Hawke’s Bay joins the race for KPC riches

Further exciting news has today been released for this year’s Kiwi Punting Championships (KPC) with the announcement that the winner of the 2017 Bay Ford New Zealand Punter of the Competition, to be held on October 7 at Hastings Racecourse, will receive automatic qualification into the KPC final field of 40 contestants.

Flights to and accommodation in Christchurch for two people will be provided courtesy of Hawke’s Bay Racing Inc., Addington Raceway and the New Zealand Racing Board to assist in making the trip south.

The KPC final on Show Day November 17 at Addington Raceway sees a total prize pool of $80,000 with the winner also qualifying to compete, on an all-expenses paid basis, in Las Vegas from February 9 – 11, 2018 at the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) which has an estimated prize pool of US$2.5m.

Addington Raceway CEO Dean McKenzie was thrilled to announce this first direct KPC connection with the thoroughbred code:

“The New Zealand Punter of the Year Competition at Hastings is the longest running elite punting contest in New Zealand racing and we are delighted to provide a pathway for their winner to come to Christchurch and get a shot at the $80k prize pool as well as a chance to win the trip to Vegas to play for a life changing pot of cash.”

Hawke’s Bay Racing Incorporated Chief Executive Andrew Castles stated:

“We are delighted to see a tangible connection between the horse codes and the NZRB through the two premier punting competitions in the country. This can only lead to bigger and more attractive contests for our core wagering customers, which is a win for us all.” 

As a central part of widening the customer base and making the KPC the go to event for all New Zealand punters, one major change has been made to the KPC final rules set down for Show Day in Christchurch.

For the first time punters will not have to invest a minimum amount per race at Addington Raceway, rather a single turnover level qualifying criteria will be used. This will effectively see contestants able to bet on any horse or dog race the NZ TAB takes wagering on between noon and 6.30pm on Show Day. As long as they meet the turnover criteria, which has been set at $8,000 (1.6 times the starting pool of $5,000) then they will be eligible to share in the $80,000 prize pool and win the trip to the NHC in Las Vegas with the chance to win US$2.5m.

Rules and event dates for the 2017 KPC will be available at addington.wpengine.com once finalised.

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