Original March Madness Survivor Sold Out In Record Time… Introducing MM II and III

Wow, I did not expect that. While entries started coming in pretty good from the time I opened the original March Madness Survivor Pool late last week through the weekend, I didn’t send the sign up newsletter until this morning. It went out about 10:00am Eastern. A little after 3:00pm, the pool was sold out. That has never happened before, but it is a clear sign people love our take on NCAA Men’s Basketball!

What to do, what to do? Soon after the first pool hit the maximum entries I already started receiving notes from people asking about a second pool. Okay, it cost me a bunch of sleep, but a second and third pool are now available! Introducing…

To join the free pool, make sure you are logged in, and click the join button on the results page. This will take you to the opening round picks form. Submit your pick, and you are in that pool. We are offering a cool $150 prize to the winner of the free entry pool. Yes – free!

For those who already signed up for the original $20 pool, if you’d like to transfer a pair of your entries to the $40 pool, then let me know and we’ll get it worked out. Then if there are those out there who really prefer the $20 level, some spots may still open up. Stay tuned to the website, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest updates.

If you enjoy playing in the March Madness Survivor Pool, or any of the other pools we run all year, then please lend a hand supporting the cause to keep this website operating. Here are some examples how you can help. Thanks, and good luck in each of the three March Madness Survivor Pools. It is going to be a wild week ahead!

March Madness Survivor Pool Open, Four Year Results Graph

In terms of being crowned the most popular pool we offer, our annual March Madness Survivor Pool has some tough competition every year against our Football Survivor Pool, and this year in particular versus the World Cup. However, it is safe to say this is the most anticipated pool by many of our members.

This pool is great for both diehard college basketball fans and bandwagon fans who get caught up in the excitement of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The unique format keeps people coming back, and whether you’ve ever heard of Murray State or Virginia Commonwealth, or know where to find Marquette or Butler on a map, everyone has a chance to take home top prize, while not being overwhelmed filling in a full traditional bracket.

A little luck to avoid the upsets never hurts, as there will surely be upsets along the way. You need to plan ahead because there is a good chance someone is going to run the table and pick the Final Four and Championship game winners. Its happened three of the past four years. Could it be you this year?

My strategy is get out of the opening weekend unscathed without using too many top seeds. Then check out the carnage in the rest of the pool, re-group and strategize to the end. That opening weekend is four rounds of the pool and of course easier said than done to stay alive. Here is a graph showing how the entries dropped off in our March Madness Survivor Pool since 2010:

Results from our annual March Madness Survivor Pool (2010-2013)

Results from our annual March Madness Survivor Pool (2010-2013)

The deadline to join the pool is opening tipoff next Thursday, March 20th. The play-in games are not included. Selection Sunday is this Sunday, so the schedule will be added late Sunday or Monday, after which time people can make their picks for the opening two rounds, Thursday and Friday. There is a cap on the number of entries in the pool, so it is a good idea to join now and reserve your spot.

Pick one team to win and you advance. If they lose, you’re out. Easy! (Well…) Exciting! (Definitely!) Good luck!

March Madness Survivor Winner, Next Up Stanley Cup Playoffs

The championship game is tonight, Michigan vs. Louisville, but we already have a winner in our March Madness Survivor Pool as of Saturday’s Final Four games. sdterp won out by virtue of Michigan and Louisville advancing. He picked Michigan and is the only entry still alive that can make a pick in the Final, as he saved Louisville.

mbmurray was the next closest, also picking Michigan so he got to the Final, but he used Louisville back in the Sweet 16 round. Based on the tie-breakers set out in the rules, even if Louisville loses tonight, sdterp outlasted mbmurray by virtue of being able to make a pick.

Our remaining alive entries all got bumped in the Final Four. 503jesse, evan0202 and liverob all picked Syracuse. yoletmein was down to his last option and lost with Wichita State.

Tough, tough year for predicting college basketball and it certainly made for a wild survivor pool, which happened to be our biggest March Madness pool by a long shot in our seven year history. Thanks everyone for playing, and congrats sdterp for ultimately winning it!

Our next pool is the Hockey Playoffs, as sixteen teams start the NHL’s “second season” gunning for the Stanley Cup. Which sixteen teams? Only the Chicago Blackhawks mathematically qualified so far with about 10 games to go in this lockout shortened regular season.

There is still plenty to be decided in the bottom half of each conference. The last regular season games are on Saturday April 27th, so the playoffs usually start a few days after that. Check back in later this month to get in the pool. See you then.