Rules

ELIGIBILITY:

Players must be 21 years of age or older in order to play.

As this is an Internet-based contest website, entries will only be accepted through the online entry and selection form. No faxed, mailed, electronically mailed or telephone entries are allowed.

Accounts are limited to residents of the United States.

Residents of the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, South Carolina, Vermont, and Washington are not eligible to withdraw funds from account balances. However, those players may participate in contests for the purposes of pursuing entry to on-site events through qualifying contests (such as the NHC and HPWS).

CANCEL/REFUND and TRANSFER POLICY:

By purchasing an entry at HorseTourneys and agreeing to the Official Rules, players acknowledge that a tournament operator, by the nature of the business structure, must adhere to a strict policy with regards to cancellations and refunds. Once a contest begins, entries are added to the prize pool for each contest and may NEVER be retracted for any reason, regardless of if selections are actually made for an entry. Each player is entirely responsible for ensuring that selections are made successfully and on-time. HorseTourneys provides the opportunity for players to cancel entries up until TWO HOURS prior to the start time of a contest.

CANCELLATIONS: Players may cancel a purchased entry for any contest up until TWO HOURS before the closing time of the contest. Cancelling an entry is subject to a 10 percent cancel fee (i.e., 90 percent of the entry fee purchased will be returned to your account balance). Please note that this is necessary to prevent manipulation of contest pools and protect the integrity of the contests, but has been provided for player convenience. If a cancellation is necessary due to a legitimate error or in purchasing, players may email Customer Support for consideration of a refund of this cancel fee. Cancellation activity will be closely monitored, and abuse of the cancellation privilege will result in the revoking of player accounts.

Aside from this cancel policy, there are no refunds permitted for purchased entries for ANY reason.

Transfers of entries from one player to another player are also not permitted. However, players may request the transfer of all or a portion of their account balances to another registered player, pursuant to approval by site administrators.

WITHDRAWAL POLICIES:

All withdrawals are subject to review and approval by site administrators.

Players MUST have played funds that have been deposited into accounts in contests at HorseTourneys and may not request to withdraw those funds before the balance of the deposit has been played in contests. Any winnings from play may be immediately withdrawn, factoring in the remaining balance of a player's most recent deposit(s).

Updated taxpayer information is required before a player's first withdrawal will be accepted. If you have not submitted your taxpayer information, you must do so through one of the available submission options. Withdrawal amounts in excess of $600 in a calendar year (net of entry fees, i.e., the total amount won) will be subject to a single 1099-MISC filing with the IRS for the applicable tax year.

Players may withdraw at any time. The first two withdrawals in a calendar month (beginning the 1st of every month) are free; any withdrawal requests within a calendar month in excess of two (2) are subject to a $5 handling fee per instance. The handling fee will not be included in the amount deducted from the withdrawal if you are requesting additional withdrawals within a calendar month, so please ensure that you have the additional $5 in your account before requesting additional withdrawals.

CONTEST PLAY/SELECTIONS:

MAKING SELECTIONS (PICKS)

Typical contests will have 8-15 individual race events. Mythical $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player's horse wins, the player collects on both the Win and Place wagers. If a player's horse finishes in a Place position, the player collects only on the Place wager. All wagers and payouts from races are mythical and will be used as a score only.

Payouts will be reported according to the payout results from the United States tote system.

Players will select horses by name and official program number. As with real wagering, coupled entries serve as one betting interest for the purposes of contest play. Selections may be made as early as the day prior to the contest, as soon as the contest selection process is opened.

A PRIMARY selection MUST be designated. A player's ALTERNATE selection will be assigned ONLY in the event of a scratch of a player's PRIMARY selection. If a player does not make a PRIMARY selection, NO SELECTION will be considered to have been played.

SURVIVOR CONTESTS:

In SURIVOR format contests, players select one horse or entry per race. If the selection finishes in a position receiving a mutuel payout (typically Win/Place/Show, but can be Win/Place or Win only depending on field size) the player will receive one “point” and will remain alive in the competition.

Important notes regarding SURVIVOR contests:

  1. Points are awarded for each correct selection in CONSECUTIVE races (in race order according to the contest schedule). Because races can sometimes run and be scored out of scheduled race order, it is important to note that points may be awarded and displayed on the leaderboard for races that finish out of consecutive order (for instance, if the 5th race is scored before the 4th race). Ultimately, prizes are awarded based on the number of successful CONSECUTIVE selections, and the scoring system will update accordingly once all consecutive races have been scored.
  2. If the field size of any race is reduced to where only Win and Place or Win only are/is paid out through the pari-mutuel pools, only horses that receive those payouts will be considered "in the money" selections for the purposes of this contest and this contest format.

