07/14/2002 11:00PM

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HANDICAPPING CONTESTS

WEDNESDAY

Station Casinos (Palace, Boulder, Sunset, Texas, Santa Fe, Green Valley, Fiesta Rancho): Southern California Handicapper's Challenge ($10 entry, maximum five per person); $3,000 to highest combined mutuels, $1,000 for second, $500 for third, $300 for fourth; $200 for fifth; all entry fees go into "in the money" progressive that carries over to the next week if not hit.

Texas Station: Contest on Hollywood card ($10 entry) all entries paid back to winners on 60-30-10 pay schedule; $100 prize to person leading after fifth race (must be present to win); progressive, starting at $200 and increases by $50 each day it's not hit, for scoring that day's designated point total, which starts at 135 and decreases by one each day it's not hit.

Excalibur: Contest on Hollywood card ($10 entry) $2,000 in cash prizes, plus drawings after every race (drawings after odd-numbered races are for food prizes, drawings after even-numbered races are for $100 cash).

Poker Palace: Head-to-head matchup contest (free) $1,000 aggregate to winner(s); entrants pick five matches a day; contest runs Wednesday through Sunday.

THURSDAY

Union Plaza: Contest on last five races at Hollywood (free) $500 aggregate to entrant(s) with highest combined winning mutuels, $500 aggregate to entrant(s) picking the most winners.

Texas Station: Contest on Hollywood card ($10 entry) rules same as Wednesday.

Poker Palace: Head-to-head matchup contest (free) rules same as Wednesday.

FRIDAY

Binion's Horseshoe: 'Shoe Q contest on Hollywood card ($10 entry) $500 added to all entry fees, plus drawings for $50 cash.

Sunset Station: Win & "in the money" contest on Hollywood card ($10 entry) $1,000 to highest combined mutuels, $300 for second, $200 for third; entry fees go into "in the money" progressive.

Las Vegas Hilton: Contest on Hollywood card (free) $700 for first, $200 for second, $100 for third

Texas Station: Contest on Hollywood card ($10 entry) rules same as Wednesday.

Poker Palace: Head-to-head matchup contest (free) rules same as Wednesday.

SATURDAY

Sam's Town: Free and Easy contest on races 7 through 9 at Hollywood and selected Solano races (free) $1,000 aggregate to winner(s)

Poker Palace: Head-to-head matchup contest (free) rules same as Wednesday, with addition of $100 aggregate bonus for going 5-0 on Saturday.

SUNDAY

Poker Palace: Head-to-head matchup contest (free) rules same as Wednesday, with addition of $100 aggregate bonus for going 5-0 on Sunday.

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 19-22: Las Vegas 51s vs. Tuscon Sidewinders, AAA baseball, Cashman Field, 7 p.m. (except Sunday at 2:30 p.m.)

July 25: Gaming Commission, state of the horse racing industry, Grant Sawyer Building, Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue, 10:30 a.m.

July 26: Friday Nite Fights, Orleans Mardi Grad Ballroom

July 27: John Ruiz vs. Kirk Johnson, heavyweight boxing, Mandalay Bay Events Center

Aug. 1-4: Las Vegas 51s vs. Memphis Redbirds, AAA baseball, Cashman Field, 7 p.m. (except Sunday at 1 p.m.) fireworks follow game on Aug. 3

Aug. 2-3: Summer Stakes III, handicapping tournament, Bally's, $1,000 entry fee

Aug. 8-10: Suncoast Invitational, handicapping tournament, Suncoast, $1,000 entry fee

Aug. 17-18: Surf & Turf, handicapping tournament, MGM Grand, $2,500 entry fee

Aug. 31: UNLV vs. Wisconsin, college football, Sam Boyd Stadium, 5:45 p.m.

To make changes to these listings, call Dave Tuley at 702-806-3866 or e-mail davetuley hotmail.com