Apr 1: haysie and sarah0089 are through to the Championship game but regardless of outcome, they tie to win the pool since they both have Villanova as their pick. CelticRules and evan0202 also got their Final Four pick correct but already used both Villa and Michigan to get to the Championship, so they are out. Congrats haysie and sarah0089! They will each receive $1,380. I will be in touch soon. It was another wild ride for our March Madness Survivor pools this year. Thanks everyone for playing! Show More
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Mar 26: We lost 4 on Kansas St. to that pesky Loyola team. We lost 4 on Duke who had the final shot in regulation for the win but lost on OT. Now only 5 are alive from our original 138, playing for all of the marbles. It would seem haysie in the best shape of the five with three choices left, including Kansas and Villanova, but of course he would need Michigan to beat Loyola. Everyone else already used at least two teams in the Final Four. Should be interesting! And you have until Saturday, 6:09pm Eastern to work out all of the scenarios and make your pick. Good luck!
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Mar 23: Once we hit the Sweet 16 round I'm sure the upsets will settle down. Oh sure! That was a rough first night as we lost 23 already. kingryguy and midnightwriter are sitting pretty having picked Loyola for their third straight upset, and 14 are pending tonight's results. Enjoy the action tonight and we'll see who is still standing for tomorrow.
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Who is up for a new mini-March Madness Survivor pool?
Starts Sweet 16! Four rounds, $22 entry, right here
Mar 19: I love this pool but absolutely can hate it too at the same time, and yesterday was one of those days. What the? #3 Michigan State, #2 Cincinnati, #2 North Carolina and #1 Xavier - all lost! We need the seeds but wow it is almost best to ignore them. Last year seemed exceptionally bad but perhaps a one-off. Now we are trending. Anyway congrats to the 28% that survived the opening weekend. Now exhale and we start back up Thursday with the Sweet 16!
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Mar 18: We are already less than half alive entries from the start! Wichita State and of course the "safe" pick, Virginia on Friday. Yesterday was looking good until Tennessee fell to Loyola, our upset leader through three days. Can't wait to see what today has in store for us and how many in our biggest pool (that is you guys) make it through to the Sweet 16. Good luck!
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Mar 16: Great turnout in this pool people at 138, but we are already down 21 after Day 1! It was pretty smooth sailing all day with the favourites winning until Miami lost to Loyola-Chicago, and then Arizona got blasted by Buffalo. For those still alive and ready to jump on Kentucky over Buffalo on Saturday, remember that. But lets not get ahead of ourselves, you still need to survive today. Lost a handful more on a variety of picks, which is to be expected with so many in the pool. On to Friday!
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So lets get to it... March Madness! Similar to last year I will run two March Madness Survivor pools. This one is $22 per entry - that is $20 towards the pool plus $2 to cover PayPal or Interac fees, etc. The other pool is $42 per entry. Join one or both, and multiple entries are allowed.
Entry deadline and first pick due Thursday March 15th, 12:15pm. Everyone pay ASAP via Interac or PayPal to mike [at] myofficepool.ca or risk being removed from the pool and not asked back!
Remember you need to submit a pick before the deadline every day for the first four days of the tournament starting the Thursday. This is winner take all. Love this pool. Enjoy and good luck!
Get pumped for incredible college basketball action!
Pick one team to WIN its game
If they win, advance to the next round
If they lose, take a strike
Once you have one strike , you are out of the pool
You CANNOT pick the same team twice
Last entry to survive is the winner!
Starting the first round of the pool (the pool excludes the play-in games) you have to pick one team that will win its game straight up (no point spreads).
If the team you picked wins, then you survive to the next round to pick another team to win.
If the team you picked loses, then you receive a strike. Once you collect one strike, then you are eliminated
from the pool.
The rounds of the pool are as follows: First Round Thursday games, First Round Friday games,
Second Round Saturday games, Second Round Sunday games, Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and the National Championship game.
If necessary, the pool will run through the National Championship game on Saturday April 6, 2019.
You cannot pick the same team more than once during the pool.
The last person in the pool still alive after all others have been eliminated, our Survivor, is the winner.
The pool will continue as long as there are entries still alive or until the pool's final round, whichever comes first.
The final deadline for making your pick is opening tipoff of the first game of each round. The deadline for each round, all times Eastern, are as follows:
First Round Thursday
Thu Mar 21, 2019
First Round Friday
Fri Mar 22, 2019
Second Round Saturday
Sat Mar 23, 2019
Second Round Sunday
Sun Mar 24, 2019
Thu Mar 28, 2019
Sat Mar 30, 2019
Sat Apr 6, 2019
* Dates and times are tentative until the official schedule is released.
The deadlines will be strictly enforced! There will be no exceptions for picks not being submitted on
If no pick is submitted prior to the deadline, then a default pick will be
assigned a maximum of once per entry for the length of the pool. If an entry already used a default pick in a previous round, then
no pick is assigned and the entry takes a wrong pick for that round.
The default pick will be the team with the best (most favoured) point spread line for the round.
Alternate Pick Submission
If you are having difficulty submitting your pick online, then send the
pick by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to clearly state
the name of the pool, your username, entry number, round of the pool and pick. The email must be received time
stamped prior to the deadline and from the email account associated with your username.
We take no responsibility for email being delayed past the deadline or not
being delivered. Everyone should use the online system to make their picks and only send an email in the
case of an emergency.
As the March Madness tournament is an elimination, it is possible to run out of available teams to select, so the following tie breakers exist:
An entry that survives a round but does not have any teams left to pick from is deemed to have survived further than an entry that does not survive that last round.
An entry that can pick a team but loses in a round is deemed to have survived further than an entry that had no teams to pick from at the start of that round.
Mass Knockout Rule
If more than five entries are all eliminated in the same round and these
eliminations would result in the conclusion of the pool, because there are no more alive entries, then these
entries will be considered still alive and play on if there are available rounds remaining in the pool.
If five or fewer entries are all eliminated in the same round and these eliminations result in the conclusion
of the pool, then those entries are all considered equal winning entries.
If more than one entry is still alive at the end of the pool, then
those alive entries are all considered equal winning entries.