Archives for January 17, 2018

Vegas Odds on 2018 Pegasus World Cup

Gunrunner is, not surprisingly, the overwhelming favorite in the best sportsbook in Nevada, Wynn Las Vegas.  Friend Johnny Avello has sent over his future books odds on the rich race that is to be run Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Gulfstream Park.  Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up, Collected, from the dangerous Bob Baffert barn, is the second choice over stablemate West Coast.

Horse  Odds
GUN RUNNER 3/5
COLLECTED 9/2
WEST COAST 5/1
SHARP AZTECA 8/1
GUNNEVERA 12/1
SEEKING THE SOUL 15/1
GIANT EXPECTATIONS 20/1
TOAST OF NEW YORK 22/1
STELLAR WIND 25/1
MIND YOUR BISCUITS 40/1
FEAR THE COWBOY 40/1
WAR STORY 45/1
GAME OVER 45/1
PRIME ATTRACTION 50/1
DESTIN 50/1
GIUSEPPE THE GREAT 50/1
LEAVEM IN MALIBU 50/1

Table Games Drives Increase in Overall PA Casino Gaming Revenue in 2017

Poker Pro Vanessa Russo

Poker Pro Vanessa Russo

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported today that the gross total gaming revenue combining slot machines and table games rose slightly and once again exceeded $3.2 billion in calendar year 2017. While slot machine revenue was slightly down in 2017 from 2016, the Board reported that table games revenue… [Read more…]

Horse Handicappers Keep the Races Enjoyable to Watch!

Guest Post: International Correspondent

The handicapping for horses takes into account the ability of each animal, and places it into a Class. This ensures that the horses are evenly matched.

How Horse Handicaps are Structured

There is an extremely well established programme in place for handicap horses, both over jumps and on flats. Handicaps are contested by both the best and worst horses in the country, and, as a result, are split into a range of classes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, with Class 1 being the best and Class 7 being the worst. This makes working out odds easier, and benefits everyone on the track and off.

The Reason Handicaps are Split Into Classes

Handicaps are split in this way so that horses of similar ability levels contest one another in the races. For example, a Class 7 handicap will only be open to horses that have been rated 0 – 50, which will exclude those rated 51 and higher. This ensures that the handicap is competitive, and sees horses of similar ability competing against one another. There are variations in the Class system as to the grade of horse that can compete, too. For example, in Class 5 company, some handicaps may be set at 0 – 65, others at 0 – 70.

 What Happens When Horses Improve

 If you enjoy playing the online pokies NZ has to offer, you will often find that, as you get better at playing one type of game, you will broaden your horizons and investigate other types in order to find those that remain challenging as well as fun. Similarly, if a horse improves hugely and starts winning a number of races, the handicapper will raise that horse’s rating in order to see it facing tougher opposition. If a horse wins twice in the company of Class 6 animals, the handicapper will want to make sure that it faces Class 5 company or better on its next start.

Winning Penalties in Place to Factor in Reassessment

Handicappers at the British Horseracing Authority, for example, re-evaluate horse handicap marks each Tuesday, which creates the need for a winning penalty to be in place. If a horse wins a race on a Wednesday, it will not be due to for reassessment for another six days, which could allow it to continue racing and winning off of the same mark in the meantime.

It is for this reason that standardised penalties are in place for winning races: 6lbs on the flat, and 7lbs over the jump.

This rule applies to nearly all races, and makes sure that horses are not able to abuse the handicap system. A horse may well see so much improvement that it can win twice in the same week, with penalties totalling 12 lbs, before a handicapper has the chance to reassess it.

Handicapping Ensures Horses are Evenly Matched

This handicapping is what ensures that horses are equally matched when it comes to racing, and that the outcomes that punters, owners, trainers, jockeys, and spectators see are those that are reflective of its ability to run against animals of a similar overall capacity. Seeing a horse of astounding ability compete against one without any would not be very enjoyable, and handicapping in this method sees the sport remain an exciting one to watch.