Horse Racing’s ‘Hunger Games’: Rolling Stone Goes Behind The Scenes At The NHC

World's Top horseplayers gather to compete for cash and awards and the title “Horseplayer of the Year”.

The DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) is the “richest and most prestigious tournament in the world”, bringing together the top horseplayers to compete for cash and awards, including the title of “Horseplayer of the Year”.

The 2017 championship, held over three days in January at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, had a record 654 entries and offered record cash and prizes worth a total of $2,900,000, with $800,000 going to the winner.

For a person not familiar with the NHC or handicapping contests in general, the tournament itself may be a bit overwhelming, to say the least. Alex Scordelis, a contributor for Rolling Stone magazine, went behind the scenes at this year's tournament, not only to interview some of the competitors, but to also “experience the adrenaline rush of being in a ballroom with hundreds of horseplayers gunning for an $800,000 first-place prize.”

Scordelis also hoped to “learn the tricks of the handicapping trade and make a little money” during what he dubbed “the horse racing Hunger Games.

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