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August 28, 2006

Football Pool; Poker Tourney In Works (?)


Okay, first of all, the football pool. I tried running one of these with just fifteen or so people on an old chat-site I used to frequent. Keeping track of stats was a bitch.

Math is not part of the Ace of Spades Lifestyle (TM).

However, I found a free online pool tracking site. I haven't really checked into this thing very much, I have to say. It could be that signing up will spam you mercilessly... so you might want to create a special account just for this one deal. (And if you know of a better one, let me know... I've asked a few of the paid sites for a break on pricing, and I am willing to pony up some cash to pay for this, but with possibly 2000 entrants or more, that starts getting a little bit pricey.)

The pool can be found here. The join ID is the name of a singer beloved by me, a guy who you should not make a maniac out of.

The password for getting into the pool is how you should "take" a man, if you have to take one at all. Not in a gay way, but...

No spaces between those words.

Not sure why I'm being so cagey about that. Guess I'm just trying to screen out non-readers. (Then again, how would they know about it?)

Other Bloggers Are Welcome. If you can't figure out the clues I've given for the Join ID and password, just send me an email and I'll tell you.

I'd like to see Instapundit join, just so I can beat him at something.

Please sign in under a nickname that is either your handle here or close to it. As this is mostly about bragging rights, it defeats the purpose, kinda, to sign up under some goofball name that no one recognizes.

Except... If you post under your own name and don't want your name associated with this thing. Then just make something up. Maybe make something up though, that sort of indicates your name.

I just want to see all of you morons beneath me in the standings, and it's no fun if I don't know who it is I'm humiliating.

Also, this is a Confidence Pool. I hate straight pick 'em pools. The deal is, you pick ten, and only ten, games each week, against the spread. You assign the level of "confidence" you have in each pick, from 10 down to 1. So, if you're very confident in one pick, you make that your 10 pick, and if you pick correctly, you get ten points. Your weakest pick is your 1 pick,and you only win one point if you get it right.

There's also that stupid Monday Night total points tiebreaker.

I am considering paying prizes per week and a prize at the end of the season... but... it's not the money that bothers me, it's having to write a check with my name on it, or having to get a money order every week. Still, I think I'll probably offer $10 per week and $50 for the season winner.

Assuming the software can verify that the name you sign in under is the name the money should be sent to.

Also, I looked around for someone to host a big hold 'em tournament. Turns out that Will Wheaton has been hosting one through PokerStars for his blog. I contacted them and Pacific Poker about hosting one.

So... maybe some football pool and poker action here soon.

NOTE: If you go into your "Preferences," you can have the system send you an email to remind you to make your picks.

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posted by Ace at 10:04 AM

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