Super Bowl Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year and it’s arguably the one day that even the most anti-gambling person participates in a wager. For most people reading this article, a weekly wager is extremely common, and no doubt wagers will be made on the side, total and some props on Sunday. But for others, participating in a fun party game with small entry fees, is a joy in itself.
Here are two standard party wagers that anyone can participate with friends.
Super Bowl Squares:
This is the most common and easiest to way to join in the Super Bowl fun. The process is fairly simple. There are 100 available squares on a 10 x 10 board and the person running the square board charges an amount ($5? $10? $20 or even more) for each square. Everyone writes their name in a square until all of the squares are filled up. Depending on the number of people attending the party, people can purchase more than one square.
Then the numbers 0-9 are randomly filled in both vertically and horizontally adjacent to the squares. One team represents the numbers at the top of the board going horizontally and the other team is represented by the numbers going vertically. Prior to the start of the game, you must determine the payouts at the end of each quarter. At the end of each quarter, the second number of the score for each team corresponds to a square. For example, if the score after the first quarter is Kansas City leading 14-13 over San Francisco, the square representing 4 for Kansas City and 3 for San Francisco wins the money for that specific quarter. You do that at the end of each quarter, with the big payout coming for the end of the game, and everyone is invested throughout!
For the more advanced players out there, a twist on the traditional squares board is to do a draft or even an auction of the specific squares available after all the numbers have already been drawn. Give everyone a budget and let the bidding begin!
First Player to Score a Touchdown:
This is by far my favorite part of the Super Bowl. Figuring out who the first player to score a touchdown (rushing or receiving not throwing) is fun in general but doing it with friends at a party makes even more enjoyable. You typically need 10-12 people to participate and just like with the squares everyone pays an entry fee. Then go to any online sportsbook and go find the odds for the first player to score a TD. Write down each player’s names on a piece of paper for the guys with the best odds listed until you have all, but one participant represented.
The final piece of paper should just list “The Field”. Throw them all in a hat and have everyone pick one. But here’s the key, do not let anyone reveal which player they have. Once the first TD is scored, that person with the winning player is then forced to celebrate with their favorite money dance along with the money of course!