11/06/2014 2:05PM

Fornatale: BCBC players provide a big boost to handle

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A few additional notes from the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge:

As a follow-up to a piece a few weeks back about how much contest players bet, here are some handle numbers from the BCBC that illustrate why racetracks are so excited about hosting live-bankroll betting contests.

Within the contest itself, the 252 players at Santa Anita wagered $3.425 million in the BCBC. That is an average per player of almost $13,600 for the weekend. A total of $20.1 million was wagered ontrack during the weekend of the Breeders’ Cup. That means that 17 percent of all ontrack handle was wagered through the BCBC – a fairly staggering number, especially when you consider that participants bet outside of the contest as well.

According to BCBC contest director Tim Schram, in a typical year, players wager another 25 percent on top of what they bet in the contest.

The 19 players at Keeneland wagered $281,000 in the BCBC contest. That represents an average per player of almost $14,800 for the weekend – again, that’s within the BCBC contest only, and presumably around 25 percent more than that was wagered by participants.

The 16 players at Aqueduct wagered $223,000 in the BCBC contest for the weekend. That’s an average per player of almost $13,950.
In aggregate, that means that $3,929,000 was wagered by BCBC participants in the contest, for an average per player of almost $13,700.

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Here’s a tough-beat story for the ages. Dennis Decauwer, whose many contest achievements include consecutive second-place finishes in the National Handicapping Championship, nearly added a BCBC win to his already-impressive résumé.

Decauwer went all in on the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He bet $1,200 to win on Toast of New York, had a $150 exacta to California Chrome, and a $100 trifecta of Toast of New York–California Chrome–Shared Belief. Had Bayern been disqualified, as a vast majority of contest players thought he should have been, Decauwer would have received at least $22,800 on the win end, around $25,350 on the exacta, and likely another $100,000 on the trifecta. He would have been looking at a total haul of around $150,000 on the race and likely would have netted the $230,000 cash prize as well. It’s safe to say that the Santa Anita stewards will not be on Decauwer’s holiday card list.

Decauwer was feeling a bit better several days after the Breeders’ Cup. “I am a guy that can turn the page pretty quickly,” he said. “But even I had a sleepless night over that one.”

Next time you think you have a bad beat, think about Dennis Decauwer.

Kinchen makes lemonade

On a more positive note, Jonathon Kinchen proved that you don’t have to do well in the contest itself to have an amazing time at the BCBC. Kinchen brought a posse of friends with him, bachelor-party style.

His plan all along was to go all in on Bobby’s Kitten in the BC Sprint. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it that far – he busted out in the contest early on Day 2. But he decided to dig back into his pocket to hammer Bobby’s Kitten outside of the contest. Kinchen walked away from the windows after the race with more than $20,000 in profit. And to show you what kind of guy he is, he decided on the spot to round up his friends and fly them all to Las Vegas for the rest of the weekend.

Five NHC spots up for grabs

Now that the BCBC is over, it’s time for contest players to turn their attention to qualifying for the NHC. The next opportunity to do so occurs online at www.NHCQualify.com on Saturday.

It’s a one-day contest following the typical 12-race, all-mandatory, $2 win-place format. Entries cost $165 per player, and a maximum of five NHC spots will be awarded. Here are the races that are part of the contest (all times are Eastern):

