The (“Tournament”) is a "real money" handicapping challenge. A player will be required to deposit $1,000, of which $500 will be the player’s bankroll for wagering during the Tournament, with the remaining $500 going to the Prize Pool. At the conclusion of the Tournament, any dollar amount remaining in the bankroll — whether it grows to $100,000 or falls to $100 — will remain the property of the player.


To enter, register at www.tampabaydowns.com and make the required payment of $1,000 on or before 11:00 a.m. on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2023. If for some reason a player is unable to make a payment online by the deadline, the player may contact Margo Flynn at mjflynn@tampabaydowns.com or at 813-855-4401, extension 1368 to make a payment.


Only races at Tampa Bay Downs on Friday, February 10, 2023 and Saturday, February 11, 2023 will be included in the Tournament. The Tournament will conclude with the final race on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Tampa Bay Downs. Wager types permitted are Win, Place and/or Show only. Players must comply with the minimum wagering requirements noted below.

Players can only make (10) $50 (Win, Place and/or Show) wagers on the races during the tournament – FIVE on Friday and FIVE on Saturday, Feb . 10 and 11, 2023. Wagering any amount other than $50 per race, betting on more or fewer than 10 races (FIVE RACES each day), or wagering into another pool other than Win, Place and Show pools during the contest, will result in a disqualification from prizes.

There are no caps on payouts. The player with the highest score (which is calculated by taking player’s total bankroll) at the end of the Tournament on Saturday, February 11, 2023 is the Grand Prize winner. Players wagering on less or more than 10 races during the tournament will be disqualified from prizes. Examples: Race 1: $20 to win, $20 to place and $10 to show on #1 ($50.00) or Race 1: $25 to win on #1 and $25 to win on #2 ($50.00).


Players begin with $500 which is the equivalent of 500 Challenge points. A player’s challenge score will be the equivalent of their bankroll at a rate of 1 point = $1.00 subject to any penalties as noted in the rules.


Of the $1,000 buy-in, $500 will be placed in the prize pool with 100% of the prize money paid out as prizes. The first and second overall place finishers will receive their choice of a seat in either the 2022 or 2023 National Horseplayers Championship plus Tour Points. (Prizes include hotel accommodations). Daily prizes will also be awarded see below:

Day One Prizes  » February 10, 2023

First place $500 cash plus one seat to the NHCFirst place $500 cash plus one seat to the NHC

Second place $250 cash

Third place $50 cash

Day Two Prizes  » February 11, 2023

First place $500 cash plus one seat to the NHCFirst place $500 cash plus one seat to the NHC

Second place $250 cash

Third place $50 cash


The overall prize pool will be based solely on the number of entries – example below.

An overall prize pool based on 100 entries is as follows:

1st place $15,000 or 50%(of the prize pool) plus a seat in either the 2022 or 2023 National Horseplayers Championship

2nd place $6,000 or 20% (of the prize pool) plus a seat in either the 2022 or 2023 National Horseplayers Championship

3rd place $4500 or 15% (of the prize pool)

4th place $3,000 or 10% (of the prize pool)

5th place $1000 or 5 % (of the prize pool)


Each participant will be issued a player card to be used for all Tournament wagers. This account-wagering card contains the "real-money" bankroll of $500. Upon receipt, participants should test the card in self-service machines to become familiar with placing wagers and ensure the card is working properly. If a player loses his/her card or the card is not working, the player is responsible for immediately reporting the issue to Tournament officials so they may resolve the problem. Players must make only Tournament wagers on this card. TAMPA BAY DOWNS is not responsible for lost or stolen cards.


All contest wagers may be placed through selected self-service machines throughout TAMPA BAY DOWNS. Wagers will not be accepted through mutuel tellers. There are numerous self-service betting machines located throughout the facility and in the tournament room. Players must place all wagers personally. No person shall directly or indirectly act as an intermediary, transmitter or agent in placing wagers for a player, unless authorized by Tournament officials. All official track rulings will apply to wagers placed in the Tournament except as otherwise stipulated. The Tournament will be based on the running order and mutuel prices at TAMPA BAY DOWNS. If a player wagers on any track other than TAMPA BAY DOWNS for purposes of the tournament, the player will be disqualified.


