Create a Friendly Competition Based on the Score of the Game
With the NFL now in playoffs, many people are beginning to make plans for the Super Bowl. Part of these plans inevitably involve a betting pool. A Super Bowl Pool is a great way to engage your friends, family and coworkers in the outcome of the game, and create a friendly rivalry between everyone. The great thing is that anyone can do it.
Setting Up Your Pool: It is easy to set up your pool. Create a spreadsheet with the numbers 0-9 on each side, it is often preferred that you put these in random order, but it is not necessary. Each side represents the second digit in one teams score. This will create 100 possible outcomes and 100 squares that people can claim for their own.
Keeping it Legal: One question people sometimes have is if sports betting in this context is legal. In most cases, yes it is legal, but you will want to check with your state's regulations if you are unsure. Super Bowl pools are usually legal if they do not involve much money, the person running the pool does not take a cut, and every participant is on equal footing.
Setting Guidelines for Friendly Competition: There are a few things you will want to get straight before officially beginning your pool. First, you will need to set a prize amount. You may want to only have an overall winner who gets 100% of the pot based on the final score. Maybe you want to keep it interesting throughout the game and use each quarter's final score for a 25% winner. Or maybe you want to break it down so that quarters are worth less, but halftime and the final score are worth more. Whatever you choose is up to you, but you want to make sure you make the parameters of the contest clear when people sign up. You will also need to decide how much money each square is worth(usually less than $5) and whether participants choose their own squares, or they are randomly assigned.
Gathering Participants: If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, you might want your guests to sign up the day of the big game in order to have a pool that is confined to the people around you. Another way to set up a pool is to have friends and family sign up ahead of time. Many offices participate in Super Bowl Pools, so you can also ask around there to see if it is allowed. Make sure that the money is collected before the game starts, or you risk having squares that aren't claimed.
Wrapping it Up: When the scores are in, find the square that corresponds to the winning score, and make sure that person receives their winnings. If everything goes smoothly you can continue making Super Bowl pools every year and your friends will come to look forward to the friendly competition. Remember this is for fun, there is no reason to bet a lot of money or be too upset with the outcome.