LARC NEWS Posted: 2/6/2019 5:10:18 PM


An estimated field of 670 entries will compete for nearly $2.9 million in cash and awards - and the title of "Horseplayer of the Year" - at this weekend's 20th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC)Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens and Treasure Island Las Vegas. Both the field size and the purse are the second-largest in NHC history.

The three-day tournament, Friday to Sunday at Treasure Island, will offer a first-place prize of $800,000. Los Alamitos held a total of 6 NHCqualifiers in 2018 with 17 total entrants earning seats to this weekend's Championship. A full scoreboard will be updated regularly at, where fans and players can also find each day's contest race menu and news updates.

The Los Alamitos qualifiers are Jon Cianci, Nate Newby, Ryan Flanders, Leo Vukmanovich, Linda Rodriguez, Craig Kaufman, Len Hanson, George Duarte, Keith Smith, Eric Adler (Double Qualifier at Los Alamitos), Joe Vita, Lou Constan, Mark Renney, David Bambacigno, James Henry, and Eric Rampolla. In addition David Gutfreund won a seat during the December qualifier, but was already doubled qualified.                 

At the Races with Steve Byk will broadcast live on SiriusXM satellite radio (Sirius 219; XM 201) from Treasure Island and online at daily, Thursday to Monday, with NHC coverage slated for 2-7:30p ET (11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. PT). Additional news and exclusive content will be shared on Twitter via the official NTRA account, @NTRA.

The tournament format for the NHC is meant to be the best possible test of overall handicapping ability. Players attempt to earn the highest possible bankroll based on mythical $2 Win-and-Place wagers. Assigned "mandatory" races - eight per day on Day 1 and Day 2 and seven at the Final Table - will be announced at least 36 hours prior to each contest day (Wednesday evening for Friday, Thursday evening for Saturday, Friday evening for Sunday) on Twitter (@NTRA) and Island will play host to the NHC for the eighth straight year.




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