The new era of horse racing seems to be “contests” these days. There are more and more contests and tournament sites out there to play now. The quicker you realize that playing a contest is a lot like playing the races. What I mean by this is you can’t bet a race or a sequence of races the same every time.
Most people think it is all about longshots. Many contest players only take a 10-1 horse or higher. I have a big problem with this in all contests. Why you ask? Well it’s simple, how many longshots can you pick in a day and how many longshots happen in a race card.
The quicker you learn how to play the contests differently the more of an advantage you will have on the others.
Here are a few factors to consider when playing contest:
–Mandatory races or your choice of races
–Big difference if everyone is playing the same races, you have to adjust specifically to the races that you MUST play
–Number of races in contest
–Is the contest a sprint or a marathon with lots of races to play, so a leader hits a longshot there is no panic in a marathon contest
–Number of contestants in the contest
–The more in the contest the more you can assume the total bankroll will be higher to win it.
–Format, win only, win place
–more longshots will finish second and pay more than a favorite might to win. Also a win only if there is a strong favorite then it is much tougher to select a longshot to beat him
–ROI (similar to the Cash is King at betptc)
–Similar to betting real cash, adjusting to strength of selection. Simply taking longshots and only hitting one or two in 10 or 12 picks lowers your ROI
-Always look for overlays in every contest, an underlay is never a play in every contest.
I am not going to tell you how to play contests because I think there are many ways to do well in contests. But I am going to say playing the same way in every contest will not allow you to be successful in contests. The quicker you learn how to play the contests differently the more of an advantage you will have on the others.