The NHC is world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament of the year for horseplayers and is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off-track betting facilities, and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals.
Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. The most recent NHC offered record prize money and awards totaling more than $2.9 million. NHC 19 will be held February 9-11, 2018, at Treasure Island Las Vegas.
The NHC tournament is an awesome experience for a horse player. You have the best handicappers in the world in one room & I look forward to the buzz in the room when the first mandatory race goes off, it is electric!
Meeting up with friends and sharing stories with fellow contest players who have also qualified this year and just the overall pure excitement of the NHC itself.
It’s my favorite event of the year, and I really enjoy connecting with everyone that I only see once a year.
It was a bucket list item to join the tour and make it to the NHC. There are so many great handicappers who I admire and it will be an honor to be in the same room with them.
The NTRA puts on a great event. Looking forward to seeing all the participants and hopefully a successful tournament!
The challenge of playing in the tournament – 3 days of handicapping against a field of competitors that have all earned the privilege to play for the championship.
First time I walked into the contest room at Treasure Island, I was completely in awe. There were so many people and the excitement filled the room.
Just being there.
Since it’s my first year I just want to take it all in. Knowing how hard it is to qualify for the NHC, I’m not sure when I’ll be back.
I love the event overall.
I have been looking forward to it since I qualified in February on Horsetourneys…. while I was ice fishing.
The camaraderie and fellowship among players. It is always fun to see some you haven’t in a while and to spend time taking on the arduous task of preparing for the NHC.
I’m just looking forward to the “whole” experience–the VIP treatment we receive, seeing some of the big names in the tournament game, and, of course, the great competition.
The atmosphere in the room, there’s nothing like it.
Just finally arriving. I feel that I have worked so hard and finally accomplished this goal of qualifying. After arriving, it’s game on.
Participating in such a large & prestigious tournament with others that enjoy the sport as much as I do.
There is no doubt that this is the most prestigious handicapping event in the country and winning would be an award like no other.
The tournament is a “first-class” environment and so well organized it is always fun to participate.
Just the general excitement of playing in the Championship against a lot of names I have followed over the past 5 years.
NHC Day 1 Mandatory Races
**** MANDATORY RACES ****
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
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Wins 2017 NHC Tour
“It feels like I’ve had a thousand pounds lifted off my shoulders. I was pretty apprehensive for a couple weeks there. I can’t believe I won the whole thing but I guess I did. I’m totally elated.”