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Wed Jun 18
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping
Frank Polk played in his first handicapping tournament about 10 years ago in Las Vegas. After the contest, one of the tellers asked him how he did. “I told him I did well. I was proud of coming in 35th. He asked me, ‘What does that pay?’ I told him it didn’t pay anything. Then he asked me, ‘Well, what does last pay?’”
Tue Jun 17
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping
Odds caps are considered a necessary evil in contests. The idea is that without them, tournaments skew too heavily toward the hard-to-find longshots that come in at times. The fact is, however, that sometimes caps aren’t enough to fix this, and a good contest player can take advantage. In Sunday’s NHCQ event, for example, only one of the top nine finishers didn’t have longshot Cristina’s Halo in Woodbine’s seventh race.
Mon Jun 16
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Sunday’s contest on NHCQualify.com saw four more players win entry into the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, to be held Jan. 23-25 at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. The qualifying contest followed the typical 12-race, all-mandatory $2 win-place format.
Fri Jun 13
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping
What’s the best cure for a Belmont Stakes hangover? You could always try your hand in a handicapping contest this weekend. Qualifying for the 2015 National Handicapping Championship began shortly after the 2014 NHC in January, but the season really picks up this weekend with a series of live events around the country and plenty of online action.
Thu Jun 12
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping
Dear Pete: How many people who play in tournaments are professional players, meaning they make enough money playing horses to support themselves? – Curious Dear Curious: