Why You Can't Pay NCAA Pools Online (Psst, You Can)

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In 1996, Chris Hehman built one of the first online bracket managers for the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, or March Madness, as it’s known to most of the millions of Americans who gamble on it every year. Hehman’s boss at the now defunct telecom firm Nortel wanted a better way to keep track of the fifty odd entries in the annual office pool. “Fifty doesn’t seem like a large number now,” says Hehman, “but back when you had to print it all and mark up all of the results and score them by hand, it was extremely tedious.”

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