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$60,000 Xpressbet Beat the Host Tournament



Due to technical difficulties, Beat the Host for Saturday, January 16, 2021 is canceled. Next week's Pegasus day contest will feature double prizes - $4,000 to the top three finishers.



  • XB Beat the Host is a weekly online handicapping competition for Xpressbet account holders. Qualifying Rounds begin Saturday, January 2, 2021 and are offered each Saturday in January and February. There are four ways to win:
  1. Top cumulative seasonal earners will win one of 5 Top Prizes:
    • Two (2) Seats in the 2022 Pegasus World Cup Championship Betting Challenge ($6,000 value each).
    • Three (3) Seats in the March 6, 2021 Ultimate Betting Challenge ($3,000 value each).
  2. Beat the Host at least once to qualify for the $15,000 Beat the Host Championship Round which will award 7 lucrative tournament seats:
    • One (1) Seat to the 2022 Pegasus World Cup Championship Betting Challenge ($6,000 value each).
    • Six (6) $1,500 Xpressbet Tournament Credits that can be used for entry to either the Xpressbet Florida Derby Challenge (March 27, 2021) or Xpressbet Santa Anita Derby Challenge (April 3, 2021).
  3. Top performers each week win a share of $2,000 in cash prizes.
  4. Top the host’s earnings in all 9 weeks to win or share in a $6,000 bonus.

Tournament Dates

  • Beat the Host takes place every Saturday in January (January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and February (February 6, 13, 20, 27).
  • The Beat the Host Championship Round takes place Saturday, March 13, 2021.
  • Host Schedule:
    • Jan. 2 // Jeremy Plonk // Blogger & Handicapper Xpressbet.com
    • Jan. 9 // Millie Ball // Reporter & Handicapper, XBTV.com
    • Jan. 16 // Jon White // Morning Line Maker, Santa Anita Park
    • Jan. 23 // Jeff Siegel // Handicapper & Analyst, Xpressbet.com
    • Jan. 30 // Jason Blewitt // Handicapper & Analyst GulfstreamPark.com
    • Feb. 6 // Ron Nicoletti // Handicapper & Analyst GulfstreamPark.com
    • Feb. 13 // Tom Quigley // Simulcast Host & VIP Concierge, Santa Anita
    • Feb. 20 // Acacia Courtney // Handicapper & Analyst GulfstreamPark.com
    • Feb. 27 // Eddie Olczyk // Reporter & Handicapper, NBC

Registration

  • Registration is FREE and begins Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
  • Register once to play all nine weeks, or join at any time before the Championship Round.
  • One (1) free registration per account holder only.
  • Beat the Host competition is open only to Xpressbet account holders in good standing.

How to Play

  • Place a ‘live’ $5 Win bet on one horse in each of ten contest races ($50 total wagered) each Saturday during the promo period.
  • Competition races will be announced each Friday by 5:00PM ET.
  • NEW FOR 2021: The Host’s pick for each race will not be revealed until the race begins.
  • Your goal is to exceed the Host’s total mutuel payouts for his/her $5 Win bets. Beat the Host at least once to qualify for the Beat the Host Championship Round on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
  • Beat the Host Qualifying Rounds are held every Saturday in January and February.
  • Beat the Host Championship Round is held on March 13, 2021.
  • Contest wagers must be submitted via the Contest Wager Pad or the Mobile Contest Wager Pad only. No phone wagers.
  • Player wagering accounts will be credited with winnings for all competition wagers and debited for all losing wagers.
  • Mutuel payoffs are capped at 20-1 ($105) for contest scoring purposes.
  • Scratched horses count as zero in the competition. If a player has submitted a Contest Wager on a scratched horse, he or she may submit a second single $5 ‘live’ Win wager on another horse in the race after the scratch has been processed by the tote.

Weekly Prizes

  • Players can win multiple weekly prizes.
  • Any player that Beats the Host once automatically qualifies for the $15,000 Beat the Host Championship Round.
  • Weekly Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers based on total mutuel payoffs:
    • 1st - $1,000
    • 2nd - $750
    • 3rd - $250

Sweep the Host Bonus

  • $6,000 Sweep the Host Bonus is awarded to any single player who exceeds the host’s cumulative mutuel total in all nine weeks of the Qualifying Round.
  • If more than one person Sweeps the Host, the $6,000 is divided evenly between tied players.
  • If no player Sweeps the Host, a $2,000 consolation prize will be awarded to the player that is the last to lose to the Host in weekly competition. The $2,000 consolation prize is divided evenly between tied players.

Cumulative Seasonal Prizes

  • Players who cumulatively earn the most money throughout the entire 9-week Beat the Host competition will be rewarded accordingly:
    • 1st - One Seat in the 2022 Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship--$6,000 Value.
    • 2nd - One Seat in the 2022 Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship--$6,000 Value.
    • 3rd - One Seat in the Ultimate Betting Challenge Saturday, March 6, 2021--$3,000 Value.
    • 4th - One Seat in the Ultimate Betting Challenge Saturday, March 6, 2021--$3,000 Value.
    • 5th - One Seat in the Ultimate Betting Challenge Saturday, March 6, 2021--$3,000 Value.

Ties for Prizes

  • All weekly competition ties between player and host go to the host.
  • Prize for tied position and prize for next lowest position will be combined and the total will be divided evenly among all tied players.

Ties for Seats

  • First Tie-breaker--The player with the single highest winning mutuel payoff of all tied players will be ranked above the others.
  • If a tie still remains, the player with the second-highest single mutuel payoff of all tied players will be ranked above the others.
  • This process will continue until the tie is broken.

Final Tie Breaker

  • If two (2) or more players remain tied after the first tie-breaker procedure has been exhausted, the final tie breaker will go to the player who chronologically is first to register for the Beat the Host tournament.

BEAT THE HOST CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

  • Players who exceed the host’s cumulative mutuel total in any weekly competition automatically qualify for the XB Beat the Host Championship Round Saturday, March 13, 2021. Players may qualify for a maximum of one (1) seat each in the Championship Round.


  • Championship Round Prizes

    • Seats will be awarded to the top seven (7) finishers based on total mutuel payoffs:
      • 1st - One Seat in the 2022 Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship $6,000 value.
      • 2nd - Choice of one seat in either the Florida Derby (March 27, 2021) or Santa Anita Derby (April 3, 2021) tournament $1,500 value.
      • 3rd - Choice of one seat in either the Florida Derby (March 27, 2021) or Santa Anita Derby (April 3, 2021) tournaments $1,500 value.
      • 4th - Choice of one seat in either the Florida Derby (March 27, 2021) or Santa Anita Derby (April 3, 2021) tournaments $1,500 value.
      • 5th - Choice of one seat in either the Florida Derby (March 27, 2021) or Santa Anita Derby (April 3, 2021) tournaments $1,500 value.
      • 6th - Choice of one seat in either the Florida Derby (March 27, 2021) or Santa Anita Derby (April 3, 2021) tournaments $1,500 value.
      • 7th - Choice of one seat in either the Florida Derby (March 27, 2021) or Santa Anita Derby (April 3, 2021) tournaments $1,500 value.

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