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Choosing a Pool

i-POOLs offers Pools on a variety of live Events which are listed in the Lobby. Pools can be filtered by Sport (down the left), or by Game Type (across the top). Pools are listed in order of Start Time, so the next Pool to close is shown at the top. To choose a Pool to enter, select a Sport and then select the Game Type you want to play - Classic, Fantasy League or Last Longest - and you will see a list of all the Pools of this type that we are running Pools on. Just scroll down the Lobby and click on the Pool you're interested in to see the Tables available.

Within each Pool, Tables are listed by Entry Fee (usually £1, £10 and £25) and Table Size (Unlimited, 10 Max and Heads Up). Look out for our Progressive Jackpot pools (PJ) and Guaranteed Prize Funds (G)!

Joining a Pool

Joining a Pool is simple. Click on the Pool you wish to enter in the Lobby by clicking on the red 'JOIN' button. This will take you through to the entry page where you must answer all the relevant questions and/or make all the necessary selections. Once you have provided all of your answers/selections, click the flashing red 'ENTER' button. We will ask you to confirm your entry in the Pool and once you've finished, you're in! You can enter an Unlimited Pool multiple times, so long as you do not enter with the same set of answers. You can enter as many different 10 Max or Heads Up pools as you wish, but you can only enter each individual 10 Max or Heads Up Pool once.

Gametypes

We offer three types of pool: the Classic pool, the Fantasy pool and the Last Longest pool. Each pool is available in different Table-sizes and Stakes.

Classic Pools

Classic Pools consist of answering some simple questions about an Event in which players must predict certain key oucomes of that Event. Points are awarded for correct predictions or, in “Nearest Wins” questions, for the predictions closest to the outcome. At the end of the Event, the Net Prizefund is distributed to those who scored the most points in the Pool. The split of the Prizefund depends on the number of entries in the Pool. See Payout Structure.

Fantasy Pools

Fantasy Pools require the player to make a number of selections from those available to represent you in an Event (or series of events) with each selection contributing points to your total score in the Pool depending on their performance. For instance, a 5-a-side Football Fantasy Pool requires you to pick a Goalkeeper, a Defender, 2 Midfielders and a Striker each of which scores you points for certain achievements during the relevant match/matches such as goals, assists or cards. At the end of the relevant Event(s) or, if applicable, when one or more Users has achieved the Target Score required to win the Pool, the Net Prizefund is distributed among the Winner(s). See Payout Structure.

Last Longest Pools

In Last Longest Pools, the player who lasts longer than all the others is the one who wins the Net Prizefund. Poolsters are asked to make a selection in each of a series of fixtures (such as a team to win in each week of the Premier League). If the player makes a correct selection, i.e. their chosen team wins that week, then they progress, and if they make an incorrect selection, i.e. their chosen team fails to win that week, then they are knocked out. Successful players in each round must then make a new selection for the next set of fixtures. If you don't, you'll be excluded from the pool. As poolsters are knocked out, the field gradually narrows down until just one remains who has made a winning selection every time. Poolsters may only choose a selection once. If all remaining entrants are knocked out in the same round, or the Event reaches the End Date with more than one remaining poolster, the Net Prizefund will be shared between them. See Payout Structure. 

In Last Longest “Streak” pools, designated with a “£1M” symbol in the pools lobby, the jackpot bonus is won by selecting the required number of successful picks in a row in each round of the  pool. For instance, in Premier League Last Longest pools, players are required to pick a different team to win for 20 weeks in a row to win the jackpot bonus.

Pool Sizes

We offer three different Pool Sizes: Unlimited, 10-Max and Heads-Up.

Unlimited

Unlimited Pools are available to all poolsters and have no limit on the number of entries. Each player can enter an Unlimited Pool more than once but only by making a different set of selections each time. The Net Prizefund in each Unlimited pool will be the aggregate of all the entry fees minus the Administration Fee. The number of Prizes paid out in an Unlimited Pool depends on the number of entries. See Payout Structure.

10 Max

10 Max Pools are restricted to 10 entries per Pool. Users may enter any number of these Pools but can only enter each of them once. The Net Prizefund for each 10 Max Pool will be the aggregate of all the Users’ entry fees minus the Administration Fee and will pay out as follows: 67% to 1st and 33% to 2nd if there are 10 entries, but only 1 Prize (100% of Net Prizefund) if not. A 10 Max pool will only go "live" if there are at least 5 entries, otherwise it will be void.

