Update on the 2012 NHC Tour

Tour Prize Money Increased to $250,000; $5,000 Bonus for Multiple Qualifying Wins

February 1, 2012 Press Release

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that signups for the 2012 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour are being accepted at http://www.ntra.com/nhcregistration The Daily Racing Form NHC Tour is a yearlong bonus series offering additional prize money and qualifying berths to the 14th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in January 2013 at Treasure Island Las Vegas.

As was the case in 2011, NHC Tour membership is mandatory in order to earn an entry into the NHC Finals — the lucrative culmination of the year’s qualifying schedule. The recently concluded NHC 13 on January 27-28 saw Michael Beychok of Baton Rouge, La., emerge as the first-ever million-dollar winner of a horse racing handicapping contest.

Highlighting the changes for the 2012 Tour year is an increase in overall NHC Tour prize money to $250,000, including a $50,000 payout to the top finishers in the first half of the Tour year and another $50,000 to those who do best during the second half of the year.  Point totals within each half year segment will be based on a player’s top four scores, with one of those four scores having to come from points earned at a live, non-online event. (A player not earning points in a live event would be credited with 0 for his fourth score.) End-of-year payouts will total $150,000, with points based on a member’s top six scores.  One of those six year-end scores must come from a live, non-online event. The top 100 players at the end of the year will be guaranteed entry into the 2013 NHC Finals and the season-ending points leader will be eligible for a $2 million bonus should he or she capture the 2013 NHC.

Also new for 2012 is an automatic $5,000 bonus paid (up to a maximum of three bonuses) to anyone who wins more than one NHC qualifying tournament (live or online).

Membership in the 2012 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour is open to adults 21 years of age or older and requires a one-time membership fee of $50. Membership in the 2012 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour is mandatory in order for top finishers of sanctioned NHC qualifying events to be eligible to compete in the January 2013 NHC Finals in Las Vegas. The NHC Tour membership must be in place prior to the start of any given qualifying tournament in order for one to qualify for the NHC Finals at that qualifying tournament.

Among the other benefits of 2012 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour membership are free, online qualifying tournaments that are restricted to NHC Tour members and offering a total of 10 seats to the 2013 NHC.

Other 2012 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour benefits include:

Eligibility to compete for a seat at the January 2013 NHC at Treasure Island Las Vegas;

  • Twice monthly e-newsletter featuring photos and recaps of previously held tourneys; schedules and links to upcoming tournaments; and tourney tips from previous NHC Champions and qualifiers;
  • Special offers from Daily Racing Form; including 10% off on 10- and 20-card Past Performance plans (Classic or Formulator); and
  • Eligibility to receive benefits and discounts from NTRA Advantage partners.

In its 14th year, the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers and is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping Web sites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals. Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. In addition to the founding title sponsor, the NHC is presented by Treasure Island Las Vegas and Sovereign Stable.

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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 Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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