National Handicapping Championship is Wide Open

Heading into day two, Saturday, the National Handicapping Championship is wide open.  Only four players broke into low triple digits, making it easily the lowest scoring day one ever in the horse player event.  Held at The Treasure Island in Las Vegas, the three-day championship features over $2.3 million in purses, a record for the popular event where players have to win their in.  Buy-ins are not allowed.

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Contestant Brad Auger with friend Howard at the NHC


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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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