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TOURNEY TALK

“You get tired of learning all the time.”

By Justin Dew | February 13, 2019

Three days removed from my first appearance in the National Horseplayers Championship, the dust has settled and I am back in the real world.  Back at home.  Back at work.  And beginning a break of indeterminate length from the contest circuit.  As I mentioned in a previous post, a break seems like a good idea,…

Roadmap to 47th

By Justin Dew | February 11, 2019

Had you told me four days ago that I would finish my first National Horseplayers Championship in 47th place out of 668 entries and take home $6,000, there is a very strong chance I would have cried tears of joy.  As I sit here in my Treasure Island hotel room on Monday morning, waiting to…

Tourney Talk- My NHC Play of the Day

By Justin Dew | February 8, 2019

Am I worried that Rich Nilsen is going to read this, adjust his Friday NHC selections based on my opinion, and then beat me at the final table?  No.  I am not.  And you know who isn’t worried about my NHC plays?  Rich.  Plus, my commitment to the loyal readers of LoneSpeed, irrespective of my…

Tourney Talk- This is it!

By Justin Dew | January 12, 2019

The NHC Tour ends today.  The last event where points can be earned takes place in less than an hour from now on Horseplayers.com, and by 7:00pm EST tonight, anyone who is more skillful than I am when it comes to using the scoring calculator on the NHC Tour page will know who the champion…

Tourney Talk- Saturday’s Santa Anita NHC Qualifier

By Justin Dew | January 3, 2019

As I type this, I am supposed to be landing at Midway Airport in Chicago to compete in the Friday and Saturday NHC qualifiers at Hawthorne while seated at a table with adequate electrical outlets alongside July Hawthorne contest winner Steve Decaspers.  But as you may have noticed from recent social media posts of mine,…

Dancing the Mendoza Line

By Justin Dew | December 20, 2018

Baseball fans know the Mendoza Line as this, per Wikipedia: The Mendoza Line is an expression in baseball in the United States, deriving from the name of shortstop Mario Mendoza, whose poor batting average is taken to define the threshold of incompetent hitting. The cutoff point is most often said to be .200[1] (although Mendoza’s…

Tourney Talk- NHC Free Contest Picks

By Justin Dew | December 1, 2018

Maybe I can salvage the day with a good showing in a contest with an entry fee of $0.  

Tourney Talk- “Scott C” leads BetPTC Finals after Day 1

By Justin Dew | November 11, 2018

Based on his social media posts, I can only assume that the Scott C. atop the BetPTC leaderboard after Day 1 of the Cash Is King contest is none other than Scott Carson, known on Twitter as @CarsoniPH.  Carson tweeted on Saturday that he rode Risky Proposition and his 22.5-1 off odds to wins in…

Tourney Talk- My BCBC Flop

By Justin Dew | November 8, 2018

The reason I can sleep at night in spite of a couple of hugely moronic decisions I made in the BCBC is that I was never making money with the final three races being won by Monomoy Girl, Enable, and Accelerate.  It’s not that I didn’t respect those horses.  In fact, I was preparing to…

The BCBC is the greatest and best thing in the world

By Justin Dew | October 2, 2018

When the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge first came to be a thing, I never dreamed I’d take part.  The $10,000 entry fee just seemed too steep for me.  So I watched from afar and wallowed in my jealousy as elite bettors and tournament players had all the fun.  But then in 2016 I decided to…