League Info and Features
NBA Playoffs - League Options
NBA Playoffs -
Scoring 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 league options here and then see the resulting point values on the picks page.
Pick one round at a time:
Pick one round at a time
For bracket pools, picking one round at a time is poolsbyround's signature feature and is recommended for a more engaging, strategic game.
Players will have a better chance to have teams go farther in the bracket, which is more fun.
If a player has an unlucky first round, they can make adjustments to catch up and not lose interest.
Players can optionally receive pick reminder emails or texts before each round.
Or select No to play the traditional way where players pick the whole bracket before the games start.
After the pool has started, you can not change this option.
After the first round, players can still pick any team:
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.
This option is only available with the Pick one round at a time option.
If you turn this option on, after the pool has started, you can not turn it off again.
Underdogs are worth more points:
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 moneyline odds for the series. Point values may change as the odds change.
Default option: medium.
Points increase with each round:
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:
Bonus points for picking the winner in the correct number of games
If you pick the winner of the 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.
See other league members' picks before the pick deadlines:
See other league members' picks before the pick deadlines
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.
Allow commish to make late picks for league players:
Commish can make late picks for others
Turn this option 'on' if the commish needs the ability to make late picks for league members.
Use the settings icon to the right of each player's name on the leaderboard to make their picks.
Late picks are indicated on the leaderboard by an asterisk next to each round's points.
This option is not available when picking the whole bracket before the games start.
Options can only be changed by the league commissioner.
League options do not affect players' points on the All Players leaderboard on the home page. Depending on the league options selected, your league points may be different from your All Players leaderboard points.
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 commish or join an open public 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 All Players pool leaderboard on the home page as well as their own league leaderboard.
All League Members Picks Report Example
Pool League Leaderboard Example
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.
Pick one round at a time or the whole bracket at the start
Picking one round at a time is poolsbyround's signature feature and is recommended for a more engaging, strategic game. Players pick the first round games, then pick the following games once each game's teams are known. If a player has an unlucky first round, they can make adjustments to catch up and not lose interest. Or play the traditional way where players pick the whole bracket before the games start. This feature is available for the March Magic and NBA Playoff pools.
Underdogs and Favorites
Point spreads, the moneyline or team seed are used to assign the point value of each team. The point values are 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 - What Teams 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. When picking 1 round at a time, leagues have the option to allow players to start fresh each round and pick any team, regardless of their previous round's picks.
One Login, Multiple Picks
The league commish can add league players that are not able to login to the site themselves by just adding a name for each person. The commish must make picks for these "no-login" players. No-login players can still browse to your league leaderboard and see their picks, but can not make picks. Leagues are limited to 200 members.
Each week, one game (preselected by poolsbyround) can optionally have it's point values doubled.
Select how many points you want to risk for each game. Some pools include the 'risk' league option, which allows a player to win extra points for a correct pick or
points for an incorrect pick. When 'risk' is not selected, you do not lose points for an incorrect pick. The risk 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.
Head-to-Head Fantasy Match Play
NFL, NBA and college football season leagues can 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. With match play turned off, the most points wins the league.
NFL football, college football and NBA Weekends pool leagues can include over/under selections on their picks page in addition to picking game winners. Players pick whether the total points scored in a game will be
the posted number.
League commissioners have expanded capabilities, including:
• Select the league options you want.
• Make late picks for tardy league members.
• Adjust league members' game points total. (if you want to play it a bit different)
• See who has or has not made their picks.
• Send league invitations and messages.
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 any previous league.
• The All Picks page shows all league players' picks in one place.
• You can see the results and all members picks of any past league you have been a part of.
• Many more features are included. Don't see what you are looking for?
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