The BIG One at Laurel Scheduled for September 26-27, 2015

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-Top Five (5) Win $10,000 Entry to Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (November, 2015)-Top TEN (10) Win Full Package to Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) (January, 2016)
-Places 11th through 20th win $1,000 Entry to Horse Player World Series (March, 2016) OR $1,000 Cash

Note that any DUAL QUALIFIERS to the NHC that finish in an NHC qualifying position will receive an additional $5,000 CASH prize in lieu of the NHC package. Note that all 10 NHC packages must be awarded, therefore the $5,000 prize comes at HorseTourneys risk/expense and is designed to provide compensation for dual qualifiers.

Purse and number of NHC and BCBC packages awarded to be adjusted based on final total number of entries and depending on volume through pre-qualifying events at HorseTourneys.com. Total purse may exceed $225,000 should all pre-qualifying contests sell-out at full qualifying parameters and additional buy-in entries are purchased.

WHAT
“The BIG One” at Laurel Park, an on-track handicapping contest with qualifying packages available exclusively through HorseTourneys.com.

WHEN
September 26-27, 2015. Two-day contest. Registration on Friday, September 25 and morning of Saturday, September 26.

WHERE
Laurel Park in Laurel, MD (outside Baltimore)

PRIZES
Estimated purse of $200,000 to $225,000 based on 50 fully sold entries (purse contributions will vary according to participation levels in qualifying events). Purse and purse distribution adjusted based on total number of entries at the discretion of tournament officials. Based on estimated purse of $200,000, expected prize levels:

Estimated prize distribution based on $200,000 purse. Note that these are DIRECTIONAL payouts only–final prizes and prize distribution to be determined by tournament officials once final purse number is determined.

Grand Prize: $80,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

2nd Place: $40,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

3rd Place: $20,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

4th Place: $15,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

5th Place: $10,000 +$10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

6th Place: $9,000 + NHC Package

7th Place: $8,000 + NHC Package

8th Place: $7,000 + NHC Package

9th Place: $6,000 + NHC Package

10th Place: $5,000 + NHC Package

11th thru 20th Place:HPWS Entry or $1,000 Cash

BCBC Entry: $10,000 full entry into the November 2015 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (Bankroll + Entry Fee) (one BCBC entry per 10 entries participating)

NHC Package: Seat to 2016 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (held in January, 2016) PLUS $500 travel reimbursement and complimentary 4-night hotel stay at NHC venue. NHC Packages awarded will be adjusted based on the total number of entries participating (one NHC package awarded per 5 entries participating).

HORSETOURNEYS.COM PACKAGES
Qualifying packages to “The BIG One” at Laurel Park available through HorseTourneys.com will be all-inclusive, including the seat to “The BIG One” at Laurel Park and purse contribution; $500 in travel reimbursement provided upon winning a qualifying package and complimentary 3-night hotel stay near Baltimore/Laurel area at a selected hotel venue.

Total value of package = $8,825 USD

CONTEST HOSPITALITY
Buffet and Open Bar throughout the duration of the contest. Cocktail/Dinner reception on Friday, Sept. 25 at selected venue, including dinner and Open Bar.

MAXIMUM ENTRIES
There will be a maximum of 57 entries allowed in “The BIG One” at Laurel Park. 50 of those entries will be made available exclusively for qualification at http://www.HorseTourneys.com. Five (5) entries will be made available on a buy-in lottery basis for $8,500 each. A total of (2) spots will be allocated to Laurel Park for pre-event on-site qualifiers. A player may play only one entry per person in “The BIG One,” however, players may continue to participate in qualifiers in their own name and transfer any additional packages won to another player, who must be present at the event.

FORMAT
Mythical contest format based on the expected conditions at the NHC Finals. $2 Win/Place wagers made on one horse per race. 30 total races (15 each day). 8 of the 15 races each day will be mandatory plays on races determined by tournament officials. The remaining 7 plays each day will be optional plays on racetracks selected by tournament officials. Payout caps of $42 to Win (20-1), $22 to Place (10-1).

HOW TO QUALIFY
Qualifying contests to “The BIG One” at Laurel Park will begin in January, 2015, and proceed through the week prior to the event. Go to http://www.HorseTourneys.com to check the upcoming schedule of qualifiers. The majority of qualifying contests at HorseTourneys.com will carry entry fees of $395, awarding one “The BIG One” package per 30 entries participating. Consolation prizes may be offered in some qualifiers.