Heads Up

Heads Up Pools are restricted to 2 entrants per pool. Players may enter any number of these pools but can only enter each of them once (you cannot play against yourself!). The Net Prizefund of each Heads Up pool will be the aggregate of the Users’ entry fees minus the Administration Fee. A Heads Up Pool will pay a single Prize (unless it is tied). A Heads Up pool will only go "live" if there are two entries.

Progressive Jackpot (PJ)

Some Classic Pools are designated as Progressive Jackpot Pools by the PJ sign in the Lobby. In these pools you can upgrade your entry for just £1 and enter the Progressive Jackpot. All the £1 entries are added to the Progressive Jackpot until a lucky player wins it all! See Terms & Conditions for detailed rules.

Winning the Progressive Jackpot

To win the Progressive Jackpot, all you have to do is get all the answers in the pool exactly right. You can enter the Progressive Jackpot in the same Pool as many times as you like as long as you submit different answers each time.

Guarantees

Some pools have guaranteed Prizefunds and these are designated by a G sign in the Lobby. This means that the Prizefund is guaranteed to be a minimum amount (as stated) however many entries there are.

Editing your Answers

Each player is able to change their answers until the Start Time of the Event which is displayed in the Pool details. To change your answers, simply click on the red 'EDIT' button at the top right of the Pool page and you will be able to see the answers you have chosen and change the ones you wish to change. When you've finished editing your answers, click on the 'UPDATE ANSWERS' button at the bottom of the page and confirm. If you don't click 'UPDATE ANSWERS', they will automatically remain the same.

Following a Live Pool

When a Pool reaches the Start Time it becomes live and moves from 'ALL POOLS' to 'MY POOLS'. Clicking on the Pool will take you to the live screen where you can see the answers you have given and compare them to the answers of all the other entrants in the pool. Your current score and ranking on the leaderboard will update as the event unfolds and the answers are updated in real time. To compare your answers to another player, simply click on their Username on the leaderboard. This allows you to see their score so far, their current correct and incorrect answers, and allows you to determine what you need to happen to beat them in the final standings. You can also see the statistics on how many players chose each answer by clicking on the 'i' button by the question. Some questions in overnight pools may not be settled until the morning.

The Payout Structure varies for each pool-type and pool-size. If two or more players tie for a position, the relevant Prizes are added together and divided by the number of those tied to calculate the amount awarded to each one.

The amount of the Prize will be added to the account balance immediately after the Pool has settled. Prizes will be rounded to the nearest penny.

The Payout Structure of a pool is determined by the number of entrants in the pool and the table structure (ie Unlimited, 10 Max, Heads Up etc). The standard Payout Structure for unlimited pools will add more prizes the more entries are in the pool as detailed below. The Payout Structure is always stated in the pool description at the top of the pool, but the number of prizes awarded and the prizes themselves may change as more players enter.

Classic and Fantasy Unlimited Pools (unless otherwise stated)

  • for pools up to 9 entries, there will be only one Prize, 1st Prize, which will receive 100% of the Net Prizefund
  • for pools with 10 or more entries, additional prizes will be added each time the number of entrants increases past a multiple of ten (1 additional prize) up to 30 players, then 15 (1 additional prize) up to 60 players, then 20 (1 additional prize) up to 100 players, then 25 (1 additional prize) and 2 additional prizes for every 50 players added.
  •  the Net Prizefund will be split between the Prizes so that second Prize is approximately 50% of first Prize, third Prize will be approximately 50% of second Prize and smaller prizes will step down in smaller increments.
  • Unless otherwise stated this is the Standard Payout Structure applicable for all Unlimited Classic and Fantasy Pools.

Fantasy Pools with target score

  • for pools that require players to reach a Target Score to win the pool 100% of the pool will go to the winner(s).

Last Longest Pools

  • 100% of the Net Prizefund always goes to the User(s) who last(s) longest.

Classic and Fantasy 10 Max Pools

  • for Pools with 10 entries 66.7% of the net Prizefund will be paid to the Winner of each pool and 33.3% will be paid to the Runner-Up in each pool.
  • Pools with fewer entries will only pay one Prize to 1st.

Heads Up Pools (Classic, Fantasy or Last Longest)

  • 100% of the net Prizefund will be paid to the winner of the pool.

If two or more players tie for a position, the relevant Prizes are added together and divided by the number of tied players to calculate the amount awarded to each one.

Prizes will be rounded to the nearest penny.