If winnings (less the wager) exceed $5,000 and if the winnings are at least 300 times the total net amount bet through a single account on a single track/day/race/pool; IRS withholding will automatically be deducted from the player's card. Whereas, for Tournament scoring purposes, the gross amount of the winning wager will be recorded in the player's score. Please note for purposes of wagering in the Tournament, only the net amount (the amount received after the IRS withholding) will be available to the player. TAMPA BAY DOWNS is not responsible for a player missing a bet due to winnings being withheld.


If a horse is scratched after a wager is placed, it is the player's responsibility to change his/her selection prior to the race, subject to all other Tournament wagering rules. In the event a player is not able to change his/her selection due to a late scratch (within 10 minutes to post), which prohibits the player from wagering on the minimum number of races on Saturday, February11, 2023, the player will have the amount not wagered, up to the required minimum per race, deducted from the player's final Tournament score. However, this amount will not be deducted from the player's personal bankroll. No penalties will be assessed on player wagers involving any horses ruled as non-starters by stewards.

10. TIES

In the result of a tie for a cash-prize placing, the prize money will be divided equally among the players involved.


Officials will endeavor to post the standings on TV monitors in the tournament area. Issues related to IRS withholding, late scratches or other matters could delay the posting of the scores. All standings are unofficial until the final results are audited and posted. Players are encouraged to maintain an accurate record of their wagers and scoring.


Players must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the Tournament and the NHC. The following are ineligible to participate in this contest: Employees of TAMPA BAY DOWNS, AmTote, or any of their subsidiaries, or members of their immediate families, including spouses, children, siblings and parents of any of the foregoing. If anyone has any training or ownership interest in any horses running in any of the applicable Tournament races, then all involvements must be fully disclosed in advance to Tournament officials. If a player has a stake in a horse in a race included in the Tournament, the player is not allowed to bet in that race.


Liability for any and all federal, state, and local taxes is solely the responsibility of prize winners.


Affidavits confirming compliance of all the rules of this Tournament will be required of all players. All prize winners acknowledge that if they enter this Tournament under a fraudulent name and/or Social Security number, they will be immediately disqualified from this and all future Tournaments held by TAMPA BAY DOWNS. Positive identification is required of all prize winners. Positive identification is a valid government-issued ID with a picture and the same address and birthdate used on the entry forms, and/or such other form of identification as deemed adequate by contest officials. Social Security information is also the responsibility of the player. Contestants may play a maximum of two entries. Collusion of entries between horse players is prohibited, as is any attempt to manipulate the results of the tournament.


The management of TAMPA BAY DOWNS reserves the right to interpret all questions and conditions in regard to this tournament, without claim for damages or recourse of any kind. The management of TAMPA BAY DOWNS will decide all questions and definitions covered and not covered explicitly in these rules and their decisions shall be final.

Reminder: All contestants at qualifying tournaments must have paid a one-time annual NTRA membership fee of $50 in order to be eligible to compete at the National Horseplayers Championship. Contestants may opt not to purchase the $50 annual NTRA membership, but they would then be competing in qualifying tournaments for prize money only at the qualifiers, and not for the available berths in the NHC Finals. NHC berths at a given qualifier will only be available to those who are paid NTRA members prior to the start of competition at a qualifying tournament. Please contact the NTRA directly if you have any questions or concerns regarding these stipulations at mravencraft@ntra.comor 859-422-2657.

***If the contestant wishes to play for a 2024 Seat they must be a member of the 2023 Tour.

Tour registration will open on January 6, 2023***

2022 NHC Tour Points will be awarded in this contest regardless if you are playing for a 2023 or 2024 NHC entry