The fifth Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge will be held at Santa Anita Park on November 1-2 with a purse expected to be upwards of $500,000, based on expectations of 185 players. It's the country’s largest live money handicapping tournament in terms of prize money and requires a $10,000 buy-in -- unless you earn the fee in an on-line tournament.
A series of online qualifying contests continues this Sunday at www.bcqualify.com. These online qualifying events feature an entry fee of only $110. A contestant can win the full $10,000 BCBC entry fee.
“These online qualifying contests offer players a chance to win their $10,000 seat for as little as $110,” said Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge Administrator Ken Kirchner. “The BCBC is the ultimate big money betting contest and the online qualifiers have proven to be a winning way for fans to participate and qualify.”
The Breeders Cup Betting Challenge is unique in its format, as $7,500 of the $10,000 entry fee is dedicated to each player’s live money bankroll, and $2,500 goes into the overall prize pool. The player that accumulates the highest live money betting bankroll over the two day event wins. Players keep all funds remaining in their betting bankroll, and the top ten finishers share the estimated $500,000 prize pool.
“There is no better value than to play in the qualifying events at BCQualify.com,” says two-time defending champion Patrick McGoey, who was an online qualifier in 2011 and turned his $100 entry into a $270,000 payday at the BCBC. Last year, McGoey repeated his victory by again defeating Christian Hellmers, and collected $255,000 for his second title.
“Attending the Breeders’ Cup with first class hospitality and the excitement surrounding the races – plus the chance to win a quarter million dollars – makes the BCBC the go-to event for horseplayers,” said McGoey.
The June 2, 9 and 16 qualifying events are two-round formats. The top 10 percent of players from each Round One event advance to the Round Two Final on June 23, where up to eight players will earn a full $10,000 qualifying spot into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Complete information can be found at www.bcqualify.com.
The 2013 Betting Challenge estimated prize pool of $500,000 includes $225,000 for first place. Prize money is paid to the top ten finishers, and each contestant also keeps all monies in their betting bankroll.
The BCBC permits win, place, show, exacta and trifecta wagering as part of the contest. BCBC contestants have access to a private tournament room at Santa Anita, along with trackside seating, guest credential, VIP party invitations, discounted hotel rooms and other amenities. For more information about entering the BCBC, please contact Tim Schram at (859) 422-2658 or at www.breederscup.com/bcbc.