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2024 Bill Varone Memorial Cup Contest Our annual Contest honouring our website founder and late friend. May 4,5,18,19

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Old 05-20-2024, 06:35 PM   #51
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Okay. Well. That was the 2024 edition of the Bill Varone. A relatively quiet affair with only 5 signees. The perfect number is 10. The contest is a little more exciting while not being too much work when there are 10.

I think next year we will advertise earlier around the first of April and give some of the wallflowers out there longer to mull it over and hopefully throw their hats into the ring. There are certainly enough good handicappers on the site to fill 10 spots without too much repetition year to year. Some women would be nice and maybe a couple of those Jedis?

Anyhoo this years contest was not without its drama. Mowens and Mrbill were DQ’d on technicalities. Mrbill’s error was particularly notable because he would have taken first place hands down. And the whole thing was just a half nose, a questionable horse disqualification and a wagering amount booboo away from being gandalf380’s.

Luck of course is huge but besides handicapping and wagering strategy articulate appication is big. And this stuff can help you be a better regular day player. Contest play over the years has certainly helped my game. Something about the added pressure of publishing exact bets. It’s sort of like in 8Ball (I am a league player in the CPA)…practicing at home is nothing like under the lights in league. It helps you improve.

Thanks to Gandalf, Mrbill, Mowens and Cdax for playing. Maybe we will see you again next year or maybe we can attract a whole new group. And of course thanks to Ted for supplying 2nd and third prizes.


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Old 05-20-2024, 06:47 PM   #52
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Congratulations to:

Pook, 1st prize of $200 USD

Cdax, 2nd prize of a 6-month free RDSS software subscription

Gandalf, 3rd prize of 6 months of Unlimited Bundle data (PPs and Charts).

Cdax and Gandalf contact Ted to arrange your prizes.
I will PM Pooks’ PayPal User ID to Mrbill, Gandalf, Mowens and Cdax so they can each forward $50USD at their convenience.

Thanks guys,

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Old 05-22-2024, 01:39 AM   #53
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Congratulations Mike/Pook for the 1st Place finish! And to Chris/Cdax and Charlie/Gandalf for 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively!

I have corresponded with Cdax and Gandalf and set up their prizes.

I hope to be able to play again next year. Wishing everyone a great Spring and Summer season of racing!


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Old 05-22-2024, 09:37 PM   #54
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Thank you everyone involved! Hopefully more will join next year. Special thanks to Ted and Pook for everything you do and supplying the prizes.

I always learn something here and this year I learned I should pay MrBill for picks every week so I can stop trying to figure this game out!

Impressive job MrBill.

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Old 05-23-2024, 05:52 AM   #55
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Thank you for your kind words.

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