California OTB to Close after 23 Years in Business.

The Santa Maria Fairpark satellite facility has shut down after 23 years in business. The reason? Online at-home bettors are blamed for having driven the nail in the coffin. Horseplayers simply stopped coming out to the location, and the off track betting business has been in the red for over two years.

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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