On Saturday Australian sportsbook TopBetta hosted their largest ever tournament with a $250,000 prize pool guarantee for The Championships – Sydney’s premier horse racing carnival.
The tournament attracted plenty of professional punters as well as a string of amateurs who had satellited their way into the $1,100 buy-in tournament for their shot at the life-changing top prize of $100,000.
The first day of play is in the books and the leader board looks as follows:
Sbeirne ($126,000) and franich ($110,000) were the only two players to turn their $10,000 start bank into six figures on Day 1 of The Championships and they will be looking to continue that form on the final day of the tournament this Saturday.
"Last week I went all in once but also spent some time building the bank with a view to being more aggressive this week,” said tournament leader sbeirne.
"A few of the bigger tournaments have been won by players going strong into short prices and I suspect that plan on a wet shifty surface at Randwick may be problematic. Therefore, I think the focus will be on some longer priced runners and the likely drier track at Sandown.”
The good news is that no matter how badly the 160 entrants fared on Day 1, they are all still in with a shot at pipping sbeirne for the top prize. Every player in the tournament, even those who busted their bank last week, will receive another $10,000 in tournament dollars to try their luck on Day 2. If things go sour once again, then there are another two possible rebuys up punters’ sleeves until the start of Race 9 at Randwick on Saturday.
At this stage, the top 27 players will finish in the money, and with a min-cash worth $1,900 which is a great prize in itself. Landing a winner or two would be enough to climb into contention, so even those looking to buy-in for $1,100 this Saturday will still have a good chance of success.
This tournament is far from over so why not create a TopBetta account today and give yourself a chance at the $100,000 top prize on Day 2 of The Championships!
Make sure to read full terms and conditions of any website before participating.
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Take note: Everything in this article is simply the author’s opinion, so always gamble responsibly. Also be sure to check out the Before You Bet Twitter Page for all our thoughts in the lead up to bets! Happy punting!
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