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  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Hello Grinders,

    It is almost that wonderful time of the year again….the NCAA Tournament/March Madness is only 9 days away.

    I am posting this early this year as last year I got a good response (92 total entries not including rebuys) and I wanted to start collecting a list of entries, email addresses for distribution of picks, and funds via PayPal if you are inclined to start sending them before next week. This pool is open to anyone but there may become a point where I need to cap the total entries as it is very time consuming trying to collect everyone’s picks each day. I doubt I do this though but try to get your interest/fees in early if possible.

    This is probably the most fun/interesting pool I have ever done. I think those that participated last year would likely agree as I’ve already been asked by many people if I was running it again. The whole premise came from an article Bill Simmons posted several years ago. Here is the article (I miss Grantland): http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-official-grantland-march-madness-knockout-pool/ . Basically the idea is that you pick 2 straight up winners Thursday of the tournament, 2 straight up winners Friday, 1 straight up winner Saturday, 1 straight up winner Sunday, and then 1 straight up winner every day after that. You cannot use the same team twice throughout the tournament. Pretty simple.

    If you lose on Thursday, you CAN rebuy on Friday but you have to pick 4 straight up winners. If you lose on Friday, you can buy back Saturday but you have to pick 5 straight up winners. If you lose on Saturday, you can buy back Sunday but you have to pick 6 straight up winners. No buy backs after that. If you lose or choose not to re-buy and you are eliminated. Obviously you still cannot pick a team more than once throughout the tournament.

    The cost of the pool will be $30 per entry this year. 3 max entries per person. To buy back in is also $30. Buy back funds will need to be sent prior to the tip off the following day. The payouts will likely be top 2, but as anyone knows that played last year, ties can certainly happen. For those that did not play last year, we ended with a 13 way tie I believe. That being said, we did have one person free rolling in the Final with Wisconsin. A lot of people had their championship pick eliminated when Kentucky lost. Also, last year had a lot of chalk winners without a ton of upsets. I considered making changes to the pool, but I think this year could bring a lot of craziness as the field is WIDE open.

    In the event that all the remaining participants lose on the same day, the will chop the pot. Tiebreakers have been discussed in the past but we just have not been able to come up with something that makes sense or is fair.

    Please PM me a while if you are interested. I will also need your email address (and Paypal email address if different) as I will send out everyone’s pick ASAP after tip off of the first game each day. All picks will be due prior to then or you are disqualified. My paypal email address is CJSNYDER1@comcast.net. I will likely ask everyone to send between $29.80 and $31.00 to not trip up the Paypal “gambling pools” sensors. When you send funds PLEASE send “friends and family” and include your RG username in the notes. I will not accept ANY entries this year if the funds have not been sent prior to the games tipping off. It is a fun pool but there is money involved, so try to get your picks in as early as possible and before the tip off of the first game each day. This way I can send out everyone’s picks ASAP. I will try to send my pick(s) out early to a Varncass or Razzle or someone so that no one thinks I am looking at other picks which could effect my own picks.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to post them here, PM me, or hit me up on twitter (@Stewburtx8). Thanks for playing! I can’t wait for next week.

    EDIT TO ADD: PLEASE GO TO PAGE 12 OF THIS THREAD FOR 2018 VERSION/POST

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  • JDub07

    In for 1 Entry – Will send on PayPal

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    If you sent me a PM or email, I have responded as of 5:30 PM. If you sent funds or picks as of same time, I have confirmed.

    We are currently at 140 interested and about 100 paid and that does not include the local crowd which brings in about 25-30 more usually. Continue to show interest via PM here. I will likely respond again in the morning to all messages, funds, and picks.

    If you already sent funds, please send your picks as soon as possible. Nothing worse than trying to chase down picks last minute each day. The only way this pool runs smoothly is if I can send out everyone’s picks ASAP after first tip-off each day.

  • tarheel66

    interested ; burgaweddie@gmail.com

  • agame2323

    Stewburtx8 I’m interested agame2323@gmail.com

  • alexovnumber8

    interested: alexovnumber8@aol.com

  • TheKris

    I’m in. k_franklin@yahoo.com.

  • Jpitten

    I’m in. Jpitten@gmail.com

  • deadliftsandonuts

    Interested Ryan.d.somers@gmail.com

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    As mentioned above, if you have not done so already, send me a PM. I will respond to all PM’s ASAP in the morning.

  • JDub07

    I just sent money.

  • adnoble

    sent for 2 entries and picks.

  • cbabyfresh20

    @Stewburtx8 said...

    If you sent me a PM or email, I have responded as of 5:30 PM. If you sent funds or picks as of same time, I have confirmed.

    We are currently at 140 interested and about 100 paid and that does not include the local crowd which brings in about 25-30 more usually. Continue to show interest via PM here. I will likely respond again in the morning to all messages, funds, and picks.

    If you already sent funds, please send your picks as soon as possible. Nothing worse than trying to chase down picks last minute each day. The only way this pool runs smoothly is if I can send out everyone’s picks ASAP after first tip-off each day.

    Connerarnold1993@gmail.com interested

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Alright guys…I am going to shut this down and will not be accepting any new entries. I am well over 200 entries and going crazy already from collecting all the information, funds and picks. That being said, I appreciate the big interest and appreciate everyone getting their picks in relatively early for the most part. Please continue to do so throughout the tournament!

  • AtomicCity42

    Good luck Grinders

  • agame2323

    where do we go to see the results? (Sorry if this question has already be addressed)

  • Scott121422

    Knows the College Sportz

    • Blogger of the Month

    Stew will email out all the picks, he does a great job of that in a very timely manner.

  • depalma13

    @agame2323 said...

    where do we go to see the results? (Sorry if this question has already be addressed)

    If I remember correctly we were emailed everyone’s picks for each round.

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Email with all picks should be on its way. It sometimes takes awhile to send when I have about 125+ email addresses to send to. If you do not get it soon, please send me an email or PM and I’ll try to forward it. Always possible I mistyped/copied an email address as well.

  • agame2323

    Okay cool. Great job Stew. I appreciate it

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Sorry guys. Had some email issues with such a huge distribution this year. Had to break it into 2 separate emails. The first group should have got it while the second one is on the way.

    I will know what I need to do and get it out sooner tomorrow

  • JENSGT

    I don’t have it yet. I’m not stressed about it but wanted to make sure nothing is wrong. Thanks for all the work you do.

  • kinger8705

    Same here… im sure its on its way sounds like a slow detailed process

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Resent to both of you. Not sure why some people didn’t see it come through. You both were on the distribution list and I had people confirm the emails did go through for some

  • afcangelo

    Hate to add to it but same here, mrfridaynight54@yahoo.com thanks Stew sorry

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Did it possibly go to junk mail for some of you? Regardless, resent to those who asked. Hopefully you got it now. I will try breaking it into 3-4 groups tomorrow

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