There are NO TIEBREAKERS applied in SURVIVOR contests. Players with the most number of correct selections at the conclusion of the contest win or share the prizes designated.

EXACTA BOX CONTESTS:

In the EXACTA BOX format, players select three (3) horses per race. Scores are accrued based on the $1 Exacta mutuel payout. Note specifics on this format:

  1. Players must select three horses (entries) per race. A mythical 3-horse exacta box is played.
  2. Players MAY select an ALTERNATE for each of their three horse/entry selections. However, selecting Alternates is only optional and not required. An Alternate is only applied in the event of a scratch of the corresponding PRIMARY selection. Like normal tourneys, the post-time favorite (PTF) will replace a scratched horse if no alternate has been selected, or if both the Primary AND Alternate has been scratched.
  3. Scoring is based on the $1 Exacta mutuel payout. There are no payout caps.
  4. If the field size or other circumstances results in no Exacta wagering (and thus no Exacta mutuel payout), no score will be recorded for that race. Similar to the guidelines for race cancellations, at least 70 percent of the tourney races must be scored to constitute an official contest (see cancellation policy).
  5. There are NO TIEBREAKERS in the Exacta Box Format. Ties in any final prize positions will receive an equal share of the designated prizes for those positions.

PAYOUT CAPS

HORSE RACING CONTESTS: There is a cap on both the Win and Place wagers. The maximum payout on a Win bet is $42 (20-1 odds) and the maximum payout on a Place bet is $22 (10-1 odds).

LATE SCRATCHES

In the event of a scratch, players will be assigned their Alternate pick, if one has been selected. If an Alternate pick also scratches or has not been chosen, the Primary horse will be replaced with the post-time favourite for that race. Selections WILL NOT RE-OPEN after closing due to a late scratch (i.e., at the gate). If a horse is declared a non-starter, that horse will be treated as a late scratch.

A PRIMARY selection MUST be designated. A player's ALTERNATE selection will be assigned ONLY in the event of a scratch of a player's PRIMARY selection. If a player does not make a PRIMARY selection, NO SELECTION will be considered to have been played.

RACE/EVENT CANCELLATIONS

At least 70 percent of the race events that comprise a contest must be completed to constitute an official contest. If at least 70 percent of the individual race events in a particular contest have been completed, the contest will constitute a complete and official contest and will be scored according to the remaining events. If less than 70 percent of the contest events have been completed, the contest will be cancelled with entry fees refunded to all players.

If race cancellations PRIOR to a contest results in less than 70 percent of the original contest lineup remaining, contests administrators reserve the right to either (a) cancel the contest and refund entry fees; or, (b) time permitting, to replace the cancelled events with substitute events.

NHC QUALIFIERS or REAL MONEY EVENTS OF AT LEAST $10,000 ONLY:

If less than 70 percent of the contest events have been completed, and four (4) or more individual contest events have been completed, the completed events will be retained for scoring purposes, with the balance of contest races added at a later date.

TIEBREAKERS

Should there be a tie in earnings in any event, ties will be broken in accordance with the following procedures: (a) the entry(s) with the most number of winners selected will win the tie; if a tie still remains, then (b) the entry(s) selecting the horse with the highest mutuel WIN payout will win the tie; if a tie still remains, then (c) the entry(s) with the most number of PLACE horses selected will win the tie; if a tie still remains, then (d) the entry(s) with the highest mutuel PLACE payout will win the tie; if a tie still remains, then (e) the entry(s) with the most number of SHOW (third place finishers that did not Win or Place) horses selected will win the tie; if a tie still remains, then (f) the winning entry(s) will be determined by a random draw among eligible entries.

If in FEEDER or REAL MONEY contests there are ties remaining after all tiebreakers have been applied, the prizes involved will be equally distributed to those players tied for the position(s).

In a Head-to-Head tournament, if both players end with zero at the conclusion of the contest, tiebreakers will not be applied and both players will be refunded the entry fee.

Tiebreakers are NOT applied in SURVIVOR format contests.

