The Winner of the last Weekly Contest is Hoops Maui. Congratulations!
For those who watched the Kentucky Derby, it was a real shocker for some of us. I had money on Maximum Security and was high fiving my buddies with a Corona Light in my hand. One of my buddies always hedges his bets and picks his horses to always show, never to win or place.
Then came the bad news. Grrrr.
To be frank, the shock and awe of the DQ made it kind of fun. I had $50 on Maximum Security to win. My buddy who had Maximum Security to show only had $5 on the line. Betting small stakes makes the event interesting and fun, but when something epically ‘unfair’ happens, it doesn’t ruin the good times.
Regardless of how you bet or your outcome, I hope it didn’t ruin your day.
Talking about bad beats, here’s a story some of you may find interesting.
BACK TO THE RIVIERA SPORTSBOOK
The Riviera was a casino located on the Las Vegas strip. It was closed and demolished in 2015.
Prior to the Riviera being demolished, they ran a promotional craps game of 1000x odds. I received a call, from a host at the Riviera, about the 1000x odds game and was offered quite a few juicy incentives to come play the game. The casino was in the midst of becoming insolvent and was taking some desperate steps to stay viable. They offered me free play promo chips, among other bonuses.
The trip went really well and I walked away with a nice little win.
For those who remember the Riviera, the craps pit was near the front of the casino, nearest to the strip. The craps pit was also located about 20 steps from the sports book. If you were playing craps and facing the strip, the sports book was on your right-hand side at about two o’clock (positionally) so that you could see the odds for the next race.
Because the sports book was so close, while I was playing craps I would regularly walk over to the sports book and place wagers on horse races. I would also make wagers for the dealers as tips. The dealers would tell me who they wanted and I would make the wager for them. If they won, they would drop the money from the win. It was a fun little setup.
One stick liked long shots and would always tell me to bet the biggest long shot for his tip. He never ever won the long shot and I made at least twenty or so bets for him at $5 each.
On the last day, before I was about to leave, I went by the pit and threw down a $100 tip. The stick, who was a gambler, said to take the $100 and place it on the biggest long shot that was on the board. One of the dealers playfully protested and said to just drop the $100, but the stick said to bet it. So per his wishes, I bet $100 for the crew.
I don’t remember exactly what it was, but the long shot was either 65-1 or 95-1. Whatever it was, it was the type of long shot that you just imagined the money was gone. I was about to leave and I wanted to make one final bet, too. For myself, I bet $20 for the favorite to win.
I went back to the table and gave the stick his ticket. The dealers rolled their eyes at the stick and told the stick to kiss his money goodbye. It was all good times.
A few moments later, the limo came to pick me up, so I didn’t get to watch the race.
As I was at the airport, I looked up the results and found out that the long shot won! O-M-G!
I was pumped and high fived another guy who was in line who had been playing the slots earlier.
You can probably guess that the story doesn’t end well…
When I landed, I found out that the horse had been disqualified for moving out of its’ lane and bumping another horse during the run.
This was the first time I had ever heard of such a thing. I had no idea such a disqualification was even possible. These are animals running at full speed on a track that doesn’t have lane delineation. I’m only a casual horse bettor who bets for entertainment, so I can’t speak to the rules of horse racing, but the disqualification made no sense to me.
Because of the disqualification, my horse ended up being declared the winner; however, I never cashed in the ticket.
At least this time, the long shot ended up winning because of the disqualification.
I felt bad for the dealers at the Riviera. The DQ cost then a tip of either $6500 or $9500. Either way, it would have been a huge result for them.
I’m glad I wasn’t there to witness the heartbreaking aftermath.
ANOTHER WEEKLY CONTEST TOMORROW
For those who didn’t win, there’s another chance tomorrow. We’ll be taking a break from horse racing for a while.
Tomorrow’s weekly contest will be roulette.
Check back tomorrow for your next chance!