Esquire Network’s “Horseplayers” to Film at Treasure Island During National Handicapping Championship

January 23, 2014 by  

Esquire Network’s “Horseplayers” to Film at Treasure Island During National Handicapping Championship
As Treasure Island Las Vegas hosts the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s National Handicapping Champion (NHC) January 24 through 26, Esquire Network will be on-site filming for its new reality show “Horseplayers”

In the show’s premiere episode, viewers are introduced to Matt Bernier, a Massachusetts realtor; Christina Hellmers, a regular at Del Mar racetrack; Michael Beychok, a political consultant from Louisiana; John Conte, a previous NHC winner; Kevin “The Brooklyn Cowboy” Cox, a retired NYPD mounted police officer; and Team Rotondo, comprised of a team of friends. “Horseplayers” will follow these high-rollers in their attempt to qualify for the NHC.

Video: Horseplayers Extended First Look

Throughout the three-day NHC, camera crews will capture every exciting moment of the Championship at Treasure Island, while providing a behind-the-scenes look at how these betters make their decisions.

In its 15th year, NHC is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino racebooks, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals.

For more information about “Horseplayers” visit

Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip is a privately owned hotel and casino and stands alone as the only major Strip property to claim that unique market position. Boasting nearly 3,000 guest rooms, Treasure Island is a world-class destination for headline entertainment and Mystère, the classic Cirque du Soleil performance that combines the powerful athleticism, high-energy acrobatics and inspiring imagery that have become the company’s hallmark. Upscale and casual dining choices, hip nightspots and indulgent spa and shopping experiences further complement the one-of-a-kind Treasure Island guest experience. For information visit, or follow the property on Twitter @TIVegas.

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