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GRAND PRIZE
First place in the Spring 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. And that’s not all folks...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). There is more!! The winners of the BCBC berth received a 3-night stay at a Breeders’ Cup reserved hotel (you get one room, so if you bring a guest it will be more pleasant if you like him/her), a $400 travel voucher, a comped Clubhouse seat in player-designated area for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on 10/31 & 11/1, a seat in the Clubhouse Apron for 1 guest (if requested) and this is a 30 second walk from your seat, a gift package at check-in, and 2 (if requested) tickets to the Breeders’ Cup VIP party at Santa Anita (Thursday, early evening)!

1. When can I enter the tournament?
Registration for the Saturday, March 8, 2014 tournament will begin Tuesday, February 11.
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, March 7. If you call after 12:00pm on Friday (3/7) you will reach a polite voice mail message telling you that you waited too long for early registration. 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 March 7, and you will be emailed 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.

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

4. How many entries may I have in the tournament?
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 March 2014 tournament are Laurel, Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Tampa Bay and Santa Anita (through race 6).

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 250.

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. What are the average prize checks/how many people are in the tournament?
Click here to see past prize money amounts and number of past participants.

12. How many people do you send to the Horse Players World Series (HPWS) in Las Vegas and the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC)?
The first place finishers from the Spring and Fall tournament will win a berth into the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. The 2014 dates for the BCBC are October 31 and November 1. The second and third place finishers from the Spring and Fall tournaments will win a berth into the 2015 HPWS. The 2015 dates for the Horse Player World Series are March 26, 27 and 28.

13. Who pays for the airfare and hotel?
If you are one of the top 3 finishers, you will receive $400 toward your air fare. If you spend less than $400 on your air fare, the rest is yours to keep,any amount over $400 is your responsibility.

If you win a berth in the HPWS, you will receive a complimentary room for 4 nights. You check-in on Wednesday, 3/25 and check-out Sunday, 3/29, 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 HPWS, you can request up to two rooms. Your name and contact information will be sent to the officials at HPWS and you will be contacted.

If you win the berth in the BCBC, you will receive one complimentary rooom for 3 nights. You check-in on Thursday, 10/30 and Check-out on Sunday, 11/2. Your name and contact information will be sent to the officials at BCBC, you will be contacted.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. Can I bring a guest/phone/laptop?
Guests are allowed for a $20.00 because everyone in the Carriage room will have full 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.

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

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

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