Handicapping Series Overview

In 2018, Capital OTB will be conducting eleven (11) low entry fee ($20) contests that will be mythical where Capital Bets account holders will sign up and play on eight (8) designated races at NYRA (Aqueduct, Belmont, Saratoga) and an out-of-state track(s) with 50% of the contest races on New York. All contests will be held online at www.capitalotb.com with specific entry forms to be filled out by registered players. Players must submit before the first contest race. Also, entry forms will be available to registered players at the Clubhouse Race Book for submitting to Marketing.

 

Each monthly contest held will have a set amount of points available to the Top Five (5) players from the monthly contest that will go towards the Leaderboard for determining players for the Championship Round. The Top Thirty (30) Capital Bets account holders will be from the highest cumulative points. If there is a tie for the last spot (30th player) then those players tied will compete the following week for non-entry fee handicapping contest with the same format and structure of the other monthly contests, except with no entry and only for those players tied for the last position.

 

Each month (Saturday’s) Capital Bets account holders (must have) will sign up with authorization of Twenty ($20) dollars being withdrawn from their account in order to participate. Each month the deadline to register will be the Thursday before the contest of that week with all funds completed by 3pm Friday of that week. Players must be signed and registered by deadline. If after a second attempt and a Capital Bets account holder does not have appropriate funds to participate, then he or she will be eliminated from playing in that monthly contest. All players must have a Capital Bets account. Funds withdrawn from accounts will be transferred to a Marketing account in which 100% will be paid out to the Top Five (5) players. The Top Five (5) players will receive points on the leaderboard. Each month, if there are Fifty (50) or more paid entries, then Capital OTB will add an additional Five-Hundred ($500) to the prize pool. Fifty (50) players will guarantee the prize pool of at least $1,500 to be distributed to the Top Five (5) each month.

SERIES DATES

Road to Vegas Handicapping series consists of 11 contests with 8 designated races per month.
  • January 13th
  • February 10th
  • March 10th
  • April 14th
  • May 12th
  • June 9th
  • July 14th
  • August 11th
  • September 8th
  • October 13th
  • November 10th
  • December 8th – Championships

Monthly Handicapping Series Rules

Entry Details

Entry Details

  • Entry fee of Twenty ($20) to be withdrawn from players Capital Bets account. Allowed up to (2) entries per person. Two entries is the maximum.
  • If after two attempts have been made to withdrawn funds and the individual does not have funds available then they are eliminated from participating.
  • One-hundred percent (100%) of all funds collected in the form of entry fees is returned to the Top Five (5) players in the form of cash and non-cash items for 2018 contests.
Contest Format

Contest Format

  • Contest will be Win, Place, and Show mythical selections per contest race. Format will be on player’s entry form.
  • There will be Eight (8) contest races.
  • Contest races will include a minimum of 50% New York racing provided there is a New York track racing on the day of the contest and an out-of-state track.
  • In the event that no New York track is running on the day of a scheduled contest than Capital OTB shall have the right to feature another track at its sole discretion. Capital OTB reserves the right to change the contest track in advance due to extreme weather conditions, cancellation of the racing card, or other factors at the discretion of Capital OTB marketing staff.
  • Races will be mandatory for the player to participate on and determined in advance.
  • Each player must select a different horse or entry for Win, Place and Show which they feel will finish first, second and third. Each position must be a different horse number/selection. Players cannot use the same horse for more than one position.
  • If your selection is scratched before the race, you will automatically inherit the post time favorite. Players will automatically be disqualified for failure to select a runner or entry in each race.
  • If your 1st place selection finishes in 1st place, you will receive 5 points, if your 2nd place selection comes in 2nd place, you will receive 3 points, and if your 3rd place selection finishes in 3rd place, you will receive 2 points. If a player selects all Three (3) positions exactly then they will receive 10 points (additional) – Total = 20 points for that particular race. Player must have selections in exact position in order to receive points.
  • Any ties in the final players tally will be broken by most wins, most seconds and most thirds to determine the Top Five (5). If a tie till exist then they will split the prize money for that position in the final standings.
  • Top Five (5) players will each receive prize pool money and points.
Prize Structure

Prize Structure

  • Top Five (5) in cumulative points from the monthly contest will determine winners.
  • Winner – 50% of prize pool, Second – 25% of prize pool, Third – 15% of prize pool, Fourth – 7% of prize pool and Fifth – 3% of prize pool.
  • All monies taken in as an entry will be paid out as cash and non-cash prize items.
  • Winning funds will be deposited into each player’s Capital Bets account from the Marketing account (prize pool).
  • If a tie exists, prize money will be equally divided among the players involved in the monthly contest.

