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Competition Begins Saturday, January 5

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$50,000 Xpressbet Beat the Host Tournament

$50,000 Xpressbet Beat the Host Tournament

XB Beat the Host is a weekly online handicapping competition for Xpressbet account holders. Qualifying Rounds begin Saturday, January 5, 2019 and are offered each Saturday in January and February. The goal is to out-handicap the host at least once to qualify for the Beat the Host Championship Round March 2. Weekly prizes of $2,500 will be awarded to top players. Any single player who out-earns and ‘Sweeps’ the host in all eight weeks will win a $5,000 bonus. Top 30 finishers in Championship Round each will earn $50,000 XB Showdown seats--$300 value each.

Dates:

Qualifying Rounds are offered each Saturday in January (5, 12, 19, 26) and February (2, 9, 16, 23) in 2019. Championship Round is Saturday, March 2, 2019.

2019 Host Schedule
January 5, 2019Jeremy PlonkBlogger & Handicapper, Xpressbet.com
January 12, 2019Millie BallReporter & Handicapper, XBTV.com
January 19, 2019Jon WhiteMorning Line Maker, Santa Anita
January 26, 2019Jeff SiegelHandicapper & Analyst, XBTV.com
February 2, 2019Steve BykRadio Host & Handicapper, SteveByk.com
February 9, 2019Ron NicolettiHandicapper & Analyst, Gulfstream Park
February 16, 2019Tom QuigleySimulcast Host & VIP Concierge, Santa Anita
February 23, 2019Eddie OlczykReporter & Handicapper, NBC

Registration:

Free, required registration begins Dec. 19, 2018. Register once to become eligible to play all eight Saturdays. Limit: One registration per-account holder only. Competition is open to Xpressbet account holders in good standing only.

How to Play:

Each Saturday players attempt to exceed the host’s cumulative mutuel payoff total based on single, online, live $5 win wagers on one horse in each of eight (8) competition races ($40 total). Competition races and host picks will be posted each Friday by 5 pm ET.

Qualify for 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 2, 2019.

Prizes:

Weekly Prizes: Each week $2,500 in prizes will be awarded to the top three XB Beat the Host finishers based on total mutuel payoffs.

  • 1st — $1,500
  • 2nd — $750
  • 3rd — $250

Championship Round XB Showdown Qualifiers:

The top 30 finishers in the XB Beat the Host Championship Round automatically qualify for free entry into the $50,000 XB Showdown—a $300 value each.

Sweep the Host Bonus:

A $5,000 Sweep the Host Bonus will be awarded to any single player who exceeds the host’s cumulative mutuel total in each of eight qualifying rounds. If two or more players qualify the prize will be divided equally among tied players. If no player wins the Bonus, a $2,000 Consolation Prize will be awarded to the player who is the last to lose to the host in weekly competition. In case of ties the prize will be divided evenly between tied players.

Championship Round Prizes:

Players who qualify for the Championship Round by defeating the host at least once will play for the following prizes. This is a closed competition. Only players who qualify will be eligible to compete:

  • 1st — $5,000
  • 2nd — $4,000
  • 3rd — $3,000
  • 4th — $1,000
  • 5th - 10th — $500

Things You Should Know:

Contest wagers must be made online only (no teller or automated phone system wagers) and must be submitted via the Contest Wager Pad or via Mobile Contest Wager Pad only. 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 zero in the competition. If a player has submitted a Contest Wager on a scratched horse, the player may submit a second single $5 ‘live’ win wager on another horse in the race before the race is run and once the scratch has been processed by the tote.

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

AFirst 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.



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