Pub Champions Trivia League Official Rules

With the Pub Champions Trivia League, your team gets to compete for trivia supremacy and over $25,000 in cash prizes! Once you’re registered (it’s free!), just write your league number on your scorecard each time you play. Your score will be tracked, as simple as that!

To qualify for the Venue Tournament, your team must play at least 50% of the games hosted at your venue during the regular season. Each regular trivia season is 13 weeks long, and the Venue Tournament takes place at each venue during week 14. The winning team from each venue will be invited to compete in that division’s League Championship. League Championships award large cash prizes, and the League trophy!

Each venue is designated a League Division. To find out what division the venue your team plays at competes in, visit your venue’s location page or see below.

While the Pub Champions Trivia League is free for you to join and compete for large cash prizes, we do ask that you kindly support our partnered venues while participating by ordering drinks and/or food. Thank you!

Regular Season Scoring

Each time your team plays at a venue, you’ll earn points in that venue’s standings. These points are based on where your team finishes among other league teams at that same game. Scores include all the points earned at the game, including final questions. Your cumulative score for each night determines your league points. You can check your score on your venue's location page.

Nightly Scoring

1st2nd3rd4th5th6 and below
15 points12 points9 points6 points3 points1 point

*Please note: For your team to have scores registered in the standings you must be a registered league team and provide your nightly host your league number. Any scoring discrepancies with League Standings must be emailed to league@sporcle.com within 2 weeks of the score in question.

Playoff Week Venue Tournament Points

Just as there’s an advantage in professional sports playoffs for the top regular season teams, there’s an advantage during Sporcle Live Playoff week for each venue’s top performers. During the Week 14 Venue Tournament, your team will start the game with a predetermined number of points, based on where you finished in the regular season standings. Every point matters, so do your best not to miss a week!

Overall in Regular Season Standings

1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th
15 points10 points5 points4 points3 points2 points1 point

Bar Hop – Direct pass to the League Championships

The 5 teams in each division that simply play Sporcle Live the most at any combination of venues within that division will advance directly to that division's League Championship. You can earn a maximum of one Bar Hop point per evening. Please Note: If your team advances to the League Championship via Bar Hop, you can participate in your Venue Tournament but can't knock out another team from advancing at your venue. If your team finishes first at the Venue Tournament, you're deemed the Venue Champion and the 2nd place team is invited in addition to your team that qualified via Bar Hop.

Click HERE to see standings!

League Rules- FAQ's

Please review FAQ’s HERE related to the rules of the league. We expect all of our league players to participate with proper league integrity and etiquette. While we encourage the spirit of competition our main objective is to have a fun. Phone use while questions are asked, logging multiple scores at multiple shows on the same night, or using Ken Jennings specifically as a ringer during tournament week is prohibited. Inappropriate team participation related to the league rules will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If your team needs clarification of a rule please reach out to league@sporcle.com.

Season Dates

Summer/Fall 2017

Regular Season Venue Tournament Week League Championships
August 14 - November 12 November 13 - November 19 December 2

Winter/Spring 2018

Regular Season Venue Tournament Week League Championships
January 2 - April 1 April 2 - April 8 April 15

Spring/Summer 2018

Regular Season Venue Tournament Week League Championships
April 23 - July 22 July 23 - July 29 August 5

League Prize Pools

Illinois ($2,000 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd4th5th
$1,000$500$250$150$100

Indiana ($1,250 Cash Pool)

1st2nd
$1,000$250

Michigan - Central ($2,500 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd4th5th
$1,250$750$250$150$100

Michigan - East ($2,500 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd4th5th
$1,250$750$250$150$100

Michigan - West ($3,000 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd4th5th
$1,500$1,000$250$150$100

Minnesota ($2,000 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd4th5th
$1,000$500$250$150$100

Ohio - Central ($1,500 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd
$1,000$300$200

Ohio - East ($2,500 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd4th5th
$1,250$750$250$150$100

Ohio - West ($2,500 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd4th5th
$1,250$750$250$150$100

Pennsylvania ($1,500 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd
$1,000$300$200

Texas ($2,000 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd4th5th
$1,000$500$250$150$100

Washington ($2,000 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd4th5th
$1,000$500$250$150$100

Wisconsin ($1,500 Cash Pool)

1st2nd3rd
$1,000$300$200

Travel Division

Any team that wins a Venue Tournament in this division may travel to any League Championship to participate in that championship.

Venue Tournament and League Championship Game Rules

During Sporcle Playoff Week, the team with the highest combined score of both games (including their tournament points) at their Venue Tournament will be determined the Venue Champion and advance to the League Championship. There aren't visual rounds or audio clips during Sporcle’s Playoff Week. Cell phone use is not permitted outside of specified breaks and will result in automatic point deduction or disqualification. Teams will be allowed to swap players at intermission before the next round’s categories are read as long as they do not exceed 5 players on their team at a time.

League Championships are one combined game with the same rules that apply to Venue Tournaments. However, the final question at the League Championship is worth 30 points.

(Please Note: In some divisions of less than 15 shows, Sporcle Live invites the top two or three teams from each Venue Tournament to compete at the division's League Championship.)

championship photo