Even if you have been in this pool before, please read below for changes this year:
It’s almost that wonderful time of the year again, as Selection Sunday is 5 days away and the first round (I refuse to call the play-in games the first round) tips off in 9 days. I will be running the Knockout Pool again this year, which has always been the most fun/interesting pool I’ve been a part of. If you want to see discussions/testimonials, go here: https://rotogrinders.com/threads/march-madness-knockout-pool-1206574
The premise of this pool came from a old article Bill Simmons did on Grantland (I’ve run the pool ever since): http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-official-grantland-march-madness-knockout-pool/ . Most of you already know the rules but essentially you have to pick 2 straight up winners on Thursday, 2 straight up winners on Friday, 1 straight up winner on Saturday, 1 straight up winner on Sunday, and then 1 straight up winner each day after that (Thursday Sweet 16, Friday Sweet 16, Saturday Elite 8, Sunday Elite 8, following Saturday Final Four, Monday Championship. You CANNOT pick the same team twice. Picks will be due on the site each day at the nearest hour before first tip-off (Noon the first 4 days). Any pick not submitted by Noon will have to be eliminated. So get your picks in!
The cost of the pool will be $30 per entry this year. 3 max entries per person. All funds must be sent to me via Paypal prior to tip-off on Thursday. The BIG CHANGE this year is that I no longer will have everyone email or message their picks to me each day. It just got way too time consuming to collect all the picks and chase people down each day. This year I will be using this site for everyone to submit their picks each day: https://www.tournamentpools.com/. If you wish to participate again this year, please register for the site ASAP.
Please note that there as always been the option to re-buy if you lost in any of the first couple days. For example, if you lose on Thursday, you could buyback Friday for $30 but you would have to pick 4 straight up winners (if you get them right you are back to picking 1 straight up winner on Saturday with everyone else). If you lose on Friday, you could buyback Saturday for $30 but you have to pick 5 straight up winners. Please note that you must continue to not use the same team twice. No re-buys allowed after this. I could not find a hosting site that allowed this functionality but I will continue to allow this option and picks would be sent to me via email/message. I would post them on the site message board/manager note for everyone to see going forward.
The hosting site charges a fee of $1 per person that will come out of the prize pool. All remaining funds will be paid out (I do not take any commission out of the prize pool). Please send between $30.01 and $31 via Paypal (anything extra sent will help cover the cost of the hosting site). I typically pay 70% to first and 30% to second, but there can be ties or deals/chops are often made towards the end (if everyone agrees).
Anyone interested in the pool please PM me here, email me or hit me up on twitter (@Stewburtx8). I will then provide the pool ID and password to get signed up. Funds must be sent to be as soon as possible (due before first tip-off on Thursday at the very latest. I will also need to know you entry name on the site to match to the Paypal funds (please do not change it once you tell me it).
I will try to monitor this thread for general questions but feel free to PM me with any specific questions, comments or concerns. Also start PMing me with interest so I can start getting people signed up and funds received. I will check PM’s periodically throughout the day.
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