Men With Higher I.Q. Tend to Bet on This Sport

fans handicapping watching racesThe University of Eastern Finland published a study of more than 15,000 Finnish men who had completed an IQ test as part of their compulsory military service.  An interesting tidbit came out of their analysis.

“Our research found a strong correlation between men with a high IQ and those who take part in skilled gambling, such as betting on horse racing,” stated Professor David Forrest from the University of Liverpool Management School.

Was there ever any doubt? More information on this academic study involving horse players can be found here.

Related article:

Does IQ predict engagement with skill-based gambling? Large-scale evidence from horserace betting” by Jani Saastamoinen et al. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making

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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 and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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