Sports betting doesn't always have to be done through the odds in Vegas, in fact you can have a lot of fun by setting up your own football pool. These kinds of games are perfect for the serious fan or the casual fan. Since predicting the results of a game is not an exact science and you don't really have to have vast knowledge of the game, this kind of a game is ideal. In fact, a lot of times the person that ends up winning the pool has absolutely no clue about the intricate details of team match ups. Below are some tips on how to set up your own football pool.
The first thing is that you need to see how much interest there is with your friends or even co-workers about setting up a pool. You also will need to consider how serious everyone follows football in order for you to pick what kind of competition you want to set up. If for instance the people you ask to play are lifetime fans of the sport then you more than likely will want to make it a higher stakes pool with more complicated point spreads are included in the game. On the other side of the coin if the people you ask are just casual fans you may want to create a game that has a simple format like just guessing the score or what team is going to beat whom.
Make sure that it's OK to hold a pool in the office if you plan on doing so with co-workers. You may want to make sure it's legal to do in your state as well. However, most states allow these kind of games as long as long as the proceeds are going to those who are playing the game.
Next you need to decide on what the rules are going to be for the pool. You will need to come up with a points system as well as a tie breaker procedure. You will need to map out playoff qualifications if that fits as well. You need to write down all the details clearly so they can be understood by everyone so there is no confusion when the season ends. You will also need to decide how much the entry fee will be as well. Once you have a total number of people who are going to pay then you can figure out the payout.
Once you have finished doing this you can send out invitations with the rules of the game and a deadline for their submissions. If there are late arrivals it tends to complicate things so you really need to stick to your deadline that you set up.
Keep everyone excited by ensuring them all that they have just as much of a legitimate chance to win the grand prize as anyone else does. To keep the excitement going you can offer weekly prizes a long with the end of the season payout. If someone is winning something each week everyone will remain excited and looking forward to the big payoff.
Final Note: Your football pool will lose it's luster if not enough people stay interested so try your best to keep their interests peaked and keep it competitive but don't over do it.