Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
RIMFIRE, RIOTs and Restrictions
A statement issued by VicTAB General Manager Jack Rutter late in 1971 suggested that five new types of betting were being considered under the roll-
This may have been Rutter’s wish-
The success of the Quadrella introduced in 1972 had “pros and cons” – the lure of a dividend that could run into the thousands was great and attracted high levels of revenue, but given that four separate races were involved, it was logically restricted to one per meeting and the pool money was effectively tied up for the day.
The early days of promoting a “non-
RIOT ; The keyboard
Although six keys were available on RIOTs and allowed the Quadrella via brackets, the layout of two banks of three keys each meant that the second selection in a Trifecta would have had to have been split; the two numbers keyed as the lowest digit of the Win bank and the highest digit of the Place section, which was found impossible with the software available and also extremely confusing for the operator.
(I'm told this still a problem for TabCorp on the few occasions on which they operate on races from North or South America when stable-
In 1979, the TAB began offering the Trifecta on the major race of the day, but only through telephone betting. The long queues at the Trifecta windows at the racecourse showed that there was a huge demand for a bet type that could pay in the hundreds, even thousands, on a single race.
A Treble/Tierce would have been possible, but again would have required brackets to prevent splitting of a selection -
The other major shortcoming of RIMFIRE/RIOTs was the technology didn’t allow for multiple selections to be made on a single ticket.
Whether this was identified as a potentially major problem when the system was conceived is unknown, but it should have been!
The TAB had no other options for single race betting -
(I’m a bit hazy on this, but I think Double and later Quadrella “multiples” during RIMFIRE days were still handled manually with a handwritten ticket, collated at the agency and totals transmitted to a Control Centre).
One of the major advantages of GWS (and thus CRISP) was that multiple selections could be made on a single ticket, although there was a slight restriction.
All had to be for the same amount -
The other major advantage of CRISP was the introduction of mark-
Punters were always thus warned “Please check your tickets”, but the mark-
The proposed CRISP technology was not entirely new – a similar system called GART (General Amusement & Recreational Terminal) had been developed over the previous 12 months by CDC in the U.S. with a market target of American states looking at lotteries, lotto-
A GART configuration included both a mark-
Other than providing the dummy terminal as “proof of concept”, CDA hadn’t been involved in the experiment and the idea was ultimately abandoned as legal opinion was that the TAB would be liable to payout on the original mark-
(The obvious connotation is someone attempting to erase the original mark-
The problem was one of legislation only -
These installations would probably have needed betting rules to be drafted to say, in essence, that the bet as recorded in the totalizator computer system was the one that was accepted as being valid where there was a disparity -
And, of course, the reverse chances of Joe Punter actually checking a ticket after a losing bet which may have in fact reflected a winning ticket were in common vernacular … “none, nil. Zilch, zap-
I’m sure there are a few survivors that could shoot down the possible solution in flames given what was achievable some 45 years ago compared to today. All-
BIG update : April, 2017
The only image I could find of a RIOT keyboard is poor quality -
Although not marked, the left column of Win and Place was the Race Number (0 (non-
The Win and Place banks 0-
The Unit values covered probably 90% of requirements; two tickets were issued if someone wanted, say, 15. Two were also issued if Joe Punter wanted an “each-
The three keys in the First and Second Leg allowed for early Feature Doubles (Type F) such as the Caulfield-
BAL produced a summary ticket of the punter’s Sell and Pay tickets to alert the operator of what was due in either direction; the balance was maintained by the CPU and downloaded when the key was pressed.
The ticket was printed with a security code which comprised the meeting, bet type and a scrambled number across the Win, Place and Units which very, very few knew the entire algorithm for. I seem to remember from later CRISP days it was based on a random number entered by TAB Security staff entered for each meeting, so knowing either individually or by collusion the algorithm didn’t help!
Check out SPECIAL RIMFIRE Report for Staff and Agents -
|Vic TAB Installations|
|RIMFIRE, RIOTS, restrictions|
|And a freebie solution?|
|Crisp - The Champion|
|CRISP : The Dud >>|
|NZ TAB : late 70s|
|VicTAB : Larry Holswade|
|QTAB : Larry Holswade|
|CRISP : Mark II?|
|CRISP - The Nobbling|