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Rouleur Derby Report No. 65

Tuesday, September 25, 2012



In this Rouleur Derby Report:

1. Our final winners

2. Next year

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1. OUR FINAL WINNERS

Like Philippe Gilbert himself, Chicago's Kirby saved the best for the very last. With just 10 minutes left to play, he went all-in on Gilbert to win Sunday's world championship, resulting in a 7.5-1 payout. When the dust cleared, Kirby stood in first place with 15,656, less than 200 points ahead of cyclor, who had plowed all of his points in the safe "Will Cavendish win?" proposition with a mere 1.1-1 payout.

So Kirby takes home the $285 novelty check for winning the third season of Rouleur Derby. Meanwhile, San Diego's njspanasonic had the best performance during the world championships, a 142 percent return on investment, so he wins the $50 world championship prize.

I haven't done a thorough analysis of the numbers, but Sunday's race set records for both most points bet (38,948 in "Who will win?") and most bets (911 in "Which country will win?", more than double the previous record).

Thanks to everyone for playing this year. The game doesn't work without you, so your participation always humbles and delights me.

And a final thanks to everyone who chipped in at the beginning of the season so that we could have cash prizes. I don't know how much difference it made, but I hope having a little bit of cash at stake helped make it a little more interesting.


2. NEXT YEAR

Thanks to everyone who's written to encourage another season in 2013. I'm leaning that way. The question may be whether there will be prizes again, or whether we return to a gentlemen's contest. Either way, I look forward to seeing both Gilbert and Kirby wearing their championship stripes.

Have fun, play well, tell a friend,

Luke