2019 NCAA Tournament Pool - Rules & Regulations
I love college basketball...especially the NCAA basketball tournament. And I wanted to do a tournament contest my own way. So in 2003, this bracket contest started with about 20 people as a simple homemade contest based on brackets submitted by email in Excel and then displayed on the web. Slowly, I added features and improved the experience and the contest grew to 67 entries in 2007 and 2008, but the concept remained the same.
In 2009, the contest moved to bgrahmann.com as a complete web-based application. With an increased entry fee, and a growing number of participants, the 2010 contest reached 97 participants and a total prize pool close to $2000. To play, all you have to do is register for this website, log in, and submit your bracket on-line. Once the tournament starts, the contest is all tracked here with live updated results. Notable features include the ability to run contest scenarios, and a full featured forum board to discuss the tournament and contest.
If you have suggestions or feedback, send me a note or post it on the message board for all to discuss. I aim to make this the best NCAA tournament contest experience possible.
Technically, there are no requirments other than you register and pay the entry fee. Forward on the info to friends but let's try to at least keep it to a "friend of a friend of a friend" level from me since payment upfront is not a requirement yet and I still need to track everybody's entry fee. If you do invite other please help ensuring entry fee is paid in a timely manner. Also, only one bracket per person is allowed.
Entry fee is $20. Preferred payment methods are in person or electronically via PayPal or Venmo. For full details, please visit the Pay Entry Fee page. Payment before saving your bracket is not required, but please pay as soon as possible!
In the upper right corner of the Standings Page next to your login name, will be the entry fee status. This will be your confirmation that I've received the payment. Please allow up to 24 hrs for me to mark you paid and change the status message.
Payout depends on how many people play. Overall winner gets 50% of the pot. Below is last year's payouts based on 88 entries along with a rough % of how it's determined. I will post final payouts when the tourney starts.
Leader After 1st 2 rounds:
Brackets are due Thursday morning at 11:20 am.
Here is the amount of points scored for each correct winner in each round:
There will also be bonus points awarded in the first two rounds for upset picks. 1 point bonus in Round 1 for correctly picking any 10-16 seed as the winner. Also, in Round 2, you will receive a 2 point bonus for picking any 8-16 seed correct and a 1 point bonus for a 5-7 seed making it to the Sweet 16.
Tiebreaker will go to whoever has the Champion right, then most teams in the Finals, most in the Final Four, etc.
Tiebreaker for the first 2 rounds is: most correct 2nd round picks; most correct 1st round picks; split money. Note that this is correct picks, not points.
That's all. Let me know if you have questions...Good Luck!