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8, number 1 January 1995
Marcel, the man who plays the dogs for a living.
I opened this magazine, I saw his ad. It stopped
my eye. I had to call. And this is how I met Marcel,
one of the best handicappers in the world. We clicked
right away on people, dogs and systems. Marcel
assured me that he was one of the best, and in
April I went to Daytona Beach to find out for myself.
Marcel began to seriously play the horses, two
important rules evolved, "First, you must
be selective in which race to wager or you will
go broke. Second, the wager must be right. It makes
no sense to pick the winner then miss the bet."
23 years of experience at the time, Marcel is the
best. He teaches greyhound racing in a 30-hour,
4 to 5 day training session. The session begins
with the client, then covers the program, speed,
handicapping, unique betting techniques, files,
money management and much more.
Marcel's friendly approach, you learn without knowing
it. Except for the training session (which is recorded),
Marcel doesn't lecture. What captures your attention
is his honesty.
arriving at the track, lots of people said hello
to Marcel. We went to our reserved seats right
by the wire. As the races began, I found out it
was a hard card. I couldn't hit a thing. I felt
like a rookie starting his first pro game....
a record, 0 for 4. So then in the fifth I decided
to change from 3/78/all to 3/1/all, and wouldn't
you know it, the results were 3-8-6. Marcel smiled,"Didn't
you catch this?" Yikes! I had changed my bet
and lost while Marcel won....
just laughed and continued to wait for his play.
Then in the seventh Marcel started to yell,"Go
6!" Afterwards, I noticed my quiniela was
worth $32.20. "Marcel, I won!" Marcel
smiled. He won too. But instead it was the trifecta.
Marcel won $695.20 on a $1 ticket. I was losing
my shirt while he was winning.
a handle of $75,518.00, Marcel caught over one
percent of it with a total of $807.70 won ($112.50
+ $695.20 = $807.70).
pick you up same time tomorrow night," Marcel
said with that confident smile. "I'm glad
you finally hit a couple of quinielas." Back
in the room, I shook my head, "$373 gone-
while Marcel is up $807. Another four days like
this and I'll be broke!"
method is selective. "If you only have enough
money for one race, which race will you choose?" Before
meeting Marcel I would try to win each race. However,
Marcel had taken some time to show me that speed
rules. "If the dog is first or second by the
1/8th pole, then there is no way that he can get
bumped by the slower dogs behind him."
best play is a young dog that breaks quickly with
faster times each outing, such that his fastest
time has yet to be recorded. I put this one aspect
of Marcel's method to work and the races did seem
easier to visualize.
took our seats and things got off wildly. As Marcel
watched the "red star" in the post parade,
his eyes became determined and he left for the
automated teller. Meanwhile, I made friends with
Mr. Price Honadle, an excellent, human teller,
instead. While Marcel was working his wager, I
played #4 Rosie's Sweater for show, place, quiniela,
perfecta and one tri key. Rosie's Sweater won!
The trifecta paid $36.70 and Marcel had it 10 times
for $367.00. Plus, in that race there was also
a superfecta, which I stayed out of, but Marcel
wagered it and he won $599.20 from this pool- just
80 cents under an IRS "signer."
was happy- I had pulled some capital back- and
Marcel was grinning from ear to ear. "This
is easy, isn't it?" I was starting to catch
on. But again, a little knowledge can be dangerous.
For as I seemed to win on some tickets, I was losing
interesting is that Marcel doesn't say "Here,
play the 6," nor does he structure the wager
for you. Of course, I was too proud to ask for
help-especially on how to lose, as by the eighth,
even with some quinielas and a tri win in the sixth,
I was nowhere near even. Between races I began
to ask questions. Slowly I began to feel what Marcel
is living- that he has a distinct advantage over
the crowd. And that bypassing on junk races and
house number betting he was getting ahead.
you must visualize the race. No, there isn't any
short cut to this other than being selective with
races, playing speed and betting at an expert level
in order to get multiple tri and super wins."
in the 14th, Marcel invested just $9 and hit the
tri for $138.70. His total for the night was $1,104.90
minus a $300 budget for a net profit of $804.90.
In two days he had grossed over $1,912 costing
$400, for a net profit of $1,512. And I still had
three full days with him. My damage? I cashed $320.60
that cost $74, leaving $246.60 in winnings. But
I also had $489 worth of losers, so I was actually
down $243. In just two days I had lost over $700.
With air fare and motel I was out $1,300!
came Marcel's other stardog race. I let Marcel
play the tri, and I concentrated on the quiniela
and perfecta, as maybe the pool wasn't deep enough
for both of us to hammer on. Besides, I didn't
want to change his win payout by betting it down,
too. However, at the last minute I played a $20
tri key on the 7 dog also. She jumped out. Because
she had never raced at Daytona, the odds on her
were 4-5. Not a lot, but since the rest were slow
closer, 1-9 would have been a lock. Of course I
hit the perfecta and quiniela several times, but
lo and behold, the trifecta paid $53.00 on a $1
ticket, and Marcel had it 10 times.
ninth- Marcel hit the tri with a pick for $174.20.
It was the fourth dog in the super that no one
would have guessed that blew the man's chance to
win the huge pool. In the 14th both Marcel and
I hit for $178.90. By the end of the performance
Marcel had won $530.00, $174.20 & $178.90 for
a total of $883.10 minus $272 to leave a tidy profit
played $30 on a race and won $180, while I was
betting races from three different parks, and I
was losing! Soon I realized that speed from just
the form was not enough. I was going under again.
In the very next race Marcel calmly played his "red-star" dog
and, sure enough, he hit the $40.50 tri 20 times