College football, for the most part, takes a back seat to the NFL in terms of football contests in Las Vegas. And, Caesars Palace was quick to capitalize.
“The response to college football is great and we look for that trend to continue,” said Chuck Esposito, race and sports book director at Caesars Palace and the man overseeing operations at the member resorts under the Park Place umbrella.
Caesars will be the epicenter for the annual College Football 101 contest, which is also available at the Las Vegas Hilton, Bally’s, Paris/Las Vegas, Bally’s-Reno, the three Flamingo hotels (Las Vegas, Reno and Laughlin) and Caesars Tahoe.
The format is 20 games each week with each entrant having to choose 10 against the spread. The entry fee is $50 per person per entry, with each player allowed to enter five times.
“The top 20 finishers get to divide 100 percent of the total pool,” Esposito said. “Early signups will be eligible to win tickets to the Rose Bowl, site for the national championship game. That should be quite an attraction for our customers.”
Applications will be available at all the Park Place Entertainment Hotels in Nevada. The early signup deadline is Sunday, Aug. 26, with the final deadline five days later on Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. The top three contestants with the most points accumulated through Saturday, Oct. 13 will win three pairs of tickets to the Rose Bowl.
“We like to be considered the best as far as college football contests are concerned,” Esposito said. “Park Place has always recognized that there is a big market for college football betting and we wanted to take advantage of the interest. The Hilton has its big NFL contest, so we try to concentrate on this.”
College Football 101
Where: Caesars Palace,
Hilton, Bally’s, Paris/Las Vegas, Bally’s-Reno, Flamingo Hilton (Las Vegas,
Reno and Laughlin) and Caesars Tahoe.
$50,000 (guaranteed) Purse split among the top 20 finishers.
Entry fee: $50 per person. Up to
five entries allowed.
Format: Choose 10 games against
the spread each week.
Deadline: Saturday, Sept. 1 at
Amenities: Top three contestants
with the most points accumulated through Saturday, Oct. 13 will win three pairs
of tickets to the Rose Bowl for the national championship game. Entrants signing
up before Sunday, Aug. 26 will also be eligible to win tickets to the Rose Bowl.
THE SUPER CONTEST
Where: Las Vegas Hilton
Total purse: $337,000 (based on
Entry fee: $1,500
First prize: 40 percent, 150,000
Deadline: Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.
Amenities: An additional $10,000
mini-contest will be offered to entrants signing up before Aug. 26. The format
will be an accumulation of points each week over the last three weeks of the
Total purse: determined by total
Entry fee: $50. Must win each
week to advance.
(vs. spread) or totals (over/under) for college or NFL. One pick.
First prize: Winner take all.
Top prize split equally if tied.
Deadline: Saturday, Sept. 8.
Amenities: Allowed maximum of
five entries per person.
24th PICK THE PROS
Where: Barbary Coast, The
Orleans, Gold Coast, Plaza, Suncoast
Total purse: $1,250,000
Entry fee: $25.
Format: No points, no handicaps,
First prize: $100,000 top prize;
2nd place $50,000; 3rd place $25,000; next 357 winners share $400,000.
Deadline: Sept. 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Amenities: Allowed five entries
per person, with the fifth entry fee. $40,000 in weekly cash prizes. A $10,000
winner guaranteed each week. Signup before 4 p.m. Sept. 6 for a chance to win
$3,000 in cash drawings and other prizes.
Charlie’s East & West
Total purse: $400,000
Entry fee: $15 (fifth entry
Format: pick ATS.
First prize:$100,000 for season,
$50, 2nd, $20 third, $10 fourth, $5 fifth, $6-10 $2,500; $10,000 winner each
week; $2,000 bonus for a 15-0 week.
Deadline: Sept. 8 at 8 p.m.
Amenities: Win big by compete
against fewer entrants than other major contests. Any money left over from
$2,000 pool will go into the pot for first round of the playoffs.
Where: Regent-Las Vegas
Total purse: $125,000
Entry fee: Free
First prize: $25,000 for season,
Deadline: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until
Saturday, Sept. 8
Amenities: 5-cent vig Mondays
from noon to 4 p.m. beginning Week 2. Second-chance parlay cards are eligible
for Monday Night draw with a $1,000 maximum payout. First place gets 20 times
(X) the amount bet, second 10X and third 5X.
Where:: Sams Town, Stardust,
Jokers Wild, Fremont, Eldorado, California
Total purse: $170,000
Entry fee: Free. Only 1 entry
per person allowed.
Format: 17 games (college and
NFL) per week
First prize: $10,000 per week,
Deadline: Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.
Amenities: Entrants can sign up
each week at any of the six Boyd Gaming properties.
Where: — Fiesta, The Reserve
Total purse: $250,000
Entry fee: Free. Each will
receive two free entries.
Format: 17 weeks.
First prize: $5,000 guaranteed
(minimum) 1st place 50 percent of all fees; 2nd place 15 percent, 3rd place 10
Deadline: Saturday, Sept. 8.
Amenities: $170,000 in weekly cash prizes. Entrants paid up to 50th place for a total of $80,000.