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Hal Wafer


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Hal's Expertise covers the horse racing (pari-mutuel) industry and he can answer all handicapping questions from new fans, novice horseplayers or experienced bettors. His horse racing turf-knowledge is extensive and covers the full scope of the industry from Handicapping, Odds, Handicapping Principles, Handicapping Tournaments, Tournament Mentoring and Industry Operations on Multiple Levels. Additionally, he is the founder of a innovative website that will be LAUNCHING SOON called This website will offer the new fan or novice horseplayer sophisticated tools which will put the new fan on "par" with experienced horseplayers daily at the track or "level" the playing field for the new contest enthusiast in the tournament room!

Experience in the area

•NHC Players Committee Member NTRA •Horse Racing Analyst •Treasurer Greyhound Pets of America-Tucson Chapter •Director of Marketing/ Assistant Director of Simulcasting/ Assistant Director of Player Development Tucson Greyhound Park •Technical Gaming Consultant Pacific Productions, Movie "INGENIOUS". INGENIOUS stars Dallas Roberts ("3:10 to Yuma", "Walk the Line") and two-time Academy Award Best Actor Nominee, Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker", "The Town"). •Consultant •Bookmaker/ Oddsmaker Racing Services, de Mexico •Race & Sports Book Operations Coast Hotel & Resorts •Race Book Operations Coast Hotel & Resorts


•NTRA/ NHC Players Committee Member (2010–to-Present) The National Handicapping Championship Players Panel is a 13 member panel that is hand selected. Hal Wafer was only one of three selected to be added to this select committee in 2010. The Players Committee represents tournament players by meeting with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association on a regular basis to discuss suggestions, ideas and concerns of NHC contest participants. This panel is the players voice!


•Published one of the industry’s first “How to Books” on handicapping contests titled “A Survey of Track Handicapping Contests-Rules-Suggestions-Potential” was published in 1999 by Harness Tracks of America, which was used as a guide by The Daily Racing Form and NTRA for creating their National Handicapping Championship • • •Tucson Greyhound Park •Arizona Player Gaming and Entertainment Guide


•University of Arizona Animal Science/Race Track Industry Program 2000 •Pima Community College International Business Studies 1997 •SUNY at Morrisville Journalism Technology & Communications 1996

Awards and Honors

Tournament Success: •Qualified for & Finished 14th in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge which is the richest "live" money tournament in the United States. •Finished 8th at "The Battle of Saratoga" 2012 an NHC Qualifier. •Finished 3rd at "The Southwest Shootout" 2007 at Sunland Park that is a NHC Qualifier for the NHC IX Finals. •Finished *20 at DRF/ NTRA National Handicapping Championship IX held in Las Vegas, NV. •Finished 4th at "The Battle of Saratoga" 2010 an NHC Qualifier which qualified him for the NHC XII. •Finished 5th at Green Valley NHC Qualifier in 2009. Tournament Mentoring Success: •Mentored numerous Tournament players in qualifying for NHC Finals & varying contest championships and cashing-in at these events! Technical Gaming Consultant Pacific Productions, Movie "INGENIOUS" •INGENIOUS stars Dallas Roberts ("3:10 to Yuma", "Walk the Line") and two-time Academy Award Best Actor Nominee, Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker", "The Town").

Past/Present Clients

• • • •California Racing Fairs (C.A.R.F.) •United States Trotting Association •Michigan Harness Horseman's Association

What do you like about this subject?

What I love about the game of handicapping is that horse racing is both an art & science which requires a high-level of turf-knowledge to be able to figure out the winner, and the remaining contenders in each race. Each race provides it's own unique set of determining factors as to which horses should win or that you expect to run well and which horses that don't.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Win all three of the major handicapping tournaments that now exist which are the National Handicapping Championship Finals (NHC), HorsePlayer World Series(HPWS),Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge(BCBC) and become a World Champion Tournament Player!

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Tournament play has a lot of advantages and edges to it that many new fans, novice bettors & experienced horse players aren't really aware of as it pertains to other forms of gambling, and everyday betting at the track. These advantages range from but are not limited to the following; reduced take-out against the tournament player and large potential cash winnings.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

The National Handicapping Championship Tour & NHC Finals is not yet ready for "Prime Time", which is something I believe a lot of players probably do not even realize! I do have some very good ideas for making the tournament game a better experience for new fans & novice contest players, minuses the pitfalls that currently exist.

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Kristina 01/19/131010Thanks for the resources! Very Helpful!

Recent Answers from Hal Wafer

2014-03-09 first invest:

Hi, Rohit!    As a novice bettor I would highly recommend that you bet small($2.00 bets) until at such a point that your skill level, confidence and overall understanding of the game of horse racing and

2014-03-09 winning the bet:

Hi, Rohit!    First up, know that winning a bet and being a winning bettor is two completely different things.  You may win a bet or wager in the short term but are not a winning player in the long term

2013-08-08 racet:

Hi, Sam!    An ADW ( advance deposit wagering) website that is honest and that offers good membership services is offers both horseracing and greyhound wagering.    I know

2013-05-02 Kentucky Derby:

Hi, Bryan!  My betting approach on the Kentucky Derby is to play/ attack the Trifecta's and Superfecta's because there is so much public (uninformed money) in the wagering pools and especially the exotic

2013-01-14 Economic impact of horse racing:

Hi, Kristina!  There are several sources where you can get this information; Economic Impact of Saratoga Race Meet (since you are from or in New York, I thought that would be interesting for you) and a


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