3:06 Churchill 6

3:14 Aqueduct 7

3:43 Aqueduct 8

3:58 Gulfstream 8

4:06 Churchill 8

4:27 Gulfstream 9

4:30 Del Mar 4

4:37 Churchill 9

5:00 Del Mar 5

5:05 Gulfstream 10

5:30 Del Mar 6

6:00 Del Mar 7

mikey More than 1 year ago
Pete How can we find a final standings for the whole BC contest field.Thanks
More than 1 year ago
I'll post here: Row # Position Display Name Score NHC Prize 1 1 Robert Traynor $71,000.00 $230,000.00 2 2 Paul Weizer $54,770.00 $130,000.00 3 3 John Conte $44,958.50 $80,000.00 4 4 Nicholas Tammaro $44,674.80 $60,000.00 5 5 Bob Graham $39,071.90 $45,000.00 6 6 Matt Bernier $38,154.00 Q $35,000.00 7 7 Gordon D'Angelo $33,126.10 $30,000.00 8 8 Ed Briggs $31,950.50 $25,000.00 9 9 Kenny Mayne $31,833.60 $20,000.00 10 10 Anthony Acierno $31,211.00 $15,000.00 11 11 Jose Raphael $29,769.00 $14,000.00 12 12 Mark Myrick $29,415.00 $13,000.00 13 13 Jeff Komins $29,260.00 $12,000.00 14 14 Harry Fry $28,297.00 $11,000.00 15 15 Curtis Meyer $27,083.10 $10,000.00 16 16 Todd Urbina $25,300.50 NHC Spot 17 17 Chris Savage $23,879.80 18 18 Ming Meyer $21,476.50 19 19 Greg Bone $21,274.40 20 20 Edward Louis $20,005.00 21 21 Bill Shurman $20,002.20 Q 22 22 Mark Callahan $19,018.00 23 23 Craig Kaufman $16,660.15 Q 24 24 James House $16,201.00 25 25 Charles Davis $15,307.50 26 26 Michael Pirrung $14,854.00 27 27 Donald Healy $14,254.00 28 28 Jeff Edwards $13,955.00 29 29 Nick Alpino $12,921.00 30 30 Joseph Johnson $12,615.50 31 31 Kevin Martin $12,021.00 32 32 Greg Gass $11,990.00 33 33 Steve Jaffe $11,672.00 34 34 Joe Pettit $11,208.85 35 35 Jim Means $10,772.50 36 36 Kathy Collins $10,405.00 37 37 William Pastina $10,104.10 38 38 Bill Wilbur $9,800.00 Q 39 39 Jack Dougherty $9,450.00 40 40 Linda Rodriguez $9,100.00 41 41 Dan Real $9,004.70 42 42 James Henry $9,000.00 43 43 Richard Christiano $8,694.60 44 44 Bryan Carney $8,560.70 45 45 David Snead $8,523.15 Q 46 46 James Simpson $8,191.00 47 47 Angelo Partipelo $8,040.00 48 48 Richard Friedman $8,006.70 49 49 John Kolodzej $7,842.75 50 50 Gary Lyons $7,789.90 51 51 Jeffrey Schmitz $7,417.10 52 52 Jeff Call $7,177.50 53 53 Kevin Cox $7,100.00 54 54 George Howard $6,967.00 55 55 Greg Worker $6,862.50 56 56 Francis Drew $6,575.00 57 57 Ray Arsenault $6,485.50 58 58 Charlie Runion $6,400.00 59 59 John Schultz $6,346.00 60 60 Paul Shurman $6,000.25 61 61 Don Allen $5,952.20 62 62 Michael Beychok $5,937.70 63 63 Conrad Hoetger $5,837.00 64 64 Ken Hopkins $5,800.00 65 65 Kenneth Jordan $5,794.40 66 66 Maury Joffe $5,770.00 67 67 Jill Himes $5,700.00 68 67 Kevin Mclntyre $5,700.00 69 69 Linda Spears $5,580.00 70 70 Gunther Blankenship $5,378.20 71 71 Robert Mcintyre $5,370.00 72 72 Blaise Brucato $5,218.00 73 73 Cara Yarusso $5,100.00 74 74 Chuck White $5,091.00 75 75 Gaylord Grundy $5,045.00 76 76 Dick Jerardi $5,011.00 77 77 Edward Deicke $4,891.10 78 78 Seth Rosenfeld $4,810.00 79 79 Gary Johnson $4,800.00 80 80 Charles Sailor $4,772.60 81 81 Dennis Wellar $4,707.80 82 82 Russell Priola $4,706.80 83 83 Cheryl Mcintyre $4,661.00 84 84 David McCarty $4,520.00 85 85 Jacob Phillips $4,432.00 86 86 David Snyder $4,320.10 87 87 Louis Filoso $4,317.70 88 88 John Kwan $4,188.60 89 89 Tom Noone $4,064.00 90 90 Charley Witt $4,020.00 91 91 Jim Settle $4,019.10 92 92 Louis Constan $4,002.40 93 93 Alex Mangubat $4,000.00 94 94 Les Harris $3,727.00 95 95 Don Beardsworth $3,280.80 96 96 Anthony Kite $3,222.00 Q 97 97 Eugene Cahalan $3,187.60 98 98 Ed Abel $3,135.00 99 99 Mike Ferrozzo $3,018.10 Q 100 100 Gary Flynn $2,985.45 101 101 Pual Link $2,901.50 102 102 William Sadoo $2,700.50 103 103 Mike Mclntyre $2,699.70 104 104 Dewey Petty $2,680.00 105 105 Michael Birenbaum $2,530.00 106 106 Sally Goodall $2,449.10 Q 107 107 Peter Freundlich $2,441.70 108 108 Stephen Berstein $2,370.40 109 109 William Zvara $2,070.50 110 110 Bradley Graham $2,014.00 Q 111 111 Ken Seeman $2,000.00 112 112 John Pyles $1,957.00 113 113 Hesham Ragab $1,938.80 114 114 David Lindo $1,907.50 115 115 Darwin Labordo $1,800.00 116 116 Don Speaks $1,753.00 117 117 Jim Hom $1,734.00 118 118 Tony Citarella $1,686.00 119 119 David Nelson $1,597.00 120 120 Randy Scholz $1,596.80 121 121 Chris Podratz $1,455.00 122 122 Lawrence Kahlden $1,440.00 123 123 Robert Difusco $1,230.00 124 124 Henry Wessel $1,150.60 125 125 Justin Keywood $1,097.00 126 126 Bo Kelly $932.00 127 127 Daniel Slattery $723.50 128 128 Kirk Morrison $701.00 129 129 Justin Larsen $522.20 130 130 Mark Tabakman $521.90 131 131 Sean Espino $450.00 132 132 Joey Normand $390.00 133 133 David Gutfreund $292.00 134 134 Timothy Herboth $229.60 135 135 Robert Matthews $187.00 136 136 Nick Cosato $113.00 137 137 Kenneth King $100.00 138 138 Wendy Long $54.50 139 139 John Nichols $36.00 140 140 Howard Barish $25.00
More than 1 year ago
Sorry this didn't format very well but hopefully it's enough.
Eric More than 1 year ago
One of the benefits of Live Tournament play is the ability to play alongside some of the very best handicappers not to mention some of the nicest people in the industry. I listened in awe as Dennis described his ultimate bad beat of a lifetime just minutes after the event. What I was impressed with most was not his impressive handicapping abilities, but how calmly and professionally he dealt with such an outcome. The 2014 Breeder’s Cup was not his day…but I’m quite certain that the horse racing gods will shine brightly on Dennis Decauwer one day very soon.
More than 1 year ago
His equanimity was pretty amazing -- a standard for all of us to live up to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
" next time you think you have a *Bad Beat*, think about Dennis Decauwer as a Poker Player *Bad Beats happen every day dude Get Over It I'm not talking about Dennis I'm talking about you Fornatale gotta love DRF writer's Bad Beats LOL High On Poker
More than 1 year ago
uh, that was kind of the point. . .but tx anyway for taking the time to comment.