Well, it happened... a regular season tie between San Francisco and St. Louis! This was the first tie game since the Philly/Cinncy 13-13 tie in 2008 and San Francisco's first tie since 1986.
Usually we talk about ties in "Against the Spreads" pools where ties are more frequent when the final score exactly matches the point spread. You'd be surprised how many people don't realize that a regular season game can end in a tie. This is why we offer the 2,1,0 scoring (win=2, tie=1, loss=0) even in pools that don't use point spreads.
So what happens in your pool? If you're playing against the spreads, then you've probably already considered the possibility of a tie, but what about for the straight pick'ems? In regular pick'ems with the 1,0,0 scoring (win=1, tie/loss=0), you'll simply earn 0 points for the tie whether you're pool is set up as a weighted/confidence game or regular pickem.
If your pool is unweighted and requires picking ALL games each week, then this is really a non-issue since everyone will either get 0 points for that game or 1 point if your pool is set to 2,1,0 scoring.
In weighted pools, the tie could make more of a difference. With 2,1,0 scoring, you'd earn the exact weight value you assigned for that game since the multiplier is 1 and in 1,0,0 scoring, you'd get 0 points. The scoring option is up to your pool admin. They do have the ability to change the scoring from 1,0,0 to 2,1,0 mid season and the pool's scoring will adjust appropriately for the entire season. The setting can be switched back and forth without harming anything in your pool. Using 2,1,0 scoring will only affect the rankings in a week where there is a tie since in all other weeks, it doesn't matter if you get 1 point or 2 points for a win, everyone's points will double and standings will be unchanged. In the week with a tie, players will earn an extra point or 1 times their multiple value in weighted/confidence games.
In suicide/survivor pools, points really don't matter. Tt it is simply an issue of whether or not a tie knocks you out. This is entirely up to the pool admin regardless of what our system does. The pool admin can go to "Lock a Player" in the "Pool Admin" menu and simply unlock or lock those players who picked in the tie game based on whichever way he/she wants to implement the tie rule for their pool. Our system locks out player at the start of each new week (Tues. mornings) based on what happened the week before, so the admin can Lock/Unlock as necessary at the start of the new week.
Our system is flexible allowing admin's to handle this situation the way they want. Individual participants should contact their admin directly to find out which way their pool works. Feel free to reference this article if necessary!