Rules

Classic Pools

The Football Pools

The 8 from 49 Pool Rules (Also known as the "Classic Pools") Effective from 20th May 2017

1. Definitions

Closing Time

The time that the Pool in respect of a Game closes, being the earliest Game Date and earliest kick-off time on that day of any Match on the Match Listing.

Customer

Any person (or group, partnership or syndicate of persons) who places an Entry.

Discounted Entry

An Entry where TFP does not require the Customer to pay the full cost of the Entry (please note that different discounts may apply to different Plans and/or Stakes per Line and discounts may be offered on a Proportionate Entry), but where any Winnings paid in respect of such Discounted Entry shall be calculated as if the Customer had paid the full cost of that Entry.

Entry

A bet in respect of a Plan made via a Means of Entry that is accompanied by the required Stake and accepted by TFP.

Game

Each Classic Pools game that is operated by TFP.

Game Date

The date(s) on which the Matches listed in a Match Listing are scheduled to be played at the time that the relevant Match Listing was released to TFP by its official results partner.

Home or Away Win

A Match where the home team listed on the left of the Match Listing scores more goals than the team listed on the right of the Match Listing (“Home Win”) or where the away team listed on the right of the Match Listing scores more goals than the team listed on the left of the Match Listing (“Away Win”), or a Match otherwise declared to be either a "Home Win" or an "Away Win" by the Pools Panel.

Line

Each different permutation of 8 Selections that is possible as a result of the particular Plan to which the Entry relates.

Match

A football match listed on the Match Listing.

Match Listing

Each list of Matches on which TFP bases a Game as published by TFP on or via the Means of Entry.

Means of Entry

The means of transmission and receipt by which TFP chooses to accept an Entry from time to time, including (without limitation) by a licensed betting shop, a collector, the internet, by post or telephone.

No Score Draw

A Match in which neither team scores any goals, or a Match declared to be such by the Pools Panel.

Plan

A combination or permutation of Selections expressly allowed by TFP, which must be chosen by the Customer when placing an Entry (for example, 8 Selections from 10 or 8 Selections from 11) and which will determine the Customer's total Stake in respect of that Entry.

Pool

The total Stakes received from Customers from all Entries for all Plans in respect of a particular Match Listing.

Pools Panel

A group of experts appointed by TFP to determine the Results of Matches that do not start on the Game Date set out in the relevant Match Listing.

Prizes

The prizes in respect of which Winnings are paid, as set out in paragraph 7 below.

Proportionate Entry

Has the meaning attributed to it in paragraph 4.2.

Result

The score in a Match at full time or at the time of abandonment, as set out in paragraph 9.2 below (if applicable) or as otherwise determined by the decision of the Pools Panel.

Score Draw

A Match in which both teams score the same number of goals greater than zero, or a Match declared to be such by the Pools Panel.

Selection

The Match numbers chosen by the Customer (the number of which will vary depending on the particular Plan selected by a Customer).

Stake

The total sum paid by the Customer in respect of an Entry.

Stake per Line

£0.0222 Sterling per Line. TFP may accept other amounts from time to time in accordance with paragraph 4.2.

The Football Pools ("TFP")

The trading name of The Football Pools Limited, a company registered in England and Wales with company number 00545018 and whose registered address is at Walton House, Charnock Road, Liverpool, L67 1AA.

Void Match

Any Match declared void pursuant to paragraph 9.5, 9.6 or 9.8 below.

Website

The website as referred to in the Means of Entry applicable to a Customer’s Entry. Please refer to the relevant Means of Entry Rules.

Winnings

The sum of money from the Pool for a particular Match Listing calculated according to the relevant dividend(s), that is paid to a Customer whose Entry gained sufficient points to entitle that Customer to a share of the relevant Prize fund.

