Learn how to set up a Superbowl Pool to make this year’s Superbowl watching party more fun. Super Bowl viewing is different than watching your standard National Football League game, or even watching the average NFL playoff game. Superbowls tend to attract a much wider audience, including casual fans, women and kids.
For that reason, your football pools need to appeal to a more casual set of gamblers. To make the bet appealing, you easily can make a Superbowl Pool based entirely on luck by randomizing who buys each score box. If you want to add skill into the equation, simply allow people to choose the boxes they want to buy.
And if you want to drive up the prize pool, make the price of the best number boxes more expensive than those numbers less likely to win. I’ll explain all of this in due course, but for now, let’s set up the Superbowl pool grid.
Setting Up the Grid
Take a sheet of blank paper and a ruler. Draw a square large enough for ten columns and ten rows, for a total of 100 boxes in the grid. Make the boxes large enough to write a name into the box.
When you are finished drawing the grid, write the name of one of the Superbowl contestants at the top of the grid. Then write the name of the other Superbowl team on the side of the grid, to the left. It doesn’t matter which team goes where.
Next, write the numbers 0 through 9 above each of the ten columns at the top of the grid. Then write the numbers 0 through 9 beside each of the ten columns along the side of the grid. This way, each row going horizontally and each column going vertically should correspond to a number between 0 and 9.
How the Superbowl Pool Works
Now, you are ready for people to enter their names into each of the 100 boxes. Each box on the grid will correspond to a different set of number. For the team name you wrote at the top of the page, the numbers in the columns represent the final score for that team. For the team name you wrote along the side of the page, the numbers in the rows represent the final score for that team. Whoever has the matching numbers on the grid wins the Superbowl Pool Prize.
Example:� Let’s take last year’s Superbowl. Let’s assume the Steelers were put at the top of the page and the Cardinals were along the side of the page. The final score was 27-23 Steelers. So you would look down the column at the number “7″ and match that with the number “3″ on the rows going side ways. Whichever name is found on the grid corresponding to Steelers 7 and Cardinals 3 wins the prize pool.
The final number in the score is all that matters. So if the Steelers scored 7 or 17 or 27 and so on, the same person would win the prize pool. If the Cardinals scored 3 or 13 or 17, the same person would win the prize pool.
Best Numbers in a Superbowl Pool
As any football fan is going to quickly figure out, some numbers in a Superbowl Prize Pool are better than others. Because teams score 7 points usually on a touchdown and 3 points on a field goal, it’s much more likely that teams are going to have a final score corresponding to 3 or 7 or even 10 (0) than they are going to have a final score corresponding to 2 or 8, which are usually only reached when someone scores 42 or 28 (or 38).
Seldom will you see a team score 2, 12, 22 or 32, so “2″ isn’t much of a number to have. If you have Steelers 2 and Cardinals 2, you might as well hand over your money as a donation.
Superbowl Pools That Are Pure Luck
If you leave it up to the betters to decide where they sign their name into the prize pool, all the combinations of 7, 3 and 0 will get picked first, with 3, 4, 6 and 1 snatched up afterwards. 2, 8 and 9 will be the last ones chosen, and likely by the casual fans of football. If you want to avoid that, take steps to randomize the grid and keep that from happening.
To do that, simply have everyone write in their names and then have a random drawing to assign where the numbers 0 through 9 go on the grid.
Alternate Super Bowl Pool Rules
Another way to handle this potential problem is to make certain grids cost more than others. You might say that grids cost $1 apiece, and that 2s, 8s or 9s do not cost any bonus fees (or a 2/2 would cost $1), while each additional 1, 3, 4 or 6 costs +1 dollar, while each 0, 3 or 7 cost +2 dollars. So if you want to spend for the 7/7 grid, it’s going to cost you $5, while a 2/8 grid costs you $1. That should add an additional hundred dollars to the prize money. If $200 is too much for the pool, then divide the numbers stated earlier by a factor or 2 or a factor of 4, where a basic box costs either $0.50 or $0.25 apiece.
Yet another method of handling this problem is to assign grid blocks to the prize money. So if you get a 7/7 grid, you also are buying a 2/2 grid. This is fairly easy to handle, since most Superbowl pools are not going to have 100 people signing up.
Wins By Quarter
One popular method dividing the prize money is by quarter. So each quarter, a new winner is declared, according to the same rules as above. This creates more winners and more winning opportunities and keeps peoples’ attention longer. When I do this, the prize money is usually 20% for the first three quarters and 40% for the 4th Quarter, to make the final score count a little more. If you have overtime, the final score replaces the score at the end of the 4th Quarter (or you can divide it 20% and 20%).