LEXINGTON, KY – The second NHC Tour $10,000 Summer Challenge, a bonus challenge that rewards participants who accumulate the most NHC Tour points on HorsePlayers.com over a three-month period, will kick off Friday, May 29.

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The NHC Summer Challenge will consist of 40 direct qualifiers into the 2021 $3,000,000-estimated National Horseplayers Championship as well as low-priced feeders starting at $15. The top finisher in the Challenge will win $4,000, with second through fifth-place dividing the remaining prize pool (2nd- $2,500; 3rd- $2,000; 4th – $1,000; and 5th – $500). The Summer Challenge leaderboard will be updated weekly on www.nhctour.com.

There will be three dates on the Summer Challenge schedule offering five NHC qualifiers at a 20% lower ratio than the traditional pricing offered on NHC contests held on HorsePlayers.com:

  • Friday, May 29 – $75 contest awarding a minimum of two NHC seats at a one berth per 115 entries ratio;
  • Saturday, July 4 (two contests) – $165 contest awarding a minimum of two NHC berths at a one per 52 entries ratio, and a $500 contest awarding at least one NHC berth at a one per 17 entries ratio; and
  • Monday, September 7 (two contests)- $75 contest awarding a minimum of two NHC berths at a one berth per 115 entries ratio, and a $500 contest awarding at least one NHC berth at a one per 17 entries ratio.

In addition to the $10,000 Summer Challenge prize, this year’s NHC Tour prize pool will award $340,000 in cash prizes and $15,000 to first-time NHC Tour members. The winner of the 2020 NHC Tour will be eligible for a $5,000,000 bonus if he or she were to win the 2021 NHC.

Participants must join the NHC Tour ($50) to be eligible for NHC Tour prizes and to be eligible to participate in the NHC. Tour Membership includes eligibility to participate in four free NHC Tour member contests in 2020. These contests are set for June 6, August 29, and September 26. There is also a free contest for first-time Tour members scheduled to be held on September 19.

Are you interested in playing horseplayer contests and tournaments? Check out these helpful articles from Sean Alvarez, who qualified for the 2020 NHC Finals in his first year:

Part 1: Horseplayer Contests: What are They?

Part 2: Contest Strategies and Where to Begin

Part 3: What is the NHC Tour?

Part 4: Developing Tournament Strategies