Halls of fame

The Halls of Fame are where we celebrate and reward the most successful poolsters on i-POOLs  There are All Time Halls of Fame for individual sports as well as for 'All Sports' and Monthly Halls of Fame which payout monthly prizes to the top three poolsters each month. Your Hall of Fame Scores are derived from your 20 best results in Relevant Pools over the relevant time period. Each pool entry receives a score equal to the number of Pool entries in that pool divided by the poolster's finishing position in the pool.

Prizes are awarded for the top three finishers in each Monthly Hall of Fame! So to move up the leaderboard and win some free action, get predicting!

All Time Hall of Fame leaders will be rewarded with the ultimate bragging rights of becoming the Daddy of sports predictors and by unlocking Achievements to earn more rewards from our Loyalty Scheme.

SELF EXCLUSION

Should you need to take a break from gambling, we provide a 'self exclusion' facility which can be accessed through the ‘My Account’ button at the top of the page, or which can be set up by our Helpdesk upon request. Self exclusion means that your account will remain closed for a minimum period of 6 months and will not be reactivated under any circumstances during the exclusion period.

We recommend that you seek additional support and advice from a professional problem gambling support agency (such as www.gamcare.org.uk) during the self exclusion period.
Although the minimum period of time that self-exclusion can be set is six months, there is no maximum period of time and self-exclusion can be permanent.

At the end of the six month exclusion period, your account will not be automatically reopened. If you would like us to consider reactivating your account (which cannot be guaranteed) please contact the helpdesk.

UNDER 18s

i-POOLs has a zero tolerance attitude towards underage gambling and will employs software checks to verify the age of all users. If we suspect that you are under 18 we will suspend your account pending an investigation and may require further evidence that you are 18 or over before re-activating your account.

Pool Settlement

Once an event has gone past its End Date and the answers are final, the pool will move to the 'Settled Pools' section under the 'My Pools' tab. In the 'Settled Pools' section, you can see your final ranking and total winnings in each of the Pools you have entered. Clicking on the Pool will take you through to the results page, where you can see your final points (and compare them with others'), the answers you gave correctly and incorrectly and the final leaderboard. 

i-POOLs aims to settle all pools within 30 minutes of completion. i-POOLs relies on data provided by OPTA Sports as the source of our results. If OPTA Sports does not provide the relevant data to settle a pool, i-POOLs reserves the right to settle the pool as we see fit according to the media consensus or any other public data we may choose to rely on. If you have any queries regarding settlements or believes an error may have been made, please get in touch with our helpdesk team. 

Cancelling/Voiding Question or Entries

i-POOLs may void a question or entry for reasons including, but not limited to: cancelled or postponed Events or elements of an event which make the Pool invalid; suspected criminal or fraudulent activity; data errors where the nature of a Pool has been unacceptably distorted by a clear data or administrative error. In the unlikely event that a Pool remains open to enter after the underlying event has started, whether through an error on our part or because the start time of the event was brought forward, we reserve the right to void any entries to the Pool we believe have gained an advantage by entering after the actual start time of the Event. If you believe this may have happened, please contact the helpdesk. Some questions may make specific provisos about the possibility of voiding if certain criteria are not met.

We also reserve the right to void any entry that we may reasonably believe is under age or involved with any criminal and/or fraudulent activity or any entry by a User previously banned from the Website.

Cancelling/Voiding Pools

In some circumstances, a Pool may be voided. Normally this will be a result of the particular Event being cancelled or postponed for more than 24 hours. But a Pool may also be voided if there is reasonable suspicion of criminal or fraudulent activity or if i-POOLs is unable to satisfactorily determine the outcome of the Event itself. If a Pool is cancelled or voided, stakes will be refunded in full. i-POOLs will announce the reason(s) for cancelling or voiding a Pool as soon as reasonably possible. If an Event is cancelled before the Start Time, all Pools relating solely to that Event will be cancelled. If the Event forms part of a larger Pool, that Pool will stand unless more than half the Events contributing to it are cancelled. If an Event is postponed, all related Pools will normally be cancelled or voided if the Event does not go ahead within 24 hours of the original scheduled start time.

Errors, Omissions and Changes:

If an error is made in setting up a Pool, or a question within a Pool, we reserve the right to void that Pool/question if we feel the intention behind the Pool/question is obscured by the error. However, if an error is made but it remains obvious what is intended, the Pool/question will normally stand. In the event of an error in the settlement of a Pool (for example, incorrect data is used to answer a question), in order to recompense the correct winners, we reserve the right, if appropriate, to reclaim any winnings paid out in error.

