More than 60 per cent of punters would not make more bets even if the Jockey Club increased payouts, a survey has found. The poll by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) interviewed 532 people, including 178 punters. It found 47 per cent of respondents believed that increasing the payout would divert punters from illegal gambling and 50 per cent felt that more attractive payouts would draw more to gambling. But of the punters questioned, 65 per cent said they would not make more bets even if the Jockey Club increased the payout. The Jockey Club wants the government to change the betting tax regime to allow it to pay tax on gross profits instead of turnover. The club says the change could allow it to increase the amount paid to winners, in an effort to counter illegal betting. The survey found that 62 per cent of punters had made fewer bets over the past two years due to financial considerations. Some said they bet less because it was too difficult to win. A proposal to extend the current racing season from 78 days to 83 days was supported by 38 per cent and opposed 43 per cent. The DAB expressed concerns that increasing the payout would boost the gambling population and also said it was worried about the impact on the amount the city's largest philanthropist would give to charity in coming years. The DAB said the Jockey Club should control its costs to secure the amount of money it gave to charity and its tax payment. But the issue over the reform of the tax regime should be carefully considered and discussed in the government, it said.