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Commentary: To Fix Late Odds Shifts, Change The System

Last Saturday was a wonderful day at Belmont.  We saw great racing in great weather in a beautiful setting, and for customers there were huge pools to bet into. It was truly some of the best this sport – a sport my friend Eric Poteck calls “Gambletainment”  – offers. It had something for everyone. On […]

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Canterbury Takeout Study: Total Handle Up Nearly Four Percent, Despite Difficulties

It was well publicized that Canterbury Park significantly reduced the takeout rates for its 2016 season, which began exactly one month ago on Monday. Blogger Dean Towers has been tracking the data from the Minnesota racetrack, and reports that overall handle has seen an increase of nearly four percent so far, while the per-entry handle […]

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Opinion: Usher Those Fantasy Geeks Into Horse Racing

Betting handles and revenues across the entire horse racing industry are in jeopardy, simply because “people don’t like to bet horse racing anymore.”  Dean Towers disagrees.  Horse racing, at its core, is a skill-based form of gambling, far removed from the pure chance of slot machines.  And that market, Towers says, is “stronger than ever,” […]

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Towers: Lifetime Customer Value — Racing Could Take A Cue From The Masters

This article appears in the June issue of “Horseplayer Monthly,” a free e-magazine produced by the Horseplayers Association of North America. If you’d like to sign up to have it delivered free each month in your inbox, or to read back issues, please visit the Horseplayer Monthly page here. I read with interest the reaction to […]

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Towers: Three Reasons To Play With A Proper Bankroll

This article originally appeared in an edition of “Horseplayer Monthly,” a free e-magazine produced by the Horseplayers Association of North America. If you’d like to sign up to have it delivered free each month in your inbox, or to read back issues, please visit the Horseplayer Monthly page here. Many years ago when I started playing […]

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Towers: Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Would Be An Excellent Horseplayer

This article originally appeared in the “Horseplayer Monthly,” a free e-magazine produced by the Horseplayers Association of North America. If you’d like to sign up to have it delivered free each month in your inbox, or to read back issues, please visit the Horseplayer Monthly page here. With the Super Bowl just days away, the media […]

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Towers: Gulfstream Rainbow Six DQ Only Part of Bigger Problems With Stewards’ Rulings

In the last race at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, a horseplayer held what would have been a winning ticket for the Rainbow Six jackpot, worth nearly $2 million. Instead, the horse, Collinito, was disqualified for interference and placed second behind Strategic Keeper, leading to a Rainbow Six carryover into Sunday and a general furor on social […]

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Horseplayers Corner: Do You Play With a Bankroll?

In the September issue of Horseplayers Monthly, Dean Towers has a column about why horseplayers should play with a proper bankroll – a set-aside of money that does not conflict with paying the mortgage or the bills. Among other things, Towers says a bankroll changes your thinking about gambling and “frees your mind.” He writes: […]

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Pull The Pocket: Derby Futures and Betting Exchanges

There has been much controversy over the possibility of betting exchanges sweeping over the American Thoroughbred landscape. Would it be good for the sport or another way for money to not go back to the racing product? Dean Towers at Pull The Pocket believes there is much to be excited about when the subject of […]

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