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There are 3 types of Tourney Pools:
  • NCAA Basketball Pool
  • Sweet 16 Basketball Pool
  • World Cup Pool

    All the pools require a Budmans.Com Account for any entry.  One may make several entries in any pool (even for others).


    Anyone can create their own Budmans.Com Account.   (There's a User Accounts tab on Budmans.com home page with link to create a new account: Create User Account).  The User Accounts section also allows one to make address and email changes as they occur.  It is up to each user to maintain his own Budmans.Com Account.


    One also has to be authorized to participate in these pools by Bud.  This can be done by sending me an email at stowe@budmans.com.  In order to allow participation, I need to be assured you are someone I know, or know someone I know (after all, at some point, monetary settlement needs to be made).  You can also reach me by phone, text, or voice-mail at 515-975-2284.


    For all Pools, the only time one needs to login is when one make picks or when you want to check an account balance.  Login is initiated when one clicks on the "Logon" button (if not already logged on).  When you are logged on, you will see a list of all entries made with your account until the first game has completed. After that, entries using your account will be high-brighted in listings.


    For making any new entry, a unique Identification is required. Name and location will default to those of your account, but may and should be modified if appropriate (when making picks for someone else).


    I have friendly easy payment plans. Pay as you go or settle up at the end.  I can pay or be paid from PayPal (via stowe@budmans.com or 515-975-2284). Be sure to pick the Personal tab from the Send Money option otherwise a fee will be charged. Many other ways to settle are listed here. From any Pool page there is a Check Balance link that can be used to view fees, transactions, and winnings across all pools easily.


    Your Logon can be "remembered" across sessions by checking the Remember Logon box.  There is a Logoff link on Pool pages as well. It is your Budmans.Com Account username and password that you use to Logon with.  This login is same one used across Football Pools and Fantasy Golf League.


    If you have forgotten your Budmans.Com Account password, or (horrors) your username, you can go to the User Accounts tab on Budmans.com home page. There are links there to allow you to identify your username, or reset your password. If worse comes to worse, contact Bud via email or phone.



    Rules specific to the NCAA Basketball Pool:
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    The main NCAA basketball pool contains 64 teams in single elimination.


    There are 4 play-in games. You get the winner of the play-in game if you make this pick. The pool will be altered to reflect the name of the winning play-in team.


    The scoring is based on seed of the team times the round value for each pick correct. Thus if you pick a lower seed team to win, you will score more if correct. Of course, theoretically, you'll have less chance to win that game. Your call.

    Round value times seed number of team.
    Round 1 = 1
    Round 2 = 3
    Round 3 = 6
    Round 4 = 10
    Round 5 = 16
    Round 6 = 26


    Ties are broken by 1> Picking the Champion and 2> Having the most correct picks.


    The main NCAA pool costs $20.


    Payouts are:
    1 - 30%
    2 - 20%
    3 - 14%
    4 - 10%
    5 - 8%
    6 - 7%
    7 - 6%
    8 - 5%



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    Rules specific to the Sweet 16 Pool:


    The scoring is based on round value as follows:

    Round 1 = 1
    Round 2 = 2
    Round 3 = 4
    Round 4 = 8


    There is a tie-breaker of total-score of the championship game. Closest to correct total-score breaks ties.


    The Sweet 16 pool costs $10.


    Payouts are:
    1 - 45%
    2 - 25%
    3 - 15%
    4 - 10%
    5 - 5%



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    Rules specific to a World Cup Soccer Pool:


    The scoring is based on round value as follows:

    Round 1 = 1
    Round 2 = 2
    Round 3 = 4
    Round 4 = 8


    Ties are broken by 1> Picking the Champion and 2> Having the most correct picks.


    A World Cup soccer pool costs $10.


    Payouts are:
    1 - 50%
    2 - 25%
    3 - 15%
    4 - 10%


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    Any questions, comments, or suggestions contact Bud Stowe by email at stowe@budmans.com or phone or text at 515-975-2284.


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