LEXINGTON, Ky. (January 29, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today that registration is now open for the 2016 BCBC at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 4-5. Now in its eighth year, the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge is a highly lucrative and exclusive real money tournament that crowns the winner with the highest accumulated bankroll at the end of the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This year’s BCBC will have a prize pool of up to $800,000 based on 350 players and will again allow players to participate from multiple, to-be-announced, satellite locations. The top 15 finishers from the 2015 BCBC won seats to this year’s DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC), which started yesterday in Las Vegas.
Adding to the excitement and anticipation for this year’s BCBC, three automatic qualifying positions are on the line at this week’s NHC, where the top daily finishers from Day 1 and Day 2, plus the winner of the NHC consolation tournament, will gain automatic berths into the 2016 BCBC. Players can also win their way into the BCBC through online qualifiers resuming on February 14 at www.bcqualify.com. In addition, there will be a minimum of 25 live tournament qualifiers across North America this year starting with the NHC. The live tournament schedule can be found at http://www.breederscup.com/bcbc.
Fans can follow the top 15 finishers from last year’s BCBC at the NHC, and their quest to be Horse Player of the Year, on social media by following @BreedersCup channels.
“We are very excited to open registration for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and encourage players to take advantage of the multiple online and live tournaments that will be available throughout the year,” said Tim Schram, BCBC Tournament Director. “We wish the best of luck to all our BCBC participants from last year’s tournament who are competing in Las Vegas in the NHC.”
For the 2016 BCBC, a $2,500 buy-in and $7,500 betting bankroll ($10,000 total) will be required of each player. All buy-in monies are applied to the prize pool, plus a minimum of $25,000 in additional funds provided by Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita Park. Players make real wagers with their $7,500 bankroll over the two days and keep all monies earned from their betting.
Fans can follow the social conversation all year long on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge using #BCBC. Complete BCBC information and rules can be found at http://www.breederscup.com/bcbc/rules.