07/27/2003 11:00PM

Live in Las Vegas - Handicapping contests

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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 Del Mar 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 and Edgewater (Laughlin): Contest on Del Mar card ($10 entry, maximum three per person); $2,000 in cash prizes; Twin Q progressive starting at $1,000; plus drawings after every race ($100 cash after first, fifth and eighth race; food comps after other races).

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

Monte Carlo: Contest on Del Mar card ($10 entry, maximum three per person); $2,000 in cash prizes; Twin Q progressive starting at $1,000; plus drawings after every race ($100 cash after first, fifth and eighth race; food comps after other races).

Terrible's: Contest on last six races at Del Mar ($10 entry, maximum five per person); 75 percent of prize pool for first place, 15 percent for second, 10 percent for third.

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

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

Friday

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

Circus Circus (Las Vegas and Reno): Contest on Del Mar card ($10 entry, maximum three per person); $2,000 in cash prizes; Twin Q progressive starting at $1,000; plus drawings after every race ($100 cash after first, fifth and eighth race; food comps after other races).

Las Vegas Hilton: Contest on Del Mar card (free); $700 for first, $200 for second, $100 for third.

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

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

Saturday

Imperial Palace: Super Saturday contest on selected races at Saratoga and Del Mar ($10 entry); $800 for first place, $400 for second, $200 for third, and a $200 sprint bonus for the leader after the third race, plus a bonus pool that starts at $2,000 for exceeding the target score to be posted in the race book.

Luxor: Contest on Del Mar card ($10 entry, maximum three per person); $2,000 in cash prizes; Twin Q progressive starting at $1,000; plus drawings after every race ($100 cash after first, fifth and eighth race; food comps after other races).

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

Aug. 1-2: Summer Stakes III, Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship qualifier, Bally's Las Vegas, $1,000 entry fee

Aug. 15: Del Mar seminar with Jerry Jacovitz, Arizona Charlie's West, 2:30 p.m.

Aug. 15: K-1 at the Bellagio, Bob "The Beast" Sapp vs. Kimo Leopoldo, mixed martial arts fighting, Bellagio Grand Ballroom, 5 p.m.

Aug. 22-24: Sports Betting Festival, seminars featuring Jimmy Vaccaro, Marc Lawrence, Larry Ness, among others, Bally's Las Vegas

Aug. 29: UNLV vs. Toledo, college football, Sam Boyd Stadium, 6 p.m.

Aug. 31: Putt for Dough Championship Tournament Series, miniature golf, Greens of Las Vegas, 6 a.m.

Sept. 6-7: September Shootout, Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship qualifier, Reno Hilton, $500 entry fee

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