Why not try and make a little money while watching the Rams and Patriots battle it out on Sunday?
This year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots is a rematch of the 2002 game that saw the Pats win the 36th edition on a field goal as time expired, 20-17. Like that game, this year’s edition is taking place on Feb. 3.
If what’s happening on the field isn’t quite enough to draw your attention, putting some money down on the action could make things a bit more interesting. Setting up a Super Bowl squares game is one way to stay involved in the matchup and may help keep the interest up for friends and/or guests who might not be as into football as the rest of us.
Here’s a quick and simple way to play squares.
1. Create betting grid
This part is pretty simple. You just need a 10-by-10 grid with 100 squares to work with. You can either draw this out on a piece of paper, or use an online template.
Here’s an example of what your grid could look like, thanks to PrintYourBrackets.com.:
2. Find people to play
Most people will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, so why not make a little coin while you’re at it? There are a few options to get people involved:
1) If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, you can pass the grid around or set it up as an activity as guests enter. Guests who want to play can fill out as many squares as they want — typically for $1 per square. (You can do this ahead of the big game too, if you’re not watching with a group, and have the grid filled out ahead of time.)
2) If you’re hosting a strictly online game, you can use sites like SuperBowlSquares.org to help coordinate and organize players and bets.
Once the grid is full, the real fun part of the game begins.
3. Draw or assign numbers
Either by drawing numbers from a hat or using a random number generator, assign digits 0-9 (in the order they are drawn/generated) to the top row and left column of the grid. This makes each square an intersection of the two numbers — and will be what determines the payout for players.
4. Figuring out the winners
Typically, winnings for Super Bowl squares are determined at the end of each quarter, based on the final digit of each team’s score. For exampled, if the Eagles lead 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Super Bowl square player whose square intersects with “4” and “0” would win a share of the pot.
There are many different ways to play Super Bowl squares and a host of different rules you can enact. (Some people do only one big payout at the final whistle, instead of each quarter, etc…). There’s no limit to the number of ways to split the pot, so get creative and have fun — and hopefully, make a little bit of money.