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Pool Rules…

These rules form part of i-pools’ Terms & Conditions and all definitions used are as set out in that document. i-pools makes every effort to ensure that our rules are fair and transparent; if you feel that this is not the case for any reason, please contact us: helpdesk@i-pools.co.uk and we will investigate.

1. Pool types

We offer three game types:

·      the …Classic Pool; predict the key stats to score points and win a prize.

·      the …Fantasy Pool; pick your squad to earn points and win a prize.

·      the …Last Longest Pool; just keep picking a winner each round to outlast the others and scoop the prizepool.

Classic Pools

Classic Pools consist of a series of simple questions about an underlying event (or series of events) in which each User is asked to predict the outcomes of certain key elements of that event.

Points are awarded for correct predictions or, in “Nearest Wins” questions, for the predictions closest to the actual outcome (see below). Players may be asked to choose a "Banker" which then scores double points.

At the end of the event(s), the Net Prizefund (the Prizefund after deduction of the Administration Fee) is distributed to the User(s) who scored the most points in the pool. The split of the Prizefund depends on the game type and number of entries in the pool (see 3. Payout Structure).

To enter a pool a User MUST answer all the questions. There are three types of question:

Yes/No questions: a simple 50/50 choice between ‘yes’ and ‘no’.

For example if the question was ‘Will Liverpool beat Everton?’ you answer ‘yes’ if you think Liverpool will win, ‘no’ if you think that it will be a draw or an Everton win.

Yes/No questions are usually worth 10 points.

Multiple Choice questions: Users are offered a number of possible answers for each question (between 3 and 10 options).

For example, for the question ‘Which of these batsmen will score most runs in the first Ashes Test?’ your choices might be ‘Alastair Cook’, ‘Joe Root’, ‘Steve Smith’, ‘David Warner’ and ‘Shane Watson’.

If there is more than one correct answer to a ‘Multiple Choice’ question (e.g. if two batsmen score the same highest score in a test match) both answers will be deemed correct unless explicitly stated otherwise (for example, for the question ‘which session will see the most wickets?’ there might be the modifier ‘In the event of a tie the session with the fewest runs wins’).

Multiple Choice questions are usually worth 20 points (other than Predikta Pools which use the Predikta Scoring System - see below).

Nearest Wins questions: these questions require Users to make predictions which may have a wider range of possible outcomes. In contrast to Yes/No and Multiple Choice, Users need not necessarily get the answer exactly right to score points, just be closest. Here you will be offered a numerical range of answers and the points are shared between those whose answers are nearest to the actual answer.

For example, for the question ‘In which minute will the first try be scored in the first Australia v The Lions Test?’ you would be able to select an answer between 1 and 80. Note that if there is no try scored the answer would be 80 (i.e. the maximum).

Sometimes the range offered will not contain all possible answers as we may not include highly unlikely outcomes. For example for the question ‘How many games will there be in the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final?’ you might be offered a range from ’20 or fewer’ to ’70 or more’.

In the event of a tie in the outcome of a Nearest Wins question, the answer will normally be taken to be the lowest qualifying number (for example, in a Snooker pool Nearest Win question “In which Frame will the highest break be scored?” if both frame 6 and frame 11 have a 147 break, frame 6 will be deemed the answer); but if the answer is arrived at by adding up numbers derived from several discrete events (for example, ‘what will the total race card numbers at Salisbury be’) the tied answers will be averaged (i.e. if race 4 is a dead heat between 3 and 8 that race will contribute 5.5 to the total).

Should a Nearest Wins final answer not be a whole number it will be rounded to the nearest whole number.

Nearest Wins questions are usually awarded to to ten "nearest" answers as follows: 25 points to the nearest answer, 18 points to the second nearest, 15 points to the third nearest (if applicable) and 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1 point(s) respectively to the next nearest in order (if applicable). If two Users pick the nearest they will share the relevant points (e.g. 25 plus 18 shared between 2 Users equals 21.5 points each, 3 Users would share 25 plus 18 plus 15 divided by three equals 19.33 points each, and so on)

Classic Pools are available in Unlimited, 10 Max or Heads Up formats (see 2. Pool Sizes).

