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Picks, predictions for DraftKings $50,000 Presidential Debate Pool

The candidates take to the stage for the first of three debates this evening, and you can win some free cash just by entering at DraftKings Sportsbook!

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Fox News anchor and moderator Chris Wallace after the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Mark Ralston-Pool/Getty Images

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The first of three Presidential debates in 2020 is Tuesday night, September 29th at the Samson Pavilion shared by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden take to the stage at 9:00 p.m., and you’ll have a tough time finding a non-sports tv channel that isn’t carrying the event.

Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News will lead both candidates through six topics, each with a dedicated 15-minute segment.

The Trump and Biden Records
The Supreme Court
The Economy
Race and Violence in our Cities
The Integrity of the Election

But at DraftKings, they’ve got another way to watch with some interest: A $50,000 Presidential Debate Pool that’s free to enter! Answer 10 questions about what will happen, what will be said and by whom, and more, and you’ll be on your way to winning some cold hard cash, which will be subject to far different tax policy depending on the winner and your income bracket.

Here’s one man’s best guess at how to answer these 10 questions at DraftKings Sportsbook:

When the candidates walk onto the stage, how will they first greet each other?

* Handshake

* Elbow bump

* Fist bump

* No touching

We feel pretty good about this one as Politico is reporting it’s already been agreed the candidates will not shake hands. With social distancing being the rule of the day and the desire of both candidates to set a positive example in this era of Covid-19, we’ll go with no touching here.

Who will be the first to speak?

* Donald Trump

* Joe Biden

That same Politico report says Donald Trump won the coin flip and will get the first question from Chris Wallace.

Who will say the word “China” first?

* Donald Trump

* Joe Biden

* Neither says “China”

Though the topics from Wallace and the debate commission aren’t necessarily listed in order, President Trump is always quick to emphasize that he shut down air travel from China after learning about the novel coronavirus, whether or not that is factual. He feels it’s a winning issue for him with his base, so we expect him to bring up the world’s largest country first.

Which of these listed former candidates will be mentioned first by either Trump or Biden by name?

* Bernie Sanders

* Elizabeth Warren

* Pete Buttigieg

* Michael Bloomberg

* Amy Klobuchar

* None of these are mentioned

The desire of the President to claim Biden is too liberal means he might lump him in with Bernie Sanders, so we’ll go with that. It’s possible Trump discusses the $100 million Mike Bloomberg is spending in Florida to defeat him, but we’ll go with Sanders in his effort paint Biden far to the left of center.

Who will be mentioned first by name by either candidate?

* Mike Pence

* Neither is mentioned

* Kamala Harris

The current Vice President has been in charge of the coronavirus task force, so this isn’t a lock, but we’ll go with Harris. With the President calling her “the most liberal member of the United States Senate,” or via Biden mentioning why he made the choice he did when it comes to the discussion around race relations.

Will Donald Trump say the exact phrase “Law and Order” during the debate?

* Yes

* No

It’s a popular TV show, and we know how much Trump cares about ratings!

Who will be mentioned first by either candidate?

* Barack Obama

* Hillary Clinton

* Neither is mentioned

The emphasis from the Vice President on what he often refers to as the Obama-Biden Era means it’s likely the former Senator from Delaware that references our 44th President.

Who will mention Dr. Anthony Fauci first?

* Donald Trump

* Joe Biden

* Neither says “Dr. Fauci”

We’ll say he comes up in the context of “the President won’t even listen to his own NIH Director...” from the Biden side.

Will Joe Biden mention his Corvette?

* Yes

* No

Cool car, but we’ve only got 90 minutes here and the fate of the republic on the line.

How many of his children will Donald Trump mention by name during the debate?

* 0

* 1

* 2

* 3

* 4

* 5

Tough one here, but Tiffany and Barron likely don’t make the cut when we’re focused on issues for an hour-and-a-half. Eric gets made fun of too much, so we’ll go with Ivanka due to her “consulting fees” brought up in the release of Trump’s taxes by the New York Times this weekend, and Don Jr. for some of the work he’s done in the White House.