Spring NHC Qualifier


Win Entry to the National Horseplayers Championship, the Breeders Cup Betting Challenge, the Contest at Keeneland and the Hawthorne Invitational

The Hawthorne Contest invites good horseplayers for a no-holds-barred betting contest.  No mandatory races.  Make the bets you want, including multi-race wagers.  Pick from races at several tracks.  It’s a live wager format so you keep what you win with No Entry Fee.

Earn your entry into the richest and most prestigious horse betting tournament in the world: The National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas, where hundreds of the top handicappers will compete for over $4,000,000 in prizes (includes travel voucher and 4-hotel nights).  Already qualified for the NHC or want a different challenge?  Earn your entry to the Breeders Cup Betting Challenge, the fall contest at Keeneland or the Hawthorne Invitational, an exclusive contest featuring 50 of the best players in the country.


  • Saturday Prizes: (2) NHC entries, (3) June 25th Hawthorne Invitational Entries (What’s the Invitational? Click here!)
  • Sunday Prizes: (3) NHC entries, (1) BCBC Entry, (1) Keeneland Contest Entry
  • Bonus: $1,000,000 to whichever player builds the biggest bankroll on either day of the contest if that player also wins the 2023 NHC
  • $500 live bankroll to play.  No entry fee
  • Open track format with all same-day wagers allowed.
  • On-site contest at (6) betting locations (no online wagering options at this time)


Note: We’ve reached player capacity at our Club Hawthorne Betting Bar in Oakbrook.

Click here for Official Rules.

Event Date(s)

Sat, Jun 24 @ 11:00 AM - Sat, Jun 24 @ 7:00 PM
Sun, Jun 25 @ 11:00 AM - Sun, Jun 25 @ 7:00 PM


Club Hawthorne & PointsBet Sportsbook at Crazy Pour in Villa Park
Club Hawthorne & PointsBet Sportsbook in Crestwood
Club Hawthorne at Black Eyed Susan's in Joliet
Club Hawthorne at Pony Up in Oakbrook Terrace
Club Hawthorne at Player's Pub & Grill in Prospect Heights
Club Hawthorne at The Saddle Room in Hoffman Estates