"Predikta Pools" use the Predikta scoring system and players will score points as follows:

      - for each correct result: 1 point

      - for each correct result and correct goal difference: 2 points

      - for each exact score prediction: 3 points

In Predikta pools, in the event of an equal score, a players rank in the pool will be decidedas follows:

      - the player with higher/highest number of correct 'results' will finish in the higher/highest rank in the pool

      - if still tied, the player with the higher/highest number of correct 'exact scores' will finish in the higher/highest rank in the pool

      - if still tied, the player with the higher/highest number of correct 'goal difference' predictions will finish in the higher/highest rank in the pool

      - if still tied, the players will be tied for the rank in the pool.

For all Predikta scoring (including the tie-break), the Banker selection will count double.

Fantasy Pools

Fantasy Pools require Users to make a number of selections to represent them in an event (or series of events) with each selection contributing points to that User’s total score in the pool. For instance, a Football Fantasy Pool requires a User to pick a Goalkeeper, a Defender, a Defensive Midefielder, a Midfielder and a Striker each of which scores points for certain achievements during the relevant match/matches (such as goals, assists or red cards etc).

Players may be asked to choose a "Banker" or "Captain" or "Nap" which then scores double points.

Unless otherwise stated, any selection that does not take part in the underlying event(s) will score zero points. Any fixture which is cancelled or postponed for more than 24 hours will be excluded from the pool.

At the end of the relevant event(s) (defined by the End Date of the pool) or, if applicable, when a User has accumulated the most points (or achieved the target points score required) will win the pool and the Net Prizefund is distributed among the Winner(s) according to the Payout Structure.

Selections can be allocated a Multiplier which means that any points they score will be multiplied by this number to give their actual score.

Fantasy Pools are available in Unlimited, 10 Max or Heads Up formats (see 2. Pool Sizes).

Last Longest Pools

In Last Longest Pools, Users are asked to make a selection in each of a series of events (e.g. a Premier League team to win each week). Users that make a successful selection then progress to the next round and select again, until there is only one User left (or no Users if all remaining Users are knocked out in the same round). The last remaining User wins the Net Prizefund. If all remaining entrants are knocked out in the same round, or the Event reaches the End Date with more than one remaining User, the Net Prizefund will be shared between the remaining Users.

Each selection can be picked only once. Once a User has selected all the possible remaining selections, they will no longer be able to make further selections and will either share the Prizepool with the remaining players, if they too cannot make any further selections, or, in the event that other Users do have possible selections remaining, they will be knocked out of the pool.

If a User has no valid selections remaining, or does not make a valid selection for the next round of a Last Longest Pool before the Start Time, they will be knocked out of the pool and will not be eligible for a share of the Prizefund (unless no other users make a valid selection for that week or round, in which case all the users that were remaining in the pool before the Start Time was reached will share the Prizefund). If a User’s selection does not play because a match is abandoned or postponed more than 24 hours and there is therefore no result, that User will automatically be allocated the first available selection by alphabetical order.

For example: in an American Football Last Longest Pool starting in week one of the NFL season a User would be presented with a list consisting of the 32 NFL teams and asked to select a team to win their Week 1 match. If their team wins, they would progress to Week 2 and be asked to pick a new team to win (but not the one previously picked) and so on until that User picks a team that doesn't win - or everyone else does.

Another example of a Last Longest Pool, with a different criterion to win, is a Golf Last Longest Pool where a User might be given a list of players and be asked to pick a player to score under par in each round of the tournament. If their selection successfully scores under par in that round, the User is then be required to pick another (different) player the next round, and so on.

Some Last Longest pools are designated to be "streak" pools which carry an additional bonus prize for Users that are able to complete a "streak" of successive successful picks. In a streak pool, the winning player in the Last Longest pool will then have the opportunity to continue to play after the prizefund has been paid out and make selections in each round in order to complete the required streak and win the bonus prize. Details of the number of successful picks required to complete a "streak" and the bonus prize that is available will be provided in the pool description. All the normal Last Longest rules apply to streak pools.

To win a Jackpot Bonus in a Classic or Fantasy pool, the User must answer each question correctly and precisely and according to the Rules.

To win a Jackpot Bonus in a Last Longest "streak" pool, the User must make the specified number of correct selections in a row. For Football Last Longest Jackpot pools, this is 20 correct selections in a row; for a Golf Last Longest Jackpot pool this would require 10 correct selections in a row.

Last Longest Pools are available in Unlimited, 10 Max and Heads Up formats (see Pool Sizes).

The “Banker”

Some Pools ask the User to select a “Banker” option which will double the points scored for that selection in that pool. There can only be one "Banker question" per pool. If a user's "Banker" selection is Voided for any reason, the benefit of the "banker" will be lost.