Championship Round Rules

Entry Details

Entry Details

  • The Top Thirty players will submit an entry of Twenty ($20) dollars for Championship Round. Capital OTB will contribute an additional $400 to increase the pool to $1,000.
  • If after two attempts have been made to withdraw funds and the individual does not have funds available then they are eliminated from participating.
  • One-Hundred percent (100%) of all funds collected in the form of entry fees is returned to the Top Five (5) in the form of cash and non-cash items for Championship Round.
  • Overall Winner will Win the (1) seat to the NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Contest 2019 in Las Vegas (value of $8,000).
  • Championship Round is prize money and seat to NHC ’19.
Contest Format

Contest Format

  • Contest will be Win, Place and Show mythical selections per contest race. Format will be on player’s entry form.
  • There will be Eight (8) contest races.
  • Contest races will include a minimum of 50% New York racing provided there is a New York track racing on the day of the contest and an out-of-state track.
  • In the event that no New York track is running on the day of a scheduled contest than Capital OTB shall have the right to feature another track at its sole discretion. Capital OTB reserves the right to change the contest track in advance due to extreme weather conditions, cancellation of the racing card, or other factors at the discretion of Capital OTB marketing staff.
  • Races will be mandatory for the player to participate on and determined in advance.
  • Each player must select a different horse or entry for Win, Place and Show which they feel will finish first, second and third. Each position must be a different horse number/selection. Players cannot use the same horse for more than one position.
  • If your selection is scratched before the race, you will automatically inherit the post time favorite. Players will automatically be disqualified for failure to select a runner or entry in each race.
  • If your 1st place selection finishes in 1st place, you will receive 5 points, if your 2nd place selection comes in 2nd place, you will receive 3 points, and if your 3rd place selection finishes in 3rd place, you will receive 2 points. If a player selects all Three (3) positions exactly then they will receive 10 points (additional) – Total = 20 points for that particular race. Player must have selections in exact position in order to receive points.
  • Any ties in the final players tally will be broken by most wins, most seconds and most thirds to determine the Top Five (5). If a tie till exist then they will split the prize money for that position in the final standings.
  • Top Five (5) players will each receive prize pool money and overall Winner receives (1) seat to the NHC ’19!
Prize Structure

Prize Structure

  • Top Five (5) in cumulative points from the Championship Round will determine the order of finish.
  • Winner – 50% of prize pool and NHC ’19, Second – 25% of prize pool, Third – 15% of prize pool, Fourth – 7% of prize pool and Fifth – 3% of prize pool.
  • All monies taken in as an entry will be paid out as cash and non-cash prize items.
  • Winning funds will be deposited into each player’s Capital Bets account from the Marketing account (prize pool).
  • If a tie exists, prize money will be equally divided among the players involved in the monthly contest.

NHC’19 in Las Vegas Qualification Rules

For the Championship Round, all Thirty (30) players must have wagered at least Ten Thousand ($10,000) or more through their Capital Bets account in the calendar year of 2018 in order to be eligible to win the seat to the NHC’19 in the Championship Round. If they have not, then that player(s) will forfeit his position to play in the Championship Round for the seat to the NHC’19. The player would be playing for Prize Pool Money only. All Thirty (30) players Must be a NHC Tour member as this is a qualifier for NHC’19. The $10K rule only applies to winning the seat to the NHC’19 in Las Vegas @ Treasure Island. You may still play throughout the Handicapping Series if you do not have an interest in winning the seat to the NHC’19.

Leaderboard Points System

Month1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th Place5th Place
January2510743
February2510743
March2510743
April2510743
May50201486
June2510743
July2510743
August2510743
September50201486
October2510743
November2510743
December

Terms and Conditions

All of the contests will include a minimum of 50% New York racing provided there is a New York track running on the day of the contest. In the event that no New York track is running on the day of a scheduled contest than Capital OTB shall have the right to feature another track at its sole discretion.

Capital OTB Marketing will manually score the online contests and post all results on the website.

Capital OTB reserves the right to interpret and make all determinations as to the rules of 2018 Handicapping Series “The Road to Vegas”. Rulings are final and may not be challenged or appealed.

Capital OTB employees are not eligible to participate. No employees or consultants of OTB and race tracks are eligible to participate. Players must be 18 years of age to participate. All prizes are non-transferrable.