Come one, come all! Step right up folks for the greatest sports handicapping festival in the world this Friday at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook when the sharpest minds in the business share their thoughts on everything football for the fourth annual SuperContest Weekend.
“I wouldn’t go as far as calling it the greatest sports betting gathering in the world,” said SuperBook vice-president Jay Kornegay, “but it certainly is the only type of its event in this country.”
Okay, so maybe we don’t know what kind of gathering they have in India for the cricket bettors or England for the Premier League punters, but since baseball has it’s World Series and it only involves USA teams, I think we can get away with calling this the greatest sports betting gathering in the world.
“It’s a great event for all levels of sports gamblers,” said Kornegay.
It certainly is, and what I’ve found out through each of these events is that even the sharpest of football minds always come away learning something they didn’t know. For those who are maybe just getting into their 2015 football groove, this is an absolute must just to get a refresher on what to expect from each team this season.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and the seminar begins at 6 with the college football segment, and then the NFL carries the rest of the show with panels discussing the NFC and the AFC.
Each of the celebrity handicappers come with a wide variety of different angles on each team. You’re not going to hear a Shannon Sharpe-type breakdown like, “this team is going to be real good because this player…blah-blah-blah.” No, these breakdowns are deep and reflect the ratings of each team and why a certain team might be overvalued or undervalued early on. Everything said will be relative to the spread, totals and expectancy in the futures market.
“This also gives the betting community a chance to actually meet one another face to face, and for old friends to catch up and others to meet fellow colleagues,” said Kornegay.
When Kornegay first started the event his goal was to attract more attention to the SuperContest, which is easily the greatest sports handicapping contest in the world. And it’s worked with flying colors as entries have grown massively each year with last year’s 1,403 entries being the highest ever. Last year’s winner, CH Ballers, took home a record $736,575.
Kornegay’s goal this year is to get just over 1,900 entries at the $1,500 buy-in, which would guarantee the winner taking home a $1 million paycheck, but he’s playing it cool here with estimations.
“I think we’ll get close to 1,700,” he said. “We’ve got over 600 entries already, which is about 60 ahead of last year’s pace, but we’ve got six extra days this year compared to same date.”
The SuperContest format has contestants picking five pro games against the spread each week and the top 50 performers at the end of the season get in the prize pool.
If you are thinking the contest might be too intimidating to enter for fear of being outmatched by the likes of two-time SuperContest winner Steve Fezzik or super-handicapper Dave Cokin, think again. This thing has been wide open the past four years with three of the winners being first-time entrants who happened to get on a roll and stay hot for 17 straight weeks.
Three years ago the SuperContest saw its first female winner. Kornegay has created a SuperContest buzz ever since last season ended by offering free entries nationally through a satellite series played on the Gamblino app. He gave out a free entry each for winning the NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs and MLB contests.
The idea with the free national contests was to let everyone around the country know they don’t have to be in Las Vegas each week to play the SuperContest. They have to make one visit to enter and can use a proxy service to turn in their weekly selections.
He’ll also be raffling off one free entry to a lucky person attending the seminar on Friday with each person walking through the door getting a raffle ticket. Another will be given away during his sold-out SuperContest golf tournament on Saturday.
The seminar will be held in Ballrooms A and B, and with the growth of the SuperContest and its seminar, we might have to add Ballroom C into the mix soon. This thing is big and you don’t want to miss it. See you there.
More Seminars: There will also be big football seminars at Sunset Station (Wednesday, 6 p.m.) and Jerry’s Nugget during the week. Check with the race and sportsbooks for more info or listen to Brian Blessing and his Linemakers radio show on AM 920 for mentions.
Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas race and sports book director, one of The Linemakers on SportingNews.com , and longtime motorsports columnist and sports analyst at GamingToday. Follow Micah on Twitter @MicahRoberts7 Contact Micah at [email protected].