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Office pool. TdF betting. How would you do this?(4 posts)

Office pool. TdF betting. How would you do this?Sintesi
Jul 2, 2002 9:04 AM
Not sure if this will work but I'm trying, with zero experience, on setting up an office pool for the TdF. I'm thinking some stage-by-stage points system awarded to whom can pick the most riders in the top 5 per stage, plus points awarded to whoever can pick the top three podium spots (obvious gimme there) plus points for the polka dot and green jersey.

What makes this so cool is there are a lot of guys here that will actually learn something about cycling by following this race for the first time, but here is the problem: How to scout this out so everyone has a reasonable chance of picking contenders in any given race even tho they don't know the riders or their realistic chances. Not to mention the general crap shoot for experienced fans as well. It's pretty easy to pick Erik Zabel or Stuart O'Grady to make it in the top 5 on a flat sprinter stage but you never know when a break away is going to toss that prediction in the dust bin.

I was thinking about having a general stage pool of contending riders to choose from say 30 guys we all pick from. A point for each guy you pick that comes in the top 5, 5 points if you pick the winner.

Midway thru the race we pick the Top 3 in the GC, Points and Mountains competitions. I'm thinking we'll have a better chance of seeing who looks strong and to reduce the chance of loosing a main contender early due to wrecks.

So does anyone know of any sportsbooks giving odds on the TdF contenders?

how would you do it? Our plan is fraught with problems that I can see already.

Thanks all.

We just started thinking about this this afternoon so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Decided to go fantasy league style. Ignore above.Sintesi
Jul 2, 2002 9:36 AM
Will pick 10 guys w/ 2 reserves. Points awarded for each top ten placing throughout the race.

Does anyone know where I can find Rider bios?
A couple of ways,TJeanloz
Jul 2, 2002 9:38 AM
I've been involved in a few such pools, the simplest being pick the top three and the time gap between the first two as a tiebreaker. Generally, you have to allow a trade at the rest day, as somebody's pick will be out of the race by then.

Your solution isn't bad, where people don't fully know who will do well. I'd say you give a list of ~20 or so, with points to the top 5 or 3- it seems like that would give reasonable odds of success on a day-to-day basis.

Of course, if it's in a single office, you could do e-mail picks each day- have them due by 9:00 am, so that as the race goes on, people can get better with their picking.
Ahh, to work in an office where people have <i>heard</i> of TdFmmquest
Jul 2, 2002 10:41 AM