Super Bowl parties are events some people wait excitedly all year to attend. By far, the most popular Super Bowl party game played during these celebrations (and at offices) around the US is the Super Bowl Squares pool (some people may call it Block pools, Grid pools, or Box pools).
Create a game sheet containing a 10×10 grid of boxes where each row and column will be assigned a number from 0 to 9. The top row 0-9 is one team, the side row 0-9 is the other team playing.
Each square of the grid is claimed by a guest by writing his or her name in the square. Choose a price per square and let people buy as many squares as they want. You will have 100 squares to sell to your guests, and you’ll need to sell all 100 squares. Most people charge $1 a square, but if your friends are high rollers you can up the ante. This money goes to the prize pool.
Once all the squares are filled, to keep people from only picking the squares with 7’s, 3’s and 0’s, pull numbers from zero to nine randomly to designate the order of the numbers that go along the top and the left of the grid. Make sure to do this randomly and AFTER all the squares are filled to keep it fair.
At the end of each quarter of the Super Bowl, the last digit of both NFL teams’ score is compared to the grid to determine a winner. For example, a player has the 7-3 square, 7 for the Redskins and 3 for the Ravens. If, at the end of the first quarter, the Redskins were ahead 17-3 the 7-3 square would be a winner.
The prize pool is usually awarded by percentage with the largest going to the final score winner. $1 a square yields $100 prize pool, so you could pay out $12.50 to the 1st quarter winner, $25 to the halftime winner, $12.50 to the 3rd quarter winner, and $50 grand prize to the final score winner. If you don’t want to charge, split the squares up between your guests, then hand out prizes to the winners. Fun “Football party” prizes work well, like a large bucket of pretzels, or a 6-pack.
This is a great game for even the football novice to play since it requires no real knowledge of the game, just some luck.