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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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  • Heywood9855

    I’m in Stew! PM sent

  • del033

    I’m in again Stew. This was great last year!

  • edro990

    I’m in Stew, PM sent.

  • specvspeed03

    This sounds like fun. I’ll be happy to play

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Thank you for the strong interest again so far. If you responded in this thread, and did not PM me, I sent you a PM. That being said, please send me a PM to show interest going forward and include email addresses (although posting here as well to bump the thread does not hurt).

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    If you sent me a message over the weekend, I will respond tomorrow (Monday). Thanks.

  • depalma13

    In and paid

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Thanks. Over 50 entries already. I think we had about 200 last year. Keep the interest coming…

  • Dpert002

    PM sent. This sounds Awesome!

  • del033

    Payment sent, thanks Stew!

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Payments received and confirmed via PM

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Please continue to send interest via PM. I think we are approaching 100 entries already. I may not respond a lot this weekend but will be right back at it on Monday until the start of the tournament.

  • tnbuz

    How many are you expecting this year?

  • Roma315

    Paid and ready 🍾

  • adnoble

    i am excited for this. Jumping into it this year again.

  • Slimdalineman

    In again

  • prhof14

    I’m in again

  • DirkDigglerz

    How much can you win overall?

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Last year the Payouts were $3500 to the winner and two people split 2nd place for $750 each. I think that was 174 unique entries and 26 rebuys.

    For this year, we are currently at 101 entries that showed interest (many who have played in the past but also a lot of new entries) and 54 paid entries. That does not include the local crowd that usually brings in about 30-35 more entries. My guess is we end up close to last year or even more.

    If you PM’ed me, I have responded. If you sent funds to this point, I have confirmed. Please continue to PM me with interest and include your email address. I will respond via PM. I will probably accept interest until late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, with funds and picks due before Noon on Thursday (the sooner the better).

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Up to 115 interested and 71 paid, not including another 30 or so local entries typically.

    I will keep this open until Thursday at 10 AM to show interest. Picks and funds due by 12 AM. The sooner the better though as I compile all the picks manually.

    I will continue to respond to PM’s and confirm funds and picks received. May be slower or less responsive at night but will always get to it during the day.

  • killab2482

    • 344

      RG Overall Ranking

    • 2018 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

    • x2

      2013 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

    i’m in

  • Razzle11

    Ill find my way in again Stewburt

  • afcangelo

    I’m in, will paypal and send info shortly. Glad this is still taking players

  • pjbyrne707

    I’m totally in. Email is byrne.joseph.peter@gmail.com

  • baggerly

    In, money sent, and DM sent

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