2018 Pick 6 Rules

The Pick 6 Pool is an NCAA pool in which you will pick exactly SIX (6) teams from the NCAA tournament field that you will have throughout the entire tournament.

Entry Fee, Payment Info and Website

To play is now $10 per entry and you may enter as often as you wish.  The website to enter picks is www.jbhome.ws/pick6.  This will also be the site to be used to check your standing and payment status.  Entries are due by the time the first game starts on March 15th.

Payments can be made in 2 ways:

1)       US Mail:  Make payments to:  Ralph Russo 1554 Onyx Dr. #403 Tysons Corner VA 22102

2)       PayPal: Use one of these two emails: crdshrk@comcast.net or crdshrk@cox.net IF YOU ARE PAYING THIS WAY, YOU MUST FOLLOW THIS METHOD:

a.       Make sure you choose Friends and Family as the send option

b.      May sure you pay USING YOUR BANK ACCOUNT so no fees are charged.  I will reject payments with fees.

c.       And this is most important – DO NOT USE THE WORDS POOL, ENTRY FEE, PICK 6, OR ANY OTHER JARGON WHICH IDENTIFIES YOUR PAYMENT AS A POOL ENTRY.  PAYPAL DOES LOOK FOR POOLS AND WILL FREEZE FUNDS IF IT THINKS YOUR ENTRY IS FOR A POOL.  IN FACT, BEST NOT TO PLACE A COMMENT AT ALL.  IF YOU NEED TO TELL ME WHO A PAYPAL PAYMENT IS FOR, JUST EMAIL AT ONE OF THE TWO ADDRESSES ABOVE.

Rules and Scoring

You will pick SIX (6) of the 68 teams in the tournament.  Play-in games DO NOT COUNT toward the final standings so if you pick an 11-seed that wins its play-in game and then loses round one after the tourney gets to 64 teams, you get NO points.  So may be best to wait until these games have completed before making selections.

Scoring is straightforward.  For each team you pick, you will get the team’s NCAA Seed TIMES the round in which they won a game.  This is CUMULATIVE scoring so the score for that team increases with EVERY win they get in the tournament.  The team that wins the tournament would win six (6) games in the tournament.

For Example:  Louisville in 2013 was the winner as a three (3) seed.  Their scoring was as follows:

Round 1: 1*3 =  3          Round 2: 2*3 =  6          Round 3: 3*3 =  9

Round 4: 4*3 =  12         Round 5: 5*3 =  15         Round 4: 6*3 =  18

So their total score was 3 + 6 + 9 + 12 + 15 + 18 = 63

The maximum each seed can win is (their seed # * 21). So a 1-seed can max out at 21, a 2-seed at 42, etc…

Your total score is the sum of the six teams you picked.  As an example, here is the winning score from 2014:

·         UConn (7 seed – 6 wins): 7 + 14 + 21 + 28 + 35 + 42 = 147

·         Texas (7 seed – 1 win): 7

·         Kentucky (8 seed – 5 wins): 8 + 16 + 24 + 32 + 40 = 120

·         Dayton (11 seed – 3 wins): 11 + 22 + 33 = 66

·         San Diego St. (12 seed – 1 win): 12

·         Oregon (7 seed – 1 win): 7

Total score: 147 + 7 + 120 + 66 + 12 + 7 = 359

Strategies

This pool tends to hinge on finding the “diamond in the rough" lower seed (in the 6-11 range) that makes it to the Elite Eight.  A double-digit seed making it to the Sweet 16 is usually a nice play as it is guaranteed to generate 30+ points.

If you are going to select a 1-2 seed, you are best served to only pick ones that will make it to the championship game.

If you select a 3-5 seed, you need to feel confident that they will make an Elite 8 run.

While selecting a 12-14 seed could generate a big payout, there is also the possibility that they may win 0 games.

Only ONE 15-seed (Florida Gulf Coast in 2013) has ever won more than a game and no 16 seed has EVER won.  Pick those at your own peril. 

But in the end, a good mix of 3-5 seeds you think might make a run to the Eight 8 and 6+ seed making out of the first weekend makes for a solid entry.

2014's 359 points was the most ever for the pool. Last year, the winning total was 155.  Every entry winning money had Michigan State (70 pts).

 

Payouts

There are no tiebreakers for payouts, cash is split between places in event of a tie.  The number of payouts will depend on the number of entries (there were 10 places paid out last year on about 240 entries).  With entries being only $10 hard to add many more payout places and still have a good separation for the top 3 places.

The top 3 places will receive a percentage (either 50-30-20, 60-25-15 or 60-30-10 split) after places 4-?? are paid.