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Margin Office Pool

The Margin Pool puts a unique twist on the popular Survivor Pool. Simply print the grid from below and have all of the participants submit their picks on a weekly basis, choosing the team they think will win by the most points. Participants are awarded points based on how many points their pick wins by, points are also taken away based on how many points their pick loses by. The person with the highest point total at the end of the season wins. Please read further down this page for complete rules and directions on running this pool. Check out our
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Rules for the Margin Pool

Each pool participant is to pick only one team each week and each team can only be picked one time throughout the entire season. In contrast to the Survivor Pool, participants are not eliminated from this Pool when a team picked loses, but instead points are subtracted from their point total. All participants remain in this pool for the duration of the Season.

Keeping Score

A participant receives points for correctly picking a winning team, for every point their pick wins by they are awarded 1 point. If their pick loses, 1 point for every point they lose by is subtracted from their score.
If you look above we have also included a Printable Scorecard for this pool. It is basically a duplicate grid of the actual pool, but has an extra column to add up the total points. Due to the limited space on the grid it is recommended to write the team picks on the original grid and then write down the points scored each week on the scorecard.

Winning the Pool

At the end of the season, simply add up each participant's points. The person with the most points wins.


An easy variation to this pool is to not subtract points when a losing team is picked, but instead just have zero points awarded.

*Please check your local gambling laws for information on the legality of wagering money on office pools.