Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Breeders’ Cup announced today that horse racing’s biggest live money handicapping tournament, the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC), will be held this year on November 4-5 at Churchill Downs.  In only its third year, the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge will have a prize pool of up to $350,000 based on 125 players.

The 2011 BCBC will mirror the format of the events’ first two years: Players will bet real money and the one with the highest accumulated bankroll at the end of the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be the winner.  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 Churchill Downs.  Players make real wagers with their $7,500 bankroll over the two days and keep all monies earned from their betting.

“The Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge has established itself as the country’s premier live money contest,” said Kenneth E. Kirchner, President of FalKirk International and coordinator of the event for Breeders’ Cup Limited.  “The combination of the first class amenities at Churchill Downs, with the excitement of the Championships, make this a must play event for top horseplayers.”

An important contest element is that up to 29 entries to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge will be awarded through online qualifying tournaments, beginning this Saturday (March 5) at www.bcqualify.com.  Last year James Henry won his entry at bcqualify.com for $100 and then finished second at the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, winning over $78,000.  “The bcqualify.com events offer everyone a chance to win their $10,000 entry fee for as little as $100.  It’s easy to sign up and play online,” said Henry.

Among the amenities for each player at the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge are:

  • The prestigious 6th floor Gold Room overlooking the historic Churchill Downs finish line will be the contest site, featuring individual betting carrels, televisions and seating;
  • All players receive a Millionaires’ Row buffet each day; clubhouse credentials for themselves and guest; gift packages and discounted hotel rooms;
  • Up to $350,000 in prize money, with $175,000 to first place (based on 125 players);
  • The top six finishers will also qualify for the 2012 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship

The 2010 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge champion was Robert Hansan of Reston, Va., who turned his $7,500 betting bankroll into $44,863.  Combined with the $137,000 first place money, Hansen collected over $181,000 at the 2010 BCBC.  Last year’s top ten finishers won a combined total of more than $500,000 in prize money and cash winnings.  Additional information on the BC Betting Challenge can be found at www.bcqualify.com.