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Maintainer Rules

  • Bet Payment. Players can place their bets on a monthly basis or in a single upfront payment.
    • Players who are paying monthly must keep an updated credit card on file with us. If the card expires or is declined when the next round is billed, the player will be notified by email to update the card. If the card is not updated within 48 hours, the player will be ejected from the game and forfeit any winnings. If a player paying monthly wins a Round, their winnings will be automatically applied to the next Round and their credit card will not be billed. The payment deadline coincides with Round winnings becoming available to ensure all bets are received on time.
    • Players who elect to place their entire 12-month bet at the start of the game will be charged $275 rather than $300. Over the course of the 12 rounds, “all- in” players thus end up contributing less into the pot than monthly-bet players, but still receive an equal share of the pot if they win.
    • Pots blend the bets from monthly-bet players and “all-in” players. At the end of each round, the pot for that round is split evenly among all the winners of that round, regardless of their payment method.
    • Half of all bets go into the pot for Round 12 (the Grand Prize). The other half goes into the pots for Rounds 1-11. If a player betting monthly elects to drop out mid-game, the money they've contributed into the Round 12 pot remains in the Round 12 pot.
  • Refunds. Players who selected to pay upfront in full may receive a full refund of their bet and tokens up until Day 14 of Round 1. After Day 14 there are no refunds for players who have selected to pay upfront. Exceptions may be made for players that have medical reasons for leaving the game. Documentation must be provided to DietBet for verification purposes. Players being removed for medical reasons will only receive a refund for unplayed rounds. Players who paid upfront will not receive a refund for their discounted rounds. No refunds will be made after the game ends. No exceptions.
  • Dropping Out. Players who have chosen to place their bets on a monthly basis may drop out at any time and avoid being charged for future, unplayed rounds. To cancel, monthly players should contact DietBet customer service before the end of their current round. Credit cards are charged on the first day of each round.
  • Initial Weigh-In. Initial verified weigh-ins establish a player's starting weight. The initial weigh-in must be submitted once, from 48 hours before the game begins until 14 days into the game. Note that players joining late do not get extra time at the end. Players must weigh in with a BMI under 30 to be eligible to play in a Maintainer. If a player fails to submit their initial weigh-in, they will be disqualified with no refund.

