A major switch in the Double Triple wager will be in effect at Laurel Race Course next Saturday. The track will begin offering a $100,000 minimum jackpot that day, and the minimum wager will be raised from $3 to $5.
Management had been pondering such a change for several months. Officials are hoping the $100,000 minimum will spur betting in the gimmick, which has traditionally taken weeks to "snowball" into sizable numbers.
"I hope it will do that, but I don't necessarily think it will [encourage betting]," said Jim Mango, track vice president. "This is an innovative wager, not the end-all or answer-all. It's a new type of wager for the discriminatory bettor."