Not surprisingly, Vault’s 2006 Office Betting Pools Survey found that the Super Bowl and the NFL regular season remain the most popular events for workplace pools, according to a news release. Sixty-five percent of those who participate in betting pools said they take part in the Superbowl pool and 61% said they take part in NFL regular season pools.
The next most popular betting pool was for March Madness, with 57% of those who take place in office betting pools participating, the release said. Other popular pools were pregnancy pools (19%), the Oscars (13%) and reality shows (12%).
Some unusual office betting pools the survey found were:
- Betting on when an underperforming employee will be fired,
- Betting on when the first day of snow will occur, and
- Betting on which celebrities were the next likely to die.
There’s no harm done in gambling at work, right? A majority (80.5%) of respondents said employees do not take the possible illegality of pools seriously at all, and productivity is generally not suffering because of betting pools since 73.5% of pool participants spend only 5-10 minutes at the office making their picks and save further research to do at home. The survey of 328 employees across the US found that most companies (86%) do not have any company policy against betting pools that survey respondents are aware of.