Pulcini, who goes by "iceiam" in the game, brought a cool closing strategy that delivered the $4,000 top prize.
"I personally play much better when coming from behind than sitting with a lead, especially early," said Pulcini of his tournament style. "The best advice I can give is stick to your game and don't even look at the leader board until at least half the contest is over, as it is mostly a distraction. Players also have to realize the there is much more pressure on the person in the lead in a tournament as many start to play tight only concentrating on the players that are near them on the leader board and most of the time playing much more conservative than they otherwise would."
In the $5K High Stakes game, Barabara Bowley (sophia) took the lead with a cap horse, Unbridled Ocean, for $49.40 at Gulfstream Park. Rather than make desperation plays to try and make up his score, Pulcini kept cool and played smart.
"The best advice I can give is stick to your game and don't even look at the leader board until at least half the contest is over"
"The main key to winning the $5,000 High Stakes game was I did not panic when Sofia popped a capped winner in the fourth race of the game. I kept to task, didn't pay attention to the leader board and understood it was a long contest and just continued to grind it out. I would also give that as advice on how to be successful on DerbyWars. Too many players give up if someone hits a capped horse saying its over, we're all playing for second etc. It's never over until that last race is run and all you're doing by saying that is psyching yourself out of making sound decisions because you have already given up and at the same time, giving the leader extra confidence because he/she now knows they have you beat mentally."
In the end, that paid off with a $79.00 final score and $4,000 more in Pulcini's bankroll. Bowley was second, with a final score of $63.80 and took home $1,000.
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