Mari, a YouTube star and a horsewoman, experienced “Odds Park”!
Odds Park, which offers easy online voting for local horse races, bicycle races, and auto races, has been winning the hearts of fans since its launch, and the number of registered users has been climbing steadily since then. The number of registered users is currently about 1.5 million, and the number of people who enjoy purchasing tickets for horses and cars at Odds Park is increasing rapidly.
This time, YouTube star “Mari, a horse ticketing housewife,” experienced the popular Odds Park for the first time. (The second half of this article will report on a special campaign and more. (Later in the article, we will introduce information on special promotions!)
Mari is a popular You Tuber who runs a channel called “Horse Ticketing Housewife/Mari,” and delivers videos with the motto “Buy a horse ticket every day. Her channel currently has about 53,000 subscribers, and she is very popular among horse racing fans.
I started horse racing because of my husband’s influence. I started going to the racetrack after I started dating my husband, who loves horse racing. But it wasn’t until last year that I started buying horse tickets in earnest, and I also started YouTube in June of last year. At first, I mainly focused on forecasting, but about a year ago, I switched to a style where I buy tickets every day with the goal of making a positive annual balance.
In order to buy tickets every day, it is impossible to buy tickets only for Central Japan horse races held on Saturdays and Sundays. Mari began to enjoy local horse races, which are held on weekdays as well, and she fell in love with the sport.
I have twice taken part in a “ticket trip” to race tracks all over Japan,” she says. I have the impression that central racetracks are like theme parks, but many local racetracks retain a retro atmosphere. I love that atmosphere, and have visited Morioka, Kanazawa, Sonoda, Kochi, Saga, Nagoya, Kasamatsu, and others to play horse betting. Of course, when I couldn’t make it to the racetrack, I bought my tickets online. Today, I am really looking forward to experiencing Odds Park, which I have been curious about for a long time.
Let’s get started with the Odds Park experience.
First, we installed the Odds Park app on Mari’s smartphone. Mari uses an iPhone, so she downloaded the app from the “APP Store”; Android users can download it from “Google Play.
To register as a member, select your favorite bank account from among 32 designated banks, including Japan Post Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, etc. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter the necessary information. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter the necessary information. This is all you need to do to register as a member. There are no membership or annual fees.
After that, click “Deposit & Settlement” from the home screen, deposit the amount of money you want, and you can immediately vote. It took Mari only about five minutes to get to this point. Incidentally, only Odds Park offers online voting for three public sports: local horse racing, bicycle racing, and auto racing. Local horse races, bicycle races, and auto races are held on weekdays throughout the year, and you can also vote for night races and the day before the race, so you can enjoy public races almost around the clock, even when you are on the road or away from home.
It’s really easy. I deposited 10,000 yen, so I’m going to try it right away!
Mari’s first betting event at Odds Park was the sixth race, a six-horse, 1,600-meter dirt race held on November 29 at Kasamatsu Racecourse. In local horse races, she checks the horse’s performance on the Internet, checking the horse’s previous race record and the time of races run under the same conditions. Mari also uses past race videos as a reference for her predictions. She opened Odds Park’s race schedule page and began checking each horse.
I see, it’s a very easy-to-read table,” she said. It’s very convenient because I can play back the videos of past races right away.
Mari-san checked each horse one by one on the screen. The 1:55 start time is approaching every minute, but she continues to check the horses until the very last minute.
I have the impression that in local horse races, the odds change a lot right before the deadline. It’s not uncommon to see a horse that was priced at four times as much just a few minutes before the deadline, only to find it at two times as much when the time is up. That’s why I don’t buy until just before the deadline, if at all possible. I see that you can vote at Odds Park until two minutes before the race starts. I’ll stick around until the very last minute!”
After much deliberation, Mari finally decided to vote for the second favorite, Nihon Piro Jack (No. 4), in the all-horse field.
Four of the six horses in this race have run in the same race before, and No. 4, Nihonpiro Jack, has finished second and is the most popular of the four. I think this is the one to be axed. However, today’s race may be rough due to poor track conditions, so I’m going to run a total of five horses from No. 4 for 600 yen each, for a total of 3,000 yen.
