The 2019 Super Bowl is a little over a week away. Once again, the New England Patriots are headed to the big game, and many people are taking the chance to bet against them on February 3. One of the more popular ways to do this is by playing Super Bowl squares. If you’re not quite sure how to play but want to get an office pool started, here’s a step-by-step guide (plus free printable Super Bowl squares).
Step One: Print the Super Bowl Football Squares Chart
First, print a 10 square by 10 square chart. Use this link to print your free Superbowl squares chart.
Step Two: Set a Price for the Value of the Squares
If you decide to make a friendly wager on the game, you need to determine how much each square on the chart will be worth. Each participant will need to pay this amount for each square they place their name in on the chart. The amount for each square is completely up to you – adjust it according to the group of people you’re playing the game with. Below are a few examples of amounts you could determine each square to be worth, and what the total pool for that amount would be.
- 10 cent squares would create a total pool of $10.00
- 25 cent squares would create a total pool of $25.00
- 50 cent squares would create a total pool of $50.00
- 1 dollar squares would create a total pool of $100.00
- 2 dollar squares would create a total pool of $200.00
- 5 dollar squares would create a total pool of $500.00
- 10 dollar squares would create a total pool of $1000.00
If you don’t want to bet cash on the Super Bowl, you may consider giving away small prizes to the winning square holders. Typically, you’ll award these prizes after each quarter.
Step Three: Assign Squares
Next, you will need to fill in the 100 squares inside the chart. As long as it is easy to determine who has claimed which square, you can organize this any way you want. The most common way to do this is to have all those participating initial the square(s) they want for the game. You can also assign each participant a color and allow them to color in the squares they’d like to claim.
The number of squares each person gets depends on the number of people playing the game. If you have 10 people playing, each would pick 10 squares (5 people playing, each would pick 20 squares, and so on).
Step Four: Randomly Assign Numbers
Have people fill in their squares before assigning numbers. Then, assign numbers 0-9 on the top and side of the chart. It is more likely for the end score for either team will end in a 0, 3, or 7 than most other numbers. For this reason, you’ll want to assign the number after people have colored/initialed their squares to provide everyone with the same odds of winning.
Step Five: Decide How to Award Prizes
There are a wide variety of ways to award prizes. You can decide which is best for you and the group you’re playing with. Most games give out a small amount at the end of each quarter, with a bigger prize for the participant that has the winning square at the end of the game. Below you’ll find some of the different ways you can award the prize money. For those who are giving away predetermined prizes rather than money, you should also determine how these will be awarded.
Step Six: Determine the Winners
In order to determine the winner, you need to look at the last number of the score for each team. For example, if the score is New England 14 and Los Angeles 13 after the first quarter, you would look for the “4” column from the Patriots side, and “3” column from the Seahawks side. Once the two columns have been determined, you run the lines together until they meet at a square which is the winner. You follow the same process with the scores at half-time, the end of the third quarter, and the final score.
Readers, are you participating in Super Bowl squares or any other Super Bowl game? Let us know your plans in the comment section below!
Photo: Erik Drost
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