LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 25, 2019) – This year’s first free online qualifier for the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) is set for March 2 on HorsePlayers.com, the official online qualifying site of the NHC. The top five finishers will earn automatic berths to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship to be held in Las Vegas next February. Each winning prize package includes NHC entry, four nights at the host hotel, and up to $400 travel reimbursement. 

Registration is now open at Horseplayers.com/contest/415528

The 20th edition of the NHC, won by 34-year-old Scott Coles, offered a prize pool worth $2,863,000 including an $800,000 first-place prize. Coles qualified for the NHC on HorsePlayers.com.

Participants in the online qualifier must be a NHC Tour member for the current year in order to be eligible to win qualifying spot to the NHC and must be a registered Tour member prior to participating in this contest. Players failing to register for NHC Tour membership prior to the start of this event will forfeit opportunity to win qualifying package. 

Tour membership starts at $50 and includes entry to the year’s remaining free online qualifiers, as well as access to dozens of contests each week. To sign up for the NHC Tour, go to www.ntra.com/membership. Individuals also must be registered at HorsePlayers.com

Every free online contest on HorsePlayers.com is determined by mythical Win and Place wagers on a series of mandatory races across the country with selections submitted in advance of the first designated contest race per the “Pick and Pray” format.  

For more information on the NHC and NHC Tour, visit www.ntra.com/nhc.