Bigger and Better…The BetAmerica Bonus Series Races Into 2015

Plano, TXUnited Greyhound Racing is pleased to announce an exciting national stakes program with goals to increase fan interest, increased wagering handle and celebrate industry collaboration.  The BetAmerica Bonus Series introduces the “Triple Crown” to the greyhound industry. All roads lead to the BetAmerica Daytona 550, where a National Champion is crowned, but the addition of two new BetAmerica stakes races with a bonus purse of $20,000 add to this year’s excitement. "The addition of the BetAmerica Bonus Series is in line with our organizations objective to develop innovative ways to retain existing fans and attract new enthusiasts.  I believe the partnerships we are developing with our sponsors and track management will benefit our sport immensely,” adds Michael Frino, UGR Board Member.

 

The format is simple. The Bonus Series will consist of two qualifying Groups of races designated as A and B.  The Group A races will include the most prestigious stakes races in place at our major tracks.  Group B contains two interesting new BetAmerica races: the Kings vs. Queens Classic at Southland Park Gaming & Racing and The Floridian at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track.  The latter being a race for the State Championship of Florida.  “On behalf of myself and management, we are very excited to be hosting The Floridian.  I've always wanted to see a best of the best type event in greyhound racing.  So, being involved with the BetAmerica Bonus Series is very special and I appreciate the opportunity,” states Ronnie DePari, Director of Racing at Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track

 

The greyhounds that win the Kings vs. Queens Classic and The Floridian will each earn an invitation to the BetAmerica Daytona 550 at Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room. Those two greyhounds will have the opportunity (if they also won a Group A race) to earn a $20,000 bonus by winning the BetAmerica Daytona 550 on January 23, 2016.  

 

"We are excited to be part of this growing movement in our industry which is designed to get our best greyhounds out on center stage,” explains Shane Bolender, Director of Racing at Southland Park Gaming & Racing.  “With the BetAmerica Bonus Series, we will get to see our top stars in this sport face each other on a national scale, which is what our customers are wanting." 

 

United Greyhound Racing will continue its partnership with BetAmerica in an effort to promote and grow the sport.  It is United Greyhound Racing’s hope that these stakes races will benefit through increased significance and exposure, as they are now part of the BetAmerica Bonus Series. 

 

“Partnering with United Greyhound Racing and Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room to offer the inaugural Daytona 550 was a great opportunity for us. We are excited to advance the series further, bringing more exposure to the sport and offering exciting events for our strong Greyhound customer base,” says Pete Laverick, Director of Marketing for BetAmerica.

 

More detailed information on both the BetAmerica Kings vs Queens Classic and the BetAmerica Floridian to follow.  Below is the outline format for the 2015 BetAmerica Bonus Series:

 

FORMAT:  Three race series:   Includes two Groups (A and B), plus the BetAmerica Daytona 550 National Championship.

(A)   UGR Sanctioned:              

 

Track

Stake

Palm Beach Kennel Club

He’s My Man Classic

Naples Fort Meyers Greyhound Racing & Poker

Sprint Championship

Wheeling Island

George Kellas Memorial

Gulf Greyhound Park

Diane Whitely Sprint Championship

Southland Park Gaming & Racing

Southland Derby

Bluffs Run Greyhound Park

Bluffs Run Open

Iowa Greyhound Park

IGA King and Queen Stakes

Derby Lane

Fall Sprint

BestBet Jacksonville

Sprint Classic

 

                  
               

(B) BetAmerica Kings vs Queens Classic (Southland Park Gaming & Racing-November 13, 2015) – Daytona 550 bid                            

$25,000 BetAmerica Floridian (Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track-December 26, 2015) -   Daytona 550 bid

 

(C) $40,000 (Est) BetAmerica Daytona 550 National Championship (January 23, 2016)

****If a greyhound wins a race from Group A and Group B, and then wins the Daytona 550, that greyhound will win the BetAmerica Bonus Money of $20,000****

 

About United Greyhound Racing

United Greyhound Racing is a 501(c) 4 non-profit organization who seeks to re-energize the sport of greyhound racing by leveraging technology, promoting safety and adoption awareness and organize all facets of the industry to support our livelihood while preserving the greyhound breed, the greyhound industry and to further its growth in the United States through its membership. You can learn more about United Greyhound Racing at www.unitedgreyhoundracing.com.

 

About BetAmerica

BetAmerica.com is the largest online greyhound betting site in the United States. BetAmerica.com is a service of Lien Games Racing LLC, a licensed and regulated service provider by the North Dakota Racing Commission.  All BetAmerica racing wagers are securely commingled into host track betting pools and winning wagers are paid at full track odds.Go to www.betamerica.com to learn more.

 

About Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room

Pairing world-class facilities built in 2008 with a wide variety of high stakes poker games and “live” Greyhound racing action, Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room is your odds-on-favorite for an exhilarating gambling and entertainment experience. Centrally located in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida at the intersection of I-4 and I-95, our modern, award-winning complex features a luxurious 55-table card room, electrifying Greyhound races, private betting carrels, and over 300 HD TVs displaying simulcast Thoroughbred racing, Harness racing, Greyhound racing and Jai-Alai, from premier tracks across the country. More information is available at www.daytonagreyhound.com.

 

About Southland Park Gaming & Racing

Southland Park Gaming & Racing has been a major racing venue for more than 50 years and now also over 1,300 electronic games of skill, including video poker and blackjack, as well as an upscale buffet restaurant, Shine Blounge, and a multi-purpose event center. Southland Park has long been a pivotal fixture of the West Memphis community, strongly supporting the community with jobs, business stability, and economic contributions. It has consistently won awards for its outstanding community service, including millions of dollars donated to neighborhood charities and educational institutions. Southland Park is owned and operated by Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment www.southlandpark.com

 

About Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing & Poker

Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing & Poker is a long time landmark and popular recreational facility on Florida's southwest coast, the race track operates year 'round with greyhound racing, full card simulcasting of dogs and thoroughbreds and a casino-style Poker Room. Since the 1970's, the track has served the southwest Florida community with continuous, quality racing, charitable and special events, civic and social amenities and has provided a classic entertainment center for seasonal and permanent residents. www.naplesfortmyersdogs.com