I'm soccer-obsessed, and I can't get enough basketball this time of year. I absolutely love the
I worked in the insurance business for 17 years, traveled to some pretty cool places, and made some good money while doing it. Looking back on all of those years and all the memories we made together over the years, near the top of my memories was sneaking out of work at lunch on the first Thursday and Friday of March to sneak down to Michael's restaurant in
You can always count on someone in the building running a "Bracketology" poll where you fill out your bracket and are awarded points for every game you guess correctly. The winner generally takes a large percentage of the pool of entrance fees and then maybe a small award to the second- and third-place finishers.
At one point, the only place you could get a copy of the bracket was out of the newspaper and make copies to pass around the office. Now, with things like
One year in my young days in the business world, I was invited to attend a "draft" with a "syndicate" to "purchase" teams that we would follow throughout
Even though I was making a good bit of money and had very few responsibilities at the time, I knew I was out of my league.
There are so many ways that you can own a piece of the game that just filling out a bracket from the newspaper just seems so outdated these days. You can now purchase a "block" as you do for a
Just invest in a box in the pool and at the end of the month someone will pay you for the winnings.
I've had my rough days at the track, so to speak, so I'm not an expert on gambling, nor have I kept up to date on how to stay invested in the game. But when I start looking for information on the upcoming bracket selections, I get inundated with information on how to bet on the game, any number of games, and the creative ways to look at the game itself.
Like the coin toss at the
You can bet on individual games straight up or you can give or take points based on the matchup and the favorite. You can decide whether the two opponents combined can score over or under the number set by the odds makers. You can even combine three or four games into a "parlay" where the payoffs increase as the odds decrease, but when it hits, it's jackpot, baby.
Some betting sites even allow you to bet on from which conferences will the champions come and regionals -- known as region future betting -- as in, Duke's odds that it will win its region is 4-1 (that's for you, mom). A current favorite is naming the tournament's MVP.
I'm glad I learned my lesson many years ago because I don't know if I could resist all these choices.
And in my experience, I'm generally filling someone else's pockets.
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