2. GENERAL

  1. The Games are operated by TFP. TFP offers a range of Means of Entry to each Game. The Laws of England, including the Gambling Act 2005, apply to these Rules and to all Games conducted under them.
  2. Each Means of Entry will set out the age at which a Customer is allowed to place an Entry.
  3. These Rules govern the operation of the Game, irrespective of the Plan selected by a Customer or the Means of Entry.
  4. TFP reserves the right to amend these Rules without notice in the event of war, earthquake, catastrophe, strikes or the occurrence of any other event beyond its reasonable control (“Force Majeure Event”). TFP shall also be entitled to suspend the Game (or any part of it) if there is a Force Majeure Event.
  5. Despite every effort to ensure complete accuracy, TFP is not responsible for any typing, human or obvious error which leads to any errors or omissions, including (without limitation) game dates, coupon errors, publishing estimated Prize funds and Pools or announcing dividends or Results other than those intended, or bets being taken which contravene these Rules. Any such errors shall be published on the Website. If any bet is taken in relation to such an error, it shall be accepted on the basis of the corrected information.
  6. The Customer is not permitted to call at TFP's premises to deliver an Entry.

3. THE GAME

  1. The Game is based on Lines, which are formulated from Selections. TFP will apply appropriate criteria to identify Lines of 8 different Selections from an Entry and therefore which Lines apply in determining whether or not a Customer has won.Further details about available Prizes are set out in paragraph 7 below. However, please note that for Full Time Prizes, TFP will award points to each Match in a line of 8 different Selections based on the Results as follows:

    Score Draw

    = 3 points

    No Score Draw or Void Match

    = 2 points

    Home or Away Win

    = 1 point

4. STAKES

  1. A minimum Stake may apply to a particular Means of Entry.
  2. TFP may (at its discretion) accept Entries where the Stake has been calculated at more than the full Stake per Line (known as a booster entry) or at less than the full Stake per Line (for example at a reduced Stake per Line of £0.00808 sterling), where any Winnings paid in respect of such Entries shall be calculated in proportion to the value of the reduced or increased Stake per Line actually paid by the Customer according to an alternative dividend calculated as set out in paragraph 6.2 (a "Proportionate Entry").
  3. Where an Entry is made in a currency other than pounds sterling, TFP (or its agent) is responsible for the currency conversion to pounds sterling at an exchange rate in accordance with its own procedures and TFP will accept the Stake for that Entry in pounds sterling in proportion to the Full Stake per Line. Any winnings paid in respect of such Entries shall be calculated as a Proportionate Entry.
  4. Entries must be submitted with the required Stake. No credit will be offered by TFP to the Customer. If the correct and appropriate Stake (calculated according to the Plan and the applicable Stake per Line) does not accompany an Entry, that Entry will not be valid. The Stake required for an Entry and the Stake that TFP actually receives must be the same. If there is any difference in such amounts TFP may use its discretion to decide whether the Entry may be deemed acceptable after making any adjustments to that Entry that TFP decides are necessary or whether such Entry is invalid. Any Winnings to which the Customer may be entitled in such circumstances will be adjusted in proportion to the value of the Stake actually paid by the Customer in respect of the Entry to which such Winnings relate.

5. MAKING ENTRIES

  1. To constitute an accepted Entry, such Entry (and the Selections made for that Entry) must be recorded on TFP’s central computer system by Closing Time.Any Entry recorded as having been received after Closing Time will not be accepted by TFP and will be invalid.
  2. Only Plans allowed by TFP will be accepted. TFP will not accept part Plans.
  3. Any Entry which is not made in accordance with these Rules will be invalid.
  4. For the avoidance of doubt, TFP has no responsibility, and accepts no liability of any kind whatsoever, for an Entry (however submitted) or Stake associated with an Entry until the same are received and accepted by TFP in accordance with these Rules.
  5. TFP shall not be under any obligation or have any responsibility to notify a Customer of an Entry that is invalid or void under these Rules. In such circumstances, the Stake shall be refunded or where possible (at TFP’s discretion), applied in full or in part as an Entry on behalf of the relevant Customer into the next available Game.

