Last Call to Vegas! 5 Seats up for grabs on Dec. 3.

Still looking to qualify for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas? There's still time to punch your ticket for as little as $25 in our Last Call to Vegas tournament, Nov. 30 - Dec. 3. You could parlay $25 into a top prize of $1 million!

Last Call to Vegas will consist of three Satellite contests (or qualifiers) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, leading up to a Saturday Final, to be contested on the Claiming Crown card at Fair Grounds on December 3rd.


Saturday's Official Contest and Horse Racing Results will be posted here

Official Prizes for Saturday's Final are listed below. The top 15 finishers will earn a seat to Las Vegas! The NHC Prize Packages are awarded pending a final audit of player eligibility by the NTRA.

PlayerCity/StateWinningsLas Vegas SeatCash Prize
1Alec L.Hartford, WI$130.40NHC 1$500
2H. S.Brightwaters, NY$114.40NHC 2$500
3James M.Oklahoma City, OK$100.60HPWS 1$500
4Kenny S.Westminster, MD$96.40HPWS 2$500
5Will L.Brighton, MA$92.80HPWS 3$500
6Dennis M.Brooklyn, NY$89.60HPWS 4 
7Christopher L.Brooklyn, MD$82.20HPWS 5 
8Allen K.Shelbyville, KY$81.20HPWS 6 
9Marc W. Chicago, IL$80.20HPWS 7 
10 tieFrancis D.Southington, CT$78.00HPWS 8 
10 tieGerard C.Santa Monica, CA$78.00HPWS 9 
10 tieWayne K.Metairie, LA$78.00HPWS 10 
13Stephen L.Thousand Oaks, CA$73.80HPWS 11 
14George C.Dedham, MA$69.40HPWS 12 
15Adam T.North Little Rock, AR$67.60HPWS 13 

Contest Play - Satellites and Final
The three Satellite contests - on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 - feature a low $25 buy-in with one of every eight entries advancing to Saturday's Final on December 3. You can purchase up to three entries for each Satellite contest. If you fail to advance, you can buy into Saturday's Final for $200. A maximum of 2 entries are allowed in Saturday's Final.

The top two finishers in Saturday's Final will earn a coveted berth into the DRF/NTRA $2 Million National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. The NHC prize package includes a 3-night hotel stay at Treasure Island - the host casino - and $500 in cash/travel credits.

Players who finish third through fifth will earn free entry to the Horse Player World Series, which includes a 4-night stay at The Orleans and a $500 cash/travel

Contest Races
The Satellites will consist of 8 races each. The Final will consist of 10 races on the Claiming Crown program at Fair Grounds on December 3rd. The contest races are announced two nights prior to each contest date, and the selection process will open up no later than 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time the day prior. As always customized handicapping products will be created and posted online to help players attack the contest races.

How does the contest work?

To play, simply purchase a contest entry ticket for the contest days you wish to participate in. The entry fee is only $25.00 per ticket (a maximum of 3 tickets are allowed per person) for the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday satellite events. The top 5 finishers from the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday contests are guaranteed to earn a free entry into Saturday's Online Handicapping Series contest, but based on participation, we will no doubt award many more entries than the top 5. After the first 40 entries are purchased, we will award 1 additional entry to the Saturday Final for every 8 additional entries sold at the $25 buy-in price.

The $25 Satellites send an unlimited number of players into Saturday's $200 contest each week. The formula is based on 1 free entry per 8 buy-ins for the weekday Satellites.

There is no cap on the number of total entries in our tournaments.

For Saturday's Final contest the entry fee is $200.00. This event will award 2 seats to the NHC and at least3 seats to the Horse Player World Series.

Official contest schedule is as follows:

$25 Satellite - Wednesday, November 30
$25 Satellite -Thursday, December 1
$25 Satellite - Friday, December 2
$200 Final - Saturday, December 3

The winner and runner up in the $200 Final will receive an entry into the 2012 National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas with an expected purse of $2 million. This prize package includes a 3-night hotel stay at the host property. The third through fifth place finishers will receive entry to the 2012 Horse Player World Series. This prize package includes a 4-night stay at the host property.


Once you've purchased your entry ticket(s), and the morning line odds/program numbers come in all tracks involved, you may then submit or modify your selections during the contest. For each contest, players submit selections for each of the mandatory contest races. Although this is a real-time contest, whereby you can view the odds before making a choice, we highly recommend that you place all your selections early. Then, you can go back and modify, if necessary, before each post time.

The online contest standings are regularly updated throughout the duration of the contest. Contest standings are based on mythical $2 Win and $2 Place payouts on each contest selection. See the tournament rules for complete details.

Thank you for your interest in's Last Call to Vegas tournament and best of luck!