Shurman Finishes Strong to Capture $2,000 Pick Your Prize Challenge
June 06, 2017
Monmouth Park’s biggest handicapping contest ever was held Saturday, June 3 and the winner was Paul Shurman of Dix Hills, NY.
Shurman bested a field that included 172 entries from players from 26 states plus Canada.It was a star-studded field for the second-annual $2,000 Pick Your Prize Challenge – in which players started with a $1,000 bankroll and bet on races from Monmouth Park, Belmont and Churchill. There was a $100 minimum bet and wagers had to be win, place, show and/or exacta.
Shurman turned his starting $1,000 bankroll into $8,190 and used a strong late push to catapult to the lead. Down to his last $255, Shurman went all-in with exactas using the favorite in Monmouth Park’s last race over three horses. He connected with a longshot in the second spot and the resulting payout was enough to launch him all the way into the contest top-spot.
By finishing first, Shurman automatically earned a cash prize of $11,745 and received two picks from the prize board which included 17 NHC seats, 6 BCBC seats and $39,240 cash.With his two picks, Shurman selected a BCBC seat and $15,696.
In total, the Top 23 finishers received at least one selection from the prize board:
|1st||Paul Shurman||$8,190||$27,441, BCBC seat|
|2nd||Thomas O’Connor||$5,645.60||$15,158, NHC seat|
|3rd||Phil Lam||$4,705||$8,363, BCBC seat|
|4th||Roger Cettina||$4,485||$6,273, BCBC seat|
|5th||Joe Perry||$4,306.50||$4,966, BCBC seat|
|6th||Bill Rendino||$3,920||NHC seat, BCBC seat|
|8th||William Meisel||$3,868||NHC seat|
|9th||Stephanie Davis||$3,683.50||NHC seat|
|10th||Ryan Scharnowske||$3,450.60||NHC seat|
|12th||Berry McQueen||$2,914||NHC seat|
|13th||Pete Acocella||$2,850||NHC seat|
|14th||Jerry McClenin||$2,828.50||NHC seat|
|15th||Pat Nufrio||$2,600.60||NHC seat|
|16th||Duke Matties||$2,085||NHC seat|
|17th||Paul Matties||$2,027.50||NHC seat|
|18th||Steve Orrechio||$1,975||NHC seat|
|19th||Evan Trommer||$1,961||NHC seat|
|20th||Brent Sumja||$1,893.50||NHC seat|
|21st||Jeff Busan||$1,891.50||NHC seat|
|22nd||John O’Neil||$1,870||NHC seat|
|23rd||O Benjamin||$1,860||NHC seat|