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GRAND PRIZE
First place in the “Fall” Tournament will win a berth into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (value $10,000). The berth covers your $2,500 entry fee and $7,500 bank. If you can not or choose not to make the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, the berth can be “transferred” to anyone of your choosing (assuming they qualify under the BCBC regulations). The winner will receive two days of championship racing with 3-days accommodations at Lexington or one of the satellite locations, a discount on seating and food is available for BCBC guests and tickets to a VIP Breeders’ Cup party. Satellite locations for the BCBC are Del Mar, Santa Anita, Aqueduct and Gulfstream. Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge will take place on October 30 and 31, 2015.

1. When can I enter the tournament?
Registration for the Saturday, August 22, 2015 tournament will begin Friday, July 25. You can call 301-470-5432 if you want to register with a credit card (Mastercard or Visa) - Entry fee Only. The bank cannot be charged on a credit card. Or, you can mail in your entry fee and bank (cashier’s check), or mail in just your entry fee, if you prefer. If you are registering over the phone you have until NOON on Friday, August 21. If you call after 12:00pm on Friday (8/21) you will reach a polite voice mail message telling you that early registration is closed and if there are still open spots in the tournament, registration will resume the morning of the tournament at 10:00am.

2. How do I get a registration form?
You can email diana.harbaugh@marylandracing.com before noon on August 21, and you will be e-mailed a registration form, but seriously, you are already here on the web site, why not download a registration form from www.laurelpark.com/handicapping/contests clicking here.

3. How much to enter the tournament?
You can email You will need $300 to enter the tournament (per entry), a $100 entry fee and a $200 bank.

4. How many entries may I have in the tournament?
You can email You are allowed a maximum of two entries per person.

5. What are the tracks available for wagering in the tournament?
The tracks available for wagering in the August 2015 tournament are Laurel, Gulfstream, Monmouth, Saratoga, and Woodbine.

6. Should I register early/Why? How many do you allow in the tournament?
Yes. The only way to guarantee a spot is to register early. We cap the entries at 300.

7. Do I get to keep what is in my bank at the end of the tournament?
Yes, the bank is yours to keep.

8. If I place 2 bets on the same horse, is it considered 2 wagers as long as each bet is for $20 or more?
Maybe...the rules will give you more details, but you may wager $20 to win, place and show on the same horse and it will count as 3 bets; if you wager $20 to win twice on the same horse, that will only count as 1 wager.

9. How many places do you pay?
Second through tenth place finishers receive a prize check. If there are more than 150 entries, the additional prize money will be shared among first through tenth place. If you are among the top ten, be sure to stop by the registration table before you leave.

10.  What is the average winning balance to win the tournament?
Click here to see winning balances.

11. How many people do you send to the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC), Horseplayer World Series (HWS) in Las Vegas and The Big One?
The first place finisher from the "Fall" tournament will win a berth into the 2015 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge. The 2015 dates for the BCBC are October 30 & 31. The second place finisher will win a berth into the 2015 Big One at Laurel Park. The dates for The Big One are September 26 & 27. The third place finisher from the Fall tournament will win a berth into the 2016 HPWS. The 2016 dates for the Horse Player World Series are March 30 - April 2, 2016.

12. Who pays for the airfare and hotel?
Air fare is the responsibility of the winners.  The hotel stay is picked up by the national tournaments (BCBC, The Big One and HWS).

If you win the berth in the BCBC, you will receive one complimentary rooom for 3 nights.  You check-in on Thursday, 10/29/15 and Check-out on Sunday, 11/1/15.    Your name and contact information will be sent to the officials at BCBC, you will be contacted.
 
If you win a berth in The Big One, you will receive a complimentary room for 2 nights.  You check-in on Friday, 9/25/15 and check-out 9/27/15.

If you win a berth in the HWS, you will receive a complimentary room for 4 nights.  You check-in on Wednesday, 3/29/16 and check-out Sunday, 4/2/16, if you choose to stay longer, you can contact the hotel and make individual arrangements.  If you have won more than one berth in the HWS, you can request up to two rooms. Your name and contact information will be sent to the officials at HWS and you will be contacted.

13. Is there a minimum/maximum wager?
Yes, the minimum wager allowed in the tournament is $20, there are no maximums.  You can't add money to your bank, however if you have winning wagers, the winnings are added to your bank and you are free to wager the maximum in your bank.

14. Can I place all my bets early and leave or do I have to stay for the entire tournament?
You don’t have to stay for the tournament, however if you win we will need additional information from you before we can mail your check, you will need to take care of your own bank if you win, one of your horses may scratch and you will miss lunch. I suggest you plan to stay.

15. Can I bring a guest/phone/laptop?
A limited number of guests are allowed (first come, first served) for a $20.00 fee because everyone in the Carriage Room has access to the buffet.  Phones are allowed; please be courteous when on a cell phone. We have limited electrical outlets. If you want to bring a laptop, it is suggested that you arrive early so you can choose a seat near an outlet.

16. How do I get to Laurel Park?
Click here for directions to Laurel Park.

17. Where can I stay?
Click here for a list of area hotels.

18. Have a question we didn't think of?
Call Diana Harbaugh at 301-470-5432 or email at diana.harbaugh@marylandracing.com