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Tipsters Challenge - Rules and Information

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Tipsters Challenge Football Competition

Welcome to the brand new Punters Lounge Football Tipsters Challenge 
The competition will kick off on August 11th and our season will be split into four separate sessions.
This allows us to keep things fresh and also for new players to join at various times of the season.


2019/20 Format as follows:

4 ten-week mini-seasons

  • TC1 – Aug 10th – Oct 12th
  • TC2 – Oct 19th – Dec 21st
  • TC3 – Dec 28th– Feb 29th
  • TC4 – Mar 7th – May 9th


  • Entrants split into 8/9 divisions, which will include a maximum of 15 players in each.
  • Players will be distributed into divisions in order of their final total from the previous mini-season. (Top 15 players in Division 1, next highest scorers in Div. 2 etc.…..)
  • Each mini-season will last 10 weeks and players must play in at least 7 of those weeks in order to keep their place in the competition. (So you get 3 weeks off basically)
  • Cash prizes will be awarded at the end of week 10 in that particular mini-season. 

Punters Lounge Prizes

Div 1: £70, £45, £25
Div 2: £60, £40, £20
Div 3: £50, £30, £20
Div 4: £40, £25, £15
Div 5: £30, £20, £10
Div 6: £25, £15, £10
Div 7: £20, £10 (2 Places)
Div 8: £20, £10 (2 Places)
Div 9: £20, £10 (2 Places)

Total: £640

The top 5 OVERALL totals in each mini-season will also receive Punters Lounge Merchandise - see below.

Punters Lounge Merchandise

Updated 3rd April 2019:

You can now win unlimited Punters Lounge merchandise, even if you have won them before. It consists of the mug with a wraparound logo, updated to our new 3D logo recently. You'll also win a pack of 10 pens, which have also been upgraded to a much better quality. See below :ok 

pl merchandise.jpg


  • Players start with a bank of 100pts
  • Players can stake up to 50% of their current bank in any one week.
  • Minimum bet is £5 or half bank if that is lower.
  • Once the bank drops to £10 or lower, the players stake must be half bank.
  • Players can bet on the following markets: Outright Result, Both Teams To Score and Over/Under 2.5 goals.
  • Players are required to select ONE bet per week only and can be a combination of the above.
  • Players can either bet on a single, a double or a treble only on any of the accepted markets.
  • No Editing of bets to change selections, just repost if you change your mind.
  • Players must play in 7 weeks during the 10 week season or will be eliminated.
  • Only exception to the above rule is when a player misses 3 weeks on the trot, this will also result in elimination.
  • Any bets posted outside these limits will be reduced in order written. (i.e.; 4 fold down to a treble)
  • No bets will be accepted that are related in any way, in other words you can only use a team once in your bet whether that be BTTS, Over/Unders or 1,X,2.
  • Any bets posted in error will be settled on the first part of the bet and the others treated as NR's.
  • All bets must be posted by 3pm on Saturday (earlier if it’s a Friday or Sat Midday game.
    If a game is abandoned or postponed the bet will be reduced, ie; Treble to a double etc.. No rearranged matches will be taken into account.
  • Prices to be taken from the supplied Odds thread only. (If it’s not on there, you can’t do it)
  • Any bets with instructions missing will be governed by the price taken, after that bets will be settled in the positive outcome. (Overs/ BTTS)
  • If no stake has been attached to the bet a default £10 win will apply or half of your bank if its less than £10.
  • If any bet is posted after the kick off, that match will become void and the rest of the bet reduced. Treble to a Double, Double to a Single. If it was a single the whole bet will be void and a no-show will be awarded.
  • In week 10 of the mini season duplicate bets in the same division is not allowed, first come first served, any copied bets will deemed as a loser under the fair play rule.

The TC Odds thread will be posted up each Tuesday for the following weekend matches and selections threads will be set up at the same time.

League tables will be posted once all matches have been completed for that week, typically this will be after the Monday night match.

The Sat 3pm deadline for all bets is put in place so no one can gain an advantage by knowing if an opponent has won or lost before placing his bet. So strictly no posts allowed after the deadline will be accepted.

Leagues Covered 

English Premier
League One
League Two
Scottish Premiership
Spanish La Liga
Italian Serie A
German Bundesliga
French Ligue 1



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  • BillyHills changed the title to Tipsters Challenge - Rules and Information (Updated)

Rules and Format for posting of bets

In this seasons TC Competition we are introducing two new bets along with the usual 1,X,2.
'Under/Over 2.5' goals and 'Both Teams To Score' will be accepted.

Here are the rules regarding posting the various bets.

  • If there is any information missing from the instructions the price taken will govern which part of the bet you have asked for. For example if you have put 'Man Utd Over/Under 1.80' then if the price for Over 2.5 goals was 1.80 then it will be settled accordingly.
  • If the prices are the same for either side of the bet then the 'positive' outcome will be taken. For example if you write 'Arsenal Over/Under' then the bet will be settled on the 'overs'. Likewise the BTTS bet will be settled for both teams scoring if there is no hint of what you have requested.


Preferred Format Examples

Man Utd (1) 1.67
Liverpool (1) 1.80

£20 Double


Man Utd Over 2.5 2.50
Arsenal Under 2.5 2.38
Chelsea (1) 1.40

£20 Treble


Spurs BTTS 2.50
Chelsea BTTS NO 2.63
Man Utd Over 2.5 2.50

£10 Treble

Any queries just ask me.



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  • 6 months later...

The new football season will obviously be starting later than normal and although there is an International set of fixtures on Sept 5th, it makes more sense for us to start when the Premier season begins a week later on the 12th.

With that in mind and to keep the 4 mini-seasons this year's competition will be for 36 weeks, split into four 9-week seasons.

Proposed dates (subject to change)

TC 1: Sept 12th - Nov 7th

TC 2: Nov 14th - Jan 9th 

TC 3: Jan 16th - Mar 13th

TC 4: Mar 20th - May 15th


Full details to follow if anything changes.




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