 

Deposits

The easiest way to fund your i-pools account is by a debit/credit card. i-pools accepts most commonly used credit and debit cards (Visa, Visa Electron, Visa Delta, MasterCard, Maestro, Solo, Laser). We also accept Neteller. Simply click on ""Deposit"" at the top of the homepage or in your Profile page and follow the onscreen instructions which will take you through to our secure payment page. You will need to have your card with you to enter your Security Code (3 digit code on the back of your card)  and to enter your password to make a deposit. All of our payments are processed by Axcess Payments Limited which is a fully PCI-DSS certified payments services company. i-pools does not receive or retain any financial information provided by you. Your funds will be available in your i-pools account as soon as the transaction is authorised by the payment services company. i-pools does not charge you for making deposits on the website (but your card provider may do - please check).

Deposit Limits

Minimum deposit is £10. Maximum deposit limits are: per transaction £250; per week £1,000; per month £3,000. If you would like to increase these limits, please contact our helpdesk.

Withdrawals

You may withdraw all or part of your cash balance from your account at any time (subject to our Terms & Conditions). Simply click on 'My Account' at the top right of the homepage, and then click on the 'Account Management' tab. Then, click on 'Withdraw' and then enter the amount that you wish to withdraw; you will also be asked to enter your password to confirm the transaction. You can withdraw money to any of your registered cards, but only to a card that has been used to make a successful deposit with i-pools. Our payment services company charges an £0.80p fee for withdrawals under £100. Valid withdrawal requests will normally be processed by us within 24 hours but may take between 1 and 5 working days to clear depending on your bank. If you provide us with further information (copy of passport or driving licence required), you may also withdraw from your i-pools account by means of a direct bank transfer. To do this, we will need you to provide your bank account details (account name, sort code and account number). We do NOT store your bank account details so we will require this information for every bank transfer request you make.

Withdrawal limits

The maximum withdrawal per transaction is £1,000. If you wish to withdraw more than this amount in a single transaction please contact the helpdesk.

Loyalty Rewards

You can earn Points for doing various things on i-POOLs. Each time you Play a Pool (public pools only) , Tweet your entry, Deposit Funds in your account or Manage a Private Pool you will earn Points that will get transferred into your account at the end of each month. You can use these Points to enter cash pools.

Multiplier

Every time you earn Points, they will be multiplied by your Multipler score. This can be increased by unlocking Achievements. Look in your Profile to find out how to unlock more Achievements and increase your Multiplier so you can earn Points faster. The maximum Multiplier is 25x.

Want to collect Points?

You can get rewarded for any of these things that you do on i-POOLs. Take a look and get started. The more Points you earn, the more pools you can join for FREE.

Get rewarded for: Points
Sharing a pool you've just joined on Twitter. 1 point per multipler
Entering a classic pool. 1 pct per multipler
Depositing £££. 0.1 pct per multipler
Managing a Private Pool (10 players min). 2 pct per multipler

Jackpot Pools

Pools that are designated with a “£1M” symbol in the pools lobby carry a £1 million jackpot bonus which players entering the pool are eligible to win if they successfully meet the winning criteria set out in the pools description.

In Classic and Fantasy Pools this means predicting the answer for each question correctly and precisely.

In Last Longest “Streak” pools, the jackpot bonus is won by successfully selecting the required number of consecutive successful selections in each round of the pool. For instance, in Premier League Last Longest pools, players are required to pick a different team to win for 20 consecutive weeks to win the jackpot bonus.

Only one jackpot bonus can be won in each pool, which includes all the possible stakes in that pool. If two (or more) players win the jackpot bonus in the same pool, the jackpot bonus will be shared by the winning players.

Challenges

For certain designated Pools, which display the Challenges symbol in the Pools Lobby, Users can create their own private Challenge Pool and invite other players, either by Username or by email.

Just click on the green “Create” button in the pool page and follow the instructions. Users should select the number of players, the stake they want to play for and decide if they want to allow other players to invite players too after they have joined themselves.

After creating a Challenge Pool and selecting their own answers/predictions, Users can then add private invitations by typing in usernames and/or email addresses of players they would like to invite to play. Lists of Invitees can be saved for regular use.

A user inviting another new user by email will automatically be added as a “Referrer” for their account and will be eligible for a Referrer bonus when they make a deposit.

If you would like to create a pool on an event that you don't see in the Lobby, please contact us and we will add it if we can.

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