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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Backnine Bookie.  If you have any other questions, please contact us and we'll get you an answer as quick as we can.

Does Backnine Bookie only work for golf tournaments, or are there some other uses?
Can Backnine Bookie handle ties?
I have a need to run Backnine Bookie on two different computers. Can I do this?
I have forgotten my registration ID number, how do I find out what it is?
Can Backnine Bookie handle "field" bets, where you bet on multiple players with one bet?
Why does a place or show bet pay off more than a winning bet for a player or team?

How many different rounds and flights can I include in one tournament file?
Is there any limit to the number of players in a tournament, bettors, or bets?
Can I pre-print forms to use to pass out to bettors to fill out with their bets?
Can I print out hard copies of the bet sheets as they are placed?
Do I have to print out the bets placed?
Does Backnine Bookie display the odds for all types of bets?
Why are the odds for place and show bets shown as "average" odds?
Why does Backnine Bookie pay off bets that aren't totally correct?
Does Backnine Bookie have a Windows 3.1 or Mac version?
Where can I get a book on pari-mutuel betting?


Does Backnine Bookie only work for golf tournaments, or are there other uses?

Actually, Backnine Bookie can be used for any event in which pari-mutuel wagering is desired. What makes Backnine Bookie special for golf is how it handles rounds and "flights" of golfers. (Flights are how you divide participants into different betting pools – for golf, this is usually A, B, C, and D level players.) Special features, like the ability to copy players from one tournament to another, allow for different types of bets on the same tournament or event (e.g. betting with or without handicaps for a golf tournament.) We encourage the use of Backnine Bookie for fund-raising events.  Back to top

Any sport that has multiple rounds or legs could use Backnine Bookie -- but if you don’t need the golf-specific features, please checkout Backyard Bookie, designed after horse racing events.  Back to top

Can Backnine Bookie handle ties?

Yes!  Backnine Bookie can now handle ties with the 2003.1 version.  Any number of ties for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place is allowable.  The betting returns are adjusted based on the ties such that the "house" still does not lose any funds in the process.  You can also record the scores of all of the players in the tournament.  Back to top

I have a need to run Backnine Bookie on two different computers. Can I do this?

For one tournament file, Backnine Bookie can accept bets on only one computer at a time.   You can display up-to-date odds on a second computer that is networked to the first, but cannot update the file.  When you purchase Backnine Bookie, you get a personal license to use the software on any computer, as long as you are only using one copy at a time as your betting window.   If, for instance, you have Backnine Bookie installed on your home PC and wish to use your laptop to run the software at a party, you can download the "trial" version from our web-site to your laptop, enter in the Registration ID that you received when you ordered the product, and the software will be fully functional.  

Remember, your Registration ID is your personal license to the software. IT IS ILLEGAL TO ALLOW SOMEONE ELSE USE YOUR REGISTRATION ID. Should there be evidence that you are illegally sharing your registration ID, your license for the product will be revoked.  Back to top

I have forgotten my registration ID number, how do I find out what it is?
We can help you find your ID number if you have lost it.  If you have a registered version of Backnine Bookie, start the software and choose the Help / About Backnine Bookie option and your registration ID will be displayed for you.  If this does not work for you, feel free to click here to contact us.  Be sure to have any identifying information available, such as the approximate date of purchase, the name, the address, and/or the e-mail address used for the purchase.  Back to top

Can Backnine Bookie handle "field" bets, where you bet on multiple players with one bet?
Yes, when you set up the tournament, you assign the "betting numbers" for each contestant. If you want to assign multiple contestants to the "field", just assign them all the same betting number.  Back to top

Why does a place or show bet pay off more than a winning bet for a player or team?

The odds and payoffs for each type of bet are based solely on the money bet for that type of bet. So if there are a lot of bets on a player/team to win, but not very many bets on it to place, it very well could pay off more for the place bet than the win bet. So if there are a lot of bets on a player/team to win, but not very many bets on it to place, it very well could pay off more for the place bet than the win bet.  Generally, the more bets that you take in, the less often this occurs, simply due to the law of averages. If you are working with a small crowd, you want to set the minimum bet amount lower to encourage people to spread their money around more, thereby getting a more consistent spread of the odds across the different betting pools.  Back to top

How many different rounds and flights can I include in one tournament file?

Backnine Bookie allows betting on up to 11 separate rounds, plus the full tournament, and up to 12 different flights, more than enough for most all tournaments.  Back to top

Is there any limit to the number of players in a tournament, bettors, or bets?

Backnine Bookie can handle thousands of players and bettors and tens of thousands of bets.  Since much of the work is done within the memory of your computer, though, you may press the resources of your computer when you start getting to the higher numbers.  But for most competitions, Backnine Bookie will be more than adequate.   Back to top

Can I pre-print forms to use to pass out to bettors to fill out with their bets?

Yes. You can print out a bet sheet form, make copies, collect the sheets and then enter the bets quickly and easily through the "Bet Sheet" entry facility.  Back to top

Can I print out hard copies of the bet sheets as they are placed?

Yes. You can optionally choose to automatically print tickets and bet sheets automatically as you enter them or print them only when the bettor wants a copy.
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Do I have to print out the bets placed?

No. Backnine Bookie allows you to enter the name, initials, or any other identifier of each person as they place bets. After the results are in you can summarize what is owed out to each person and cash each out with a few clicks of the mouse.
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Does Backnine Bookie display the odds for all types of bets?

Backnine Bookie displays odds for Win, Place, Show, Exacta, and "2 Consectuive Rounds" bets. Odds for other bet types would contain so many combinations that would need to be shown that it would not be very practical.
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Why are the odds for place and show bets shown as "average" odds?

Place and show odds are "average" odds because the odds that will be paid out depends on what combination of players that finish in the money. When calculating the payouts for place and show bets, the first thing that is done is that money is taken out of the total pool of bets for that bet type to cover giving each winning bettor his or her money back. The remainder is then divided up as winnings. If one of the favorites comes in along with the player that you bet on, your payoff will be less than the "average" odds shown. That is because more money is used out of the pool to pay the bets back to each winning bettor and less is available to divide up as the winnings. Conversely, if a long-shot comes in along with the racer that you bet on, then your payoff will be better than the "average" odds because less will be used to pay back bet amounts and more will be available to distribute as winnings.
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Why does Backnine Bookie pay off bets that aren't totally correct?

Because Backnine Bookie is geared toward club or office use, the number of bets placed will be relatively small compared to public betting parlors. This means that often there will be no one with a totally correct ticket. Backnine Bookie allows you, in this situation, to choose one of three options: (1) the house keeps all of the bets, (2) pay all bettors back their bets, or (3) pay winnings to those with the most correct picks. The last option applies only to multi-pick bets, which includes exactas, trifectas, consecutive round and all flight within a round bets.
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Does Backnine Bookie have a Windows 3.1 or Mac version?

No, at this time, Backnine Bookie runs only on Windows95+ or NT. And MACs running virtual PC.  Back to top


Where can I get a book on pari-mutuel betting?

Please visit
our Amazon.com links page where we have highlighted books available there on the topic of pari-mutuel betting.  Back to top

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