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TSM MONITORING GUIDELINES

Win or Loss for Full Games and Totals are documented.

No First Half or Teasers, etc.

Selections must be submitted prior to game time, so be on time, no exceptions.

Your selections and the time received are posted in the computer.
The TSM grading program compares that time with the scheduled game start time and voids the game if late.

TIME EXAMPLE

Pacific Time 2:00 = Central Time 4:00 = Eastern Time 5:00

Games monitored are to be the same game selections released to your clients.

On game day all picks must be submitted prior to game

Do not submit late evening plays unless your clients get them.

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Your selections can be e-mailed, faxed or called in.

E-mail address, fax and phone numbers will be provided when you become a TSM Member Service.

In order to help eliminate mistakes in hearing what you say if you call your selections in, please state your team only, not both teams.
Also, use the full name of the team.
Example: "San Diego Chargers", not just the Chargers

Please do not repeat the selections on the recording.

When submitting more than one sport, please say "in NFL" then give your picks for NFL, and then say "in NBA"... and "in College"... and then give your picks.
March Madness College Basketball is graded in a separate category, so please list your conference games last when submitting your college basketball.

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Football is the only sport where selections can be submitted before game day. This is so you can take advantage of early odds. College and NFL football plays can be submitted beginning Monday morning of each week for the upcoming weekend. If you want your games graded by the odds at the time they are submitted be sure to include the line (odds) or total (Over or under) with each pick. The odds you use must be available at a minimum of three premium books at the time you submit it. Only the following books will be acceptable for odds reference. 5Dimes, BookMaker, Chris, The Greek, Hilton, BoDog, DSI, SBG and Legends. Several of these are free on Don Best. Once your picks are submitted using this system they can not be resubmitted. No odds change and no star rating change. It will be assumed your players got the game the same time it was submitted to TSM and that they put action on it.

Submit in schedule order and include the game date. If your team plays in several sports on that date.

You can include the rotation number of the game for clarification.

EXAMPLE:
NFL - DATE
3* TEAM NAME  + OR - (ODDS IF ANY)
3* TEAM NAME OVER
OR UNDER (TOTAL IF ANY)
CF - DATE
10* TOP PLAY - TEAM NAME + OR - (ODDS IF ANY)

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THE FOLLOWING APPLIES IF YOU WANT TO BE GRADED BY THE OFFICIAL TSM GRADING LINE ON GAME DAY

THE LINE IS A MOVING TARGET FOR THE HANDICAPPERS AND THE PLAYERS

TSM uses the Don Best web site www.donbest.com for odds information
We will track the line on game day.
The line must be posted at a minimum of three premium books to be used.

FOOTBALL ODDS ON GAME DAY

  • WEEKDAY ODDS - TRACKED 8 AMCT TO 5 PMCT
  • SATURDAY ODDS - TRACKED 8 AMCT TO 12 NOON PMCT + 6:00 PMCT FOR LATER GAMES
  • SUNDAY ODDS - TRACKED 8 AMCT TO 12 NOON PMCT

Your grading line will also depend on when you submitted your picks. For example, if you submit your picks late in the day you will not have advantage of earlier odds. It will be assumed your players did not receive the game and could not take advantage of the early odds. If you submit early in the day it will be assumed your players can take advantage of the odds through out the day.

BASKETBALL

  • WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND ODDS - TRACKED 8 AMCT TO 5 PMCT

BASEBALL

  • WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND ODDS - TRACKED 8 AMCT TO 5 PMCT

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Grading period on reports

  • NFL - TUESDAY THRU MONDAY OF EACH WEEK
  • BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, HOCKEY - MONDAY THRU SUNDAY OF EACH WEEK

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ADDITIONAL GAMES ON THE SCHEDULE

Games involving 1 or more non-board teams must have a minimum of 3 casinos posting a line in Las Vegas or off shore to be included in the monitored record.

