The Boston Globe's Play Poker with a Pro Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes")




The "Sponsor" is the Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125.

The Sweepstakes is a promotion in which the winner will be selected by random drawing. Each of five (5) grand-prize winners will be awarded one ticket for admission to the National Celebrity Poker Tournament at Tavern on the Water, Boston, Massachusetts, on May 17, 2011.

The Sweepstakes begins at 9:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, May 6, 2011 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Sweepstakes entrants are invited to enter the random drawing to take place on May 13, 2011. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Potential winners will be selected at the May 13, 2011 drawing. Potential winners will be sent their prize-winning notification via e-mail within one (1) business day of the drawing. A potential winner has two (2) days from sending of notification to claim his/her prize by responding via e-mail or an alternate winner will be selected. If a selected potential winner cannot be contacted, provides incorrect e-mail or mailing address, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, fails to comply with these rules, or if the Prize Notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, an alternate winner will be selected, time permitting. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for Sponsor to use winner's name and likeness for administering the Sweepstakes, as well as advertising and promotional purposes without compensation, unless otherwise prohibited by law.


This Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all other territories), who are 21 years of age or older. Employees, officers, directors and agents of Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, any other prize sponsor, and any entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of the Sweepstakes (all of the foregoing, together with Sponsors, collectively referred to as "Promotion Entities"), and their immediate family members, regardless of where they live (and/or close personal friends) and/or those living in the same household of such persons, whether related or not, are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes.

Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor and its parent company, The New York Times Company, their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors, advertising, promotion, fulfillment and marketing agencies, their immediate families, (defined as spouse, child, sibling, parent, or grandparent) and those living in their same households are NOT eligible to participate in the Promotion. Each winner will be required to execute a declaration of eligibility and liability release attesting that the winner has complied with all the rules and that winner releases Sponsor(s), the Promotion Entities and all prize-supplier companies from all liability for damages or personal injury in connection with the winner's use of the prize, and a publicity release consenting that the Sponsor and anyone they may authorize, without compensation, use winner's name, photograph or other likeness, biographical information and statements concerning the Sweepstakes or the Sponsor for purposes of advertising and promotion.


Any individual wishing to enter the Sweepstakes ("Entrants") must enter by following a link to register online at Entrants will be required to submit: name, phone number and email address.

ndividuals may submit one entry during the Sweepstakes ("Entries"). Entries must be received no later than 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at By entering, Entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including the decisions of the Sponsor which are final and binding in all respects Any individual who attempts to enter, or in the sole discretion of Sponsor is suspected of entering more than once, by any means, including but not limited to submitting multiple Entries with different email addresses, will be disqualified from the Sweepstakes. Limit one (1) entry per individual, household or email address.


As conditions of entry into the Sweepstakes, each Sweepstakes Entrant:


Irrevocably grants to Sponsor, Promotion Entities, and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable, unconditional, perpetual and transferable right and license to copyright (only as applicable), reproduce, encode, store, modify, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, edit for length and content, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), the Entrant's name, address, image, likeness, statements, biographical material and Sweepstakes Entry Materials, including, but not limited to, any additional images and other materials relating to the Entrant and arising out of his/her participation in this Sweepstakes (with or without using the Entrant's name) (collectively, the "Additional Materials") (in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way, whether by the Sponsor, its Licensees, or assigns, in the Sponsor's sole discretion) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from the Entrant or any other party;

Irrevocably grants to Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable, unconditional, perpetual and transferable right and license to use the Sweepstakes Entry Materials for advertising, promotional or any other commercial purposes, including without limitation, the right to publicly display, reproduce and distribute the Sweepstakes Entry Materials in any other media, now known or hereafter devised, discovered or developed, throughout the world or universe, in perpetuity, in and/or via any format whatsoever, including, without limitation, any and all rights to license any of the same to any third parties, including, without limitation, Sponsor's ability to publish, reproduce and otherwise use. Entrant's name may be published on any Sponsor-owned website;

Forever waives any rights of privacy, intellectual property rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude Sponsor's use of the Entrant's Sweepstakes Entry Materials or Additional Materials, or require the Sweepstakes Entrant's permission for Sponsor to use them for promotional purposes, and agrees to never sue or assert any claim against the Sponsor's use of those Materials; and

Agrees to indemnify and hold the Sponsor and its respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the "Promotion Indemnitees"), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Promotion Indemnities arising out of or in connection with: (a) any Sweepstakes Entry Materials or Additional Materials (including, but not limited to, any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on the submission of such other material); (b) any breach by Entrant of any warranty, agreement or representation contained in the Official Rules or terms of service or in any documentation submitted by Entrant; (c) the Entrant's conduct during and in connection with this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation; or (d) the acceptance of any prize.

All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.


