Play-in games: No points (not included in pool)
1st Round Games: 1 point each
2nd Round Games: 2 points each
Sweet Sixteen Games: 4 points each
Elite Eight Games: 8 points each
Final Four Games: 16 points each
Championship Game: 32 points
This pool uses upset points. Upset points are awarded in addition to the normal points given for picking the correct team in a game. We have modified the upset scoring system again this year. To be clear, the upset scoring this year is DIFFERENT than it was last year. This year, we’re only going to award upset points for correctly picking upsets in the first round. Similar to last year, the number of upset points received will be determined by the seed differential. The magic formula we’ve chosen for this year’s tournament is as follows: upset points awarded = seed differential x .25. If you have any questions, contact me.
This pool is open to all my friends and family as well as their friends and family.
Bracket Errors / Late Entries
Please check your entry and verify that it is correct. Once the first tournament game has started (not including the “Play-in” games), your entry cannot be changed. It is your responsibility to check the teams listed on your bracket and report any errors to me immediately. All brackets must be received by the start of the first games on Thursday.
In addition to the payouts for the 5 overall winners of the pool (as described at the very bottom of this page), we’ll also be paying out $25 to the champion(s) of each round, not including the championship. Winners will be determined by number of points earned for each particular round. The money is to be split evenly in the event of a tie. If more than 5 people are tied, no one will get the money that round. Instead, the money from that round will be carried over to the next round.
The entry fee is $10 per bracket. There is no limit to the number of brackets an individual may submit. Payment must be received in a timely manner or you may be disqualified unless previous arrangements have been made with me. Click here to see how to pay online. To pay by mail, please send to: Matthew Rich, 321 Archibald Lane, Dundas, MN 55019
The person who refers the most people (as identified by the “pool contact” field on the brackets) will get $5 off their entry fee.
In case of a tie, a tie-breaker will be used to determine the winner. The tie-breaker used will be: highest percentage of correct picks throughout the tournament. If brackets are still tied, then we’ll use the closest to correctly guessing the total number of points scored in the championship game. If the tie is still not broken, the players will split the appropriate prize(s).
The “Play-in” Games
The “Play-In” games will count for nothing in this pool.
Your pool “Contact” is the person who told you about this pool. This is required because I may not personally know everyone who enters the pool, and I need to know how to get in touch with everyone who enters the pool. The pool contact is ultimately responsible for the entry fee of any invitee brought in by the pool contact, so please keep that in mind before you start sending out your invitations.
Considering the number of brackets, we’re forced to implement some tougher rules regarding the naming convention. Any bracket that does not conform to the following naming convention is subject to rejection. Please give both your first and last name. For the love of God, use proper capitalization. If you’re doing multiple brackets, please follow this simple method for entering your name on each bracket: John Smith, John Smith2, John Smith3, etc. Please note that the first bracket does not have a 1 after it. Please note that there are no spaces between the numbers and the last name.
The reports you’ll initially see on the website before the games start are limited because most of the reports contain team selection statistics. I don’t want last-minute entrants to have the benefit of knowing who everyone else has picked to win. As soon as the tournament starts the full reports will be made available.
XXX (total brackets) multiplied by $10 = $XXXX (total money)
Total money: $XXXX
$XXXX (total money) – $25 (price for pool software) – $XX (electronic payment fees) – $5 (referral bonus to XXX) – $10 (website domain name) – $XX (email expenses) – $125 (round champions) – $10 (last place) = $XXXX net prize money
$XXXX (net prize money) gets distributed to the the top 5 winners
1st place (50%) – $XXXX
2nd place (20%) – $XXXX
3rd place (15%) – $XXXX
4th place (10%) – $XXXX
5th place (5%) – $XXXX