How good are you at picking the ponies out at the race track? If you want to prove yourself among the best horse racing handicappers in Tampa Bay, you are invited to enter the Tampa Bay Downs High Rollers Handicapping Contest! The contest will be held during Premier Day festivities on Saturday, January 19, and you can win thousands of dollars plus a seat at either the 2019 or 2020 National Thoroughbred Racing Association/Daily Racing Form Handicapping World Series in Las Vegas!

Here’s how the contest works. The entry fee is $1,000 (after all, it’s a high roller contest). Half of your entry fee goes toward the prize pool, and the other half becomes the bankroll you use to place bets during the races at Tampa Bay Downs on January 19. During Premier Day, you will bet $100 each on any five races on the card. You can spread out the $100 per race any way you want across the win (1st), place (2nd), and show (3rd) bets. However, you must wager exactly $100 per race and you must bet on five separate races. At the end of the day, whoever has the highest bankroll wins! The complete contest rules are listed with Tampa Bay Downs.

The winner gets $20,000 or 50% of the prize pool, plus a seat in the Handicapping World Series with a hotel room included. There are also prizes for the second through fifth place finishers:

  • 2nd place: $8,000 or 20% of the prize pool, plus a seat in the 2019 or 2020 NTRA/DRF Handicapping World Series (hotel included)
  • 3rd place: $6,000 or 15% of the prize pool
  • 4th place: $4,000 or 10% of the prize pool
  • 5th place: $2,000 or 5% of the prize pool

No matter how you finish in the High Rollers Handicapping Contest, you get to keep whatever money is left in your bankroll at the end of the day. As long as you make the right calls on January 19, you can win!

If you aren't a skilled horse racing handicapper, we don't recommend plunking down $1,000 for this contest. However, we do recommend coming out to Tampa Bay Downs on January 19 to watch the Premier Day races and the people in the High Rollers Handicapping Contest furiously rooting their horses on to victory from the rail. Whatever you decide to watch, it's going to be a great show!

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