With the National Horseplayers Championship postponed from its traditional February dates due to COVID-19 and re-scheduled for August, the NTRA today announced that a Last Chance/First Chance qualifier has been added to the calendar Feb. 13. The contest will provide an opportunity for players to qualify to either the Aug. 27-29, 2021 NHC or the Jan. 28-30, 2022 NHC.
The Last Chance/First Chance qualifier will be held on HorsePlayers.com, and the entry fee will be $500. Two NHC seats will be guaranteed to NHC 2021 plus travel and hotel accommodations. The qualifier will offer a maximum of two seats to the 2022 NHC. Only individuals who have already won two qualifying seats into NHC 2021 may compete for a seat in NHC 2022. One additional qualifying seat to the 2021 NHC will be awarded for every 20 entries over the first 80 entries. The NHC seats include travel and hotel accommodations. NHC 2021 Tour points will be awarded.
Traditionally the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network, Caesars Entertainment and Bally's would be held in Las Vegas the weekend after the Super Bowl. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 NHC has been moved to the last weekend in August in Las Vegas. The traditional onsite 'Last Chance First Chance' contest will still be held at Bally's on the eve of the NHC.
A player must be a 2021 NHC Tour member to be eligible to win a 2022 seat and receive 2021 NHC Tour points.