Every handicapper posts his picks at different times of the day. Some post the night before and same are a few hours before the first games start. We set a deadline of 6 PM EST, so if a handicapper has not posted any plays prior to that he will not have any for the night and you will be credited with another day.
You should receive an email as soon as the picks are released, but sometimes it gets sent to the spam folder. Check our page on email deliverability to increase the chances you get instant notification when the picks are released: http://www.sportscapping.com/articles/picks-via-email/