First Two Qualifiers for $150,000 Guaranteed Spa & Surf Showdown Plus One-Time-Only Shot at Laurel Champions Contest Serve as the New Additions to this Weekend’s HorseTourneys Lineup

Though the ink is barely dry on the results for the $225,000 Flo-Cal Faceoff that saw Thomas Blosser of Cornville, Arizona win over $88,000, there’s no time like the present to begin qualifiers for the next high-stakes cash game on the schedule, the $150,000 Spa & Surf Showdown

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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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