Contests at sports books major part of pro football fever

Aug 28, 2012 3:00 AM

It’s that time of the year again. Football season is upon us and with that, it means it’s time to start entering some of the many contests around town.

There is something for everyone this season. We have the LVH Super Contest at the high-end for the serious handicappers and then we have a bunch of much smaller contests that cost $25, and one that is free.

The casinos don’t make any money off these contests. They’re basically handing out money and using football as a lure. All they ask is that you try to visit their casino at least once a week, maybe take a chance at one of the slot or table games, have some lunch, or make a bet.

It’s a very reasonable trade-off for our business. We all have some fun and have a chance to win some additional cash by picking games, which enhances our football experience all season.

Whether you bet on games or not, I highly recommend entering the no-point contests offered at William Hill,  Casinos, Coast Casinos and the Palms. Yes, enter them all. That’s a lot of different places to walk in and out of weekly to turn the cards in, but there is basically free money waiting for you.

All you have to do is take one portion of your day, like maybe a less busy day such as a Thursday afternoon and turn in all your cards at once.

A route would go like this:

• Stop at Gold Coast for the free contest.

• Walk across the street for the Palms and turn in your cards there.

• Drive to the Wild Wild West on Tropicana to turn in your Station cards.

• Then drive to PT’s Pub on your way home and turn in the William Hill selections.

That’s up to seven contests handled at four locations in less than 30 minutes and now you have several chances to win thousands in prizes.

Here’s a look at what is being offered around town:

Boyd/Coast

Contest: Pick The Pros

Entry Fee: Free

Details: Signups begin this week. Select NFL sides with no point spreads; prize pool is $500,000 with $30,000 in weekly prizes and $10,000 to winner.

Why you should join: It’s $500,000 sitting there waiting to be taken. All you have to do is show up weekly and you’ll have a shot. You don’t even have to pick games either. You can let the computer pick them for you. This is how easy these guys make it for you. Not much better value in the city for any promotion.

Cantor Gaming

Contest: Cantor Football Showdown

Entry Fee: $5,000

Details: 16 contestants compete in a 15-week bracket contest with a matchup airing on ESPN Radio (1100 AM, 98.9 FM) at 2 p.m. each Friday from the M Resort.

Why you should listen: Each week you’ll hear some of the sharpest football minds talk about their selections. This was an invitational event and you’ll want to hear who they got and why.

LVH

Contest: LVH SuperContest

Entry Fee: $1,500, limit two per person

Details: Select five NFL games against the spread each week; winner earns 40 % of all entry fees; top 20 finishers paid from an estimated $800,000 prize pool.

Why you should join: This is the grand daddy of them all, the contest that every sports handicapper in the world wants to win. To win this event carries clout the prize money can’t top. It’s like winning a bracelet in poker or a green jacket at the Masters. If you win this contest, it’s a life-changing experience.

Palms

Contest: Pigskin Payoff

Entry Fee: $25; buy three, get three free

Details: Select NFL games with no point spreads; $300,000 guaranteed with $10,000 to overall winner and top 100 finishers paid.

Why you should enter: Huge overlay at a single property which makes it one of the more attractive contests in the city. You’ll have less competition and a better chance at winning some of the prize money.

Station Casinos

Contest: Great Giveaway Football Contest

Entry Fee: $25; buy two, get one free

Details: Select NFL games with no point spreads; several weekly and season prizes awarded totaling $2 million.

Why you should enter: It’s easy, it’s convenient and it’s fun. Plus, there are $2 million other reasons why to join. Huge overlay with chances to win houses and cars, just for picking winners or losers in football games.

Contest: Last Man Standing (NFL)

Entry Fee: $25; buy four get one free

Details: Select one NFL game against the spread each week, one loss means elimination; winner takes prize pool with $75,000 minimum guaranteed.

Why you should join: If betting weekly, this is the contest for you. It’s a chance for a bettor to get in for small money and have a chance at winning a large chunk of change.

Contest: Last Man Standing (College)

Entry Fee: $25; buy four, get one free

Details: Select one college game against the spread each week, one loss means elimination; winner takes prize pool with $25,000 minimum guaranteed. Also, there is a $100,000 bonus if a contestant wins both the college and pro Last Man Standing contests.

Why you should enter: It’s one of only two contests in town that allows College football handicapping to be involved. Chances are you live close to a Station property and this is too good to pass up on.

William Hill

Contest: Pro Pick ‘em

Entry Fee: $25; limit 25 per person

Details: Select NFL games with no point spreads; $500,000 prize pool; $21,000 in cash awarded each week; $20,000 and trip for two to London grand prize for season.

Why you should enter: Cheap entry fee and convenience of betting at all the William Hill operations that includes PT’s Pubs. There’s bound to be one by you wherever you live in the state.

Contest: College Pick ‘em

Entry Fee: $100; limit 25 per person

Details: Select seven college games against point spreads each week; $100,000 guaranteed; $8,000 in cash prizes awarded for 10 weeks; $10,000 grand prize for season.

Why you should enter: One of two College football contest in town that let your weekly handicapping come into play. If you plan on betting college football this season, you should invest the $100 and give it a shot. You never know, this could be your big year.