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Perry Takes SSC 2; Caltagirone, O'Neill Headed to Vegas

Monday, January 4, 2016

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The first handicapping contest of 2016 was greeted with long lines as a huge crowd of 314 entries gathered Saturday, January 2.  The $200 event offered both a "last chance" to the 2016 NHC in Las Vegas as well as a chance to qualify for an opportunity to win a seat to the 2017 NHC. 

 

In the end, it was Monmouth Park contest regular Joe Perry atop the field with a bankroll of $1,809.20.  Since Perry had already qualified for the NHC twice, the 2016 NHC seat he earned for finishing first was given to Saturday's third-place finisher John O'Neil - defending NHC champion.  Also heading to Vegas was Saturday's second-place finisher Paul Caltagirone.

 

Perry, Caltagirone and O'Neil - along with the rest of the Top 10 finishers - also advance to the SSC Invitational on Saturday, April 30.  That 50-entry contest will award 2017 SSC seats to the Top 2 finishers.

 

The next qualifier in the Simulcast Series Challenge is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 20.

 

Official Top 10

Finish Name Bankroll Prize Money
1 Joe Perry $1,809.20 $15,700
2 Paul Caltagirone $1,201.20 $6,280
3 John O'Neil $1,157.50 $3,768
4 Anthony Doino $809.65 $2,198
5 George Sakelaris $749 $1,099
6 Mitchell Schuman $615.40 $471
7 Joe Amoroso $485.60 $471
8 John Isolano $428     $471
9 Ron Deutsch $390.80 $471
10 Ed Teicht $365.40 $471