6. DIVISION OF POOLS

  1. In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005, the total Prize fund for the Pool will be the total amount of the cash Stakes entered in the Pool less 79.5% to cover overheads, commissions, taxes and profits.
  2. TFP will declare the dividend payable in respect of the Pool for each of the Prizes by reference to the full Stake per Line. TFP will publish details of the dividend payable on the Website. If TFP accepts a Stake per Line which is more or less than the full Stake per Line (including without limitation, a Proportionate Entry) for whatever reason, and that Entry has a winning Line, the dividend payable to that Customer will differ from the published dividend declared by TFP. TFP will calculate such alternative dividend by multiplying the declared dividend by the ratio of the actual Stake per Line paid in respect of the winning Entry to the advertised standard Stake per Line cost that would have otherwise applied to such Entry.
  3. Subject to paragraph 6.6 below, TFP shall declare dividends in relation to three Prizes. The percentage of the Pool allocated to each Prize level shall be determined by TFP. All dividends declared are subject to rescrutiny.
  4. Each Prize fund is divided amongst all winning Entries at that level in proportion to Stakes paid (save in relation to free offers or Discounted Entries, where Stakes shall be deemed to be the full amount that would have been paid if the relevant Entry had not been made on the basis of a free offer or discounted) by reference to the number of winning Lines at that Prize level.
  5. TFP shall be entitled to round dividends up or down to the nearest whole pound.
  6. If any dividend (which may have been adjusted under paragraph 6.5 above) is less than £2, TFP may decide for administrative reasons that the relevant dividend should not be paid. If no dividends whatsoever are declared for the Pool, the Game will be declared void and the Customer's Stake will be refunded or, where possible (at TFP’s discretion), applied in full or in part as an Entry on behalf of the relevant Customer into the next Game.
  7. If TFP discovers more winners after a declared dividend has been paid, TFP will still pay Winnings to such persons, save that such Winnings shall be calculated on the basis of what such persons would be entitled to receive if their winning Entry(ies) (together with all other post-declared dividend payout winning Entries) had been included at the time at which the declared dividend was paid (i.e. according to an amended dividend to that which was originally declared).
  8. If paragraphs 4.2, 4.3, 6.2, 6.6 and/or 6.9 apply and a surplus of Prize money is created in respect of a particular Prize, TFP will add any such surplus to the Prize money available for distribution in respect of the other Prizes.
  9. If, in the opinion of TFP, it is not possible to administrate and distribute the Pool within a reasonable time due to circumstances beyond TFP's reasonable control, TFP may decide to do either of the following: i. Declare the Game void in which case all relevant Stakes will be refunded or, where possible (at TFP’s discretion), applied in full or in part as an Entry on behalf of the relevant Customer into the next Game; or ii. Declare that the number of Full Time Prizes referred to in paragraph 7 below shall be reduced.

7. PRIZES

There are three Prize funds as set out in this paragraph 7, which shall be awarded in accordance with paragraph 6.4 and this paragraph 7. Full Time Prizes

There will be 3 separate Prize funds:

  • - 1st (highest number of points that can possibly be achieved in any Game on a Match Listing)
  • - 2nd (second highest number of points that can possibly be achieved in any Game on a Match Listing achieved)
  • - 3rd (third highest number of points that can possibly be achieved in any Game on a Match Listing achieved)
In the event that the First Full Time Prize fund (i.e. highest possible number of points which can be achieved in a Game) and/or the Second Full Time Prize Fund (i.e. the second highest number of points which can be achieved in a Game) is not won in a particular Classic pool Game, the amount not won will be included in the First Full Time Prize fund in the next scheduled Game where the dividend is to be declared by TFP or such other Game as TFP may decide in its discretion. If the winning Entry(s) in respect of the First Full Time Prize fund in the next scheduled Game is:
  • i. a Proportionate Entry where the Stake is less than the full Stake per Line, TFP will pay the winner(s) a proportionate amount of the First Full Time Prize calculated according to the proportion that the Stake actually paid represents of the full Stake that would have been paid had it not been a Proportionate Entry and any surplus Prize in such circumstances shall be rolled over to the next Game; or
  • ii. a Proportionate Entry where the Stake is more than the full Stake per Line, TFP will pay the Carry Over Prize as if such sole winning Entry had not been a Proportionate Entry.