2. Pool Sizes

Each Gametype is available in three Pools Sizes:

·      Unlimited Pools; unlimited entries per stake per User

·      10 Max Pools; 10 entries per pool only one entry per table per User

·      Heads Up Pools; just one opponent to beat.

Unlimited Pools are available to all Users and have unlimited entries. Each User can enter an Unlimited Pool more than once but only by making a different set of selections, so each set can only be used once per pool. Users can user the "Perms" function to make multiple entries with one click.  The Net Prizefund in each Unlimited pool will be the aggregate of all the Users’ entry fees minus the Administration Fee. Unless otherwise stated, the number of Prizes paid out in an Unlimited Pool depends on the number of entries. The number of Prizes and the split of the Net Prizefund will be determined according to the Payout Structure.

10 Max Pools: 10 Max pools are restricted to 10 entries per pool. Users may enter any number of 10 Max tables for an event 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. A 10 Max Pool will pay a 1st Prize (66.7% of the Net Prizefund) and a 2nd Prize (33.3% of the Net Prizefund). 10 Max pools require a minimum of 5 entries to go live.

Heads Up Pools: Heads Up Pools are restricted to 2 entries per pool. Users may enter any number of Heads Up pools but can only enter each of them once (i.e. you cannot play yourself). The Net Prizefund of each Heads Up pool will be the aggregate of both Users’ entry fees minus the Administration Fee. A Heads Up Pool will pay only a single Prize (unless it is tied).

3. Payout Structure

Unless otherwise stated, Prizefunds will be distributed according to the Payout Structures set out below.

Net Prizefunds are distributed to the winner(s) after the deduction of the Administration Fee which is calculated by multiplying the entry fees by the percentage disclosed in the Pool details. Unless otherwise stated, the Administration Fee varies between 4% and 10% according to the type of pool (see Terms & Conditions, 7. Administration Fees)

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 (unless otherwise stated):

  • for Fantasy pools that require Users to reach a target score to win the pool 100% of the Net Prizefund will go to the winner(s).

 Last Longest Unlimited Pools (unless otherwise stated):

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

Classic And Fantasy 10 Max Pools:

  • for a full table of ten Users 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. If the pool contains between 2 and 9 Users 100% of the pool will go to the winner.

 Last Longest 10 Max Pools:

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

Heads Up Pools (Classic, Fantasy or Last Longest):

  • 100% of the Net Prizefund will always be paid to the winner(s) of the pool.

If two or more Users tie for a position, the relevant Prizes are added together and divided by the number of tied Users to calculate the amount awarded to each User (note that in Predikta Pools the Predikta Tie-Breaker will apply - see below).

For example: if three Users tie for 2nd Prize, then 2nd, 3rd and 4th Prizes (if there are 3rd and 4th Prizes) will be added together and split equally between the three tying Users.

Predikta Tie-Breaker: if two or more players in a Predikta Pool score the same number of points then the tie will be broken in the following order:

     - a player with the higher number of correct results (ie Home, Draw or Away) will finish higher; then

     - a player with the higher number of exact scores will finish higher; then

     - a player with the higher number of correct goal-difference predictions will finish higher.

If all three of these are equal, the players will share the position and any associated Prizes.

All Prizes will be rounded to 2 decimal places.

4. Rules applying to all Pools

Entering a pool:

To enter a pool a User must answer all the relevant questions and/or make all the necessary selections and then confirm.

To enter a Pool Users must have sufficient funds in their i-pools Account to pay the entry fee(s). (i-pools provides no credit facilities of any kind).

Once a User has entered a pool a bet is struck and the entry cannot be cancelled (for exceptions see Cancellations/Voiding below).

Editing selections:

A User can edit selections for a pool at any point before the pool’s Start Time displayed in the pool details.

Pool settlement:

Our aim is to settle all pools within 30 minutes if the End Date is between the hours of 8am and 10pm. For End Dates outside these times settlement will sometimes be delayed until 8am the next day.

If settlement of a pool is delayed for any other reason, we will try to ensure an announcement is made in the chat box as soon as practically possible.

i-pools relies on data provided by OPTA Sports/Perform Group, a third party data provider,  (or, where applicable, the media consensus derived from public sources) as the source of our results; in the event of a dispute, the data provided by OPTA Sports, public sources and our transaction log will be the deciding factors.

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 data we may choose to rely on.

A User who believes that an error has been made in settling a pool should contact helpdesk@i-pools.co.uk immediately or refer to our Complaints and Disputes Procedures.

