TwinSpires.com has announced a new Kentucky Derby Betting Championship that will debut next year on May 6-7, 2016 for the marquee race at Churchill Downs. The big prize is sure to lure many to the contest, with a $250,000 pot being put up for grabs. It’s certainly a bold, and exciting, move for the primary wagering outlet at Churchill Downs.
Players will need to buy-in to the contest with a $20,000 entry fee. That fee is broken up in to two parts, with $5,000 going towards the enormous prize pool and the other $15,000 serving as the player’s wagering balance. Each player must wager at least a minimum of $1,200 on the Friday events and $1,800 during Saturday’s races. Win, place, show, exacta and trifecta bets is counted towards your action.
Not only will participants have a chance at winning the quarter-million dollar prize, they’ll also receive three entries in to the National Handicapping Championship and the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. On top of that, you get to keep all of your tournament winnings regardless of the result of the contest.
TwinSpires has also opened registration for players with a deposit of $1,000. This reserves your spot for the Kentucky Derby Betting Championship and also enters you in to a side draw for a $24,000 prize, which breaks down in to $20,000 for the contest itself plus a $4,000 travel allowance. You can reserve your spot at by visiting the KentuckyDerbyBettingChampionship.com right now. The winner for the early bird contest will be selected January 2nd. What a great way to ring in the New Year.
The Kentucky Derby already draws the largest handle of any American Thoroughbred race. Churchill Downs Racetrack President, Kevin Flanery, was obviously ecstatic that his track was able to secure another way for players to enjoy the action on the first leg of the Triple Crown. “This opportunity is a result of our great partnership with TwinSpires.com, and we’re thrilled at the chance to host and entertain this group of top horseplayers at the home of America’s greatest race.”