Long before the days of The National Lottery, online bingo, slots and casinos the nation's favourite games were the football pools and spot the ball. Each week you could have a coupon delivered to your home and it'd be collected along with your stake money. You'd then tune in to the football results hoping that your lucky numbers would result in pkenty of score draws so you could win the cash prize. With spot the ball you'd check the newspaper and wonder just how did they decide the ball was in that exact position.
Nowadays, the pools have been shunted aside in favour of bigger cash prize games. However you can still do the pools although Littlewoods have now been swallowed up by Vernons. It's all playable online too and there's a whole host of games to choose from. Even better when you join and deposit £25 there's a £25 welcome bonus available.
- Classic Pools: play from £1 for the chance to win up to £3million
- Premier 10: Select Home, Draw and Away wins
- Super Six: Guess Home, Draw or Away for six selected games
- Head 2 Head: Predict which side will win with cards, corners and goals
- Jackpot 12: Like Super Six but with more games!
- Soccer 4: Select winners but goal advantages are in play
The big difference between the football pools then and now is the choice of games. There are also markets specifically for Premiership, Championship, League One and Internationals. Football pundit Alan Hansen has also been drafted in to try and encourage players to get involved and there's a host of promotions, prizes, and additional side games like spot the ball on offer too. They're also celebrating 90 years of play!
The Football Pools has to offer these games to compete with bookmakers who offer all sorts of extras with their football markets - including inplay and virtual games. In some cases, for example Ladbrokes, you can actually play the pools directly via your betting account.
If you like predicting scores but aren't too keen on spending money then don't forget you can play Sky Sports Super Six for free every Saturday during the football season. Register a Skybet account and then compete against Jeff Stelling and the boys to predict the results of six games. If you get all of them correct you could win a big cash prize.