2018/11/02 12:25

Official Rules

NOVEMBER 3rd & 4th, 2017



The 2017 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (the “Tournament” or “BCBC”) is a "real money" handicapping challenge. Players will be required to deposit $10,000, of which $7,500 will be the players’ bankroll for wagering during the Tournament. At the conclusion of the Tournament, any dollar amount remaining in the bankroll — whether it grows to $100,000 or falls to $100 — remains the property of the player.



Please register at www.Breederscup.com/BCBC or complete the following entry form: 2017 BCBC Entry Form (DOC). Participants who want to play the BCBC from home can register for the tournament online when site(s) are prepared to receive registrations in the near future.


Tournament races will include ALL live races from Del Mar on Friday, November 3, 2017 and live races through the Breeders’ Cup Classic (the “Classic”) on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Tournament races include all the undercard races prior to the Classic; Tournament races are not limited to only the Breeders' Cup Championships races. The Tournament will end on Saturday, November 4, 2017 with the Classic. Wager types permitted are Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta and Daily Double only. To avoid penalty, players must comply with the minimum wagering requirements noted below. However, players may bet more than the minimum requirements at any time during the Tournament.

By the end of Friday, November 3, 2017, a minimum of $600 must be bet per race on a minimum of 5 different races held on Friday, November 3rd. Should a player fail to bet the required minimum number of races (5) at the minimum wager amount required ($600) on Friday's card, 1,000 points will be deducted from the player's total score per missed race.

A minimum of $900 must be bet per race on a minimum of 5 different races held on Saturday, November 4th. Should a player fail to bet the required minimum number of races (5) or minimum per race bet total ($900) on Saturday's card, 2,000 points will be deducted from the player’s total score per missed race.

No simulcast races from other venues may be wagered upon within the Tournament, other than those races noted above. There are no caps on payouts. The player with the highest score, (which is calculated by taking player’s total bankroll less any applied penalties) after the Classic on Saturday, November 4th is the Grand Prize winner. If there is a tie between players, the tiebreaker will be the player who won the most money on the final race of the Tournament, which is Classic on Saturday. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by the player who wins the most money in the second to last race of the Tournament. And so on. See #9 below.


Of the $10,000 buy-in, $2,500 will be placed in the prize pool. If 400 players enter the Tournament, the cash prize pool paid will be $1,000,000. When DMTC issues the prize money, CA state taxes will be withheld from any prize money won by a player who is a resident in state other than CA. The estimated prize pool based on 400 players is as follows:

1st Place = $300,000 6th Place = $50,000 11th Place = $20,000
2nd Place = $200,000 7th Place = $40,000 12th Place = $17,500
3rd Place = $110,000 8th Place = $35,000 13th Place = $15,000
4th Place = $75,000 9th Place = $30,000 14th Place = $12,500
5th Place = $60,000 10th Place = $25,000 15th Place = $10,000

In addition to cash prizes, berths to the National Horseplayers Championship (“NHC”) will be awarded to the top fifteen (15) finishers in the Tournament. A hotel stay (up to $700) will be covered for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association event or upgraded for those already qualified. If for any reason one of the top fifteen (15) official finishers cannot attend or has already dual-qualified for the NHC, the next highest placing contestant will receive the NHC berth. Only fifteen (15) NHC spots will be awarded. Depending on a particular situation, Del Mar and Breeders' Cup may assign an alternate qualifier. This is an official NHC Tour event and regardless of how you participate in the BCBC, players will earn On-track tournament Tour points in accordance with Tour rules and policies. Players must be 2017 Tour members to earn Tour points. If a BCBC participant is not already a 2017 NHC Tour member at the time of the Tournament, the Breeders’ Cup will comp the participant’s 2017 NHC Tour membership as a result of the player’s participation in the BCBC.


Each participant at a live venue will be issued a player card to be used for all Tournament wagers. This account-wagering card contains the "real money" bankroll of $7,500. Upon receipt, participants should test the card in self-service machines (or as directed at satellite locations) to become familiar with placing wagers and ensure the card is working properly. If a player loses his/her card or the card is not working, the player is responsible for immediately reporting the issue to Tournament officials so they may resolve the problem. Players must make only Tournament wagers on this card. Each participant online will not be issued a player card by the ADW but instead an account and password for Tournament play.


All BCBC wagers may be placed through any self-service machines throughout Del Mar (each satellite location wagering procedure may be vary). Wagers will not be accepted through mutuel tellers at Del Mar but there are numerous self-betting machines located throughout the facility. There is no requirement for BCBC participants to play in the BCBC from a designated location at Del Mar. Players must place all wagers personally. No person shall directly or indirectly act as an intermediary, transmitter or agent in placing wagers for the player, unless authorized by Tournament officials. ADW online participants will place wagers through their assigned BCBC tournament account as directed by specific ADW.

