Super Bowl Box Game: Last-Second Guide to Setting Up Pool for Big Game

Alex KayCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 01:  Official signage of the Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl XLVI is seen hanging on the streets of Indianapolis prior to Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots on February 1, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl is exciting for the numerous different ways to wager on the game, whether it’s via the standard against-the-spread or over/under bet, one of the countless exotic props or even a box pool with friends or co-workers.

If you haven’t heard of the latter yet or aren’t sure exactly how to set one up, we’re here to help.

Let’s take a step-by-step look at how to create a Super Bowl box pool, from creating the board to determining the winners and payouts.


Standard 100-Box Super Bowl Squares Guide

Step 1: Create the Grid

Take a sheet of paper and create a 10-by-10 grid on it, leaving you with 100 empty squares. At the top of the columns, pen “Baltimore Ravens” and to the left of the rows, write “San Francisco 49ers.”

If you want a pre-made sheet for Super Bowl XLVII, the folks over at have you covered, and this one works perfectly for the purposes of this pool.


Step 2: Fill in the Grid

Bring the blank sheet of paper to all the possible participants in the game and have them pick a box or number of boxes that they want by penciling their name in.

(Optionally) collect a fee for each square that will go toward the prize pool at the same time these boxes are filled out.


Step 3: Assign the Numbers

Now that you have a filled out box, it’s time to randomize some numbers, and anything from a deck of cards to a hat drawing can be used to accomplish this.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll just use a hat and 10 small strips of paper numbered zero through nine.

Pull out the first number and assign it to the first column, repeating until all pieces are gone, then doing the same for the rows. Eventually, you should have something that looks like this:


Step 4: Winners

This is up to you as the creator, as you can have one winner for the final score, two winners (final and end of first half), all the way up to five or more (one for each quarter and overtimes)

In order to determine who wins, you take the last number of the San Francisco 49ers score and the last number of the Baltimore Ravens score at the time period determined for a winner to be selected and a possible payout.

Simply find where these two digits intersect on the grid and that will be your winner. Repeat this process as many times as necessary during the pre-determined payout times.


That’s all you need, so good luck and have fun creating your own Super Bowl box game with your friends and co-workers. If you have any questions or concerns, drop a line in the comments.