Robert McMasters wins 2014 Handicapping Championship

03:34 AM 23 Apr 2014 NZST
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Robert McMasters proudly shows off his check after winning the 2014 World Handicapping Championship
Photo by Michael Lisa

East Rutherford, NJ - 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

 by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

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