The Greatest vs. the Greatest: Nationwide Horseplayers Championship Set for March 10-12 in Las Vegas

The NTRA’s Nationwide Horseplayers Championship [NHC] is able to re-convene in Las Vegas for the 24th time with the finals set for Friday via Sunday, March 10-12. The NHC handicapping match is the end result of a year-long collection of contests that crowns the subsequent Eclipse Award winner for Excellent Handicapper. The three-day occasion additionally will award purse cash of roughly $3 million.

The highest prize in all of Thoroughbred handicapping can be up for grabs amongst an estimated area of roughly 760 qualifying entries from all throughout North America (roughly 625 people together with gamers which have certified twice), who will battle it out within the three-day NHC foremost occasion on the Horseshoe Las Vegas (previously Bally’s), a Caesars Leisure property. The middle Strip resort and on line casino will host the occasion for the fourth yr in a row in its 40,000 square-foot Occasions Middle.

The finalists earned their journeys to Vegas with wins or high finishes in contests held all through 2022 on qualifying match web sites, and at racetracks and off-track websites in the US and Canada. The 2023 NHC area will embody 143 first-time “rookie” qualifiers.

NHC contestants will attempt to compile the best earnings primarily based on legendary win-and-place wagers all through the three days of the match on races from the season’s high simulcast alerts together with Aqueduct, Truthful Grounds, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Oaklawn Park, Santa Anita Park, and Tampa Bay Downs.

The highest 10 p.c of the gamers after Friday and Saturday’s motion will make the reduce, advancing onward to the ultimate and deciding day of play on Sunday. The highest 10 scorers finally will square-off on the “Closing Desk” to resolve the championship on Sunday afternoon. All gamers who make the reduce – the highest 76 in a 760-entry contest – will earn a share of the prize cash, with first prize anticipated to be $750,000 to the winner. Everybody who makes the reduce will win at the very least $10,000 in prize cash, with the quantities regularly growing with each greater inserting.

The NHC represents a novel prize money-earning alternative for horseplayers. In all, an estimated $3 million in prizes can be distributed to match gamers on the NHC, with $300,000 in prizes already having been decided primarily based on the outcomes of the NHC Tour – a yearlong factors race decided by gamers’ finishes in NHC qualifying occasions. The 2022 NHC Tour winner was Jay Johns, 59, of Meridian, Idaho, who earned the Tour’s high prize of $75,000 in purse cash. Johns grew to become the 15th NHC Tour champion. He can be enjoying in his ninth consecutive NHC finals and is eligible to win a $5 million bonus if he goes on to win this yr’s NHC foremost occasion. In complete, 5,500 gamers competed on the NHC Tour in 2022.

The NHC XXIV area can be looking for to unseat reigning champion David Harrison, a 64-year-old actual property appraiser from the Rochester suburb of Webster, N.Y., who defeated the sector of 643 entries in final yr’s NHC finals. A number of different previous champions can be competing to change into the primary ever two-time winner of the occasion, together with Justin Mustari, 28, of Des Plaines, Sick., who grew to become the youngest champion within the historical past of the occasion when he gained in 2021. Additionally within the area can be 2020 winner Thomas Goldsmith, Scott Coles (2019), Chris Littlemore (2018), Ray Arsenault (2017), Paul Matties Jr. (2016), Jim Benes (2013), Michael Beychok (2012), Stanley Bavlish (2007), Steve Wolfson Jr. (2003), and Judy Wagner (2001), plus NHC Corridor of Famers Sally Goodall, Dave Gutfreund, Paul Sherman, Trey Stiles, Roger Cettina, and Christopher Larmey.

Handicappers can not purchase an entry to play within the NHC. It’s essential to be a part of the NTRA’s NHC Tour and win a spot with a excessive end in an NTRA-sanctioned contest. Qualifying for the subsequent NHC finals in 2024 is already open. For a full schedule of NHC handicapping occasions, and to hitch the NHC Tour, go to

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