Accidental qualifier wins NHHC grand prize
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Chen started to build his bankroll with $100 place bets on favorites Pet Rock ($2.10) and I Fought Dalaw ($2.20) in the early double at the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands' fifth race was the pivotal point in the contest for Chen as he cashed $907 from a $75 win bet on the George Teague entry topped by Custard The Dragon ($24). Chen also cashed with a $100 place bet on Big Jim ($3) in the Meadowlands' sixth, and with $40 place bets on Whata Hustler ($4.30) in the eighth at Tioga, Activator ($5.20) in the eighth at Mohawk and Hit Away ($2.80) in the Meadowlands' ninth race.
"I actually won the Mohegan Sun qualifier by accident," Chen said after the tournament. "I had bet the wrong horse and wasn't able to cancel my ticket in time, and the horse ended up winning! Tonight I was almost broke when I bet $75 to win on the entry in the fifth race and that put me back into contention."
In addition to the Meadowlands, the following partner outlets sent players to compete in the 2011 NHHC: Balmoral Park, Buffalo Raceway, Hawthorne, Maywood Park, Mohawk Ractrack, Mohegan Sun Casino (CT), Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Racing and Gaming Services, Tioga Downs, TVG, Twinspires.com, Vernon Downs and Western OTB.
Rank Name Bankroll Prize Site
1 Wai Kwong Chen $1,185 $20,000 Mohegan Sun Casino (CT)
2 Patrick Welsh $936 $10,000 Meadowlands
3 Il Yang $907 $7,500 Buy in
4 Sam Auerbach $787 $5,000 Buy in
5 Don Tiger $780 $2,500 Buy in
6 Agustin Toscano $690 $1,000 Twinspires.com
7 Tom Humphrey $679 $1,000 Tioga Downs
8 Ira Sobel $678 $1,000 Buy in
9 Tracy Hendler $621 $1,000 Meadowlands
10 Nick Montemurro $613 $1,000 Meadowlands