Football squares are one of the simplest and most common ways for football fans to bet on the Super Bowl, but many are unfamiliar with the rules and strategy for this basic betting opportunity. Start by taking an empty 10 x 10 sheet and labeling each axis from 0-9. Next, assign one team to the x-axis and one team to the y-axis. In this case, that would be the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.
The goal is to fill out all 100 squares, representing every potential outcome of the game. Typically this is a randomized process where bettors pick their squares out of a hat, and most pools will pay out prizes based on the score at the end of each quarter with the largest payout going to the person with the correct final score. Normally 50% of the pot will be rewarded for the final score, 30% of the pot will be rewarded for the halftime score, and 10% of the pot will be rewarded after the first and third quarters.
The winner is determined by looking at the last number in each teams’ score and then matching those numbers on the grid to see which square intersects those two numbers. If the New England Patriots win the game 31-28, then the owner of NE 1, ATL 8 would be victorious.
Because these numbers are picked at random, there is no skill or handicapping involved, but certain numbers are more valuable than others. For example, 0’s, 3’s and 7’s are very profitable while 2’s and 9’s have been uncommon numbers.
The table below displays the probability of every potential outcome.
|Team 1||Team 2||Percentage|
Squares are randomly assigned, but this table will inform you whether your square if offering historical value. You can print your Super Bowl 51 squares sheet right here:
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