Smith of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting. Respect their wishes and don’t try to guilt or bully them. An office pool should be fun for everyone in the workplace–not just a select few. This will decrease the likelihood of any miscommunication later on.

Pony up the money. Be sure to pay any entrance fees or losses as soon as possible. If someone in the office does not want to participate in the pool, don’t try to pressure them into it. If you’re in charge of the office pool, make sure that you have clear written rules that are given to all participants. Even though you’re having a good time, don’t leave your professionalism at the door when placing bets in the workplace. Barclay, President and Founder of the Etiquette Centre of Minneapolis, LLC.

Don’t badger coworkers.

Remember workplace etiquette. Also, be sure to pay taxes on your winnings. The following tips can ensure that betting on the Super Bowl or March Madness in the office is an enjoyable, drama-free activity. “Allow everyone, from the mail clerks to the CEO, to have the chance to get in on the action.”

Make clear rules.

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“When creating office pools, be sure to be inclusive,” said Jodi R.R. Don’t rub it in when you win or pout when you lose. . Don’t put someone in the uncomfortable position of asking you repeatedly to cough up the cash you owe.

Don’t leave anyone out.

Don’t be a sore loser…or winner. “When talking about your draft picks or yesterday’s game, avoid loud talking, shouting across the office cube walls, or congregating outside the workspace of those not engaged in the conversation.”

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Social gambling in the workplace can be a fun opportunity to bond with coworkers while enjoying your favorite sports–as long as the laws in your state and the rules of your company allow it.

“It is easy to get carried away talking about the game, scores and bets, however, remember it is an office environment,” said Laura A. Whether you are experiencing the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat, be a good sport