Have you seen the news? There was an announcement from the NTRA today that three new NHC Super Qualifiers have been added to the tournament schedule. Each event has a $1,500 entry fee, with $1,000 standing as the player’s bankroll, $200 to the cash prize pool, and $300 going to cover the cost of the NHC spots and travel. The format is simple: each player will make ten $50 Win/Place wagers, and the highest bankroll at the end wins. I don’t see anything in the press release about this contest being limited to races at the host track, but I’m guessing that’s part of the deal. Host track locations and dates are:
September 29th at Belmont Park
December 22nd at Fair Grounds
January 5th at Santa Anita (and Xpressbet)
One NHC seat will be awarded for every 15 entries.
I dig the twist on the traditional $2 Win/Place mythical money format. Now, as someone who is taking part in more and more tournaments each year, I think we probably need to address the elephant in the room. Is the NHC a “good bet”? Personally, I don’t know if it is. We can discuss this more as we go here at LoneSpeed. I am open to both sides of the argument. But it’s probably an issue that needs to be addressed, either as a group or for the individual player, when deciding what contests to enter.
Regardless, I like the addition of these new events and I suspect I’ll end up attending at least one of them.