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Robert McMasters Wins 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Robert McMasters, 44, of Milford, Ohio captured the $16,600 grand prize in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship on Saturday, April 19 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.  

 

McMasters finished the tournament with a $2,968 bankroll to top the field of 83 players from across North America who competed for $41,500 in prize money.  McMasters was an $800 tournament buy-in with two of his friends from Ohio. 

  

The WHHC contest format required contestants to bet 10 races: seven Meadowlands races of their choice, plus one mandatory race each from Pompano, Buffalo and Meadowlands racetracks.  Bets had to meet a $30 minimum, $100 maximum per race.  Contestants could only bet one horse per race and wagers could either be win, place or a combination of the two.  

 

 McMasters  cashed on seven of his ten bets and took an early lead with a $2,403 score coming in the Meadowlands’ Race 2 with $40 to Win & $50 to Place on #1 (Rockin Wizard).  His final two plays of the night helped McMasters grab the grand prize with $60 to Win and $40 to place on #1 Verdad in the 12th from the Meadowlands putting him $68 out of first place.  His final wager of $30 to win on #4 Ok Fame in the Meadowlands’ 13th catapulted McMasters into the top spot by just $65.  He finished with a final bankroll of $2,968, taking home the $16,600 prize. 

 

In addition to the Meadowlands, the following partner outlets sent players to compete in the 2014 WHHC: USTA, Buffalo Raceway, Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, The Meadowlands Racetrack & Casino, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Western OTB/Batavia Downs, Twinspires.com, and Standardbred Canada. 

Top Ten Finishers: 

First 

Last 

Bankroll 

Prize $ 

Robert 

McMasters 

$2,968.00 

$16,600.00 

Gary 

Machiz 

$2,903.00 

$8,300.00 

Mike 

Rip 

$1,986.00 

$6,225.00 

Jeffrey 

Arnold 

$1,920.00 

$4,150.00 

Andy 

Berg 

$1,705.50 

$2,075.00 

Marino 

Scianlepore 

$1,560.00 

$830.00 

Ed 

Cevetello 

$916.00 

$830.00 

Walter 

Andrasi 

$768.00 

$830.00 

Vince 

Sitoski 

$663.00 

$830.00 

Gregg 

Christopher 

$632.50 

$830.00 


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