Learn how to set up an NFL Football Suicide office pool. Free printable NFL Suicide office pool template, sheets, and rules
Office football pools are the most popular form of sports betting. While easy to set up and run, we've included instructions, sheets, and rules below just in case you need them. Most states in the U.S. have clarified their laws regarding this form of entertainment, allowing it as long as 100 percent of the funds in the pool are paid back out to the contestants. We strongly suggest that you check both your local laws and workplace rules before participating in any office pool.
Suicide pools have become an extremely popular form of football office pool. Suicide pools seem so easy, yet they are extremely challenging. The object of a suicide pool is quite simple. All you have to do is pick the winner of one game per week. If you are correct, you live to play another week. If you are wrong, you're out. The big catch, or rub if you will, is that players may only use a team one time during the season. The game lasts until there is only one player left. The game has also been called King of The Hill, Survivor, Knockout, and Last Man Standing.
Suicide pools require a great deal of strategy. You, as a player, must determine whether to use the stronger teams first, or save them for later in the season. Our strategy is to use the known commodities - good or bad - early in the season. It is very easy to fall into the trap of using the defending Super Bowl champion in week one. Using all of the powerful teams early leaves you with no bullets for later in the season. Of course, you have to advance to the later part of the season. It is easy to see why it is nearly impossible to make it through a full season without losing a game.
You will find that many players will be eliminated from a suicide pool very quickly. Fortunately, it is easy to start a second pool at the midway point of the season.
In order to run a successful suicide pool contest, you should be sure to establish a few rules regarding when and how the entries are to be submitted. For example: players are required to submit their entries by midnight before the first game of the week is played via email. If there's a Thursday night game, and there often is, players will need to have submitted their entries by the end of Wednesday night. If you are running the contest, you should also keep a spreadsheet of which teams players have used in the contest in order to avoid duplication.
Payouts can be anything you like. If your pool is small, we suggest the winner take all approach. If your pool is large you might want to have first through third place. Anything is fine as long as you decide before the first kickoff of the season.