After voting, Mari-san switched her phone screen to the race video and waited for the race to start. At Odds Park, the race is also streamed LIVE for free.
I don’t have to launch a separate app or jump to a different website to vote,” Mari said. After I cast my vote, I can switch screens in a flash, so it’s very easy.”
Unfortunately, the race was won by the favorite, No. 6 Hishihamu the River, who broke away in the stretch, and No. 4 Nihonpiro Jack came in third, narrowly missing out on a ticket.
Oh, no,” he said, “I finished third. I guess we ended up as the first and third favorites, huh? Let’s switch over and go to the next race!
The next race was a bicycle race. He challenged the Kurume Bicycle Racetrack for the 8th race. However, Mari said, “I have been to a bicycle racecourse only once, but I don’t know how to buy. Therefore, she checked the tips on how to predict bicycle races and how to buy tickets, which are available on the “Bicycle Racetrack Club” website in Odds Park. She decided on her buy tickets based on the “race score,” which represents the current strength of each rider.
I decided to place the top-ranked riders, Shunsuke Tao (No.2) and Yuta Kawaguchi (No.5), at the center of my betting lineup. I will buy three triplets of 1,000 yen each for 3,000 yen each, with the highest score going to No. 3, No. 4, and No. 7.
Incidentally, the bicycle race information also includes predictive marks and lineup predictions by experts, which are also helpful for beginners. Odds Park also offers free predictions by professionals and AI for horse racing and auto racing, so you should check them out before you buy a ticket or a car ticket.
In the race, the beginner’s luck was expected, but unfortunately, No. 5 could not get ahead and lost in 7th place, his second consecutive loss.
It’s difficult,” he said. I need to learn more about bicycle racing,” he said. I still need to learn more.
The last race of the day was an auto race. The last race of the day was the 3,100-meter Isesaki semifinal, Race 9 of the Hamamatsu Auto Race. Mari was a beginner in bicycle racing, but this was her first time in auto racing.
All I know about auto racing is that former SMAP member Tatsuyuki Mori won the Japanese championship a while ago,” she said with a laugh.
Mari turned to Odds Park’s unique AI to help her out.
At Odds Park, the independently developed AI forecasts for horse racing and auto racing are available to the public. There are three types of AI forecasting systems: “Solid AI Forecasting,” which forecasts past race results using a learned model that excludes information on the day of the race; “Reversal AI Forecasting,” which forecasts past high-dividend race results using a learned model that excludes information on the day of the race; and “Last Minute AI Forecasting,” which forecasts past race results using a learned model that includes information on the day of the race. In the case of auto racing, the AI forecasting system is highly compatible with the AI forecasting system, which boasts a 90% accuracy rate, since the system can determine the condition of the engine by running a trial run before the race. When Mari also confirmed the high accuracy rate, she said.
The 90% accuracy rate is amazing! I’m going to try to win all the bets introduced in the AI forecast!
He put his full trust in the AI prediction, and bought a single bet of 1,000 yen on No. 7, six wide boxes of 200 yen each on Nos. 1, 5, 7, and 8 for 1,200 yen, and six triplets of 100 yen each on Nos. 1, 4, 5, and 8 with No. 7 fixed on the first axis for 600 yen each, for a total of 2,800 yen.
Mari-san watched the race with bated breath as the video of the race was displayed on her smartphone. The result was that the AI-recommended number 7 came in first place, and the single win (1.9x) was the first win of the day. However, No. 2 and No. 3 came in second and third, respectively, and the rest of the tickets were not placed, resulting in a refund of 1,900 yen.
No. 7 is strong. That’s what AI is for. It’s good to get 1.9 times the price of a single winner. I’m glad that I only needed one single point.
In the end, the total investment for the day was 8,800 yen, and the refund was only 1,900 yen for a single win in the auto race. He ended up with a negative balance of 6,900 yen. Mari was a little disappointed, but she was still satisfied with the result.