    Weight goals for each round are based off the initial weigh-in for the game:
    • Rounds 1 – 10: between -4% and +2%
    • Round 11: between -4% and +2% to win; between -4% and +5% to qualify for Round 12 (MANDATORY)
    • Round 12: between -4% and +2% (MANDATORY)
  • Final Weigh-In (or "Weigh-Out"). Final verified weigh-ins may be submitted during a 48-hour window that opens at midnight (US Pacific Time) after the final round’s last day. At the end of the 48-hour window, no new weigh-ins are accepted. Players who have not submitted a verified weigh-in during the 48-hour window can no longer qualify to win. If your final weigh-in is received during the 48-hour window and rejected by our Referees, you will have 12 hours to re- submit your weigh-in (only one re-submission is permitted).
  • Monthly Weigh-Ins. In order to qualify for winnings at the end of each round, players must submit an official monthly weigh-in during the 48-hour window after the round has ended. Players who have not submitted a verified weigh-in during the 48-hour window cannot win that round. In order to qualify for the Grand Prize at the end of Round 12, players must have submitted an initial weigh- in at the start of the game, a final weigh-in at the end of Round 11 (which must be no more than 5% above or 4% below their initial weight), and a final verified weigh-in at the end of Round 12. Note that weekly token weigh-ins are separate from monthly weigh-ins.
  • Weigh-Ins Tokens. Players have the option to use Weigh-In Tokens for additional verified weigh-ins during the game. Tokens are non-refundable and may be purchased at any time. Players who complete weigh-ins using tokens will be included in weekly Surprize drawings. Each official token weigh-in costs one token. You can submit multiple token weigh-ins per week to verify your weight, however your chances of winning the drawing will not increase. Tokens are game-specific and cannot be rolled over into other games.
    Weekly verified weigh-ins help you maintain your weight by increasing accountability, behavioral consistency, and regular feedback. Players do not need tokens for verified weigh-ins at the start of the game, for verified weigh-ins at the end of each round, or for the final verified weigh-in at the end of the game.
  • Multiple Game Weigh-Ins. If you are in multiple games at once and their weigh-in windows overlap, you may submit one weigh-in to apply to several games. When you submit your weigh-in, you will be prompted to specify for which games it should be used. If you do not select a particular game, your weigh-in will not count for that game. This applies to Kickstarter, Transformer, and Maintainer games, as well as Token and Round weigh-ins.
  • Surprizes. Every Thursday starting in week 2 of the game, we randomly award a Surprize to a player (or players) who has completed at least one verified weigh-in using tokens during the previous 7 days. Sample Surprizes include a Withings Smart Body Analyzer, a Polar Heart Rate Monitor, and a FitBit Flex. Surprizes are chosen at DietBet's discretion and their value fluctuates from week to week by design. Currently we can only ship within the United States, but we will substitute the cash value of Surprizes for international players.
  • Photo-Based Proof of Weight. For verified weigh-ins, players must submit two photos of themselves on a scale for review and approval by DietBet's Referees. The first of the two photos must be a head-to-toe shot of the player standing on a scale wearing lightweight clothing (no shoes, hats, belts, watches, coats, or outerwear). The player's face must be clearly visible. The second must be a close-up of the player's weight, as indicated by the scale, with a piece of paper in the shot showing the weigh-in word. The weigh-in word will be distributed by DietBet at the time of the weigh-in and serves as an official timestamp (i.e., to ensure the photo was not taken at a different time). Please be sure to use the current word that is displayed on the screen as you begin the upload process, as it does change throughout the weigh in period.
  • Auditing. DietBet uses random checks and algorithms to detect unusual activity within a game or across games and employs an auditing system where some players may be required to submit extra proof of their weight using a video weigh-in. If you are flagged by our system for an audit, you will be required to submit a video weigh-in for all future verified weigh-ins until the flag is removed by one of our Referees. Failure to comply with our audit requirements will result in disqualification and forfeiture of your accumulated winnings and any pending bets. You may also be banned from playing again and subject to other penalties. We have a zero-tolerance policy on cheating.
  • Dress Code. Weigh-in dress code is lightweight clothing, as defined below. In addition, players must wear substantially equivalent clothing for all verified weigh-ins. Our Referees review weigh-in photos side-by-side to ensure compliance.
  • Scales. Whenever possible, the same scale should be used for verified weigh-ins. Scales should be digital or doctor's scales and placed on a hard, flat surface. Analog scales are permitted, but significantly increase the likelihood of an audit.
  • Kilograms vs. Pounds. Players may weigh in using kilograms or pounds. DietBet automatically harmonizes units when calculating leaderboards and winners.
  • Strict 48-Hour Weigh-Out Window. The window to submit a verified Weigh-Out for the all rounds, including the final round, begins at midnight (US Pacific Time) after the last day of each round. The Weigh-Out window is 48 hours and players will be prompted to enter their final weight during this time. Players claiming to have won must then prove their final weight to our Referees according to the verified weigh-in process set forth above. Once DietBet Referees have reviewed all Weigh-Out submissions, the round will be finalized and winners announced. Note: Finalizing results normally takes 3 days following the end of a round and may take longer during weekends and US holidays, in order to give our Referees ample time to complete a thorough and fair review of all Weigh-Out submissions.
  • Goal Weight. To win a given round, a player's official round weigh-in must fall between their starting weight (verified at the beginning of the game), plus up to 2% of that weight and minus up to 4% of that weight. You can win a round without having won previous rounds (for example, you may miss the target for Round 1 and still win Round 2 by weighing in at no more than 2% above or 4% below your starting weight at the end of Round 2).
  • Winning. Any player at or below his or her Goal Weight, as verified by our Referees, shall be declared a winner of the round unless they have been removed from the game by DietBet.
  • Payouts. For those paying monthly, winnings from each Round will be automatically applied to the bet for the next Round. The payment deadline for each new Round will coincide with the winnings from the previous Round becoming available to ensure Round winners are able to bet with their winnings. Players who paid upfront may opt to cash out their winnings at any time after the Round is finalized.
  • Disputes. Decisions by the DietBet Referees shall be final.
    Code of Conduct and Safety Rules
  • Age. You must be at least 18 years old to play.
  • Eligibility. To ensure that all players in the Maintainer are truly in "maintenance mode", prior weight loss is a requirement. Players who have won a Kickstarter or Transformer are automatically eligible. If you have lost weight in a different manner and want to play, please contact support@dietbet.com to provide further verification.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI). To ensure that all players are at a healthy weight maintenance level, all players are required to have a BMI below 30 (considered obese by the US National Institute of Health), and above 18.5 (considered underweight by the US National Institute of Health). You will be asked to provide your height during the initial verified weigh-in so we can calculate your BMI.
  • Prohibited Actions. Players caught engaging in any prohibited action shall be ejected at the sole discretion of DietBet's Referees. Ejected players shall not be entitled to a refund of bets or purchases. The following actions are prohibited:
    • Pregame binging or excessive hydration.
    • Purging (self-induced vomiting) or excessive dehydration.
    • Engaging in weight-loss medical procedures during the course of the game.
    • Any and all unsportsmanlike behaviors, as deemed so by the DietBet Referees.
    • Tampering with scales.
    • Doctoring weigh-in photos.
  • Maintaining Civility. Social dieting is about improving health. To that end, we aim to create a supportive environment that is fun, safe, and motivational. Like all online communities, a few bad actors can ruin the experience for everyone else. We ask our players not just to adhere to the following guidelines of good sportsmanship and decorum, but also to help us enforce these standards of decorum throughout our community:
    • No intentionally misrepresenting one’s weight.
    • No playing in bad faith (playing repeatedly in a manner of “hustling”).
    • No manipulating the outcome, including colluding with other players, betting on a dietbet you are not competing in, betting on someone other than yourself, betting on someone to lose, or otherwise interfering with the fair course of the game.
    • No harassment of players.
    • No embarrassment of players.
    • No disclosing confidential information such as a player's weight.
    • No posting photos without permission of the subject or photographer.
    • No gaming of the system by creating multiple accounts, forging weigh-in photos, or otherwise attempting to alter the weigh-in process.
    • No business, product, or self promotion posts in the games.
    • No nudity.
    Disclaimer and Indemnification
  • Know The Health Risks. Consult with a qualified healthcare provider before playing in a dietbet. Players assume all risks of their participation in our games.
  • Play Responsibly. Don’t engage in a dietbet where you can't safely reach the target weight in the allotted time, or when you cannot afford to lose the money you've bet.
  • Legal Restrictions. DietBet does not permit use of its services in jurisdictions where such games are illegal.
  • Lightweight clothing

