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Apostolos Takes Simulcast Series Challenge Invitational With Bold Move

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Oceanport, NJ – The Simulcast Series Challenge Invitational on Saturday, April 9 turned into a duel between the top two finishers, Christos Apostolos and Paul Zerbst. Apostolos finished on top with a bold move in the final contest race at Aqueduct. With just over $1,200 in his bankroll going into the last race, Apostolos put a jaw dropping $1,000 place wager on the favorite.

 

“I got afraid that if I didn’t bet that much and the third place finisher bet his whole bankroll on a 5 -1 shot, he would pass me. So I decided the best play was to bet a $1,000 to place on the favorite. If he won, it would guarantee me the contest,” said Apostolos.

 

The 4-5 favorite rolled home and rolled Apostolos into the first place spot, earning him $2,500 in prize money and a coveted spot in the 2012 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Paul Zerbst held a clear second ($1,414) over James Templin ($983).

 

The final wager was just the cherry on top for Apostolos, who played a smart and calculated game in Saturday’s contest. Apostolos hit an impressive 9 of 11 wagers to lead all players with number of winners. A contest player for less than a year, Apostolos showed the same consistency when he qualified in February’s contest to earn a spot in the Finals.

 

“In my last five years reviewing contest accounts, I’ve never seen such consistency and such a bold move at the end of a contest. It took guts and it made it that much more exciting,” said Monmouth Park’s contest manager Sophia Mangalee.

 

“There was a joke that I was going to win the tournament because I was drinking Smart Milk the whole week!” said an excited Apostolos.

 

Apostolos drove 5 hours from Lowell, Massachusetts to be at Monmouth Park Saturday. He left $2,500 richer and with a ticket to Las Vegas. Second place finisher, Paul Zerbst will accompany Apostolos in January 2012.

 


Official Top Five

Rank

Name

City, State

Bankroll

Prize Money

1

Christos Apostolos

Lowell, MA

$1756.55

$2,500

2

Paul Zerbst

Teaneck, NJ

$1,414

$1,000

3

James Templin

West Chester, PA

$983

$750

4

John Isolano

South Ozone Park, NY

$703

$500

5

Lawrence Harned

Long Branch, NJ

$660

$250