Telegraph Predictor: A beginner's guide

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Here at Telegraph Predictor, we're getting new users all the time. We believe it's a great social betting website that makes betting more fun, as you're going against each other, rather than the bookie. There are different kinds of games available to join, on a host of different sports (and even some non-sporting events!) so there's always bound to be something for every punter.

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As with any new site, it can take a while to get your head around it, which is why below are some great reasons that makes Telegraph Predictor simple, unique and fun to play with rewards for knowing your stuff!

 

Rewarded for Loyalty

There are two aspects to our loyalty rewards. First, you can earn points for doing various things on Predictor, then you can unlock an achievement, which will help score loyalty points that are added to your balance at the end of each month. These include entering a pool, winning a pool, making a deposit, tweeting your entry and playing 10, 100 and 500 pools. Simply put, the more you play, the more likely you are to win, and unlock our loyalty achievements.

The second way loyalty is rewarded is in our Halls of Fame. Each month, we run a Hall of Fame on four sports – football, golf, racing and darts – with £50 up for grabs for winning each monthly Hall of Fame, £25 for finishing second and £10 for third. The person who accumulates the most points in each sport by the end of the month, wins. Again, the more you play, the more likely you are to win and in turn, some extra entries!

 

Simple Games and Multipliers

As mentioned at the top, our games are very simple to play, and each punter is going up against other punters rather than the bookie. Each person can join any entry pool they fancy – or can afford – from the options available, and the money (or player points)  taken out of their account, with up to 10% deducted as an admin fee, with the rest going in the prize fund! So the more people that enter, the bigger the prize pot will be.

Points are accumulated depending on how many questions you answer correctly or how your players score points for you. The punter with the most points in that particular pool scoops first prize!

 

Game Types

Our games are split into Classics, Last Longest and Fantasy. Our Classic pools include Coupons and Match Pools. In our Coupon, simply predict the result of each match which has multipliers on each team and for a draw, which changes depending on who is playing. For example, if Chelsea are playing Hull, Chelsea might be a x1 multiplier meaning you get just one point if they win, whereas Hull could be a x10 option, so score you 10 points if they somehow pick up the victory!

We have Match Pools as well, where you answer questions on how you see the action going. In our football pools, questions include who will score, who will pick up a card, when the first goal will be scored and what the result will be.

In our Last Longest pools, you pick a team or player that you think is most likely to win – or score – and if they do so, they send you into the next week. Beware though, you can only make the same selection once, so think carefully!

In our Fantasy Pools, these are often 5-a-side pools, popular in cricket and football. You have five different categories depending on the sport – or less for a golf fantasy fourball – and you can only select one player from each category, with maximum picks in a match fantasy so you don't pick too many players from the same side! Points are awarded for different things such as scoring a goal and picking up a wicket. You can also use your banker option which scores you double – more of that below!

 

The Banker

In our Classic and Fantasy games, it is required that you select a Banker option. This is often the selection you are most confident about, as it will score you double if correct. Obviously you could pick your Banker on Hull to beat Chelsea on the off chance they secure an upset and bag you 20 points, but it's wiser to bank the pick you are most sure will come through.

 

Guaranteed Pools

Each pool that has a 'G' label means it has a guaranteed prize fund. This is the minimum amount of money available in that particular pool but offers the punter great incentive to enter that pool, knowing if it doesn't reach a certain amount of players, for example, say 20 people entered a £2 pool with £50 guaranteed, then they will be in for some overlay if they win that pool and would receive more money if there wasn't a guaranteed prize. But alternatively, 30 people could enter a £50 guaranteed pool which just means the prize fund would be £60 so the guaranteed figure is just the MINIMUM amount you can win.

 

Progressive Jackpot

Any pool with 'PJ' labelled on it is a progressive jackpot. If you enter any pool with 'PJ' on it, for just £1 more, you can have the chance of winning the jackpot total which currently stands at more than £4,750! If you get every question spot on, you pick up the prize fund, which sounds simple enough! Obviously it isn't, as for example in our football Match Pools – which are all PJ's – this would include answering all seven questions correctly, but on questions such as 'how many corners will be taken in the game?' you can only be in with a chance if you get the highest possible answer. So if there's nine corners in the game, you must answer nine or more as although answering seven or more will win you points, it won't give you a chance of winning our jackpot. Also to be in with a chance of winning, you must get when the first goal will be scored spot on, so good luck!

 

Freerolls

As well as cash games, we offer the chance for punters to enter certain games for free, usually the ones with '£+' labels. We run daily fantasy racing games as freerolls with £25 on offer for the winner, which is paid out as points, so you would win 2500 points, which are ready to use in cash pools. We have freerolls specifically for new players and others aimed just at depositors, so there are plenty of chances to boost your balance for absolutely free! Can't ask for more than that.

 

Other Bits and Bobs

At the top of the desktop page, you can see the pools you have entered by clicking 'My Pools', which includes any upcoming pools you have, any ones that are live or ones that have been recently settled, have been paid out and you can see where you finished in that particular game.

At the top right, your balance is displayed, with cash and any points you have. Remember points are equivalent to cash and you get the option to enter any pool with points. However, you can't use both for entering one pool. If you have £1 and 100 points left, you would be unable to enter a £2 pool until you deposit more funds.

On mobile you can find your current pools under your cash balance in the top right.

Every new user gets 200 points as soon as they sign up, which is the equivalent to £2, meaning you can play any £2 pool free of charge, once you verify your email address. If you refer a friend, you will receive 1000 points - £10 - in your account once that friend has made a deposit.

That should cover just about everything, but there is a 'Help' section at the bottom of the page if you are unsure of anything, or just type in your request in the chat box. Good luck in the pools!

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