01/28/2016 5:04PM

NHCQualify.com offers bonus to player with most tour points from site


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced today that NHCQualify.com, the official online qualifying site of the National Handicapping Championship, will offer a new awards pool and a $1 million bonus tied to tournament play on NHCQualify.com in 2016.

The NHC Tour member who accumulates the most tour points in 2016 via NHCQualify.com will receive $10,000 and be eligible to receive a $1 million bonus if he also wins NHC 18 in January 2017. In addition, first-time NHC Tour members will be eligible for a $10,000 bonus awarded to the “NHC Cyber Rookie of the Year.” That award goes to rookie tour member who accumulates the most tour points via NHCQualify.com.

NHCQualify.com today also released its 2016 schedule of NHC qualifiers, consisting of 42 events to be held from February through December. Approximately one-third of NHC participants qualify through contest play on NHCQualify.com in a typical year. A total of 169 individuals competing at NHC 17 qualified through sanctioned tournaments on NHCQualify.com in 2015.

“As the NHC’s official online qualifying site, NHCQualify.com is uniquely positioned to offer a points system and bonus that is a subset of the overall NHC Tour standings, but with a focus on the tour points accumulated only on NHCQualify.com,” said NHCQualify.com tournament director Ken Kirchner. “A key component for continued growth of the NHC is involvement of new players, so we're excited to offer a Rookie of the Year program.”

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:: Play at Home: Play online to earn a spot in the 2017 NHC at NHCQualify.com.