If a pool is settled erroneously, i-pools will make every effort to correct the error as soon as practically possible. If any of the results used to settle an event or pool are changed AFTER the settlement of a pool for any reason other than an error by us, such as disqualifications, replays or the suspicion of criminal or fraudulent activity, the results of the pool will stand. In some circumstances, i-pools may refund bets where a User has lost as a result of a change in results after settlement. Refund decisions will depend on the sport/event, the reason for the change and the length of time between the end of the event and the result being amended.

The nature of the pools may give rise to ambiguities in some questions in some unforeseen circumstances. i-pools reserves the right to interpret all questions and selections and settle all pools at its absolute discretion based on our original intent whilst at all times ensuring a fair and transparent outcome for all Users. If a User requires clarification on any question or aspect of the rules or does not agree with a decision made by i-pools , they should contact helpdesk@i-pools.co.uk or refer to our Complaints and Disputes Procedures.

Cancelling/Voiding pools or questions or entries:

i-pools may cancel a pool or a question (by withdrawing it BEFORE the Start Time) or void a pool or question (by withdrawing it AFTER the Start Time but before Settlement) 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 (see ‘Errors, Omission and Changes’ below) where the nature of a pool or question has been unacceptably distorted by a clear data or administrative error.

Cancelling/Voiding Pools:

If a pool is cancelled or voided, stakes will be refunded in full (no Administration Fee will be charged). i-pools will announce to Users the reason(s) for cancelling or voiding a pool as soon as we can.

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. See individual sports rules below for further details.

If the action within an Event is seriously curtailed or distorted (for example, there is barely any play in a cricket match due to rain) all pools relating to that Event will be voided. See individual sports for further details.

If the venue of the Event is changed, we reserve the right to void the pool if we consider that those who entered the pool before the venue change became known have been seriously disadvantaged.

If i-pools suspects any kind of criminal or fraudulent activity, we may cancel or void any entries or pools as we see fit.

Voiding questions or selections within pools:

If a question is voided, no points will be allocated for that question. If a player has picked a voided question as their "banker" in a pool they will therefore lose the benefit of their banker selection.

Questions or selections may be voided if an obvious administration error or omission has been made.

Questions or selections may be voided in the event of changes occurring before the Start Time of that pool that materially affect the nature of the question. (for example, if a Cricket pool ask "Who will score more runs, Player A or Player B?"’ but one of the two players is a known non-runner before the Start Time, the question would be void unless otherwise stated).

Some sports have specific rules to determine the circumstances in which a question or a selection will be voided (see 6. Specific Sports Rules below). As a "rule of thumb", if 75% of the constituent events in a question take place, the question will stand and if not, it will be voided (e.g. if we ask "How many goals will be scored in the Premier League Week 31?" then the question will be voided if 3 or more games are postponed for more than 24 hours).

Some individual questions may also have a specific proviso so that if certain criteria are or are not fulfilled, then the question will be voided. (For example ‘which of these named poker players will last longest in the World Series of Poker Main Event?’ might have the proviso ‘if fewer than three of the players enter or if none of the named players make the money the question will be voided’.)

Voiding entries:

In the 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 (intentionally or otherwise) by entering after the actual start time of the event. If you believe this may have happened, please contact us: helpdesk@i-pools.co.uk.

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

Errors, Omissions and Changes:

Should an error be 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 stand: for example if for a Multiple Choice question the choices are ‘3 or fewer, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 or fewer’, the question will stand and the choice ‘8 or fewer will be taken to mean ‘8 or more’ as it is obvious this is the intention; or if Friday’s Daily Racing Pool asks ‘How many Favourites will win on Thursday?’ the question will stand and be taken to refer to Friday’s card.

In the event of an error in the settlement of a pool (e.g. 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.

If a User believes we have settled a pool incorrectly please contact us immediately: helpdesk@i-pools.co.uk or refer to the Complaints and Disputes Procedures in our Terms and Conditions or the Help Section of the Website.

5. Halls Of Fame

i-pools publishes 'All Time' and 'Monthly' Halls of Fame for All Sports and specific sports. Only public pools qualify for the public Halls of Fame. Only private pools qualify for private Halls of Fame. Points Prizes are awarded to the top three Users in each published Monthly Hall of Fame (indicated by a red "cash" icon in the Hall of Fame Lobby). Leaders of the All Time Halls of Fame just get the bragging rights.

