Photo Finish Live: The Web3 Horse Racing Game Generating Tens of Thousands in Passive Income

Jeff Opdyke (Jeffo)
14 min readNov 21, 2023

Maybe I just have an addictive personality.

Or maybe I’m just drawn to video games that make me think and strategize and own the right assets for the moment.

Whatever the case, I’m addicted to Photo Finish Live, a blockchain-based horse racing game that is so much more than that basic description.

NOTE: This story first appeared in my Ministry of Alpha NFT newsletter on Substack. I have reprinted it here with minor modifications.

Photo Finish Live is to a typical video game what Fortnite is to a 1970s-era Atari 2600. Worlds apart.

One of my horses Dr. Fomo winning a race.

I want to tell you about Photo Finish Live because the game offers a legitimate opportunity to earn passive income racing digital horses, breeding horses, investing in the race tracks that populate the game… and, of course, wagering on the races. One example of what’s possible: A horse named Shockwave, retired and out in the pasture breeding, earned $35,000 in a single week through “stud fees” as digital fillies lined up for some e-lovin’ in order to breed a better caliber of racer.

In another example, a stable that owns scores of horses has earned over the last seven months more than $900,000 in distributions of $CROWN, an in-house utility token dispensed to every horse in every race, regardless if that horse wins or loses.

Frankly, $CROWN is one of the primary reasons I’m sending you this dispatch: Photo Finish Live will distribute $CROWN in every race through the end of April 2024, meaning now’s the time to learn about the game so that you can participate in the distributions that still remain. (You’ll also earn $DERBY, the wagering token, for every race in which your horse reaches the podium. But more on that in a moment.)

I’ve been playing Photo Finish Live now for just a week. I’m still a newbie, to a degree. But I’ve dived deeply into the game, the rules, the races… I’ve researched hundreds of horses, bought and sold more than a dozen, and I’ve run nearly 130 races.

And I readily concede that all of those stats are chump-change compared to the efforts of the biggest stables in the game, many of which own scores of horses and have run…



Jeff Opdyke (Jeffo)

Former Wall Street Journal writer living in Prague. Crypto and investing. Editor Global Intelligence Letter. Also on Substack: