Hollywood Handicapping Challenge Official Rules


 Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (HCPN) is proud to announce an exciting new format for The World Series of Handicapping® Tournament (WSH) for 2019. The Grand Daddy of Handicapping contests in North America, The WSH, which started in 1976 and written up in Playboy magazine in the early 80’s, will once again use Live Action Wagers but will give the player the ability to bet both Win and Place for tournament play. The WSH will offer Three Berths to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) sponsored by the NTRA in Las Vegas in February 2020, in addition to cash prizes and live pari-mutuel payoffs. Prizes will be awarded in a “Pick Your Prize” format as described in the rules below.


Official Rules:


  1. Eligibility


The Handicapping Tournament (“Contest”) is open to individuals twenty-one (21) years of age or older. Players must be members of the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (“NHC”) tour as of the start date and start time of the Contest to be eligible to win one of three berths to the 2020 National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. Contest players who wish not to join the NHC Tour will be playing for cash prizes only.


Corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, syndicates, trusts and other non-individual legal entities are not eligible to participate.


Individuals licensed by a racing commission or other governmental agency overseeing racing (including, without limitation, state, federal and National Racing Compact) (a “Licensee”) shall identify himself/herself to Sponsor prior to the first Contest race.  For purposes of the Official Rules, a Licensee includes, but is not limited to, an owner, trainer, track official, jockey agent and any licensed racetrack employee.  An eligible Contest Player must also declare in advance of Contest play if he or she is an immediate family member of a Licensee.  For purposes of this Contest, "immediate family members" shall be defined as mother, father, spouse, children, step-children and siblings. Failure to disclose as provided herein may result in disqualification from this Contest and forfeiture of any Contest prizes.


An eligible Contest Player who has an interest – ownership or otherwise – in a horse entered in any of the races designated as part of the Contest in accordance with these Rules will be ineligible to use such races in the Contest.  Failure to disclose as provided herein may result in disqualification from this Contest and forfeiture of any Contest prizes.


Individuals residing in jurisdictions where applicable laws prohibit pari-mutuel wagering are not eligible for this contest.


Employees of eBetUSA, Sportech, Penn ADW, LLC and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, employees, contractors, advertising agencies and their respective immediate family members are not eligible for this contest.


Individuals on any state gambling self-exclusion list and/or self-exclusion list of any subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, Inc. are not eligible for this contest.


Sponsor reserves the right to deny any person entry into the Contest for any reason whatsoever.


  1. How to Enter


The Contest registration begins at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the earlier of two (2) hours prior to post time of the first designated Contest Race (see below) or 10:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and continues until post time of the tenth (10th) to last Contest Race.  Eligible Contest Players must be physically present in the Contest area at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pennsylvania and are responsible for providing their own transportation and accommodations at their own cost both to and from the Contest.  Contest players can continue to purchase entries until the close of registration.



To enter, Eligible Contest Players must report to the registration table at the Contest area and provide a valid form of photo Identification and, if seeking a potential berth to the 2020 National Horse Players Championship, proof of NHC Tour membership.  Acceptable forms of identification include valid state-issued driver’s license, valid state-issued photo identification card, valid passport or valid military identification card.  Expired identification is defined as invalid and will not be accepted.  No other form of identification will be accepted.  Eligible Contest Players who are unable to provide an acceptable form of valid identification by the start of the Contest are disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to determine validity of NHC Tour membership.  Basic NHC Tour membership may be purchased at the registration table for Fifty Dollars ($50) per person. 


Contest Players may secure entry in the Contest as follows:


Payment of Entry Fee—Contest Players may pay Two Hundred Dollars ($200) per entry berth.  The entry fee is allocated as follows:  Seventy-five Dollars ($75) to the prize pool; One Hundred Dollars ($100) for live account wagering; and Twenty-five Dollars ($25) to the entry package, Epic Buffet coupon, and tournament cost.  There is no limit to the number of entries that may be purchased through this method of entry.




  1. Seating


Seats in the Contest area are for eligible Contest Players only and may be reserved on a first come, first-served basis after an eligible Contest Player registers for the Contest.  No smoking is allowed throughout the Contest area at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.  Contest Players are NOT required to remain in the contest area and may make Contest Wagers at any Self-Serve Tote Terminal located at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.  Monitors displaying the Contest Player Leader Board are in the Contest Area and on the third-floor simulcast area.


  1. Contest Format


Contest Players will be provided with a wagering card loaded with One Hundred Dollars ($100) as their starting contest bankroll.  Any Contest Player attempting to add funds to his/her contest bankroll is automatically disqualified from the Contest. 


Contest players will be required to make wagers on a minimum of ten (10) contest races. The Player may only wager on one (1) horse in each race. Wagers may be Win, Place or Win and Place and must be a $10 minimum for each wager (i.e. $10 to Win, $10 to Place or $10 to Win and Place for a total cost of $20). There is no limit on the number of races that may be played beyond the minimum of ten races. Any wagers made on any race other than win, place or win and place wagers on designated contest races may result in disqualification from contest. Latin American races are NOT included if a designated track offers them. Any Contest Player failing to meet these minimum wagering requirements is automatically disqualified from the Contest.  All wagers must be placed on self-service machines using a PIN number. 

The Contest Races are any live races being run from the following Racetracks:


  • 12:15pm Mahoning Valley
  • 12:20pm Aqueduct
  • 12:25pm Parx Racing
  • 12:30pm Laurel Park
  • 12:00pm Gulfstream Park West
  • 1pm Churchill Downs
  • 1pm Woodbine



All races from any of the tracks above are eligible contest races. Any contest tracks that offer simulcasted races from Latin America are ineligible contest races.


All Contest Wagers must be recorded in the tote system prior to the start of a Contest Race.  Sponsor is not responsible for any Contest Wager not recorded in the tote system.  Sponsor is not responsible for a lost or stolen wagering card.  Cancellations of or changes to Contest Wagers are prohibited, except as described below.


In the event of a late scratch, a Contest Player’s Contest Wager is refunded and the Contest Player is permitted to place another Contest Wager on another Contest Race.  If a late scratch occurs during a race that would prohibit the Contest Player from meeting the ten (10) minimum Contest Wager requirement, the Contest Player may cancel the scratched/refunded Contest Wager and make a replacement Contest Wager in the same race as the scratched/refunded Contest Wager was originally made. The Sponsor reserves the right under these circumstances to make a final decision on the validity of any and all Contest Wagers, without recourse from the Contest Player.   


Official track rules and regulations apply to determination of the winner in all Contest races.


Sponsor’s decision in all matters relating to this contest is final. 


  1. Determination of Contest Winner


At the end of the Contest, each Contest Player’s bankroll is calculated and the order of finish determined by the highest bankroll.  No Contest Player may withdraw any funds until Sponsor confirms the Contest Player’s bankroll.


In the event two or more Contest Players finish with the same bankroll amount, then the following tiebreaker procedure is instituted:


  1. Among those who tied, the Contest Player selecting the most winners over the entire Contest receives the higher-finishing place.
  2. If a tie still exists for the initial tiebreaking procedure, then the Contest Player with the highest paying winner (actual pari-mutuel payoff result) in a single Contest Race receives the higher-finishing place.
  3. If a tie still exists following the initial two tiebreaking procedures, then there will be a coin toss to determine the order of finishing among the Contest Players.


Sponsor reserves the right to require winning eligible Contest Players to provide information to enable Sponsor to verify age and eligibility requirements. 


  1. Prize Pool


Contest Player’s may select from the following prizes based on the order of finish as determined by Sponsor until the Prize Pool is exhausted. No player may win more than one berth to the 2019 NHC.


  • One (1) of three (3) 2020 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Berths which includes to following:



  • One Free Entry to the 2020 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship presented by the NTRA on February 7TH -9TH, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Bally’s
  • Hotel Accommodations—The Prize winner will receive Hotel accommodations at Bally’s Casino provided by the NTRA.


