FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q.Does the House receive compensation?

Q.How do I report an incorrect score

Q.I don't like some of the rules, do we have any say in how this tournament is run?

Q.Isn't this gambling?

Q.How long do I have to wait to receive a cash payout?

Q.I'm a beginning bowler, what chance do I have to win?

Q.I'm a professional bowler, how do I participate?

Q.I'm a beginning bowler, Can I bowl in the Singles division?

Q.Am I placed on the same team every time I participate?

Q.How many Categories can I participate in?

Q.Can bowlers who substitute from team to team on my league bowl in the tournament?

Q.Do I get to bowl with my friends?

Q.When are the teams made up?

Q.Are the teams exactly equal when their team average is computed?

Q.Why don't you use the USBC average system?

Q.If a bowler is found to have posted an incorrect score and their team is in the money, what happens?

Q.What is the Super Pot?

Q.When will you turn on the other Sub-Divisions?

Q.Aren't you going to ruin it for other tournaments?

Q.Is your tournament certified by the United States Bowling Congress?

Q.What are your long-range plans?

Q.I'm a little confused on how the prizes are distributed, can you explain in more detail?

Q. Does the House receive compensation?.

A. Yes. Increased participation in the sport of bowling benefits all the proprietors.

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Q. How do I report an incorrect score

A. We have to be very careful on this. If you suspect a person has intentionally posted an incorrect score, and it turns out to be correct, we will award you any prize they may have been awarded. However, we must learn of this within 7 days of the incident. We believe the only way a person's score can be verified is by having a copy of the league Recap sheet. We would compare that to the score they posted to determine if it was posted incorrectly.

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Q. I don't like some of the rules, do we have any say in how this tournament is run?

A. Absolutely. Once the tournament is up and running and stabilized, we will survey the members. Rules may be modified and adjusted to their wishes. This will be the ratification of the initial rules.  We will do this for the first three years on an annual basis. After that, every other year we will examine the wishes of the members and adjust accordingly. As it is now, and depending on the desires of enough bowlers we can add Divisions, Sub-divisions, Categories and entry fees  very quickly.

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Q. Isn't this gambling?

A. No, this is a tournament. A very LARGE tournament. However for those of you who are telling your friends that it is illegal, I refer you to the Legal opinion we obtained when I first conceived the tournament concept.

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Q. How long do I have to wait to receive a payout?

A. Those bowlers in the money will receive their winnings electronically depending on how they indicate they wish to receive them. If you win a Winner Take All event you should expect to wait about 4 to 6 weeks to redeem your winnings while your scores are validated.

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Q. I'm a beginning bowler, what chance do I have to win?

A. Well, first you have the same chance as anyone else. In fact, the bowlers that are just starting out have the greatest chance to impact the team because the more you practice, the better you will score.  You have a greater chance of scoring more points than the high average bowler. So what's the secret? Practice, practice, practice!

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Q. I'm a professional bowler, how do I participate?

A. IF you have a USBC Member ID you can participate. bviously you will be a team captain. Later we would like to have event JUST FOR Professional bowlers.

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Q. I'm a beginning bowler, Can I bowl in the Singles division?

A. Yes, but the Singles division is for the High Rollers and well be a Scratch event. Your chances would not be good there. Bowlers electing to participate in the Singles Division must be signed up for at least one category in a Sub-division of the Team Division when we make it available.

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Q. Am I placed on the same team every time I participate?

A. No. In fact, if you sign up in three categories, you will be placed on three different teams - one for each event. This means you have three separate chances of winning.

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Q. How many categories can I participate In?

A. As we make available all the components of the events, the number of categories will increase. Assuming we have both the US and States/Countries Sub-divisions of the Team Division available there would be 6 Categories you could choose. It is possible that if you were a Scratch bowler and elected to participate in every category of every Sub-division of both Divisions, you could sign up for 24 of them. Later, as the tournament grows we can add more categories, say a 'one winner in 250' category or a 'one winner in 500' category and so on. We will always have a 'one winner in forty' category and a 'winner take all' category in each Sub-division. You will have a say in how may categories we offer.

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Q. Can bowlers who substitute from team to team on my league bowl in the tournament?

A. Yes!! So long as you have a USBC member ID we can allow you to participate

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Q. Do I get to bowl with my friends?

A. The league you are bowling in is the heart and soul of this tournament and it is presumed that you are with friends there. We want your league to succeed and hope that this tournament will help add a spark to your weekly competition. However, the odds of you winding up with your teammates in the potbowling tournament are rare.

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Q. When are the teams made up?

A. This is an important question and you need to understand the reasoning behind the answer because it goes to the heart of the tournament. The teams are made up after the scores are posted into the computer program that creates the tournament and determines winners.

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Q. Are the teams exactly equal when their team average is computed?

A. As close as is mathmatically possible for the number of entrants. A bowler is sorted by average, then assigned a rank based on the position on that list. The teams are created based on that rank. If you add the rank of all your team members and compare that to the sum of the ranks of any other team, they will be as close as possible. You can look at the virtual tournamants we are running currently and can examine the tournament results, team averages, who placed and how well they placed, you will see that the team averages are very close.

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Q. Why don't you use the USBC average system?

A. We begin with your USBC book average. In order to reduce the chance of ties, we carry the average out to 7 decimal points after your first event. The Pot Bowling Average is based ONLY on scores posted to Pot Bowling events. We believe that you will always bowl your best in our events. Your Pot Bowling average is not good in any USBC sanctioned event. .

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Q. If a bowler is found to have posted an incorrect score and their team is in the money, what happens?

A. Until the rules are ratified, we have decided to adopt this rule: The person who scored incorrectly will forfeit their winnings into the Super Pot, and be suspended for 6 months. That bowlers teammates, who had nothing to do with the incorrect score, will not be penalized and will receive the normal share as if the score were correct. This rule will most likely be one of the most discussed. We had a choice, neither is perfect, but the alternative was to have all the team forfeit their winnings.  Which way is fairer? You will decide when the rules are ratified and everyone has a chance to have their say.

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Q. What is the Super Pot?

A. It is a fund for future special events. Things like physical tournaments in resort locations consisting of winners in regular potbowling events

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Q. When will you turn on the other Sub-Divisions?

A. For the World Sub-division, which is the primary goal but will not be implemented for a while, when we are assured that the other countries are in compliance with USBC sanctioning rules and when we have worked out the details for reporting winnings. For the time zone Sub-division, the same issues come into play. For the State/Province Sub-division we can do that as soon as we have enough bowlers in each State to run it, roughly 400 on a roster.

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Q. Aren't you going to ruin it for other tournaments?

A. Tournament bowlers may post scores in this tournament from tournaments they are participating in so long as they have USBC member ID. We are going to actively support tournaments held in Bowling centers, wherever and whenever they are run. We hope to provide sponsorship revenue as well. We will post information on any tournament conducted in any bowling center, anywhere on this site for free as we build this website.

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Q. Is your tournament Sanctioned?

A. YES! USBC certification number 11925 

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Q. What are your long-range plans?

A. Super POT bowling is a feature we'll add as soon as we are up and running. We plan on conducting tournaments to be held at bowling centers near resort locations. Qualification will be based on winners from the Pot Bowling tournaments. Look for details as we grow. We look to you, the members, to tell us what you would like to see and will consider every format or variation that will have a popular appeal.

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Q. I'm a little confused on how the prizes are distributed, can you explain in more detail?

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