    Lightweight clothing is the dress code for official weigh-ins: lightweight indoor clothing with no shoes, belt, hat, or outerwear. Pockets must be empty. No pocketbooks, watches, or other accessories.

  • Bet

    The bet for the round is collected by DietBet and kept in the pot until the end of the round. Players have the option to pay the entire bet upfront or pay monthly by credit card.

  • DietBet

    A dietbet is a game to reach a set goal weight in a set amount of time. Players all bet money into the pot at the outset of the game. Winners split the pot.

  • Grand Prize

    The Grand Prize is split among all players that qualify for Round 12 and successfully submit a final weigh-in between -4% and +2% of their starting weight. It is comprised of half of the monthly bets for the first 11 rounds plus all of the Round 12 bets.

  • Maintainer

    A Maintainer is a dietbet where players compete to stay between -4% and +2% of their initial weight during a 12-month period.

  • Official Weigh-Ins

    Official weigh-ins are controlled by DietBet's Referees and entail a photography-based weight-verification process set forth in the Rules. Only Official weigh-ins are used to determine winners.

  • Pot

    Half of the bet goes into the pot for the current round. The pot, minus DietBet's cut, is distributed to the winners after DietBet’s Referees finalize the round’s results.

  • Referee

    A Referee (or Ref) is an agent of DietBet who manages official weigh-ins.

  • Round

    A Maintainer is divided into 12 month-long rounds. Each round has its own goal, bet, and pot.

  • Surprizes

    Surprizes are prizes chosen by DietBet to reward those players that keep themselves accountable by weighing in regularly with weigh-in tokens. Examples of surprizes include a FitBit, Amazon gift card, or digital scale.

  • Unofficial Weigh-Ins

    Unofficial weigh-ins are self-reported by players during the dietbet and do not require photos.

  • Weigh-In Tokens

    In between the initial and final weigh-ins, weigh-in tokens must be used in order to complete official weigh-ins. They may be purchased during sign up or at any time during the game. Weigh-in tokens are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

  • MVP

    During the invite period of a dietbet, the MVP is the player who gets the most friends to join the game. There are daily MVPs and an overall MVP. The overall MVP may win additional prizes, depending on the game.