Westgate offering VGK, NBA, NFL contests

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If you enjoy participating in contests, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has three new events to enter.

Hockey fans, especially those living in Southern Nevada, may want to get into the SuperBook’s Golden Knights prop contest. Basketball fans may want to enter the NBA season totals contest.

And for football fans who may have gotten off to a slow start, the Westgate will have a second half contest for its SuperContest.

“The prop contest is geared for all hockey fans, not just Golden Knights fans,” said SuperBook VP Jay Kornegay, “It gives them their own little contest.

“The NBA contest is definitely for all basketball fans. It gives you action all season, same as the Golden Knights contest.” 

The hockey contest involves 30 different VGK props along with a tiebreaker. Contestants have to predict whether specific players will exceed or fall short of certain accomplishments this season.

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For example, will William Karlsson score more or less than 24.5 goals? Will Nate Schmidt have more or less than 29.5 assists? Or will Ryan Reaves have over or under 73.5 penalty minutes? The tiebreaker will be the total points accumulated by the Knights during the regular season.

These props only involve games played while a member of VGK. So if a Golden Knight is traded whatever that player does with his new team does not count towards his prop. 

That means some sharp preseason scouring local media that covers VGK might provide insights or rumors into possible in-season trades that could mean there are some built in biases for the Under part of specific players’ props.

Entry fee is $100 and the deadline for the VGK contest is only a week away – next Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. The Knights open their regular season a half hour later hosting San Jose.

The NBA contest is simple. You must pick all 30 teams’ total wins for the season, over or under. For example, will the Lakers win more or less than 50.5 games? At the high end is Milwaukee with the Bucks having a total wins of 57.5. The low end is Charlotte with the Hornets’ total wins set at 23.5. To prevent pushes all totals are set at half-games.

There is a tiebreaker that involves predicting the total number of wins attainted by the combination of the Lakers, Bulls and Knicks. As a guide the contest totals for that trio sums to 111.5 but you can submit any number you choose.

Entry fee is $250 and there’s a maximum of three entries per contestant for both the NBA and VGK contests. In addition, a Westgate Players Card, which is free, is also required. The NBA contest deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 22.

Finally, the SuperBook Reboot contest, which is separate from the regular contest, is accepting entries through Nov. 2. The Reboot, which runs from Weeks 9 through 17 of the NFL season, costs $500.

“We are really excited about this brand-new contest,” Kornegay said. “The Reboot offers everyone a new start and second chance to make this a winning season.”

Both contests take a 5 percent administrative fee from each entry resulting in a 95 percent payback with each contest awarding 50 percent of the prize pool to the winner, 30 percent to the runner up and 20 percent to the third place finisher. 

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Andy Iskoe

Owner and author of “The Logical Approach,” Andy Iskoe has been a long time GT columnist, contributing weekly in-season columns on baseball, pro basketball and pro football.

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