During relatively inactive periods when there are few if any bettors at windows and there are ample open windows, bettors have the opportunity to ask the ticket writers questions about how to lay exotic bets and other wagers. If the ticket writer is friendly and not busy, he or she generally won’t mind sharing some betting information, especially if it means more efficient wagering and more money coming in afterward. If another bettor steps in line behind you, it’s time to end the conversation and move away so that the next person can lay a bet and the race track or race book can take in as much cash as possible. Getting to know more skilled and experienced handicappers also can help provide insights into betting methods and help to advance the knowledge and handicapping skills of beginning race bettors.