Showdown For The Crown



UPDATE 3/17:

Ok everyone, the website runyourpool has kind of done me dirty here. They have informed me they actually will not be able to accommodate the round by round format this year. Which is not what I was originally told. Looks like I’m going to have to calculate all scores by hand going forward. This is what we’re going to do.

  1. You will need to email or text me your picks for each round before tipoff. Send them to this email or text to my cell (214) 532-7858. I will try and send out a template before each round to make things a little easier.
  2. I will email out the leaderboard at the end of each round.
  3. I will also post the leaderboard on a private webpage on my company’s website. You can find that here:
  4. For transparency sake, I will email my picks to the entire group as soon as possible after each round ends.

Please note that the overall leaderboard on the Run Your Pool website will no longer be accurate after the second round begins as it is now locked to the brackets everyone submitted. I apologize to everyone for the inconvenience. Next year we will have a better solution. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.


Welcome everyone to a new year of Showdown For The Crown! A unique March Madness bracket pool brought to you by Crown Realty Group & BABZ Marine! Check us out on Instagram at @crgdfw & @babzusa ! There are a few changes this year so be sure to read the summary below and check out the full rules under the Pool Info tab. This will be a little different than what you're probably used to with other pools. Please see the full rules below. But here is a brief summary.


Entry Fee of $30 - 3 entries allowed per person. Payment must be made before the first game tips off or you'll be booted. Venmo - @CalebHainline - Please contact me for other payment methods.


Prize Money - Top 10% of entries will win money. Payout will be determined when the first game tips and we know how many entries there are. 1st place will still be heavily weighted!


Round By Round Format - You will pick one round at a time, once the previous round has been completed.



  • Points are awarded for each correct pick.
  • Points values increase as the tournament progresses, as follows: 
    • Play-in games are not included or scored
    • First Round = 30 point
    • Second Round = 45 points
    • Sweet 16 = 75 points
    • Regional Final (Round of 8) = 90 points
    • National Semifinal (Last Four) = 105 points
    • Championship = 120 points
  • Seeding Bonus - The pool uses a seed point bonus. The seed of the picked team will be added to the points assigned per round. For example, if a member correctly picks a 7 seeded team to win in the Sweet Sixteen round, they will receive 82 points (75 round points + 7 seed points). 
  • The tie-breaker is the combined number of points scored in the Championship game. Each member must enter a tie-break value when they make their picks. 
  • The winner is the entry with the most points at the end of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Second tie-breaker will be number of Sweet 16 round points, followed by Elite 8, then total of rounds 1 &2. 

Feel free to share this pool with anyone you know! But remember, all non paying accounts will be deleted after tip off of round 1. Good luck ya jabronis! 

-Caleb Hainline