Super Bowl squares template, how to play online and more

Jeff Zelevansky

Casual betting meets professional football. Here's a guide on how to do it.

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The Super Bowl is right around the corner, which means it's time again for Super Bowl squares. A magical game that helps turn the casual fan into a rabid maniac thanks to low-stakes gambling

It's a lesson in patience and acceptance, like filling out a March Madness bracket? Is it likely both teams will have only a safety at halftime? Probably not, but wait until Steve from sales lands that sucker on blind luck. Stupid Steve.

Creating a good game of Super Bowl squares is relatively simple, just follow our handy instructions.

1. Gather a group of like-minded individuals, preferably those who don't hold grudges.

2. Print out a squares template and put the Denver Broncos on one axis and the Seattle Seahawks on the other.

3. Agree to a per-square fee and have everyone willing to play write their name in the squares.

4. Make sure they pony up the cash. This is your pot, after all.

5. Establish your pot sizes. Typically you want a relatively small pot for the first and third quarter, a larger one for halftime and the grand prize at the close of the game.

6. Write down numbers 0-9 on small slips of paper and shake them up in a bag, hat, or other concealing device.

7. Draw the numbers for the X axis and write them down left-to-right, do the same for the Y axis top-to-bottom. This is how you keep things random.

8. At the close of each quarter pay attention to the final digits in the score. The person owning the square of those two numbers when the whistle blows wins the pot. For example: If the score is Denver 17, Seattle 14 then the person owning the Denver 7 and Seattle 4 square would win.

9. Have fun! It's a game of pure randomness. Nothing will help you.

Online

If you don't have enough people to play or an office that frowns on betting in the workplace it might be the best idea to take you schemes online. There are sites that will host your own set of squares, or for the more adventurous public pools.

There's an inherent risk in trusting any third party with your money, so we won't recommend one -- but a simple Google search of "super bowl squares online pools" will steer you in the right direction. Be careful out there.

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