Ellis Park News Release
ELLIS PARK TO HOST “THE BIG ONE” HANDICAPPING CONTEST WITH ESTIMATED PURSE OF $300,000
50 Seats Available for Qualification at HorseTourneys.com
HENDERSON, KY, December 15, 2012 — Ellis Park Race Course, Inc., announced today a new on-track handicapping contest, named “The Big One” at Ellis Park, to be held next Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 31st and September 1st, 2013. The majority of qualifying seats to “The Big One” will be made available exclusively at HorseTourneys.com, Ellis Park’s proprietary handicapping contest website.
Covering two days, the contest will mirror the format of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC), the industry’s recognized and pre-eminent annual national championship of handicapping. It will award the top 10 finishers qualifying packages to the 2014 NHC, expected to be held in January, 2014, in Las Vegas. With the estimated purse of $300,000, it would become the second-richest handicapping contest on the NHC Tour, second only to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.
“The Big One” will be limited to 55 total entries, with 50 of those entries available exclusively at HorseTourneys.com, the online handicapping contest site owned and operated by Ellis Park. Up to five (5) buy-in entries will also be made available on a lottery basis for an estimated $10,000 each. Qualifying contests to “The Big One” will begin in January, 2013, at www.HorseTourneys.com. Players will be limited to one entry per player; however, qualifying packages earned at HorseTourneys.com may be transferred to any individual.
“We’re delighted to be back in the on-track contest scene at Ellis Park,” said Ron Geary, owner of Ellis Park Race Course. “We think this becomes a must-stop on the NHC Tour and one of the most sought-after seats of any handicapping contest. We look forward to putting on a first-class production for avid contest players around the country.”
Based on the estimated purse of $300,000 (based on 50 entries—purse would be higher should 55 entries be attained or adjusted down for fewer entries), prizes will be awarded to the top 10 finishers, or nearly 20 percent of the field. The grand prize is estimated at $120,000; 2nd place: $60,000; 3rd place: $30,000; 4th place: $22,500; 5th place: $15,000; 6th place: $13,500; 7th place: $12,000; 8th place: $10,500; 9th place: $9,000; and 10th place: $7,500. The top 10 finishers would also earn qualifying packages to the NHC, including airfare to Las Vegas and hotel accommodations at the NHC host venue.
Qualifying packages to “The Big One” earned at HorseTourneys.com will include a 3-night stay in Evansville, Indiana; $500 in travel allowance; gourmet buffet and open bar throughout the two-day event as well as additional hospitality perks.
“This should be one of the jewels on the NHC Tour circuit in 2013, and the NTRA is very pleased Ellis Park has decided to bring an event of this stature to NHC Tour players,” said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).
Players will wager on 30 total races—15 per day—to be designated among 16 mandatory races selected by tournament officials and 14 optional plays of players’ choosing among designated simulcast tracks. Payout caps and other rules will be designed to mimic the expected conditions at the NHC.
Details of the qualifying contests at HorseTourneys will be announced soon. More information may be found at the HorseTourneys.com website at www.horsetourneys.com/thebigone.
Questions should be directed to McKay Smith at HorseTourneys.com at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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