Sorry people was to hard to update grids on line from my smart phone so Adam has taken a picture see bottom of this thread for it and will do same for late game.
Hi all I normally only do this on the Super Bowl itself but as a whole bunch of TFP peeps is meeting Saturday night in London (most likely the Hippodrome) to watch the Wild Card games that night together I thought I would for a bit of added interest run a small stakes £2 grid on each of the 2 games that night.
Any of you that have done my Super Bowl Squares game will know how this works but for those of you that don’t I will proceed to try an explain here…
But before I do for any of you in London or near enough to travel that would like to watch the game in company rather than home alone pop across to this thread and come join us - more the merrier: Wild Card Hook Up
WILD CARD SQUARES - 2016
This is how it works - I have 2 grids (1 for each game - Chiefs@Texans & Steelers@Bengals) each with a 100 squares on. Each grid is £2@square with a total prize find of £180 (-£20 from the pot does go to the house - me. I make no bones about this but it covers my buying the raffle ticket books, pens and other consumables plus takes a hell of a lot of leg work sometimes selling all the squares. Sometimes I don’t sell the grids out but I guarantee the prizes so put in for all unsold squares - this means sometimes I could be seriously out of pocket so this is a little insurance policy and nice bonus for my efforts when I do sell the grids out fully. Very few games I run do I take anything out of them and am upfront about it when I do. If you don’t think it’s fair that’s okay you are entitled to your opinion but people who have played my games for years will know how many hours I put into them - typing out e-mails, posts, explain rules and how things will work etc. So don’t feel most will have a problem with my doing this.
Back to the game and how it works…
Now as I won’t see most people in person have adapted these grids as follows to make it random - I have numbered every square on the Chiefs@Texans grid from 101 - 200 (Blue) and on the Steelers@Bengals grid 1 - 100 (Yellow). That is to match the raffle tickets in the books I bought from Tesco’s.
I will place all the raffle tickets in two different bags - one for the Chiefs@Texans grid (Blue) and the other the Steelers@Bengals grid (Yellow).
Now this is the clever bit and how I can start selling the squares right now as normally I would sell all the squares before numbering the grid randomly in front of a witness. However I will number the grids randomly myself using playing cards. I will do this by taking an Ace (representing 1) thru to 10 (representing zero) from a pack of playing cards - I will shuffle them up and then start to turn them over as I do so I will number across the top of the grid the columns in the order the cards come out - which represent the Road teams numbers. I then will repeat the process for the rows which represents the Home teams numbers (down the side).
What allows me to sell squares to people I do not see in person and makes it totally fair (random luck) is the raffle ticket system. No one gets to pick their own numbers on the grid - they select a raffle ticket from the bag - or a proxy does this on their behalf (most likely me in this instance). The raffle ticket corresponds to the same numbered square on the grid and that becomes their square - they write their name in the square - or a proxy does on their behalf (again me most likely) if they are not present. If I know their TFP forum name that will be used on the grid (but will also keep a separate note myself of who each entrants real name is so I can pay out the correct winners after the Saturday night Wild Card games).
Doing it this way means people can know their squares numbers as soon as they have drawn them - or a proxy has on their behalf. I am hoping this time to be able to do a spread sheet of something I can put online so people can view the grids here on TFP so you won’t just know your own numbers but you can see every one else’s to - and even better check who’s square it’s on each game progresses.
Using the raffle ticket system insures no one gets to pick their boxes numbers - it’s all still random luck what numbers you get and again is down to the actual scores in the real game at the pre-designated points - so even more luck as to which squares actually win.
In case you don’t understand how the game works here’s a synopsis:-
Each grid has a 100 squares, of which I randomly number the columns and rows by using playing cards.
Across the top is the road team (columns), down the side is the home team (rows). The scores at the end of the first 3 quarters and the final result of the game (to cover the eventuality of O.T.) decides the wining boxes. Every score in the game changes the winning box and what box it’s on at those predetermined points of the game (end of the first 3 quarters and final game score) wins the prize for that period of the game.
Now this is how the winning squares are determined:
Lets make the home team the Texans and the away team the Bengals.
If the score at the end of the first Quarter is Bengals 3 - Texans 10 you would go to Bengals column 3 and the Texans row 0 ( this is because you just take the last digit of the teams scores) and where the two meet on the grid is the winning box for that Qtr. and this is how it works for the whole game. In effect (and it has happened) the same box can win more than one prize.
I first encountered this game on the champ train from Chicago to Champaign, Ilonis the season the Bears played at the University of Ilionis stadium while Soldier Field was being renovated. I got them to teach me how it worked as it was nothing like what we run on our sports over here. There they do it in office pools and in bars or what have you on regular season games - or any games if there’s enough punters - however they do it for bigger bucks $10 or $20 a square. NICE!
the prizes are:
1st QTR - £15
2nd QTR - £30
3rd QTR - £45
FINAL RESULT - £90
So that’s it - all that remains to say is do you feel lucky - do you want some?
Just Pay Pal me using this link paypal.me/bluelionman
Just click on it and send the funds that way - DO NOT CHECK THE BOX as if you do PayPal will deduct a fee as it will assume it is business transaction (and I will then have to chase you for the extra to make good the prize pot funds).
Also make it clear which game you want boxes for - you can choose some of each or just your preferred game - just remember each box is £2 a pop.