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point given
08-02-2011, 07:31 PM
HPWS / NHC contests on new site with a free contest August 7, must register

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/64289/new-website-for-handicapping-contest-players


http://www.horsetourneys.com/

mistergee
08-02-2011, 08:32 PM
thanks for the heads up pg

Milkshaker
08-02-2011, 09:37 PM
From the perspective of someone who is an avid contest fan who appreciates as many opportunities to play as possible:

I read the superlative-laced Ellis Park press release. When I perused the contest format posted on the new website, I was disappointed to see the format would be what has devolved into the industry's contest standard: $2 WP on a small, fixed number of mandatory races.

In my opinion, this is a tedious format (because in the latter stages of the contest, it becomes a matter of handicapping the leaderboard and not horse races).

The tourney landscape is already glutted with this format. If you want to set yourself apart as being new and innovative, make an effort to try something different.

bettwice2
08-03-2011, 07:10 PM
Hi there,

I'm McKay Smith, the operator of the new HorseTourneys.com and the previous Tournament Director for NHCQualify.com.

Re: the contest format, please know that the software we've developed is capable of running multiple formats, and we absolutely intend to experiment with alternative formats moving forward.

The initial stages of launch for any website, and in this case a contest one that is launching in the middle of a qualifying year, is critical. For better or for worse, the $2 W/P format has been the standard, accepted format for contests, and we felt that it would have been a mistake to go to market at the onset with a format that may be too unfamiliar with regular contest players. Better to build confidence at the onset and call audibles moving forward.

I understand and agree that there are alternative formats available that may better recognize handicapping skill, and as mentioned, we intend to bring those to bear shortly.

I hope that players will try the new site out on August 7, and you can email me directly at support@horsetourneys.com with any questions or comments on the new operation. As mentioned, it is operated by Ellis Park, so contrary to some of the other contest efforts that have been attempted recently, players can play with trust and confidence at a site operated by an industry stakeholder.

Thanks and regards,
McKay Smith

Milkshaker
08-03-2011, 10:30 PM
Hey McKay:

Thanks for taking the time to post, and for the explanation.

I will try out the freebie, and will willingly jump on board with my wallet once you roll out the new formats.

Good luck with the site.

bettwice2
08-05-2011, 12:04 PM
If there is a format that you are particularly interested in, please send it to me at support@horsetourneys.com. While we have a short list of what I think are viable alternatives that we've vetted through some of the to contest players, we're always open to considering additional ideas.

Thanks much,
McKay

Milkshaker
08-07-2011, 09:35 PM
McKay:

I'm interested in a format that doesn't crash your server on the first day, rendering the time I invested in handicapping the contest absolutely useless.

point given
08-09-2011, 11:43 AM
McKay:

I'm interested in a format that doesn't crash your server on the first day, rendering the time I invested in handicapping the contest absolutely useless.

Ditto , not a very good beginning to say the least. Will try again this weekend though and hope all is fixed and well tested.

Beachbabe
08-09-2011, 11:58 PM
The FREE contest which was rescheduled for this weekend (Aug 13) after the server went down last week, has now been re-re scheduled to Sept 24.
Contests this coming weekend are PAY contests.

woodtoo
08-10-2011, 12:23 AM
thanks b b