  • $750 Travel Credit— The Prize winner will receive $750 to purchase their airfare to and from the NHC Contest. Travel arrangements and meals are the responsibility of the winner. Winning players must provide a copy of travel arrangements to Penn National Gaming, upon booking. Failure to do, could result in the forfeiture of the $750 Travel Credit.



  • Cash Prizes



  1. Taxes

 All State, Local, Federal and or other taxes, duties, tariffs, title fees, licensing fees, or other fees for prizes awarded in the contest become the sole responsibility of the winning account holder.  All those who win a prize or prizes valued at Six Hundred Dollars ($600) or more in any given year will be issued an IRS Form 1099 to report their winnings.


  1. Personal Information/Privacy Policy


The information you provide for this contest is subject to the Sponsor's privacy policy.


Except where prohibited by law, by accepting any prize, each winning Contest Player grants to  Sponsor, its parent companies, subsidiaries, employees, and affiliate companies the fully-assignable, absolute and irrevocable right and permission to use his/her name, likeness, image, appearance, voice, address (city and state), biographical information, statements, and/or prize information (“Winner’s Identity”) in any medium now known or hereinafter devised, throughout the world and on the Internet, for any commercial or non-commercial purpose determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion.  

As a condition of being awarded any prize and except where prohibited by law, each winning Contest Player may be required to execute and deliver to Sponsor an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (the “Prize Claim Document”) to claim a prize.


  1. Release of Liability


By participating in the contest, eligible Contest Players release Sponsor, its parent companies, subsidiaries, employees, and affiliate companies from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the contest, participation in the contest, or delivery, non-delivery, acceptance, possession, use, misuse of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.


Except where prohibited by law, by accepting any prize, each winning Contest Player expressly releases Sponsor, its parent companies, subsidiaries, employees, and affiliate companies from any claim or cause of action, whether known or unknown, for libel, slander, defamation, invasion of right of privacy, publicity or personality, or any other claim or cause of action, based upon or relating to the use of winner’s identity.


By participating in the contest, eligible Contest Players acknowledge that Sponsor, its parent companies, subsidiaries, employees, and affiliate companies have neither made, nor are in any manner responsible or liable for, any warranty, representation or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law relative to the prizes of this contest, including, but not limited to, quality, condition or fitness for a particular purpose.



  1. Disputes


Except where prohibited, eligible Contest Players agree that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively in the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this contest, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.


All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the eligible Contest Player and Sponsor in connection with the contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules.


  1. Other Important Terms and Conditions


Representatives of Sponsor are the sole judge of the contest and reserve the right to change or terminate the Contest without notice.  


Contest may be subject to regulatory approval. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.


Participation in this Contest is an agreement to abide by the rules of the contest.


In the event that the computer equipment, including internet connectivity, used in the operation of this contest becomes inoperable or malfunctions for any reason, the contest may be temporarily suspended until the computer system is returned to normal operations.  Any use of automatic, robotic, macro, programmed or like entry methods will void all such entries and disqualify any entrant using such methods.  Should any portion of the contest be compromised by computer virus/worms/bugs, non-authorized human intervention, technical failures or other causes which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the contest.  In case of dispute, the authorized subscriber of the email account used to enter the contest at the actual time of entry will be deemed to be the Eligible Contest Player, and must comply with these Official Rules.


Persons who tamper with any aspect of the contest, as solely determined by the Sponsor, or who attempt to participate with multiple email addresses or under multiple identities will be disqualified.


All races and wagers are subject to Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission Rules.


Any dispute or situation not covered by these terms and conditions will be resolved by Sponsor in a manner deemed by Sponsor to be the fairest to all concerned, and that decision shall be final and binding for all participants.  Any advertisements, including e-mails, internet content and all other materials related to the contest that contains mechanical, typographical, printing or any other errors are subject to correction by Sponsor. If there are any discrepancies between such advertising and contest material and these Official Rules, these Official Rules will govern.


  1. The Sponsors of this contest are:


  • PA HBPA, PO Box 88, Grantville, PA 17028
  • Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC, 720 Bow Creek Road, Grantville, PA 17028