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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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  • Roma315

    @hillfamily5 said...

    The thing I’m struggling with is to play it “safe” and just make it to the final with no entries remaining or to take chances now and save big guns for later. By far the best tournament pool I’ve played in.

    Same. This is by far the toughest I’ve been in. Good luck to all today. The only other one I’m in is down to 16 but only had 75 in it.

  • JENSGT

    @hillfamily5 said...

    The thing I’m struggling with is to play it “safe” and just make it to the final with no entries remaining or to take chances now and save big guns for later. By far the best tournament pool I’ve played in.

    2 years ago when I tied for 2cd place I had to play Syracuse vs UVA in the Elite Eight in order to make sure I’d have Villanova left for the Final 4. That was a stressful night but paid off. I think its hard to make it through and win without taking any risks. Every year seems to be a bit different though.

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    And then there were 12….. after another crazy night of college hoops

  • gordylamb

    • 314

      RG Overall Ranking

    • Ranked #60

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    Blood in the streets last night, wow.

  • rvnfn77

    I’m out as of last night but a ton of fun. Thanks for putting this together Stew.

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    10 left heading into today…

  • Scott121422

    Knows the College Sportz

    • Blogger of the Month

    How many left for the Final Four?

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    On Saturday of the Elite Eight, we had 5 on Kansas State, 3 on Michigan and 2 on Florida State. Only the 3 on Michigan survived. They all picked Villanova on Sunday. So we had 3 left for the Final Four but only one person had a pick and they had to take Kansas. Since Kansas lost, those 3 people are splitting the prize pool.

  • Faucher

    • Blogger of the Month

    Thanks for putting this on again Stew, made the tourney that much more entertaining

  • gordylamb

    • 314

      RG Overall Ranking

    • Ranked #60

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    Best contest of the year imo; cant wait until next year – thanks again for running this. Is it march yet?

  • bootcampfan

    Agreed – Have never cussed more at the tv and had multiple headaches trying to map out my picks – yet it was the most fun pool I have ever been a part of. Can’t wait for next year.

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