All official track rulings will apply to wagers placed in the Tournament except as otherwise stipulated. The Tournament will be based on the official placement and mutuel prices at Del Mar. If a player wagers on a track other than Del Mar for purposes of the contest, the player may be disqualified.


If winnings less the wager exceed $5,000 and if the winnings are at least 300 times the amount of the wager, IRS withholding will automatically be deducted from the player's card. Whereas, for Tournament scoring purposes, the gross amount of the winning wager will be recorded in the player's score. Please note for purposes of wagering in the Tournament, only the net amount (the amount received after the IRS withholding) will be available to the player. CA state taxes will be withheld from any prize money won by a player who resides in a state other than CA.


If a horse is scratched after a wager is placed, it is the player's responsibility to change his/her selection prior to the race subject to all other Tournament wagering rules. In the event a player is not able to change his/her selection due to a gate scratch or (within 10 minutes to post) which prohibits the player from wagering on the minimum number of races on Friday, November 3, 2017 or Saturday, November 4, 2017, the player will not be accessed a penalty for falling short of the Tournament wagering rules assuming he/she had placed wagers on the specific scratched horse and those wagers would have surpassed minimum per race requirements. In addition, no Tournament penalties will be assessed on player wagers involving any horses ruled as non-starters by stewards.


In the result of a tie for a cash prize placing or if there is a tie for fifteenth place in the Tournament and final NHC Championship berth, the player with the most money earned in the Classic (final BCBC race) on Saturday, November 4, 2017 will be declared the winner. If there is still a tie, the most money earned in the second to last race of the Tournament on Saturday, November 4, 2017 will determine the winner. If there is still a tie, the most money earned in the third to last race of the Tournament on Saturday, November 4, 2017 will determine the winner.


Officials will endeavor to post the standings on TV monitors throughout Del Mar as well as supply a link to real-time standings/scoring to all BCBC participants playing from Del Mar, satellite locations and online ADW’s after each race of the Tournament on Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, 2017. Issues related to IRS withholding, late scratches or other matters could delay the posting of the scores. All standings are unofficial until the final results are audited and posted. Players are encouraged to maintain an accurate record of their wagers and scoring.


Players must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the Tournament. Players must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the 2017 NHC in Las Vegas. If a player will not be 21 years of age by the start of the 2017 NHC, the next highest BCBC finisher (alternate) will take his/her place. The following are ineligible to participate in this contest: licensed trainers or employees of Breeders’ Cup Limited, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, United Tote, AmTote, Gulfstream Park, Churchill Downs, Twinspires.com or employees of any other ADW that participates as a play-at-home BCBC provider.

If anyone BCBC participant has ownership interest in a horse(s) running in any Tournament races, then all involvements must be fully disclosed in advance to Tournament officials. If BCBC participant has an ownership interest in a specific race, they can choose to bypass that race (not wager) on that race as part of the Tournament. They would still need to reach the minimum number of races by the end of the day or will be accessed a penalty as stated above. BCBC Participant may also choose to wager on that specific race in which they have an ownership interest. If they choose to wager, then they must only wager on their horse in the win position when placing a WPS pool wager or “on top only” when wagering in the exacta, trifectas or daily double pools. No “box” tickets are permitted.


Liability for any and all federal, state, and local taxes is solely the responsibility of prize winners.


Affidavits confirming compliance of all the rules of this Tournament will be required of all players. All prizewinners acknowledge that if they enter this Tournament under a fraudulent name and/or Social Security number, they will be immediately disqualified from this and all future Tournaments held by Del Mar. Out of state residents (those who reside outside of California) should be aware that state taxes will be withheld from any tournament prize money awarded by DMTC. Positive identification is required of all prizewinners. Positive identification is a valid government issued ID with a picture and the same address and birth date used on the entry forms, and/or such other form of identification as deemed adequate by contest officials or ADW provider. Social Security information is also the responsibility of the player. Contestants shall play a maximum of two entries. Collusion of entries between horse players is prohibited, as is any attempt to manipulate the results of the Tournament.


The management of Del Mar and Breeders' Cup Limited reserve the right to interpret all questions and conditions in regard to this Tournament, without claim for damages or recourse of any kind. The management of Del Mar and Breeders' Cup will decide all questions and definitions covered and not covered explicitly in these rules and their decisions shall be final.