8. WINNINGS

  1. The means of payment of Winnings shall depend on the Means of Entry. Please see the relevant Means of Entry rules.
  2. Winnings will usually be paid no later than seven days following the date of the last Match played.
  3. Any query regarding Winnings should be made within six weeks from the relevant Game Date to which such query relates using the contact details set out in the Means of Entry.

9. MATTERS AFFECTING THE GAME

  1. A Match will stand as shown on the TFP Match Listing even if:
    • i. It is actually played on a neutral ground; or
    • ii. The venue of the Match is altered.
  2. If a Match is abandoned, TFP will use the score at the time of abandonment as the Full Time Result. If the Match is restarted and completed in its entirety within the applicable Game Date of the Game, TFP will use the score declared by the official governing body in respect of such Match.
  3. TFP does not consider extra time as part of the Match and the score at the end of normal play (including injury time added on by the referee for stoppages) is taken as the final Result.
  4. A Match played on the Game Date between a team listed on the left of the Match Listing and a team listed against it on the right of the Match Listing will stand as listed no matter what type of game it is or under whose jurisdiction it is played, unless it is determined to be a Void Match in accordance with paragraphs 9.5, 9.6 or 9.8 below.
  5. If in any Match two teams are listed as alternatives in either the left and/or the right of the Match Listing, this will mean that the relevant team will be decided by the outcome of a football game played before the Game Date. This will become a Void Match if the relevant team is not decided before that Game Date.
  6. If any Match listed on the Match Listing is not started on the Game Date, the Pools Panel will meet to agree a notional Result for Full Time in respect of such Match, except in the following circumstances (where the relevant Match will be declared a Void Match):
    • i. Any Match completed before the Game Date;
    • ii. Any Match which, because of exceptional circumstances, TFP has formally notified the media is one on which the Pools Panel will not determine a notional Result; or
    • iii. Any Match declared to be a Void Match under paragraph 9.5 or 9.8.
  7. TFP reserves the right to declare a Game as void if TFP considers (acting reasonably) that not enough Matches are played on the Game Date to declare a dividend, in which case all Stakes will be refunded or, where possible (at TFP’s discretion), applied in full or in part as an Entry on behalf of the relevant Customer into the next Game.TFP reserves the right to extend the time for a Match to be completed provided this does not unduly hamper the declaration of results and dividends
  8. TFP reserves the right to withhold Winnings and/or to declare any individual Entry or Game void, or any individual Match to be a Void Match, if it reasonably believes that:
    • i. The integrity of a Match has been called into question;
    • ii. The Pool has, or may have been, manipulated or its integrity has otherwise been called into question; and/or
    • iii. Match-rigging has, or may have, taken place.
    Such belief may be based on the size, volume or pattern of Entries placed across any or all Means of Entry or any announcement, investigation, instruction or decision made by any competent authority, sports body or other relevant authority or body.

10. DISQUALIFIED ENTRIES

  1. For the avoidance of doubt, TFP has total discretion to refuse to accept or to disqualify an Entry if in TFP's opinion such Entry:
    • i. Is not accompanied by the required Stake;
    • ii. Is not received and accepted by TFP in accordance with these Rules;
    • iii. Is not, or may not be, genuine;
    • iv. Is sent in by a person under the age required for the particular Means of Entry;
    • v. Is made by or on behalf of an employee of a company in the Sportech plc group, or anyone acting in concert with such employee; or
    • vi. Is received by TFP and/or recorded on TFP’s central computer system after Closing Time;
    • vii. Breaches any of these Rules in relation to an Entry.
  2. Any Stake received in respect of a disqualified Entry will be refunded, or where possible (at TFP's discretion), applied in full or in part as an Entry on behalf of the relevant Customer into the next available Game.
  3. TFP may request that any Winnings paid on a disqualified Entry be repaid to TFP and the Customer shall promptly make such repayment in the manner specified by TFP.

11. RULE AMENDMENTS

Any amendment to these Rules will be notified online at the Website. A Customer's continued participation in the Game following such notification shall be deemed to constitute acceptance of the amended Rules.
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