According to the Washington Post, office pools, despite the warnings of law enforcement officials, are among the country’s most popular illegal activities. The FBI estimates that roughly $2.5 billion is gambled on the NCAA tournament, and only $80 million is bet legally through Nevada sports books. A good portion of the rest takes the form of $5 or $10 entry fees to participate in a bracket-pick NCAA tournament pool.
The Costa Basketball Pool: My favorite NCAA challenge. No picking winning teams for every game. Instead, you pick, in order, 16 teams you think will go the furthest in the tournament. Every time your #1 team wins, you get 16 points, every time your #2 team wins, you get 15 points, and so forth. Just becuase your number one team is out early doesn’t mean you still won’t win.
The pool is $10 per entry, top three places split the entire pot based on a percentage. Email my mother, who organizes this at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday morning.
Carolina Brewmasters Beer Challenge: A typical bracket chaleneg organized by CBS Sports with an atypical prize. A 22 ounce bomber of beer is the entry fee and the winner takes all. Also, the winner typically hosts a party after the tournament as well. And yes, I did win 19 bombers last year. You must live in the Charlotte area and email email@example.com for more information.
Red Cross March Madness bracket challenge, hosted by the Gaston Jaycees. Think of this as a donation to world relief funds. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for top bracket winners, though most of the portions will support the Red Cross. $20 per entry. Must pay a Gaston Jaycee (I take Paypal).1. Register as a user at http://www.poolhost.com.
When registering, you will choose a personal username and provide your e-mail address. When you click Join, PoolHost.com will send you an e-mail with a password to login to the site.
2. Login to PoolHost.com with the username you chose and the password sent to you.
3. Go to the ‘User Tools’ menu and choose ‘Join a Private Pool’.
4. Choose March Madness Bracket Challenge.
5. To Join the pool you need to enter the Pool’s Login Name and the Pool’s Password.
For the Pool’s Login Name type: jaycees
For the Pool’s Password type: red
That’s it and then you’re in! The next time you login in to http://www.poolhost.com, you can get back to your pool(s) by going to ‘My Pools’ where you’ll see all the pools you’ve joined. Clicking on a pool name will take you to that pool. You can switch to a different pool by going to ‘My Pools’ again at any time.
To Register, click here: