Last-Minute Decision to Enter Flo-Cal Faceoff Yields Big Dividends for Thomas Blosser

It had already been a fun and profitable 2021 for Thomas Blosser. On February 6, he won $31,850 plus a 2021 NHC seat for coming in first in the Bally’s First Chance/Last Chance tournament. The following week, he finished third in a $75 NHC qualifier at HorsePlayer. So he entered the weekend of February 29-March 1 leading the 2020 NHC Tour standings. He had given no serious thought, however, to playing in the inaugural Flo-Cal Faceoff.

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Exacta Box, All-Optional Participation Reveals Insights Into Player Behavior

Are people inherently lazy?

There’s a long-standing tradition in psychology characterizing humans as “cognitive misers.”  Misers, in the sense that all things being equal, humans will tend to avoid tasks that require elevated cognitive effort.  In other words, zillions of differentiating factors aside, we all tend to try and avoid tasks that require complex, arduous brain thinking for other tasks that might not be so intellectually demanding.

Humans also value their effort.  All day and everyday, our brains are masterfully calculating the “cost” of spending that brainpower vis-a-vis the reward that we might stand to obtain as a result.  The greater the reward, the harder our brains are willing to work.

All of this sounds obvious, right?  What in the world are you getting at, Smith?

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The Song Remains the Same for Zepp; Dylan Donnelly Doubles Down; Second Best is Plenty Good Three Different Times for Stephen Thompson (Weekend Recap February 21-23)

For what was sort of a quiet, “in-between” weekend on the racing calendar, things sure were busy around here. We had 24 featured events on Friday. Saturday and Sunday. In the process, next weekend’s $100,000 Guaranteed Flo-Cal Faceoff transformed into the $106,000 Flo-Cal Faceoff as we blew past the guarantee. That purse will continue to grow, of course, as we conduct our final qualifiers this week. We also offered several All Optional Live tourneys on Saturday and Sunday. As usual, however, Friday belonged to Pick & Prays.

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