Tournament players know that in a live bankroll contest like Keeneland’s October 11th NHC/BCBC Challenge no player with a positive balance is ever out of contention.
Lexington resident Brian Agee proved that adage to be true when he stormed from the middle of the pack to win the tournament going away when Queen of Scat won the finale on Sunday. Agee, who had gone all in the previous race to increase his bankroll from less than $600 to $1300, went all in again once more in the 9th and was rewarded handsomely.
The $1 trifecta paid $170.40, and Brian had it 138 times for a total payoff of $23,515.20. He outdistanced the field, winning $10,000 in addition to his bankroll, a fully paid berth in the $10,000 BCBC Challenge at the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland, and a fully paid berth in the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January.
Four others will join him in Vegas: long-time leader Rob Lloyd, Jon Hurd, Blake Jessee and Gerald Naber. Naber, playing in his first tournament, qualified for the 5th spot in the NHC by virtue of double-qualifier Stephen Thompson finishing 4th. Thompson joins the others with BCBC berths, as an unprecedented six spots were awarded in the 108-player tournament.
Keeneland’s annual NHC/BCBC Challenge has become one of the most coveted tournament titles in the country, as the qualifiers seek to parlay the $3,000 entry fee into chances to win the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Challenge.
Qualifiers and Scores are below; for full results please click Results.