Saturday, February 18, 2012

Play Away - Handicap Contests Aplenty

OK you want to play? Well, there is plenty of opportunities online to play away - some for free and some for just a few bucks. Here's the rundown for today and beyond:

Derby Wars - excellent, affordable tournament style play; you can play for free or up to $175 for their big, upcoming $25K tournament...I also write a Derby Wars preview on HRN

NTRA/NHC - sign up for the National Handicapping Challenge at NTRA and get 4 free tournaments to play and the opportunity to participate in many NHC qualifiers online and at tracks throughout the country. Cost to sign up $50

Twinspires' Triple Crown Showdown - a new take on the ADW's Derby Share Contest last year. This time around bet $20 to show on a single entry for the next 20 Derby prep races to earn a share of $10,000 or $1,000,000 and/or Derby tickets

Equibase - Free contests just about every weekend...sharpen your handicapping tools at no cost

Road to the Roses - Earn respect of friends with this popular fantasy-style game for the next 10 weeks leading up to the Derby. Win gift certificates for the Derby store, Derby bets and a grand prize - VIP trip to next year's Derby. Another freebie

Beat the Host - contest, in which you try to out-bet a site qualify for champions tournament for prize money and entry into the NHC contest next January. Cost is $40 (8, $5 win wagers on contest days)

Race to the Gate - TVG's guarantee for a $25,000 top prize...similar to the game, entrants have to qualify by placing $10 win wagers on 10 prep races leading up to the can also qualify for free

I'm sure there's more out there, but there's a brief rundown so play don't even have to get off your butt!

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