Super Bowl Office Pool Ideas

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When it comes to sports betting, there's the Super Bowl and then there's everything else. The same holds true for office pools. While there may be some interest in the World Series and NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Super Bowl reigns supreme and will attract an estimated $10 billion in all types of wagers, ranging from the traditional bets at various sportsbooks to friendly wagers and office pools and everything in between.

While most serious sports bettors will turn their nose up at the idea of office pools, I have always been the opposite. As long as the person running the pool doesn't take any money out for themselves, office pools return 100-percent of the money they take in. Contrast this to horse racing, where roughly 80 percent of the money bet is returned to the winners, or casino games, where the return is in the 90-percent range, office pools don't look so bad and you don't have to wager a lot of money to make a nice profit if you happen to win.

While it's true that luck is the determining factor in office pools, the same can be said for most casino games and other forms of gambling.

Determining What You Can Do

Naturally, the biggest factor that determines what types of office pools you can conduct depends on how big your office is. An office of eight people won't have nearly as many options as a factory of 75 workers, but that doesn't mean the smaller office can't have as much fun.

It does mean that the winner of the smaller office will likely win less than the winner of the factory's pool, but this is offset because the people in the smaller office will have a greater chance of winning.

Square or Box Pools

The most popular type of Super Bowl office pool is the square pool or box pool and you can learn how to make one here.

The biggest drawback to the box pool is that you have to sell all 100 squares, which can be difficult for smaller offices and Super Bowl parties. One potential idea for smaller groups is to create a 25-square grid and then draw two numbers for each square. The concept then works exactly the same as it does for the 100-square box, you just don't need to sell as many squares.

The smaller box pool is ideal for Super Bowl parties and in places where up to 15 people work, as there are usually several people who will purchase more than one square.

Drawing Numbers

Another popular method for the Super Bowl is simply writing the numbers 0 through 9 down on slips of paper and then having everybody draw a slip of paper. The person holding the slip of the last digit of the two teams' combined scores would be the winner. (If the Patriots win 23-13, the person with the number 6 would win the pool, etc.)

Drawing numbers is another method that works great for smaller gatherings and can be done quickly.

Predict a Score Pools

One method that isn't used much, but can provide a great deal of fun are predict a score pools, as they take advantage of the fact that most people will have a rooting interest in the game and they also allow for a bit of skill.

The concept is simple enough, as it only requires a person to select the winning team and margin of victory. The person closest to the actual final margin wins the pool.

The easiest method is to simply use a sign-up sheet for people to write down the winner and predicted margin. While some people may not want to write down their selection early, which gives everybody else the opportunity to see who they have taken, use the stipulation that only one person can have a team winning by a certain margin, which is a bit of incentive for signing-up early. (If I select the Giants to win by 7, nobody else can use that prediction.)

In case of a tie, you can either have the two people the closest split the pot or declare the first to sign-up as the winner, which is even more of an incentive to sign-up early.

Whichever method you use, be sure to clearly mention the rules before taking sign-ups and let people know the rules beforehand to avoid any potential problems, which is good advice for any office pool.

Don't be afraid to come up your own ideas, as the number of different pools you can create is practically unlimited. As long as you have several willing participants, you can have a great deal of fun and with a bit of luck, come out on top.