Except for a few of you, I wouldn't expect anyone here to know what in the hell these acronyms mean. For the uninitiated, DRF is the Daily Racing Form, NTRA is the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and NHC is the National Handicapping Contest. This is a season-ending horse handicapping contest held at the TI, with the winner taking down over $800,000 from a $2M+ purse. Unlike other tournaments, you can only qualify into the event via satellites, there is no buy-in. I qualified shortly after this years Breeders' Cup, where I played in the Breeders Cup Betting Challenge. Starting on Friday and continuing through Saturday, each player makes a $2 win and place bet on 15 races each day from 7 designated tracks. The top 50 after Saturday continue to the "final" with that group getting whittled down to a "final table" of 10. So hopefully if I'm updating I'll still be in the running on Sunday. When you qualify into the NHC, you get a comped room for four nights at TI. I decided that I wanted to get away from the mass of horse players after the day is done, and also do some live research on a place to stay for future trips. I briefly played at Aria a few months ago and decided to give a Sky Suite a try. Initially I booked just a one bedroom SS, however decided to go all out and get the penthouse instead. Should be just the spot to retreat to after a LONG day at the tournament. The room at the TI has been relegated for bathroom use only. While I like to gamble, using the facilities shared with 600+ horseplayers is not something I'm willing to take a chance on... I have a scheduled dinner at Gordon Ramsay Steak on Thursday night. After that, it'll be kinda up in the air. However I do plan on doing the rest of my evening dining at Aria. I'm going to try to squeeze in Julian Serrano, Bardot, Lemongrass, and Five 50 into three evenings. I hope most of them have bar seating since I'll likely be going solo! I'm hoping to do some "regular" gambling tomorrow morning and afternoon to get that energy out of me and focus on the task at hand. It'll likely be a combination of UTH, baccarat, craps, and maybe even a little roulette. Honestly I'm a bit behind in my preparation, however I think I've waded through the races on Friday to a decent extent to identify some possible plays. This need to do more work might result in less gaming, however if I can win $800k+ in the process, the tables will always be there. This report will likely be less than live, with sporadic updates throughout since I'll be focusing a lot of time and energy at the tournament. Hopefully I'll be live going into Sunday!