BUY-IN ENTRIES
A minimum of five (5) buy-in entries will be made available to “The BIG One” at $8,000 each. If there are more buy-in requests than there are buy-in entries available, first preference will be given to those players that have participated in the most qualifiers to “The BIG One,” if applicable, in the order of number of entries played in qualifying events at HorseTourneys. Any remaining requests will be settled on a lottery basis. A $500 deposit will be required, refundable to those not winning a lottery selection and non-refundable to those winning lottery selection, if applicable. The number of buy-in entries and costs of those entries may be adjusted by tournament officials based on number of entries qualified to the event, including elimination of the buy-in option. To make arrangements to secure a buy-in entry, please email McKay Smith at support@horsetourneys.com for instructions.

QUESTIONS
Questions should be directed to McKay Smith, Operator/Tournament Director at HorseTourneys.com. Email: support@horsetourneys.com

Shawn “Spike” Turner takes “The BIG One” at Laurel; Johnson 2nd, Podratz 3rd

Longtime tournament horseplayer Shawn “Spike” Turner of Middletown, Maryland, took “The BIG One”, held at Laurel Park Oct 11-12.  Turner turned a single $25 feeder entry into a qualiifer into a haul of $70,500 in grand prize money plus a Breeders’ Cup Challenge and NHC berth.  Gary Johnson of Massillon, Ohio, was second, with Michelle Podratz of Santa Clarita, California, third.

Total prize money was $175,000, with the top five winners earning coveted seats to both the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and NHC.  Finishers 6th thru 15th earned seats to the Horse Player World Series.  In total, nearly $300,000 in cash, prizes and amenities were awarded at this year’s event.

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The BIG One is Back – in Baltimore! Oct 11-12 at Laurel Park, $200,000+ Estimated Purse, BCBC, NHC, HPWS Seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated Purse of $200,000 to $225,000*

PLUS

Top Five (5) Win $10,000 Entry to Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (November, 2014)

Top Five (5) Win Full Package to Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) (January, 2015)

Places 6th through 15th win $1,000 Entry to Horse Player World Series (March, 2015)

*Based on 50 entries. Purse and number of NHC packages awarded to be adjusted based on final total number of entries and depending on volume through pre-qualifying events at HorseTourneys.com. Total purse may exceed $225,000 should all pre-qualifying contests sell-out at full qualifying parameters and additional buy-in entries are purchased.

WHAT
“The BIG One” at Laurel Park, an on-track handicapping contest with qualifying packages availabile exclively through HorseTourneys.com.

WHEN
October 11-12, 2014. Two-day contest. Registration on Friday, October 10 and morning of Saturday, October 11.

WHERE
Laurel Park in Laurel, MD (outside Baltimore)

PRIZES
Estimated purse of $200,000 to $225,000 based on 50 fully sold entries (purse contributions will vary according to participation levels in qualifying events). Purse and purse distribution adjusted based on total number of entries at the discretion of tournament officials. Based on estimated purse of $200,000, expected prize levels:

Estimated prize distribution based on $200,000 purse. Note that these are DIRECTIONAL payouts only–final prizes and prize distribution to be determined by tournament officials once final purse number is determined.

Grand Prize: $80,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

2nd Place: $40,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

3rd Place: $20,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

4th Place: $15,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

5th Place: $10,000 +$10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

6th Place: $9,000 + HPWS Entry ($1,000)
7th Place: $8,000 + HPWS Entry ($1,000)
8th Place: $7,000 + HPWS Entry ($1,000)
9th Place: $6,000 + HPWS Entry ($1,000)
10th Place: $5,000 + HPWS Entry ($1,000)
11th thru 15th Place: HPWS Entry ($1,000)

BCBC Entry: $10,000 full entry into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (Bankroll + Entry Fee) (one BCBC entry per 10 entries participating)

NHC Package: Seat to 2015 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (held in January, 2015) PLUS $500 travel reimbursement and complimentary 4-night hotel stay at NHC venue. NHC Packages awarded will be adjusted based on the total number of entries participating (one NHC package awarded per 10 entries participating).

HORSETOURNEYS.COM PACKAGES
Qualifying packages to “The BIG One” at Laurel Park available through HorseTourneys.com will be all-inclusive, including the seat to “The BIG One” at Laurel Park and purse contribution; $500 in travel reimbursement provided upon registration; complimentary 3-night hotel stay near Baltimore/Laurel area at a selected hotel venue and pro-rated NHC seat and NHC hotel/travel.

Total value of package = $7,750 USD

CONTEST HOSPITALITY
Buffet and Open Bar throughout the duration of the contest. Cockatil/Dinner reception on Friday, Oct. 10 at selected venue, including dinner and Open Bar.

