ESPN Airs Handicapping Contest Sunday
Updated: Friday, February 18, 2005 12:06 PM
Posted: Friday, February 18, 2005 9:58 AM
Trying to piggyback on the phenomenal success of televised poker, the racing industry has high hopes for ESPN's one-hour program covering the National Handicapping Championship, which will air Sunday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. ET.
The handicapping tournament, which took place in January at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, carried a $200,000 first prize. ESPN will offer the same general game plan it utilizes in its coverage of the World Series of Poker. A battery of crews and cameras followed various participants as they battled through the competition, and through editing, the action has been boiled down to a 60-minute presentation.
In this year's tournament, sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Daily Racing
, 215 contestants slugged it out over two days, making 30 mythical $2 win and place bets on races at seven U.S. tracks.
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