What is Golden Jacket?
Golden Jacket is a virtual dog racing game that offers the excitement of a full day or evening of top quality dog racing without the need to leave the comfort of your home. Just like at the bookies or the track the form guide gives an accurate representation of how well a dog is likely to do in a race, with the odds calculated accordingly.
How to Play Golden Jacket
Golden Jacket offers a realistic dog racing experience, with a full race meeting and on-demand viewing of your races. Read the details of the full race meeting in the 'Track Info' box to the left of the screen. Use the number tabs on the left hand side to read all about the runners for each of the 8 races. You may start the meeting at any race you wish or choose to bet on selected races only. You can choose a new meeting by pressing the 'SKIP ALL RACES' button.
Placing a bet
To place bets on a single race, select the dogs you wish to back in the 'RACE BETS' tab. The bet options for those traps along with the prices will appear in the 'ADD BETS' box to the right. Once you have made your selection(s), choose the bet type(s) under the 'ADD BETS' tab and set your stake. Use the '+' and '-' buttons to select your chosen stake amount for each individual bet. Then press 'Submit', confirm the bets on your 'BET SLIP' are placed correctly and press the 'VIEW RACE' button to view the race.
Placing multiple bets is done in a very similar way. First select the 'MULTIPLE BETS' tab on the left of the screen to view all races and the dogs running in them. As before, selecting dogs will bring up the bet options in the 'ADD BETS' tab to the right. For explanations as to what each bet type involves press the little green arrow to the left of the bet name.
NB! When the game loads odds will be displayed in fractions. If you would like to view the odds in decimals then this can be selected from the 'OPTIONS' drop down menu in the header bar. Forecast odds will always be displayed as decimals, as will the odds on some of the more complex bets.
Watching a race
During the race it is possible to change the camera position to follow any one of the six dogs or to follow the race leader. A box to the left shows which dogs you have backed for that race and in the top right hand corner is a top view giving their positions on the track (NB! This is not available when 'Details' is set to 'Low'). At the end of the race you can view the photo finish for the top three places. You can see the photo finish for all places and races by looking at past races in the 'RACE BETS' tab on the betting screen. If you want to speed up play then press SKIP at any point during a race to jump straight to see the photo finish.
Click on any dog name under the 'RACE BETS' tab to see full information and form to help you make your decision, just like you would at the dog track. All information given is taken into account when calculating the odds that will be offered on a dog, and will also effect the likelihood of that dog winning the race.
Tool Tips and the Help Box
Throughout the game helpful information will appear in the bottom left of the screen. Information will also appear when hovering the mouse pointer over most areas of the game.
The BET and PAID boxes in the header bar will display cumulative bet and return amounts for the entire meeting. When you start a new meeting these will return to zero.
Bet Types explained
Golden Jacket virtual greyhound racing offers all the most common bet types you may know from the local Ladbrokes shop.
A Single is 1 bet on 1 selection (dog). Your selection must win that event for you to get a return.
A Double is 1 bet made up of 2 selections in 2 different races. For you to be successful both selections have to win.
A Treble is 1 bet made up of 3 selections in 3 different races. For you to be successful all 3 selections have to win.
An Accumulator is 1 bet with 4 to 8 selections in 4 or more different races. For you to win all of your selections must be successful. Accumulator (4F) is the abreviation of 4-fold accumulator, or a bet with 4 selections.
A Patent is a full-cover multiple bet with singles. It consists of 3 selections and is made up of 3 singles, 3 doubles and 1 treble. With this bet only one selection has to win for you to receive a return.
A Trixie is a full-cover multiple bet made up of three selections for different races. It consists of three doubles and one treble. A minimum of two selections have to win for you to receive a return.
A Yankee is a full-cover multiple bet made up of 4 selections in different races. A Yankee is made up of 11 bets - 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 accumulator. A minimum of two selections have to win for you to receive a return.
A Super Yankee is a full-cover multiple bet made up of 5 selections in different races. A Super Yankee is made up if 26 bets - 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and 1 accumulator. A minimum of two selections have to win for you to receive a return.
A full-cover multiple bet, this time with 6 selections from 6 different events. A Heinz has 57 bets - 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds and one accumulator. A minimum of two selections have to win for you to receive a return.
A full-cover multiple bet, this time with 7 selections from 7 different events. A Heinz has 120 bets - 21 doubles, 35 trebles, 35 fourfolds, 21 fivefolds, 7 sixfolds and one accumulator. A minimum of two selections have to win for you to receive a return.
A full-cover multiple bet with one dog selected in each of the 8 races. A Goliath is made up of 247 bets - 28 doubles, 56 trebles, 70 fourfolds, 56 fivefolds, 28 sixfolds, 8 sevenfolds and one accumulator. A minimum of two selections have to win for you to receive a return.
A Forecast is a bet not just on which dog will win, but on which dog will come second as well. Selections are made as to which dog will come first and which will come second, for the bet to win both dogs must finish in the selected positions.
TIP: A quick way to view and place all the forecast bets, press 'FORECAST PAYOUTS' in the 'RACE BETS' tab.
Two forecast bets where the two dogs selected can finish in either first or second place for the bet to win. This is actually two separate bets and the payout will depend on the odds offered for the two possible orders in which the dogs can finish to win.
Covers all the possible forecast combinations for a selection of three or more dogs. The unit stake will be multiplied by the number of possible combinations to give the total stake for this bet. If three dogs are selected this will be a total of six bets.
A tricast bet is the same as a forecast bet except that bets are placed on the order of the first three dogs and not the first two. Consequently at least three dogs have to be selected and must finish exactly in the specified order for the bet to win.
Covers all the possible tricast combinations for a selection of three or more dogs. The unit stake will be multiplied by the number of possible combinations to give the total stake for this bet. If three dogs are selected this will be a total of six bets.