Coast crowns
World Series winner

Feb 15, 2005 10:08 AM

Michael Gaughan, chairman of Coast Casinos, last week crowned Michael Ray of Las Vegas as the grand prize winner of The Orleans’ first-ever One Million Dollar Horseplayer World Series.

Ray was one of 768 entrants in the handicapping tournament and won $384,000 for his efforts.

"The Horseplayer World Series was a tremendous success, and we believe that it will continue to be the largest horseracing contest in the nation," said Bob Gregorka, director of race operations for Coast Casinos. "We had an impressive response from horseplayers across the country, and next year we hope to reach our goal of 1,000 entrants."

The Horseplayer World Series was held at The Orleans the last weekend in January, and is scheduled to take place again next year one week before the Super Bowl.

Contest qualifiers came from racetracks, simulcast centers, qualifying sites in Canada and Mexico, and other Coast Casinos contests held throughout the year. Horseplayers then vied for their chance at the largest prize fund — $1 million — in the history of horseracing tournaments.

Gregorka also noted that the top five winners from the this year’s contest will be the first to qualify for the 2006 Horseplayer World Series.

The top 10 finishers for the 2005 World Series were:

1st Michael Ray.........$384,000

2nd Paul Kasselman..$76,800

3rd Lyle Naylor..........$61,440

4th Tim Downs...........$46,080

5th Robert O’Shea.....$30,720

6th James Henry........$15,360

7th Cheryl Kaufman...$15,360

8th Greg Tucker.........$15,360

9th Keith Shiver........$15,360

10th Mayer Kanter ...$15,360