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Old 10th March 2006, 01:47.16 AM
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Nevada Tourney News (Tuley)

Here are some excerpts from DRF/Dave Tuley's Vegas column.

New contest Bally's @ Paris - anybody going? - they admit a low turnout is expected.

Reno has thrown in the towel for tournaments after 23 years of hosting them.

BALLYS/PARIS - Davey Tuley (DRF)
New handicapping tourney at Paris - March 10,11

Friday and Saturday marks the debut of the Prix de l'Paris horse handicapping tournament at the Paris Las Vegas resort, next door to its sister property on the Strip, Bally's.

The Prix de l'Paris has a $1,000 entry fee with each contestant making 15 mythical $2 win-and-place wagers each day of the tourney, capped at 25-1 to win and 12-1 to place, with six of the races being mandatory. In addition to competing for prize money, contestants are also vying for berths in the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, to be held at Bally's on Jan. 26-27, which go to the top two finishers.

This tourney replaces the Bally's Moolah $5,000 buy-in tourney that had been held the past two years. Chris Eggers, race and sports book manager at Bally's and Paris, said because this is a new tourney, word hasn't gotten around and she's expecting a field of about 80 handicappers, mostly tournament veterans who travel the country to play in NHC qualifiers. That certainly makes for a generous 1-in-40 chance of making the finals.

Anyone wishing to enter at the last minute can show up Friday morning, though it would be advisable to register before the first mandatory race.

RENO- Dave Tuley (DRF)
No tourneys in Reno this year

The Reno Hilton will not be hosting any horse handicapping contests this year. Reno Hilton spokesman Charles Williams said that with a change in management at the casino it just wasn't feasible at this time.

This leaves Reno without any high-end tournaments for the first time in 23 years, and that's a shame. In 1983, the Club Cal Neva race book in downtown Reno was one of the forerunners in making tournament play popular with its annual World Championship of Race Horse Handicapping event, an event that ran for 18 years.

The Flamingo Hilton Reno Challenge moved to the forefront in the northern part of the state with seven tournaments from August 1998 through July 2001. Harrah's Reno also started an annual tournament in April 1999 and the Reno Hilton stepped in with several events a year in 2001. Both race books continued their tournaments until this past year.

Hopefully someone fills the void up in Reno. A note to organizers: Please look into renewing contests during the summer. A lot of past Reno tournaments were held in the winter months when it can be tough for travelers to make all their connections in inclement weather. Besides, handicappers (and race and sports gaming writers) here in Las Vegas look for any excuse to escape the heat in July and August.
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Old 10th March 2006, 12:58.18 PM
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Talking great info


This is great info. I am wondering why these tournament sites dont share a mailing list? If it wasn't for your post I would have never known there was a tourney there.

I also can find absolutely no information (other than dates) for the tourney in July at the Orleans? Or is it at the Gold Coast? Or is it, well you get the idea.

I am sure you know more, since you were there last year, but I have not even gotten anything mailed (snail or electronic) to me for the March tourney. AND I was at the World Series, so you would think they would at least send all of those people info in the mail.

Perhaps the people running these tournaments do not have a couple hundred dollars for stamps? I only say that partly tongue in cheek. When I spoke with the tournament director at Colonial on why they only give back 50% of the entry fees, he said that his bosses wanted the tournament to "pay for itself". I guess that meant they used some for the entry fees for the form tourney and the plane fare, hotel bills, etc.

Oooooh, the tracks are doing all of us tourney goers a favor by having them. Darn, I thought having an extra 200-300 bettors helped the handle. Silly rabbit. ;-)

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Old 10th March 2006, 01:16.28 PM
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Yeah, good point - it is incredible that this website is often the best source of news on tournaments - especially during the event and the results.

The Coast tourneys have a big mailing list and i get a newsletter every month from them. I think if you have entered any one of their contests, they put you on the list - not sure how they missed you on that. The website has some info on the tourneys too. It has dates and information on the upcoming events and limited results and news. They need to do more to stimulate interest for sure as do all the contest adimns. It is almost as though they don't want people to get involved.

Some of the contests i have been to, EMD, FPX, TUP, they keep you informed with mailers constantly and do a good job of filling their events because of it.

Our seminar July 19 precedes the Gold Coast contest that weekend - don't know how anyone could miss knowing that on this bbs NJ! Maybe you were referring to the SouthCoast contest, which seems to almost be a secret as it has zero publicity.

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Old 11th March 2006, 06:35.07 AM
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I didn't get a final count at Ballys, but there were only 40 as of Fri morning, & despite yesterday featuring mostly chalk & a lot of short fields at the contest tracks(aqu,gp,lrl,tp,sa), the 1st day leader was able to amass a very impressive $175. The $5k contest at sa starts today, & one of the players called Thurs & told me they only have 50 entered for the six spots up for grabs in that one. I guess I need to revise my earlier statement to say that only certain contests are proving more popular than ever, & that those are the ones you need to sign up for asap.
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