Board decides to un-commingle the pool before any betting data is exchanged with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, then the statutory deduction for that Place pool will be the statutory deduction as listed in APPENDIX 1.
(d) Statutory deduction - Quinella
The statutory deduction for commingled Quinella Pools will be 17.50%.
Where a Pool is scheduled to be commingled, but the Board decides to un-commingle the pool before any betting data is exchanged with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, then the statutory deduction for that Quinella pool will be the statutory deduction as listed in APPENDIX 1.
(e) Statutory deduction - Trifecta
The statutory deduction for commingled Trifecta Pools will be 25%.
Where a Pool is scheduled to be commingled, but the Board decides to un-commingle the pool before any betting data is exchanged with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, then the statutory deduction for that Trifecta pool will be the statutory deduction as listed in APPENDIX 1.
(f) Statutory deduction - Triple Trio
The statutory deduction for commingled Triple Trio Pools will be 25%.
Where a Pool is scheduled to be commingled, but the Board decides to un-commingle the pool before any betting data is exchanged with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, then the statutory deduction for that Triple Trio pool will be the statutory deduction as listed in APPENDIX 1.
(g) Statutory deduction - First 4
The statutory deduction for commingled First 4 Pools will be 25%.
Where a Pool is scheduled to be commingled, but the Board decides to un-commingle the pool before any betting data is exchanged with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, then the statutory deduction for that First 4 pool will be the statutory deduction as listed in APPENDIX 1.
Change #5
11.1.11 Abandonment of Races is amended as follows:
(a) Where, after the scheduled start time of the first Pick6 Race any one of the Races of a Pick6 is abandoned:
(i) The First Prize Pool shall be distributed equally amongst those units of betting that have selected the Winner of the other five Races of the Pick6 and any Race Entrant in the abandoned Race of
the Pick6.
(b) Where, after the scheduled start time of the first Pick6 Race any two of the Races of a Pick6 are abandoned:
(i) The First Prize Pool shall be distributed equally amongst those units of betting that have selected the Winner of the other four Races of the Pick6 and any Race Entrant in the two abandoned Races of
the Pick6.
(c) Where, after the scheduled start time of the first Pick6 Race any three of the Races of a Pick6 are abandoned:
(i) The First Prize Pool shall be distributed equally amongst those units of betting that have selected the Winner of the other three Races of the Pick6 and any Race Entrant in the three abandoned Races of the Pick6.
(d) Where, any four or any five or all six of the Races of a Pick6 are abandoned, or where, prior to the scheduled start time of the first Pick6 race, any of the Pick6 races are abandoned:
(i) Pick6 investments will be refunded
(ii) the amount brought forward from any previous Pick6 shall be carried forward to the next Pick6 as determined by the Board.
Change #6
This is a new rule.
4.21 Use of New Zealand race field information
For the purposes of Rules 4.21 to 4.24, a person "uses New Zealand race field information" if the person, whether in
New Zealand or elsewhere:
(a) publishes any New Zealand race field information outside New Zealand; or
(b) communicates any New Zealand race field information to any person outside New Zealand; or
(c) acknowledges or confirms any New Zealand race field information communicated to any person outside
New Zealand, including acknowledging or confirming the information by accepting, or facilitating the making of,
a bet; or
(d) makes any record (such as a betting ticket, statement of account or notice), that contains or refers to any
New Zealand race field information, outside New Zealand; or
(e) causes any of the activities referred to in paragraphs (a) to (d) to occur.
4.22 Use of New Zealand race field information restricted
To ensure the proper establishment of a system of racing betting and the proper conduct and operation of racing betting by the Board and to facilitate and promote the New Zealand racing industry, racing betting and to maximise the Board's profits for the long-term benefit of New Zealand racing, neither a wagering operator nor any person or class of persons prescribed by the Board can use New Zealand race field information unless:
(a) the wagering operator or prescribed person is authorised to undertake such use pursuant to a race field information use approval issued by the Board or the Board's authorised agent; and
(b) the wagering operator or prescribed person complies with the conditions to which the approval is subject.
4.23 Board may grant race field information use approvals
(a) The Board, or the Board's authorised agent, can grant approval to a wagering operator or a prescribed person, to use New Zealand race field information (a "race field information use approval"), as the Board's agent, in respect of that race or class of races if the person has made an application to the Board for approval.
(b) The Board, or the Board's authorised agent, can impose conditions on a race field information use approval that it grants, being:
(i) a condition that the holder of the approval pays such fee in such manner as specified in the approval; and
(ii) such other conditions as may be specified in the approval in the Board's sole discretion.
(c) The Board, or the Board's authorised agent, can cancel or vary the terms of any approval at any time by written notice to the holder of the approval.
(d) Neither the Board nor the Board's authorised agent will have any liability to any person in respect of the use of
New Zealand race field information by a person holding a race field information use approval.
4.24 Applications for race field information use approvals
(a) A person who wishes to use any New Zealand race field information must apply to the Board, or the Board's authorised agent, for a race field information use approval in respect of the race or class of races to which the use relates.
(b) An application for a race field information use approval (an "approval application") must be:
(i) made in the manner prescribed by the Board from time to time; and
(ii) accompanied by such information as prescribed by the Board from time to time.
(c) In determining an approval application, the Board must consult with the governing code in respect of the race or class of races in respect of which the approval is sought.
(d) The granting of a race field information use approval does not authorise the holder of the approval to do, or omit to do, any act or thing in relation to a race to be held at any race meeting at a racecourse in New Zealand other than
to use the New Zealand race field information to which the approval relates in accordance with the terms of the approval.
These Rules come into force on 1 September 2013.
Full copies of the Betting Rules may be inspected on request at TAB offices, downloaded from the New Zealand Racing Board website
www.nzracingboard.co.nz
or may be purchased from the New Zealand Racing Board, PO Box 38899, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045.
Dated at Wellington this 14th day of August 2013.
CHRIS BAYLISS, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Racing Board.