TheStreet.com's Beat the Street trading contest got off to an big start, with the No. 1 player nearly doubling his money in the first day of trading.

"family1" took the starting pot of $100,000 and turned it into $191,585. That's a pretty comfortable lead on the No. 2 finisher, "3sacharm," who clocked nearly $149,363, and "kozy," who's at $141,785.

In "Beat the Street," players start with $100,000 of fictional money that they use to buy and sell stocks throughout the trading day. The contest runs for two months, and the grand winner will receive a $150,000 prize. There are also special daily and weekly prizes. There's still time to sign up -- and it's free! Please

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Want some tips on how to play a fantasy stock picking game?

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to read this article by James Altucher, who gives some names that could rocket this week, and then some strategies on playing the game.