Super Bowl Square Rules
Super Bowl Square Grids
What are Super Bowl Squares?
Super Bowl Squares, along with the March Madness Bracket, are the two most popular office pools in the world. There are quite a few variations, such as the 25 square grid, the 50 square grid, and Super Bowl Squares with Quarter Lines, but the most popular one is the normal 100 box Super Bowl Squares.
Running the Pool
There should be a Pool Administrator that handles passing out the grid and awarding the winners. The grid is to be passed around having participants place their name in the squares of their choice. Unless stated otherwise, a participant can buy as many squares as they want.
Drawing the numbers
Once the grid is full, you will then draw the numbers that will represent the last digit in each team's score.
We highly recommend waiting until after the grid is filled out before drawing the numbers. As you can see from our Best Super Bowl Number Odds article, there are obviously certain scores/numbers that or more likely to happen than others. This gives an extremely high advantage to the people filling in their name first, which is discussed in our Super Bowl Square Strategy article.
The easiest way to draw is to place the numbers 0 through 9 in a hat and draw them out one at at time, writing the top row of numbers(AFC) first, working your way from left to right.
Place the numbers back in the hat and draw again for the left column(NFC), working from top to bottom.
Check out our Examples of Super Bowl Square Payouts for ideas on the prize structure of your pool. The winning squares are determined by using the last digit of each team's score at the end of each quarter.
The score at the end of the first quarter is AFC 10 NFC 14, you would find the number 0 in the top row and the number 4 in the left hand column. Follow those numbers to see which square they intersect, the person's name that is in that square would be the winner of the first quarter.
It is very important that the pool administrator mentions whether the final winning square will be the score at the end of the 4th quarter or at the end of the whole game in case of an overtime. I prefer to use the final score of the game.