A User’s rank in a Hall of Fame is determined by his/her best scores in relevant pools. These scores are calculated as follows:

Hall of Fame scores are calculated by dividing the number of entries in a pool by the User’s finishing position in that pool and then multiplied by the cubed root of the Stake of that pool (e.g. if a User finishes 10th out of 100 in a £5 pool the Hall of Fame score for that User in that pool will be 100 / 10 x (5 √1/3) = 17). In the event of a tie for a position in a pool, the tied users will all score the number of points that would be awarded to the lowest position in the tie (e.g. if three players tie for 2nd place, they would share 2nd, 3rd and 4th position and therefore each earn the points awarded for 4th place.

Certain pools (such as Freerolls, Lucky 7 Pools and Predikta Pools) are not included in the Halls of Fame.

Then the top twenty results are aggregated to determine the current Hall of Fame score. These scores are published in each Hall of Fame.

6. Specific Sports Rules

The sports specific rules in this section only apply to the sport they are listed under and, in the event of any contradiction with the general rules above, the sports specific rules will take precedence.

In order to ensure clarity and to avoid ambiguity in the pools, i-pools may also add specific provisos in a question itself. In this case, in the event of a contradiction with the Pool Rules, this added rule will take precedence.

All Sports

Initials: In a question relating to a surname initial, for people with more than one surname (e.g. Robin Van Persie; AB De Villiers; Shaun Wright-Phillips) the initial of the final name will be the relevant one (i.e. P for Persie; V for Villiers) unless the name is hyphenated in which case it will be the first initial of the hyphenated name (i.e. W for Wright-Phillips)

Minutes: For questions such as ‘in which minute will the first goal be scored’ the answer refers to the minute in which the goal (or whatever) is scored not the minutes gone when it is scored – i.e. if the clock showed anytime between 7 minutes 1 second and 8 minutes the answer would be 8 not 7.

Non-runner rule: unless otherwise stated, if any named player takes no part in the event, users who picked that selection will be assigned zero points. But if the pool states that the “Non-runner rule applies”, a user making a selection that takes no part in the event will be assigned the score of the first selection in the list (or for Horse Racing pools, the score of the Favourite and in the case of joint or co favourites then the favourite with the lowest racecard number).

Shirt numbers: For questions relating to shirt numbers of scorers, if a player scores twice his shirt number will count twice and so on.  Own goals do not count towards the total.

Baseball

Abandonment: If a game is abandoned after at least 5 complete innings have been played (or 4.5 if the home team is leading)  whichever team is leading at the end of the last full innings will be deemed to have won (unless the home team scores to tie in which case the match will adjudged a no result) or takes the lead in the bottom half of the inning (in which case the home team will be adjudged the winner). For questions relating to runs at least nine innings must be completed (8.5 if the home team is leading); if the game is abandoned during extra innings the number of runs that have been scored at the time of the abandonment will be taken as the result.

Extra Innings:  Unless otherwise stated, extra innings count for all Pools (i.e. if a game is tied 3-3 after 9 innings but a team wins  4-3 after 10 innings the total runs will be taken to be 7).

Basketball

Abandonment: If the game is abandoned for any reason without an official result being declared all related questions will be void

Overtime: Unless otherwise stated, overtime counts for all Pools and Questions (for example, in the event of a game going to overtime it is the post-overtime result, not the result at the end of four quarters, that counts).

Boxing

Abandonment: If a fight is abandoned for any reason without a result being declared, all questions relating to the fight will be void. For a pool relating to a boxing card at least half the fights must be completed for the pool to stand.

Earliest knockdown etc: For questions relating to earliest knockdown and/or standing count the result will be the time that the punch that causes the knockdown or standing count connects; i-pools’ decision is final.

Postponement: If a fight is postponed (or cancelled) and not rescheduled to take place within 24 hours of the original start time, all questions or pools relating to it will be void.

Rounds: if a boxer fails to come out at the start of a round the other boxer will be deemed to have won in the previous round.

Cricket

Duckworth-Lewis: Should the “Duckworth-Lewis method” be employed to determine the outcome of a match, it will count as the result and determine the margin of victory but nothing else. It will not, for example, determine the number of runs scored in an innings which will be the actual number of runs scored (as long as at least half the originally scheduled overs have been bowled).

Partially bowled overs: if relevant, scores relating to any overs bowled which are not completed will be pro-rated accoridng to how many balls of the over are bowled.

Tied matches/events: If scores are tied at the end of a match and there is nothing in the competition rules (such as wickets lost) to determine a winner from the play thus far, neither side will be deemed the winner. If there is a Super Over, a coin toss, a bowl-off or any post-match activity to determine the winner this will not count towards any answers in the pool unless otherwise stated.

Weather affected matches/days:

Test Matches: a pool/question will be void if fewer than 100 overs are bowled over the scheduled five days (unless this is because the match has been won). For pools relating to a Day’s play within a test match, the pool will be void if fewer than 30 overs are bowled in that Day (unless this is because the match has been won). Questions relating to a session within a Day's play will be void if fewer than 10 overs have been bowled in that session.

One Day / t20 matches: a pool/question will stand if there is an official result but be voided if there is not. If fewer than half the total originally scheduled overs in the relevant match or innings are bowled (i.e. less than 50 overs in a One Day match or 20 overs in a t20 match or fewer than 25 overs in a One Day innings or 10 overs in a t20 innings) AND there is a match result, questions relating to:

a) 'top batsman' or 'top bowler';

b) events where the outcome has already been determined (e.g. How many runs will Alistair Cook score?);

c) match results; or

d) comparison's of totals between innings (assuming at least half the number of overs bowled in the first innings are bowled in the second);

will stand whether or not the required overs have been bowled. But other questions will be voided in these circumstances.

Cycling

Disqualifications: Stage and race results will be settled on podium position; any subsequent disqualifications, for whatever reason, will not affect the settlement. Any disqualifications that take place before the end of the event (i.e. before the podium) will count.

Withdrawals: If a rider withdraws before an event starts questions directly relating to that rider will be void; if the rider withdraws during the event the questions will stand.

Darts

Player withdrawal: If a player withdraws during a match due to injury the withdrawn player will be deemed to have lost all remaining legs. For questions relating solely to the affected match, rather than that match being one of many contributing to the answer, at least one set must be completed for the question to stand. For Fantasy and Last Longest pools if a named player withdraws from a tournament before it starts and is replaced in the draw by another player the replacement’s performance will count. If there is no replacement the player will make up zero and be deemd a loser. For Classic Pools, even in the event of a replacement, questions relating specifically to the withdrawn player will be void.

Football

Abandoned matches: For single match pools, if a game is abandoned, for whatever reason, the pool will be void. For pools that relate to more than one match (for example, ‘Premier League Matchday 3’) events within an abandoned match will count towards the answers (for example, goals) but the match will not be taken to have had a result (for example, if the home team is winning at the time of abandonment it does not count as a home win). For pools that relate to more than one match, should more than half the relevant matches be postponed the pool will be void.

Assists: assists are defined by Opta (our third party data supplier) and they will be the final arbiter of whether an assist is awarded.

Extra-time: Unless otherwise stated, in the event of extra time and/or penalties (or any other method of resolving a match tied after normal time) all results will INCLUDE extra time but EXCLUDE penalties. So the Full Time result will INCLUDE any extra time played but if the match is still drawn after extra time the full time result will be a draw.

Injury-time: Unless otherwise stated, injury time will not be included in calculating outcomes of questions relating to the time of events (eg When will the first goal be scored? or Add up the minutes of the first corner, card and goal?).

Own Goals: For questions relating to own goals, Opta will be the final arbiter of whether or not a goal is an own goal. Any subsequent re-designations after a pool has been settled will not alter the outcome of settled pools. Opta do not award 'assists' for own goals. Own goals do not count towards a player's score in Fantasy Pools nor do they affect any question relating to a player scoring a goal. (e.g. Will Harry Kane score? will not reasult in a "yes" answer if Harry Kane scores an own goal).

Transfers: For Fantasy pools, should a player move clubs they will continue to score points in ongoing pools provided they join an eligible club (for example, if Diego Costa moves from Chelsea to Spurs he will continue to score points in the Premiership Fantasy Pool, if he moves to Celtic he won’t).

Golf

Abandonment/truncation of tournament: If a tournament is truncated, for whatever reason, the pool will stand provided at least three full rounds have been played. Questions relating specifically to the fourth round will be void

Missing the cut: questions that compare the results of players that have missed the cut will use the rounds played before missing the cut to determine the outcome.

Nationality: Unless otherwise stated, for questions relating to nationality  ‘European’ includes players from the British Isles and ‘Rest of the World’ means players from neither Europe nor the USA.

