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Treasure Island offering future wager on NHC champ


January 17, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Players at the 16th Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas can now bet on themselves, thanks to a new future book wager offered by the Treasure Island on the NHC champion. A total of 365 individual players are listed at the Treasure Island Race & Sports Book, with most NHC participants opening at odds of 100-to-1.

Bets are now being accepted in person at the Treasure Island, which will host the NHC for the fourth consecutive year. The maximum payout on the wager is $5,000.

Early favorites among the most recent odds posted include 2013 NHC champion Jim Benes, two-time NHC runner-up Dennis Decauwer and 2008 champ Richard Goodall, all listed at 25-to-1. The Field, which represents all other players not listed individually and is made up of those who qualified late in the season after the wager was submitted for approval, is 8-to-1. Reigning NHC Champion and Handicapper of the Year Jose Arias is 50-to-1 in the opening line as he seeks to become the first repeat winner of the NHC.

“The Future Wager is a great addition to the NHC,” said NTRA Senior Vice President Keith Chamblin. “There is tremendous value on a number of accomplished tournament players who could take down the NHC crown.”

The NHC Future Wager will close on Thursday, January 22, the eve of the NHC, at 11:00 p.m. Pacific Time.