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A PLAY IS A PLAY

Side picks and total (over/under) picks are added together for rank standing.
There is also a separate record for side picks and a separate record for totals.

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STAR RATINGS

Each star (1) is 100 if won and minus 110 if lost. The star range from is 1* to 10*. The star rating is the handicappers choice.
For example some handicappers rate their selections 2*, 3*, 4* with the 5* graded as a top play.
TOP PLAYS: Your top play (if you have one) can be any star rating within the star range.
Top plays or best bets should be rare and special. There is a column for top plays on the reports.

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MINIMUM SELECTION REQUIREMENTS TO MAINTAIN WEEKLY/FINAL STANDING STATUS

NFL FOOTBALL

Pre-Season

2 picks per week with a total 8 picks for a final rank standing

Regular Season

2 plays per week* thru week 16 with a total of 32 picks for final rank standing
*There will be NO weekly minimum for the final week (17) in NFL

NFL Playoffs

4 picks for a final rank standing

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Regular Season

3 plays per week (with full schedule)
40 plays for final rank standing

Bowl Games

8 picks for a final rank standing

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NBA BASKETBALL

Regular Season

4 picks per week with 80 picks for a final rank standing

NBA Playoffs

2 picks per week with 12 picks for a final rank standing

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Regular Season

4 plays per week (with full schedule)
64 plays for final rank standing

March Madness

18 picks for a final rank standing

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BASEBALL

Regular Season

4 picks per week with 100 picks for a final rank standing
(no weekly minimum once football starts)

Championship/World Series

5 game plays for final rank standing
(See complete baseball monitoring rules)


BASEBALL MONITORING RULES - STANDARD NEVADA REGULATIONS

1. Baseball selections will be accepted in the following manner:

A. (ACTION) Team against team, regardless of the starting pitcher.

B. One Specified Pitcher - specifying one pitcher, regardless of the other starting pitcher.

C. Both Specified Pitchers - If starting pitchers are not exactly as listed, your selection will be deemed (NO ACTION).

Exception: Overnight pitcher changes

It will be the handicappers responsibility to notify TSM if your overnight pitcher did not start. The only games TSM will grade for pitcher changes will be the games where there is an actual pitcher change from the days starting line up.

2. In the event there is a pitcher change prior to the game, money odds may be adjusted.
If one scheduled pitcher starts against an unscheduled pitcher, "ACTION" may be computed by the opening price with the new pitcher.

3. A pitcher is deemed a starting pitcher after throwing one pitch.

4. Game winners and losers are official after 9 innings of play UNLESS the home team is leading after 8 1/2 innings.

CALLED GAMES must go 5 innings or 4 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead.
IF A GAME GOES PAST 5 INNINGS and is subsequently called, the winner is determined by the score after the last full inning. (EXCEPT in a case where the home team scores to take the lead in the bottom half of the inning in which game is called the runs do count)

5. TOTALS - OVER/UNDER SELECTIONS

In the event of a pitcher change prior to the game, a totals play is deemed "NO ACTION" only if handicapper has boxed the pitchers Or if there is no line posted for the total after the pitcher change. A game must go the regulation 8 1/2 or 9 innings. If the game goes past regulation innings, and is subsequently suspended or postponed, it is considered "ACTION" and the winner or loser will be determined by the score at the time the game is called. In the case where the home team does not bat (3 outs) in the bottom half of an extra inning game, the score reverts back to the previous full inning of play.

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SELECTIONS ARE GRADED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING MONEY LINE

The 10 cent line is used if the favorite is under 200, the 20 cent line is used from 200 to 235 and the 30 cent line is used from 240. Totals are graded at 11/10.

FAVORITE IS GRADED
WIN: STAR RATING x 100 UNITS
LOSE: PRICE x STAR RATING
UNDERDOG IS GRADED
WIN: PRICE x STAR RATING
LOSE: STAR RATING x 100 UNITS

You also have the choice of using the run line.

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