TwinSpires is guaranteeing 5 seats to the 2011 Horse Player World Series in our Delta Downs Challenge on Saturday, November 20.
Play your way to the Horse Player World Series at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas.
*****Contest races will include Races 2-11 at Delta Downs on Saturday, Nov. 20.*****
First post at Delta Downs is set for approx. 2pm ET/11amPT
First contest race (Race 2) is set to go off at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT
*****The results of the Delta Challenge are now official*****
Winners will be contacted within 24 hours. Thank you for participating in the TwinSpires.com Delta Downs Jackpot Challenge and congratulations to the 19 players heading to the 2011 Horseplayer World Series.
Mark wins Delta Downs Jackpot Challenge
Bernie Mark of Richmond Hill, New York, won the inaugural TwinSpires.com Delta Downs Jackpot Challenge on November 20. He parlayed his $50 entry into a free spot in the Coast Casino Horseplayer World Series to be held February 17-19, 2011, at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas and a $1,800 credit to his TwinSpires.com wagering account. Mark joins 18 other account wagering members who earned a free Las Vegas trip via this online tournament at TwinSpires.com.
A former YouBet customer, Mark has always enjoyed playing the ponies, and he now wagers online through his TwinSpires.com account. Mark, who retired four years ago, loves playing contests.
"When anyone is playing a contest, it’s important to play value horses preferably 5-1 or better," Mark explained. "By playing chalk, and overbet, low-priced horses, you have no shot to win a contest. You need to be aggressive."
The Delta Downs Challenge was his first on-line victory, but he won a local OTB contest in New York about a year ago that paid $1,000 and earned him a trip to Albany, New York, for a more lucrative event.
"Because I was impatient and not focused, I missed a horse in the first race that paid $22," Mark said. "Because of that I changed my betting horses and wound up not placing in the top three.
"One thing I know, the more contests you play in, the more you will learn from your mistakes."
Mark, who likes to wager on Pick 3s and Pick 4s, added that winning the Delta Downs Challenge over the other 678 entries was his best feat in a handicapping contest. He likes to handicap and pays attention to jockey and trainer combinations.
"I love betting horses that have speed and cut back in distance," Mark observed. "Last Saturday I bet a horse in Hollywood that went off at 27-1 and just missed coming in second, paying over 16 dollars for place.
Mark is looking forward to his trip to Las Vegas.
"I am now retired and play almost every day on the internet," Mark concluded. "I don’t play for a living, but I have been fortunate the last few years by being ahead of the game. I have a very good feeling about the February tournament."
Good luck Mr. Mark and all the TwinSpires/YouBet customers heading to Las Vegas in February!
November 20th Delta Downs Challenge Prize Payouts:
Guaranteed Seats: 51st place: Entry into the 2011 Horse Player World Series, a four-night stay at the The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas and $1,000 cash in your wagering account for travel expenses.
2nd – 5th place: Entry into the 2011 Horse Player World Series, a four-night stay at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas and $500 cash in your wagering account for travel expenses.
6th – 10th place: $250 cash in your TwinSpires.com wagering account.
11th – 15th place: $100 cash in your TwinSpires.com wagering account.
16th – 20th place: $50 cash in your TwinSpires.com wagering account.
This one-day tournament will guarantee at least 5 prize packages to cover the Horse Player World Series buy-in, four nights at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas and $500 to be deposited into winning wagering account for traveling expenses ($1,000 for the tournament winner).
***This is a mythical wager contest. There is no REAL MONEY wagering in this handicapping contest.
This tournament features a 100 percent payback. After 250 entries are sold, TwinSpires will award one additional seat to the Horse Player World Series for every 30 additional entries sold (to the 6th place finisher and beyond, as necessary). If fewer than 30 additional entries are sold, any additional entry fees collected will be added to the purse of the 1st place finisher. The mandatory contest races will consist of all races on the Delta Downs Jackpot card on November 20 and will be available online on the Thursday evening prior to Saturday’s Delta Downs card. As usual, customized Brisnet.com handicapping reports will be available for contestants (regular product prices apply).