Player withdrawal: If a player withdraws from a tournament before hitting a ball, he/she will be deemed to be a non-runner. Once a player tees off the first hole, he/she will be deemed to have participated in the tournament. If a player withdraws during a round, they will forfeit and 'match ups' and be deemed to have lost by THREE SHOTS. Any questions in classic pools that relate to a player that withdraws BEFORE hitting a ball (either for the tournament or for a specific round) will be void. If a player withdraws AFTER his/her round has started, any related questions will stand.

Playoff: If there is a playoff at the end of a tournament, the result of the playoff will determine the winner of the tournament but nothing else. Thus playoff losers will come second even if they come third in the playoff; and shots taken in the playoff do not count towards questions other than those set up explicitly for a playoff.

Horse Racing

Abandonments: If a race meeting is abandoned, for whatever reason, related pools will stand unless fewer than half the races have been run. In this event pools relating solely to the meeting in question will be void.

Dead Heats: in the event of a Dead Heat, question relating to "totals" will use the average of the two (or more) horses in the Dead Heat (e.g. What will the winning racecard numbers total? If two horses "dead-heat" for first place, the winning racecard number for that race will be the average of the dead-heating horses) and questions relating to finishing positions (e.g. which horse will win the race?) will award the best finishing position to all horses involved in the Dead Heat.

Disqualification: if the result is affected by a disqualification before the pool is settled, the result AFTER the disqualification will be applied. But if the result is affected by a disqualification AFTER the pool has been settled, the original result will stand. Pools are only settled after the weigh-in.

Distances: Distances of a neck or less will count as a quarter of a length (except a dead heat which counts as zero). If only one horse finishes the race it will be deemed to have won by 100 lengths.

Fell/Brought Down/Unseated Rider/Pulled Up: If neither horse completes the race in a ‘will horse A finish in front of horse B?’ Yes/No question the answer will be deemed to be NO. However if none of the named horses completes the race in a ‘which of these horses will finish first/last’ multiple-choice question the question will be void. For questions relating to finishing positions (e.g. ‘What will the combined finishing positions of the two Mark Johnston trained horses be?) if a horse starts but fails to finish a race, it will be deemed to have finished last regardless of when it stopped racing (for example, if there are 11 runners in the race all horses that fail to finish the race will be deemed to have come 11th).

Jockeys: If a jockey is referenced in a question, the question relates to the horses he/she actually rides. Thus if a jockey picks up a spare ride this will count towards the answer; if a jockey’s scheduled ride is a non-runner and they get booked to ride a different horse in the race the new horse will count towards the answer; if a scheduled ride is a non-runner and they ride no horse in the race or another jockey takes over from the jockey specified in the question, that race becomes irrelevant for the purposes of the question. The only exception to this rule is for Nearest Wins questions such as ‘what will be the total finishing positions of a jockey’s rides?’ In this instance, if the named jockey loses a ride in a race he/she was scheduled to ride in, he/she will deemed to have come last of the horses that did run (for example, if there were nine scheduled runners and two don't run, including the named jockey’s ride, that race would make up 7).  In all circumstances if a jockey fulfils fewer than half their scheduled rides, for whatever reason, the question will be void.

Joint/Co-Favourites: Unless otherwise stated all horses that start favourite will count in questions relating to favourites (for example, if three horses all start as 3/1 co-favourites, if any one of them wins, a favourite will be deemed to have won).

Nationality: Questions relating to the nationality of a horse (for example, how many Irish winners will there be?’) refer to the country in which the horse is trained.

Non-runners: In Classic pools, if a horse explicitly referenced in a question (or the pool description) is declared a non-runner the status of that question will depend upon how integral that horse is to the question, the determining factor being whether all quoted answers are still possible after the horse is withdrawn. For example ‘Will Dancing Brave finish in front of Shahrastani?’ would be void if either horse is a non-runner while ‘Will a Guy Harwood trained horse win the race’ will stand if any Guy Harwood runners remain even if the withdrawal has radically changed the expected answer to the question. Similarly ‘how many Aidan O’Brien horses will finish in the first three?’ would stand if after withdrawals there were still 3 runners but be void if there were only two.

Unless otherwise stated, in Fantasy Pools, if a selected horse does not come under starters orders, the “Non runner rule” will apply: i.e. the user’s pick will default to the favourite, and in the case of joint or co-favourites, the favourite with the lowest race card number.