SELECTION DEADLINES

In contests utilizing the regular, live format (where selections may be changed race-by-race up until post), generally speaking, race selections will close for each contest event as the last half of the field is loading into the starting gate. HOWEVER, IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that players submit all selections prior to the first race and then go back and edit as needed, at least 2-3 minutes prior to the anticipated gates open time of the race. Players should be aware of delays in transmission via internet streaming services or television feeds that may not represent the actual real time of races. The Participant is 100 percent responsible for ensuring that a contest wager has been accepted, regardless of the circumstances. Players should pay close attention to race schedules for all contests, as post times can change throughout the day due to delays or other circumstances.

In PICK & PRAY format contests, selections for ALL contest races will be locked once the first contest race in the schedule (in any chronological position) is closed. In PICK & PRAY events, players must have all selections made prior to the first contest race closing and may not edit selections throughout the tournament.

AUDIT PERIOD

For contests that involve qualifying spots to other contests (such as NHC or HPWS), there is a 48-hour audit period after the completion of each contest, for the purposes of allowing for changes in the unlikely event of scoring errors or other circumstances. While the leaderboard will display the final payout results immediately, these results will not be official until the audit period is over. Players that have earned qualifying spots or other prizes will be notified once the contest has been declared official.

In FEEDER or REAL MONEY events, the contests will be considered complete immediately following scoring the final contest event. Players have up to 24 hours following the completion of those events to alert tournament officials of possible scoring errors and request necessary adjustments.

EXCLUSIONS AND OWNERSHIP RULE

Employees of Bet Twice Consulting LLC are not eligible to compete in contests at HorseTourneys.com. Employees of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Boyd Gaming, Wynn or any other organization that offers qualifying contests at HorseTourneys to their respective events are not allowed to participate in qualifiers specific to those events. There are no restrictions regarding participation or horse selection as it relates to horse owners or for those individuals related to persons with ownership, training, or other interests in horses competing in contest races.

OFFICIAL DECISIONS

Tournament officials retain the right to make any decisions, including the disqualification of players, that they deem appropriate regarding any circumstances. Official decisions by tournament officials are final.

COLLUSION/GROUP PLAY:

Any action by individuals and/or groups of players that may be perceived to be made in an effort to gain an advantage (i.e., through multiple entries employing multiple accounts, the prevalent use of "beards", etc.) during contest play will be investigated by tournament officials and may result in immediate disqualification of those players involved. HorseTourneys retains the right to disqualify any player for any reason that violates the integrity or Official Rules of the contest.

CONDITIONS

  1. Players will select one betting interest from each of the designated contest races by selecting a bullet next to the entry/runner's name. Selections must be made prior to the contest deadlines as outlined above.
  2. The official final order of finish and mutuel prices according to United States tote will determine the payoffs.
  3. The Leaderboard will be updated on the website as soon as possible at the end of each designated contest event. It is the responsibility of the player to bring any alleged error, issue, or complaint to the attention of HorseTourneys.com by completing a Customer Support request and describing the alleged error, issue or complaint in detail. If HorseTourneys.com is not contacted within 24 hours of the end of the contest (48 hours for those contests involving qualifying spots to another event), HorseTourneys.com is not responsible for making adjustments to the official order of finish or granting prizes or entry fee credit.
  4. ALL MONETARY VALUES STATED IN UNITED STATES DOLLARS (USD) unless otherwise noted.
  5. All rules are subject to change.

DISCLAIMER AND RELEASE

Entrant agrees that none of HorseTourneys.com and their respective owners, directors, officers, representatives, agents, employees or affiliates (collectively, the "Released Parties") shall be liable for injury, loss, expense or damage of any kind resulting from Entrant's participation in this contest or from the acceptance or use of the prize money awarded.

None of the Released Parties will be responsible for any: (a) late, lost, garbled, misdirected, incomplete, or damaged entries; (b) any contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Sponsor; or (c) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the contest. In no event will the Released Parties be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising out of Entrant's access to and use of Sponsor's websites or the downloading from and/or printing material downloaded from those sites.

Links to this contest by other internet sites are provided as a service to horseracing and sports fans, and Sponsor is not responsible for the content that appears on the any of such sites. Sponsor will not be bound by and will not be liable for claims and/or guarantees made by other internet sites.

None of the Released Parties is in any way responsible or liable for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any associated website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Entrant's or any other person's computer or peripheral equipment related to or resulting from participation or downloading of any materials from this website or in connection with this contest.

CONTEST ADMINISTRATOR

The administrator of HorseTourneys.com is Bet Twice Consulting, LLC:

Bet Twice Consulting LLC
P.O. Box 1453
St. Petersburg, FL
33731

Purchase agreements are between the Customer and Old Northeast Limited:

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