MAXIMUM ENTRIES
There will be a maximum of 57 entries allowed in “The BIG One” at Laurel Park. 50 of those entries will be made available exclusively for qualification at http://www.HorseTourneys.com. Five (5) entries will be made available on a buy-in lottery basis for $8,500 each. A total of (2) spots will be allocated to Laurel Park for pre-event on-site qualifiers. A player may play only one entry per person in “The BIG One”.

FORMAT
Mythical contest format based on the expected conditions at the NHC Finals. $2 Win/Place wagers made on one horse per race. 30 total races (15 each day). 8 of the 15 races each day will be mandatory plays on races determined by tournament officials. The remaining 7 plays each day will be optional plays on racetracks selected by tournment officials. Payout caps of $42 to Win (20-1), $22 to Place (10-1).

HOW TO QUALIFY
Qualifying contests to “The BIG One” at Laurel Park will begin in February, 2014, and proceed through the end of September. Go to http://www.HorseTourneys.com to check the upcoming schedule of qualifiers. Entry fees for the majority of qualifiying contests at HorseTourneys.com will carry entry fees of $225, awarding one “The BIG One” package per 45 entries participating. Consolation site credit prizes will be offered in most qualifiers.

BUY-IN ENTRIES
A minimum of five (5) buy-in entries will be made available to “The BIG One” at $8,500 each. If there are more buy-in requests than there are buy-in entries available, first preference will be given to those players that have participated in the most qualifiers to “The BIG One,” if applicable, in the order of number of entries played in qualifying events at HorseTourneys. Any remaining requests will be settled on a lottery basis. A $500 deposit will be required, refundable to those not winning a lottery selection and non-refundable to those winning lottery selection, if applicable. The number of buy-in entries and costs of those entries may be adjusted by tournament officials based on number of entries qualified to the event, including elimination of the buy-in option. To make arrangements to secure a buy-in entry, please email McKay Smith at support@horsetourneys.com for instructions.

QUESTIONS
Questions should be directed to McKay Smith, Operator/Tournament Director at HorseTourneys.com. Email: support@horsetourneys.com

Auerbach Wins Inaugural “The BIG One” at Ellis Park

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COMPLETE STANDINGS BY ACCOUNT NUMBER: click here

 SAMUEL AUERBACH WINS “THE BIG ONE” AT ELLIS PARK; LARGEST NON-BREEDERS’ CUP RACETRACK CONTEST PURSE OF ALL TIME 

HENDERSON, KY, September 3, 2013  —  Samuel Auerbach of Staten Island, New York, took first place in the inaugural “The BIG One” at Ellis Park, a mega-handicapping contest held Labor Day weekend at Ellis Park Race Course in Henderson, Kentucky.  The $292,000 purse of the event (not including other prizes) represents the richest known handicapping contest to be held at a racetrack in the United States outside of a contest run in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Auerbach finished on top of a field of 54 total players and took home the top prize of $115,000.  Ed Menize of Elk Grove, California, was the runner-up and took home $57,800.  Cash prizes were paid down to 10th place, with the 10th place finisher receiving $7,750.

In addition to cash prizes, the top 10 finishers received seats and accomodations to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, the industry’s recognized and pre-eminent annual national championship of handicapping.

“The BIG One” contest covered two days, August 31 to September 1.  Players made 15 mythical $2 Win/Place wagers each day on a single horse.  Races were divided between eight mandatory plays and seven optional plays from an eligible roster of five racetracks, which included Ellis Park, Saratoga, Monmouth Park, Arlington Park and Del Mar.  Auerbach compiled a total bankroll of $173.10, Menize second with $157.00.  The format of the contest was designed to mimic conditions players will face at the National Handicapping Championship.

While there have been handicapping contests that have carried larger total purses in the past, to industry knowledge, none have ever been held at a racetrack other than one held in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup.  Therefore, Ellis Park now holds the distinction of owning the richest known non-Breeders’ Cup racetrack handicapping contest.

51 of the field of 54 players qualified to play in the final through HorseTourneys.com, an affiliate handicapping contest website of Ellis Park.  Players qualified to the event for as little as $38 through various feeder contests held since January, 2013.

“We’re absolutely thrilled at the response to “The BIG One” and are very pleased with how the event went this weekend,” said Ron Geary, co-owner of Ellis Park Race Course.  “Ellis Park now becomes a must-stop destination on the major handicapping contest circuit, and we look forward to making the event even more attractive next year and beyond.”

Questions should be directed to McKay Smith at HorseTourneys.com at support@horsetourneys.com.

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