Redeye Chicago Best Bartender Official Contest Rules

February 08, 2012


The Semifinalist and Finalist rounds of "RedEye Best Bartender Competition" (the "Contest") start at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, February 9, 2012 CT and end at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2012 CT ("Contest Period"). The sponsor of this Contest is RedEye, which is located at 435 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 ("Sponsor"). The Contest shall be subject to these Official Rules, and by entering, all contestants agree to abide and be bound by the terms and conditions herein and the decisions of the Sponsor.

1) Eligibility: This Contest is open to legal U.S. residents residing in the Illinois counties of Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage or Will who are 21 years of age and older as of the first day of the Contest Period and who bartend at an establishment located in the City of Chicago. Employees (and their immediate family members (defined as spouse, parents, siblings or children) or household members (whether or not related)) of Sponsor and of its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, prize providers, and/or public relations companies associated with this Contest, are not eligible to participate. A potential winner may be requested to provide proof that all eligibility requirements are met as well as proof of ownership of the email address associated with the winning entry. Void where prohibited and outside the above-listed counties. This Contest shall be governed and enforced pursuant to Illinois law, excluding choice of law provisions.

2) Selection of Finalists: Eight Semifinalists have been selected by the Redeye Editorial team from among eligible nominations. Photos and profiles of the Semifinalists will be posted in a photo gallery at for public voting. You may cast your vote at during the public voting period. The first public voting period will run from 12:01 a.m. CT on February 9, 2012 to 12:00 p.m. CT on February 13, 2012.

3) Selection of Winner and Notification: The four Semifinalists who receive the most eligible votes will be named finalists (the "Finalists") and will then move on to the final round of the Contest. The final round consists of three elements: a) Online Voting Method: You may vote in a poll online at Photos and profiles of the Finalists will be posted in a photo gallery on this page for public voting. Online entrants must use their own names. The online portion of the second public voting period will run from 12:01 a.m. CT on February 15, 2012 to 5:00 p.m. CT on February 22, 2012. b) Onsite Voting Method: On the day of the Best Bartender event (February 22, 2012), send the Finalist bartender's first name as the keyword using the You will then receive a return text message with an entry confirmation notice. All text message voters must have a text messaging two-way capable handset and digital service in order to vote in the Contest using the text messaging method. By participating via text, voters will be charged standard rates for text messages sent and received from their handset according to the terms and conditions in their wireless calling plans. Other carrier charges may apply, check with your carrier to determine other charges. Text messaging and wireless service are not available in all areas. Sponsor is not responsible for cellular phone service problems or errors or text messaging difficulties. The text message portion of the second public voting period will run from 6:00 p.m. CT on February 22, 2012 to 7:30 p.m. CT on February 22, 2012. Voters will have an opportunity to sip each Finalist's drink. Voters are limited to one sip per bartender. Sponsor, Moe's, the bartenders and any other entity associated with the Contest have the right to deny service to any potential voter for any reason. c) Judges' Voting: A panel of judges will also vote on the Finalists' drinks on the night of the event on February 22, 2012 and award up to five points for appearance and 10 points for taste. The three selection methods will be weighed as follows: onsite voting-60%, online voting-20%; and judges' selections-20%. Finalists must also appear at the Best Bartender event at Moe's Cantina River North (155 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60654) on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. CT to 8:00 p.m. CT. Sponsor will announce the winner at the Best Bartender event. A winner will be disqualified and the next leading vote recipient from all remaining Finalists will be designated the winner if: (1) a potential winner does not fulfill the eligibility requirements; (2) a potential winner does not adhere to the Official Rules; or (3) if the potential winner does not attend the Best Bartender event.

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