Pick the Pros free NFL contest is back

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Pick the Pros, the Las Vegas Valley’s longest-running free football contest, kicks off its eighth season at Boyd Gaming casinos across Southern Nevada on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

During the 2015 NFL season, more than $500,000 will be up for grabs in the contest, including a $30,000 cash prize each week during the regular season.

Players start a new contest each week, so all have the same shot at the $30,000 prize pool during every week of the football season. Players select the winners of each week’s slate of games, straight up. In turn, winners are selected by the number of correct picks.

If there is only one top performer during a given week, that lucky player receives the entire $30,000 prize pool. In the event of a tie among multiple players, one player will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 cash prize, while the remaining winners will split a $20,000 pool.

Players receive a minimum of three entries per week based on tier level. B Connected accounts are required for players to participate and there is never a fee. Week 1 entries will be accepted starting Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. Entries may be submitted at electronic kiosks located at The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast, Sam’s Town, Fremont, Main Street Station and the California. For further information, including contest rules, visit pickthepros.com or any Boyd Gaming race and sportsbook.


The Summerlin-based casino is running its Red Zone to Riches $50,000 Pro Football Kiosk Contest. Contestants can win a share of the $1,000 weekly prize pool. Make your weekly picks at the kiosk starting Sept. 1. The top three winners each week will share $1,000.

If you pick more winners than the race and sports director, you will share in the $2,000 weekly casino play prize pool.

Your first pick is free. Earn 250 base points to receive a second pick. See the Resort Rewards Club for complete details.


The end of the summer season will be toasted at the pool with an array of drink specials available during Labor Day Weekend from Sept. 4-7.

The Deck, a resort-style pool, features classic cocktails, frozen drinks, beer and wine. Specialty cocktails will be offered and guests may “make it a large” by adding another shot to any cocktail for an additional $4. All drinks may be updated to be served in a full-sized pineapple for $6.

Partiers can celebrate the holiday with friends and order one of the 58-ounce pitchers for $30 or a beer bucket special priced at $36 for six beers. The pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through the holiday weekend, with day passes available to locals and non-hotel guests for $20 per person.


Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas 2015 summer concert series will conclude this Labor Day weekend with a free concert Sunday, Sept. 6 at 9 p.m. featuring Kansas and special guest Blue Oyster Cult performing on the 3rd Street Stage.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend! Until next week…good luck and good gaming!

H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 21-year resident of Las Vegas.  Email: [email protected].

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