Launches Daily Handicapping Contests, Hosts NHC Qualifier

NHC Ballroom - Photo Credit NTRA

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BetAmerica, the legal online gaming website and iPhone App, has launched daily Handicapping Contests to complement its existing pari-mutuel wagering on over 325 horse and greyhound tracks from around the world.

Handicapping Contests will be offered every day on Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Harness and Greyhound racing from around the country. International racing from Great Britain, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will also be offered.

“We are very excited for BetAmerica to introduce a new way for customers to engage with the exciting sports of horse and greyhound racing,” said John Ford, CEO of BAM Software and Services.   “Our primary goal,” continued Ford, “is to create new fans of racing, and we believe that this launch of handicapping contests provide a powerful tool to introduce racing to sports fans.  In addition, our new contest platform will give current horseplayers of all stripes a one-stop shop to compete in handicapping contests and place real pari-mutuel wagers - all from a single account that’s legal, safe and secure.”

Additionally, BetAmerica has partnered with the NTRA to offer a qualifying contest to the National Handicapping Championship on Friday, November 27. The contest will award five seats into the nation’s biggest handicapping contest, as well as hotel, airfare and a $500 cash stipend. The entry fee is $265 and the contest will be limited to 200 players with up to 3 entries per person. Players must be members of the NHC Tour to qualify to win a seat to the NHC. More info can be found on the NHC Tour website at

In line with BetAmerica’s commitment to growing pari-mutuel wagering on our partner tracks, handicapping contests will only be offered on races at tracks which have agreed to participate in BetAmerica’s handicapping contest initiative.   “We believe,” Ford added, “that handicapping contests promote engagement in the sport and increase pari-mutuel wagering from current horseplayers and create an easier entry-point to racing for new fans.”

In addition to being the only site to offer both a full menu of daily handicapping contests and online pari-mutuel wagering, contest players will be treated to the following enhanced contest features found on the BetAmerica site:

  • Free live video for all contest races directly from the contest environment
  • Live odds to make accurate, timely selections for all races
  • Free enhanced handicapping statistics found on the handicapping pages
  • Fully responsive site is optimized for any device – desktop, tablet or mobile
  • Full card program changes, race replays archive, and past performance shop
  • Tiered VIP program which integrates pari-mutuel wagering and contest play

New players are eligible for the industry’s best Sign-Up Bonus. BetAmerica will match a new player’s first deposit up to $300.

About BetAmerica is a service of BAM Software and Services LLC, with all pari-mutuel wagers processed by Lien Games Racing LLC, which is licensed and regulated by the North Dakota Racing Commission, the California Horse Racing Board, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the New York State Gaming Commission. All BetAmerica racing wagers are securely commingled into host track betting pools and winning wagers are paid at full track odds. Lien Games Racing LLC has signed simulcast agreements with every track offered by BetAmerica. BetAmerica is the only website to offer daily and weekly fantasy sports contests alongside wagering on horse and greyhound racing.