NFL Playoffs Pool 2020
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League Info and Features
NBA Playoffs - League Options
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Options affect how many points are awarded for a correct pick for players in the league. Other options affect how the league works.
For the NBA Playoffs, without any scoring options turned on, all correct picks are worth 10 points each.
The point value for each pick, along with other team info, is shown on the picks page once picks are available. Hover over the points shown there for more scoring info for each team. You can try different options here and then see the resulting point values on the picks page.
Underdogs are worth more points:
With this option, instead of a pick being worth 10 points, an underdog's pick will be worth 11, 12, 13, etc points.
Conversely, a favorite's pick will be worth 9, 8, 7, etc points.
Points values are generally based on the money line odds for the series. Point values may change as the odds change.
Default option: medium.
Points increase with each round:
For the 4 rounds in the NBA playoffs, points are multiplied by the setting you choose.
Point values grow as the series nears the finals.
Default option: Low.
Get bonus points for picking the winner in the correct number of games in each series:
If you pick the winner of the series, you win points. If you also pick the correct number of games played in the series, you get bonus points.
Note that if you set this option to None, players still need to pick 4, 5, 6 or 7 games for each series,
even though just picking the correct team matters in your league.
Default option: medium.
This is done so that players will still be eligible for the overall leaderboard on the home page.
After the first round, players can still pick any team:
Typically after the 1st round in a brackets pool, players can only pick from the winning teams they picked in the previous round.
With this option, players start fresh each round and can pick any team, regardless of their previous round's picks.
Using this option can affect the underdog points calculation before the final round.
Warning: If you turn this option on, after the pool has started, you can not turn it off again.
See other league members' picks before the pick deadline:
Typically you can only see other league members' picks after a game begins.
With this option, players can always see league competitors' picks.
Players can change their picks until a game begins.
Options can only be changed by the league commissioner.
League options do not affect players' points on the overall leaderboard on the home page. Depending on the league options selected, your league points may be different from your overall leaderboard points.
The league commissioner can make picks, after the pick deadline, for other league players until 4 days after the series tip-off.
General League Info
You can set up a league or join a league within any pool. Leagues are optional.
Leagues include a leaderboard, reports and a built-in email/text chat feature.
Leagues have various scoring options to customize the league to your preferences.
To start a league, enter a league name, set your options, and invite people to join.
To join a league, either accept an invitation from a league commissioner or join an open league.
poolsbyround can send league invitations by email, text, chat message etc.
A player can be in only 1 league per pool. To play in multiple leagues, set up another player.
If your league ends in a tie, the tiebreaker entry that is closest to the total points scored in the last game of the pool, wins the league.
League members still compete on the overall pool leaderboard on the home page as well as their own league leaderboard.
Poolsbyround's leagues offer the ultimate pick'em game strategy. When using the default settings, the site is designed to balance the value of each pick.
Underdogs and Favorites
Point spreads or team seed are used to assign the point value of each team, similar to a moneyline bet. Instead of players dealing with whether or not a team beats the spread, players just pick the winner of each game. The bigger the underdog, the more points the pick is worth. The bigger the favorite, the less points the pick is worth. This setting can be fine tuned to your preference with the off/low/medium/high setting.
Round or Game Significance
Some rounds or games are more important than others. For example, each successive round in a March Madness bracket can be worth more points than the previous round. This setting can be fine tuned to your preference with the off/low/medium/high setting.
Bracket Pools - Who Can You Pick?
Typically, after the 1st round in a brackets pool, players can only pick from one of the teams they picked in the previous round. With poolsbyround, leagues have the option to allow players to start fresh each round and pick any team, regardless of their previous round's picks.
Pick Risk It
Select how many points you want to risk for each game. Some pools include the 'risk it' league option, which allows a player to win extra points for a correct pick or
points for an incorrect pick. When 'risk it' is not selected, you do not lose points for an incorrect pick. The risk it selection is made per game with options for none/low/high.
NBA Playoff Series
If you pick the winner of a series, you win points. If you also pick the correct number of games played in the series, for example Lakers in 5, you get bonus points. This setting can be fine tuned to your preference with the off/low/medium/high setting.
Fantasy Match Play
College football leagues use fantasy style match play to determine the winner. Players match up against another league member each week. Whoever gets the most points that week wins the match. The best W/L record at the end of the season wins the league.
League Invitations can be sent by email, which poolsbyround sends for you, or by any type of text or message which includes a provided league join link. If you've hosted a league before, you can selectively import members from a previous league.
• League commissioners have expanded capabilities, including making late picks for tardy league members.
• The All Picks page shows all league players' picks in one place.
• Many more features are included. Don't see what you are looking for? Feel free to ask.