At any time during the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and unfettered discretion, to disqualify and remove any entry that it believes does not meet the spirit or requirements of the Official Rules. The decisions of the Sponsor on this and all matters relating to the Sweepstakes are final and binding.


Five (5) grand-prize winners will be selected by random drawing from all eligible Entries ("Winner"). The random drawing will take place on May 13, 2011.


In conjunction with the Sweepstakes, there will be awarded five (5) prizes: the five grand-prize winners will each receive one ticket to the National Celebrity Poker Tournament at Tavern on the Water, Boston, Massachusetts, on May 17, 2011, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. ET ( Approximate Retail Value = $375.00).

The total prize package has a fair market value of $1,875.00. If Winner is unable to fulfill prize during time period specified, Winner forfeits the prize package. Winner must be 21 years of age or older and present valid ID at the event. Prizes are non-transferable and shall be deemed to have no cash value. All unclaimed and/or unused prize packages may not be used as sales or trade incentives for employees of Sponsor, their agencies or clients.

The Celebrity Poker Tournament is a non-gaming, skill contest where participants compete for prizes in a "last man standing" poker competition.

No prize substitution is permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right to substitute any prize of equal or comparable value including cash in the event of prize unavailability. Prizes are non-transferable.

Limit one prize per entry.

Prize consists of only those items specifically listed as part of the prize. No substitution or transfer of prize is permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that an offered prize is unavailable. All federal, state and local taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the Winner. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that as a condition of being awarded a prize, Winner must sign and return, within two (2) days following attempted notification, a standard Release Form. Noncompliance within this time period may result in disqualification and an alternate Winner may be selected.

The Sponsors and each of their officers, directors, affiliates, related entities, partners, partnerships, principals, representatives, agents, licensees, sponsors, successors and assigns: (a) make no warranty, guaranty or representation of any kind concerning any prize; (b) disclaim any implied warranty; and (c) are not liable for injury, loss, or damage of any kind resulting from the acceptance or use of any prize, travel related thereto or from participation in this Sweepstakes.

If any activity relating to any prize is canceled or postponed for any reason, the balance of that prize will be awarded in full satisfaction of prize award.

All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes won are the sole responsibility of the Winner.


The Sweepstakes is governed by and subject to the laws of the United States. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law. All Prize Winners will receive an IRS 1099 for the value of their prizes. By participating in the Sweepstakes and/or accepting any prize, Entrants grant permission to Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies to use their name(s), likeness(es), photos and any other material submitted in connection with the Sweepstakes for purposes of advertising, publicity and promotion purposes, without further compensation to Entrant, unless prohibited by law. Entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes or the announcement of the prizes, or for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete or illegal entries.

Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify the Sweepstakes Entry of any individual found to be: (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or any Sponsor website; (b) violating the Official Rules; (c) violating the terms of service, conditions of use and/or general rules or guidelines of any Sponsor property or service; or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Further, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry which, in Sponsor's sole opinion, is deemed to be offensive, libelous, slanderous, inflammatory, or otherwise inappropriate in any way for this Sweepstakes. CAUTION ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.


Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any computer, online, telephone transmission or technical malfunctions that may occur during participation in the Sweepstakes (including, without limitation, the voting phase of the Sweepstakes), or theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Sweepstakes Entry Materials. Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, Entrants, or any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes, or for any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions or votes in the Sweepstakes. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation of transmission, failures or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, email, players or browsers, whether on account of technical problems, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or on account of any combination of the foregoing (including but not limited to any such problems which may result in the inability to access the Sweepstakes Site or to submit Entry Materials in connection with the Sweepstakes). Sponsor is not responsible for any injury or damage to participants or to any computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this Sweepstakes. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes and select winners from among that portion of the Sweepstakes that has not been compromised, if any. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel this Sweepstakes at any time without obligation or prior notice.


Except where prohibited, as a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, Entrants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, any prize awarded, or the determination of Winners shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than Entrant's actual out-pocket expenses (e.g. costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes), and Entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner based on email address, the winning entry will be declared made by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. For purposes of these Official Rules, "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g. business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

All issues and questions regarding rights and obligations of Entrants in connection with this Sweepstakes shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A., without giving effect to the conflict of laws and rules thereof and any matters or proceedings which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or for entering any judgment on an arbitration award, shall take place in the State of New York.

The parties waive rights to trial by jury in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules and/or this Sweepstakes. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or this Sweepstakes shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of New York and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into any court having jurisdiction thereof.


By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree to Sponsor's use of your personal information, as described in the Sponsor's Privacy Policy, located at


For a copy of the Official Rules or the winner's names, send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Play Poker with a Pro Sweepstakes, The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125.

Requests received after July 1, 2011 may not be honored.