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President and Founder of HorseTourneys

“Winter Rules” Now In Effect

This blog is sent out annually as a reminder of some tweaks we here at HorseTourneys employ to try and mitigate the effects of winter weather on scheduling. For beginners and veteran tourney players alike, it’s always a good idea for a quick refresher:

As we roll into the winter months, it’s a good idea that we explain our approach to scheduling, which we tweak this time of year.  We’ve employed this approach every year, and it just bears a quick reminder every November or so as chilly temperatures descend across the land.

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Notice Regarding PayPal Deposits

PayPal management has notified us that effectively immediately, the following changes will be applied to the HorseTourneys PayPal account (and accounts of any horse racing provider that accepts PayPal):

  • Credit or Debit cards will no longer be an option to make deposits directly on HorseTourneys using PayPal
  • The two options to use PayPal for direct deposits are: (1) using a PayPal balance; or (2) using a registered bank account

PLEASE NOTE: You may still use a debit card by first using that card to fund your PayPal balance. To do this, follow these steps:

(1) Login to PayPal

(2) Go to “Transfer Money”

(3) Go to “Add money from your bank or debit card”

(4) Follow the instructions to add funds from your debit card to your PayPal balance

(5) Once your PayPal balance has been updated, you may then use your balance to deposit directly at HorseTourneys.

You may email us at support@horsetourneys.com with any questions.

NOTICE Regarding Winner Take All, Head-to-Head Event Listings for Some Tracks

In an effort to reduce the home page listing size and load of HorseTourneys, effective immediately, please note that both WINNER TAKE ALL and HEAD-TO-HEAD events for some tracks will no longer appear on the main, home page listing.

These tournaments may be accessed by using the filters for both WINNER TAKE ALL and HEAD-TO-HEAD, found under the TYPE header in the filter section.

So for example, if you desire a $100 WINNER TAKE ALL event for HAWTHORNE, you would choose the WINNER TAKE ALL from the TYPE filter options. If you’d like to quickly find HAWTHORNE, also select the HAW option from the TRACKS list.

The same applies for HEAD-TO-HEAD. You may choose the HEAD-TO-HEAD option from the TYPE filter and find what track you’re looking for. Or, add the TRACK from the TRACK filter to narrow it more.

The tracks running at this current time that are affected by this change are as follows:

DELAWARE PARK
HORSESHOE INDIANAPOLIS
LAUREL
MAHONING VALLEY
HAWTHORNE
GOLDEN GATE
EARLY OR LATE BEL/KEE/SA

Please contact support at support@horsetourneys.com with any questions.

“Winter Rules” Now In Effect

This blog is sent out annually as a reminder of some tweaks we here at HorseTourneys employ to try and mitigate the effects of winter weather on scheduling.  For beginners and veteran tourney players alike, it’s always a good idea for a quick refresher:

As we roll into the winter months, it’s a good idea that we explain our approach to scheduling, which we tweak this time of year.  We’ve employed this approach every year, and it just bears a quick reminder every November or so as chilly temperatures descend across the land.

Continue reading

Update Regarding State Fees For Minnesota Residents

The Minnesota Racing Commission has recently notified us of new requirements for Source Market Fees for residents of Minnesota.

Previously, HorseTourneys had received a waiver of a portion of these source market fees owed to the state on play at HorseTourneys and HorsePlayers. Effective July 1, 2021, we are now responsible for the full amount of prescribed source market fees for ADW providers in the state.

Due to our extremely low blended takeout rate (approximately 11 percent blended), HorseTourneys is unable to absorb this source market fee requirement in our existing expense structure. As a result, the State Fee on deposits for Minnesota residents has been increased to six (6) percent of deposited funds. This is only applied to your deposits, not to your entry fees on either site.

We regret that costs for Minnesota residents have increased, but please understand that this additional State Fee is required for us to be able to serve Minnesota residents. We will advise if there is any change to the source market fee requirement moving forward.

Live Chat Debuts at HorseTourneys – With Caveats

Does Live Chat among players belong on a site like HorseTourneys?

It’s a question that we’ve grappled with internally off and on for the better part of… well, only the last decade.

The case for allowing Live Chat is that it adds to the entertainment value of the product, creating a higher level of engagement and fostering an even greater sense of community among our player base.  Anyone who has played tournaments at on-site, brick-and-mortar locations has witnessed the kind of camaraderie that typically comes along with a major tournament event.  While online chat could never replicate that experience, it would at least bring some of it to online play.

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Live Chat Rules

Participating in Live Chat at HorseTourneys is a privilege.  This privilege is reserved for those that are able to comport themselves appropriately. 

Please note that Live Chat cannot be used for support requests.  Players must submit a Customer Support form if needing assistance. 

The following are most (but not all) of the kinds of conduct that will not be tolerated:

  • Use of profane/vulgar language

Don’t curse, and don’t say vulgar or disgusting things.  “Damn” is OK.  If you think it’s going to be a problem otherwise, don’t say it.

  • Ad Hominem/Personal Attacks

Don’t attack other players personally.

  • Attacks on HorseTourneys/HorsePlayers Management or that of our partners

Don’t attack HorseTourneys/HorsePlayers management, whether as a whole or individual members.  Don’t attack our business partners like the NTRA, Xpressbet, Breeders’ Cup or our partner racetrack management.

  • Inflammatory language regarding jockeys, trainers, owners, or others involved in racing itself

Constructive criticism is fine.  Stating that you wish a jockey would attract a lethal case of Covid and die is not. 

  • Conspiracy Theories

Don’t espouse ridiculous conspiracy theories, especially as it relates to the operation of HorseTourneys/HorsePlayers.

  • Incessant Posting

Don’t post incessantly, unless you truly have something constructive to say.  Don’t yap simply to see your own voice. 

  • Touting/Advertising

Don’t tout services (such as selling picks, podcasts, etc.) and don’t shill or advertise for other services, particularly if in competition with HorseTourneys/HorsePlayers.

Chat activity may be monitored, both in real time and retroactively.  Moreover, players will have the ability to report unacceptable conduct via the Customer Support Form.

Any players discovered to have violated the Chat rules, depending on the severity, will either receive a warning, or lose the privilege to participate in Live Chat.  In some cases, HorseTourneys/HorsePlayers accounts may be revoked outright.

Please be respectful, and enjoy this feature.

HorsePlayers/HorseTourneys Login Information

If you already have an account at either HorseTourneys or HorsePlayers, that means that you already have an account for both sites.

HorsePlayers.com is a “white label” of HorseTourneys.com, which means that both websites share the same administrative backend. This means that your single account will work at both HorseTourneys.com and HorsePlayers.com. Furthermore, your account balance is shared among both sites. You can deposit into either site, and the funds can then be used on either one.

Please note that players are permitted only one account across both sites. If you think you signed up a new account in error, please reach out to us at support@horsetourneys.com and we’ll gladly take care of the situation for you.

So just remember, you use your same login email address and password at both HorseTourneys.com and HorsePlayers.com. Email us with any questions.