Profession tote operator

Tote operators run the day-to-day functions of the tote operation at a horse race track, such as tote system data entry and verification, prepare the reports for the racetrack office, assist the forwarding of company equipment and spare parts. They maintain, operate and troubleshoot tote boards and auxiliary odds boards. They operate the communication tools used at the racetrack. They install, tear down and maintain equipment.

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Personality Type


  • Sports competition information

    The information regarding latest results, competitions and events in the sporting industry.

  • Horse racing regulation

    Regulations related to the maintenace of the health and welfare of the racehorse and rider. This means that the trainers and jockeys meet certain requirements and that horse races run properly and fairly.

  • Parimutuel betting

    Betting systems where bets are placed together in a pool.

  • Configuration of the tote room hardware

    The functions of various pieces of tote room hardware, the settings and their usage cases.

  • Tote reports

    Read reports related to horserace betting and interpret the information.


  • Calculate tote price

    A price quote for a horse on the Tote is the current dividend pay-out on the event of that outcome happening. This tends to be similar to normal bookmaker odds, and tracks the market in a similar way, but at any given time may be better or worse than a bookmaker's quoted odds. However, since all bets are pooled, all bets are essentially starting price" (SP), that is, until the race has started (and all betting finished) one cannot calculate what the final pay-out will be

  • Maintain equipment

    Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.

  • Follow ethical code of conduct of gambling

    Follow the rules and ethical code used in gambling, betting and lottery. Keep the entertainment of players in mind.

  • Process data

    Enter information into a data storage and data retrieval system via processes such as scanning, manual keying or electronic data transfer in order to process large amounts of data.

  • Maintain customer service

    Keep the highest possible customer service and make sure that the customer service is at all times performed in a professional way. Help customers or participants feel at ease and support special requirements.

  • Operate tote board

    Operate a tote board, either manually or using software such as Autotote.

  • Set up tote board

    Install the tote board used to display information relevant to tote betting at an event.

Optional knowledge and skills

remove cheating players provide customer follow-up services apply knowledge of human behaviour apply statistical analysis techniques games rules train employees mathematics coach employees

Source: Sisyphus ODB