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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

    Rules have not changed other than buy-in is still $30

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  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Guys, please just send me a PM with your email addresses for distribution again when you get chance. I know I probably have some of them from previous years but I like to refresh everything. Thanks.

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Thanks for the usual interest so far. Please reach out to me if interested. Next week gets pretty crazy so they sooner I can start putting together the distribution list and collecting funds, the better.

  • gordylamb

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    One of my favorite contests every year! PM’d

  • rvnfn77

    Really fun contest. Thanks for running this.

  • tommydagreek77

    I would be interested in this again this year

  • deactivated66527

    Sorry for posting on the wrong forum but are you hosting a regular March Madness pool this year? Think I remember joining the RG March Madness pool last year on Yahoo.

  • Dunzor

    @dearmand said...

    Sorry for posting on the wrong forum but are you hosting a regular March Madness pool this year? Think I remember joining the RG March Madness pool last year on Yahoo.

    I think that was hosted by Varncass but I didn’t see any post about it this year, anyone know if he’s still around and gonna run it?

  • deactivated66527

    @Dunzor said...

    I think that was hosted by Varncass but I didn’t see any post about it this year, anyone know if he’s still around and gonna run it?

    I just found that post from last year and bumped it.

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    I’m 99% sure Varncass will be running his bracket pool again as well. $100 per entry. He is currently running his conference tournament pool he runs every year so I’m confident he will do it for NCAA Tournament again as well.

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Hello all, we are close to 100 entries already. We had over 200 last year. I’d expect a similar number or greater this year. Please continue to PM here with interest or find me on twitter @Stewburtx8. I may not check in here as much over the weekend, but I will be responding to all messages Monday morning at the latest and confirming Paypal payments.

    I typically will shut this down sometime around 9 AM Thursday morning to give myself time to get everything together. Picks are not technically due until before the first tipoff each day (usually around 12:15 on Thursday) but I ask that everyone PLEASE send your picks to me ASAP once the field is set and you know who you are picking. I pride myself on getting the spreadsheet out as soon as possible right after first tipoff each day. Your cooperation is appreciated.

    -Stew

  • afcangelo

    afcangelo@yahoo.com Stew loved playing last year!

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Currently at 127 entries on my end, which doesn’t include the local contingent which usually nets another 30-40 entries. Last year we had 220 entries at the start (and a few re-buys). I will keep this open for new entries until at least late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Continue to PM me here to show interest and please pass along your email address for distribution.

  • cbryerman

    I would like to join. Please email the information at cbryerman@gmail.com

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Just a heads up to everyone, I’ll respond to inquiries/payments/picks in the morning and throughout day. The next night or two I’m typically less responsive. Continue to send interest via PM here or email. I’ll get to it.

  • eaglezzz

    How far into the tournament did you get last year before a winner?

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Last year we had 3 people reach the Final Four with 1 team left each. They decided to split the pot.

    Previous year we had one person end up with the National Champion and win it outright. 2 people split second place who got to Championship game but did not have a team left to pick.

    Year before that I believe we had a 13 way tie. 13 people made it to National Championship game. Only one person had a team left. But that team lost.

  • Razzle11

    I will bump this up to the top. Great pool and a ton of fun to sweat out as the tourney progresses. And at just $30 its definitely viable for a lot of people

  • DizzyD

    Stewburt8x – Can you send me your PayPal? Will send you my $ and picks tonight. Thanks!!

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Will catch up on all emails, messages and payments later tonight.

    Going to shut this down for any new entries at 9 AM Eastern tomorrow.

    If you paid and haven’t sent your picks, please do so ASAP.

  • JDub07

  • small1dawg

    Sent you a PM if it’s not to late

  • agame2323

    Let me know if it’s not too late. I sent you a PM

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    New entries for this have been closed. Thanks for playing!

  • Roma315

    Where will the picks be posted?

  • JENSGT

    @Roma315 said...

    Where will the picks be posted?

    he sent out an email

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