I have bought tickets for races held at three different racetracks every 10 minutes or so, but this was the first time for me to buy tickets for three different events one after the other. It is sometimes fun to buy tickets for different events in this way, because it is a change of pace. Auto racing was especially interesting because it was so powerful. I thought it was easy for beginners to start auto racing because there is no single win in bicycle racing, but there is a single win in auto racing. I like single wins, so I would like to try again.
The screen also shows a list of horse races, bicycle races, and auto races that are running at that time, so I can operate it intuitively and buy quickly and easily. I just have to be careful not to buy too much (laughs).
That’s not the only thing Mari enjoys. There are many other exciting things to look forward to as well.
The first is the “Odds Park Premium Program,” in which points (SP) are awarded according to the amount of money purchased, and status can be acquired. The number of points (SPs) earned earns status, and each status entitles the user to a different set of services. The services include gifts, point rewards, and even free entry to domestic and international race spectator tours. For example, members of the Din Mondo tier are invited to horse races in Singapore, Hong Kong, and other foreign countries free of charge. In addition, each track has special bleachers for members, which they can also use free of charge.
Odds Park also offers a point reward campaign. Members who vote using the betting formulas specified by Odds Park will be awarded Odds Park Points. Depending on the number of points, the points can be exchanged for prizes such as Amazon gift certificates and JCB gift cards. However, please note that the Odds Park Points awarded here are different from the points (SP) awarded under the Odds Park Premium Program.
In addition, don’t miss “Odds Park LIVE. This is the official YouTube channel of Odds Park, where predictions are broadcast every Saturday and Sunday.
There are also a number of other campaigns, including cash and merchandise prizes. The most notable of these is the “Great Harvest Festival.
The first special offer of the “Great Harvest Festival” is the “National Delicious Gourmet Present Campaign”. By purchasing a ticket for a local horse race, bicycle race, or auto race for a total of at least 5,000 yen by December 31 and entering the campaign, a total of 3,000 people will win carefully selected luxury specialties from all over Japan, including blowfish, hairy crabs, and eels.
In addition, until January 1, 2012, those who purchase 50,000 yen or more of local horse race, bicycle race, and auto race tickets and enter the campaign will win up to 100,000 yen in cash, the full amount of their votes, for a total of 600 winners, 150 of whom will win up to 100,000 yen every week. The “December Cash Giveaway Campaign” is also underway.
There is more “harvesting” to come: complete new member registration between December 1 and December 31. If you purchase at least 500 yen in local horse race, bicycle race, or auto race tickets and apply for the campaign, 1,000 people will be selected by lottery to receive 10,000 yen in cash as part of the membership support campaign. Even if you fail to win the lottery, one out of every two applicants will win 1,000 yen in cash, so there is no way you can avoid applying.
Of course, Mari-san, who purchased an 8,800-yen ticket today, is also eligible for double entry in the nationwide gourmet food present campaign and the membership support campaign.
Not only can I enjoy gambling, but I also get a freebie,” she said. I like cooking and I love to eat. I want to eat hairy crabs. It’s also great that 150 people win 100,000 yen every week. I’m going to apply right away!
From now until the end of the year, there are many big races in various sports: the “Hyogo Gold Trophy” at Sonoda Racecourse on December 22, the “Odds Park Cup Girls Keirin Grand Prix 2022” at Hiratsuka Bicycle Racecourse on December 29, and the “KEIRIN Grand Prix 2022” at Hiratsuka Bicycle Racecourse on December 30. The “KEIRIN Grand Prix 2022” will be held at Hiratsuka Bicycle Racetrack on December 30, the “Super Star Championship” at Kawaguchi Auto Racecourse on December 31, and the Banei Horse Racing “Obihiro Memorial” at Obihiro Racecourse on January 2. Why don’t you try your hand at Odds Park?
Click here to register as a member of Odds Park, and click here for more details about the Great Harvest Festival!
Courtesy of Odds Park Co.
Photo by： Shinji Hamasaki