Places: In Classic questions that refer to horses being ‘placed’ the number of placed horses in a race is as follows:

·      If there are 2-4 runners only the winner will count as placed;

·      for 5-7 runners the first two horses are placed;

·      for 8 or more runners the first three horses are placed

·      in Handicap races of 16 or more runners, the first four horses count as placed.

Please note, this refers to the actual runners, any horse that is withdrawn not under starter’s orders does not count to the total.

Starting Prices:  For the purposes of questions relating to starting price (SP), fractional odds (rather than decimal odds) are used, so 3/1 (4.0 in decimal odds) will count as 3 not 4.

Stewards Enquiry: If there is a Stewards Enquiry, settlement of the pool may be delayed. If the result is amended as a result of the enquiry the pool will be settled according to the amended result.

Withdrawals : If a horse is withdrawn not under starters orders it is treated as a non-runner (see above).

Void races : If a race is declared void, then any questions relating predominatly to this race will be void.

Motor Racing

Abandonment/Shortening of Race: If a race is shortened the pool will stand only if at least half the originally scheduled laps have been completed.

Starting positions: starting position will be defined as the actual position that a driver or rider starts in the race including any adjustments for penalties or drivers starting from the back or from the pit lane. Any driver starting from the back of the grid or in the pit lane will be deemed to be starting in last position (ie behind the last placed driver on the grid).

Results: Results will be settled on the basis of the original podium positions, subsequent amendments will not count. If the result is amended before the drivers stand on the podium, the amended result will stand.

Retirements: For questions relating to the finishing position of a driver or drivers, drivers not finishing the race will be assigned finishing positions based on the most completed laps, i.e. a retired driver who has completed more laps than another retired driver will be deemed to have finished ahead of that driver.

NFL

Match Abandoned: For single match pools if a game is abandoned, for whatever reason, the Pool will be void. For pools that relate to more than one match (for example, ‘NFL week 2’) events within an abandoned match will count towards the answers (for example, touchdowns) but the match will not be taken to have had a result (for example, if the home team is winning at the time of abandonment it will not count as a home win). In pools that relate to more than one match, if more than half the relevant matches are postponed, the pool will be void.

Overtime: Unless otherwise stated overtime counts for all Pools (e.g., in the event of a game going to overtime it is the post-overtime result, not the result at the end of four quarters, that counts).

Poker

Nationalities: For nationality questions (unless otherwise stated) citizenship rather than birth will be the determining factor unless otherwise stated. However, for questions relating to online tournaments, if a nationality is listed next a username on the relevant poker website (e.g. “Big Fish (United Kingdom)”), this will be taken to determine nationality regardless of citizenship or birth.

Rugby

Abandonment: For single match pools, if a game is abandoned, for whatever reason, the pool will be void.

Penalty Try: a penalty try will be included as a try scored.

Positions: For questions relating to positions, players will be taken to be playing in the position in which they started the game (or the position of the player they have replaced) regardless of any subsequent re-organisation.

Snooker

Player withdrawal: If a player withdraws before a match all questions relating to that match will be void. If a player withdraws during a match questions will be settled, where appropriate, as though his opponent won all the remaining frames. For questions relating solely to the affected match, rather than that match being one of many contributing to the answer, at least two frames must be completed for the question to stand. In Fantasy and Last Longest pools if a named player withdraws from a tournament before it starts and is replaced in the draw by another player the replacement’s performance will count. If there is no replacement the selected player will make up 0. For Classic Pools, even in the event of a replacement, questions relating specifically to the original player will be void.

Tennis

Player withdrawal: If a player withdraws during a match due to injury the withdrawn player will be deemed to have lost all remaining games. For example, for the question ‘How many men’s singles matches will be won in straight sets?’, if a player retires having lost the first set 6-3 he will be deemed to have lost 6-3 6-0 6-0, while if he retires at 5-3 down in the second set having won the first set 6-4 he will deemed to have lost 4-6 6-3 6-0 6-0. For questions relating solely to the affected match, rather than that match being one of many contributing to the answer, at least one set must be completed for the question to stand. This also applies to questions relating to stats such as aces and double faults; if at least one set has been completed the question will be settled according to the stats at the time of retirement, if less than one set has been completed the question will be void. For Fantasy and Last Longest pools if a named player withdraws from a tournament before it starts and is replaced in the draw by another player the replacement’s performance will count. If there is no replacement the player will make up zero. For Classic Pools, even in the event of a replacement, questions relating specifically to the original player will be void.

Tiebreaks: In calculating the number of games in Questions relating to a number of games, a tiebreak will be counted as a game.

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