When asked to comment on his constant lack of success at the racetrack, comedian Joe E. Lewis used to say, "I follow the horses that follow the other horses."
Horseplayers who frequent Nevada’s race books simply have to worry about following the horses to the numerous Circus Circus properties.
Mike Furman, race book director at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino, runs the "Win and Quinella" contest, which is rotated for four days every week at each of the Circus Circus properties.
The contest is offered every Monday at the Luxor, Wednesday at Excalibur, Thursday at Monte Carlo and Friday at Circus Circus.
"We have been hosting this contest for almost two years," reported Furman. "It really has helped attendance and handle, as we have collected as many as 160 entries in one week. That’s not bad, considering we started with as few as 60 entries.
"About 60 percent of the contestants are regular bettors at our race books, and they travel to all four Las Vegas properties every week vying for the prize money."
Contestants must select the first-place horse and the quinella for all eligible races at a Southern California track, which is currently Fairplex. The weekly prize money consists of $1,100 for first place, $400 for second, $150 for third and $50 for the fourth through 10th spot.
"Since this is a corporate contest, this same format is also utilized at the Circus Circus in Reno and the Edgewater in Laughlin," added Furman.
Blackjack at NY-NY
The New York-New York Hotel and Casino, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Founders and the Las Vegas Invitational, will launch its first annual $5,000 Blackjack Tournament on Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Participants will play alongside fellow caddies until the field is narrowed to the final six. Those final six will advance to the final round, where each will receive a cash prize. The ultimate blackjack champion will receive the $2,500 first-place prize.
Players who don’t advance past their assigned round will have their name entered into the wild card drawing where one lucky player will receive an automatic pass to the final round.
The tournament, designed for caddies participating in the Las Vegas Invitational is a free event and is open to the public. The field will be limited and players will need to reserve a spot.
The 21st annual Las Vegas Invitational will be held at TPC Summerlin, TPC at The Canyons and Southern Highlands from Oct 8-12.