Sports Betting Contests

As if wagering on sports wasn’t already exciting enough, sports betting contests add a whole new level of intrigue to each week’s matchups. These contests were made famous by casino sportsbooks in Las Vegas, but they are now available through sports betting apps across the country. The highest paying and most frequent sports betting contests around all involve NFL football so if you’re a fan of the league you’ll definitely want to join in. Grand prizes can range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and buy-ins can vary as well so you can pick the contest that works for you.

Once you learn how a few of these contests work you’ll be in good shape to know how all of them work because they’re pretty similar in structure. They either involve choosing an outright winner every Sunday in order to survive and move on to the next week. They could also be structured by gaining points for correct picks and tallying up those points until the end of the season. Whether you’re using a Las Vegas sportsbook by being in the city or through proxy betting, you’re sure to find these legal sports betting contests every season. However, you can also find the same if not better contests through online offshore sportsbooks that are available nationwide. We’ll detail every aspect of the most popular sports betting contests below!

Contests Involving Spreads

2019 Ultimate Football Challenge

Casino:

Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Entry Fee:

$1,000

Max Entries:

2

Top Prize:

40% of the prize pool

In this Golden Nugget contest, contestants must make seven (7) picks per week involving both professional and college football. There can be no total points selections, as the challenge only reflects betting on teams against the spread. Each correct selection gives you a point while ties result in a half-point.

The top 20 finishers get paid – 100% of the prize pool – as those who finish 11-20 receive $1,000 each. The top prize takes home 40% of the entire pool, followed by 20% and 10% for 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Contestants must sign up in person and fund their entry by cash or Golden Nugget casino chips only.

Westgate Las Vegas 2019 SuperContest

Casino:

Westgate Las Vegas

Entry Fee:

$1,500

Max Entries:

2

Top Prize:

32% of the prize pool

For possibly the most popular football contest, contestants are to select five teams from the NFL each week who they believe will beat the spread. Scoring works in the same fashion, as correct selections are worth 1 point while ties are worth half of that. Contestants are unable to select both sides of the game in attempts to ensure points.

With a 32% take from the top spot, this contest also offers bonuses along the way. In the first four weeks, a 1st Quarter Bonus of $15,000 is given (or split) amongst the contestant(s) with the top points. They also have a $15,000 Halftime Bonus that pays out similarly but after the first eight weeks of the NFL season.

Westgate Las Vegas 2019 SuperContest Gold

Casino:

Westgate Las Vegas

Entry Fee:

$5,000

Max Entries:

1

Top Prize:

100% of the prize pool

This winner-take-all contest is not for the faint of heart. Second place gets rewarded with nothing, meaning this competition is only for those who think they can win it all and have the confidence. Players can sign up with cash, cashier’s check, money order, Westgate Las Vegas casino chips, and credit card to fund their entry.

With only one (1) entry per person, making sure you pick the right games is crucial. Five games from the NFL will be selected each week and the same scoring format is implemented from their SuperContest. At the end of the season, one person becomes very happy, while many others are sitting around waiting for next year.

2019 William Hill College Pick ‘Em Football Contest

Casino:

Any Nevada William Hill Casino

Entry Fee:

$500

Max Entries:

4

Top Prize:

50% of the prize pool

Open at over two Nevada properties, this contest is focused on the college teams rather than the NFL. Each week, contestants shall select seven games against the spread from a list of 25 games provided by the casino. Because it is based around college, the contest only lasts for 10 weeks and offers a top prize of 50% of the entry fees collected.

If you select 49 winners or more, you will also receive a $25,000 bonus prize, which makes this one of the most profitable contests for the fee. The top ten finishers will be paid out in percentage increments from 15% (2nd) to 2.5% (7th – 10th). Selections must be made at one of their full-service sportsbooks or through a William Hill Sportsbook kiosk.

The Circa Sports Million Pro Football Contest

Casino:

Golden Gate Casino Las Vegas & D Las Vegas

Entry Fee:

$1,000

Max Entries:

3

Top Prize:

$1,000,000

Registration for this contest must be done in person at the two casinos listed above, but users are able to play outside of Nevada by using a proxy. With up to three entries per person available, the prize pool creates a variety of ways for players to be paid out. By selecting five picks per week against the spread, players get one point for correct selections and a half-point for ties.

The champion takes home $1 million and the prizes fall quickly afterward: $100,000 (2nd), $60,000 (3rd), all the way to $5,000 (10th). The contest also calls for quarterly prizes which will break the NFL season down into three four-week contests and the final 5 weeks of the NFL season. Each of these quarters will see the leader(s) take home (a share of) $50,000 or more each time.

Contests Involving Pick ‘Ems

Pick The Pros

Casino:

Any Boyd Gaming Corp Casino

Entry Fee:

Free

Max Entries:

1 Per Week

Top Prize:

$30,000 Per Week

Available at the kiosks at Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, California, Fremont, and Main Street Station casinos, this contest resets every week to give every contestant the opportunity to win. Simply pick the winner of every NFL matchup per week and select a score to represent your entry’s tiebreaker.

Each week is guaranteed a top prize of $30,000 and in the result of a tie, the top winners will evenly split the weekly prize. Because this is a weekly contest, winners must claim their ticket within seven (7) days or they forfeit their right to the money.

William Hill Pro Pick’Em

Casino:

Any Nevada William Hill Property

Entry Fee:

$25

Max Entries:

15

Top Prize:

$20,000

With a total of over $300,000 in cash prizes, entrants are eligible to make money in a variety of ways in the pick ‘em contest. To start, every fifth entry will be free, ultimately saving you $75 if you sign up for the maximum number of spots. A $10,000 weekly cash prize is paid/split for those with the most weekly winners and for those who finish the season with over 200 wins will receive $100,000 cash.

Each week you are required to select 15 games and choose who will win the contest. This does not involve spreads, so in the weeks where less than 15 games are played, the remaining extra spots will be reserved for betting on the points total.

$500,000 Pennsylvania Pick ‘Em

Casino:

PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers

Entry Fee:

$150

Max Entries:

25

Top Prize:

$125,000 (or 25% of prize pool)

This Pennsylvania contest is run solely through the online sportsbooks of Sugarhouse Casino as well as Rivers Casino. All of the entry fees enter the prize pool and contestants must pick every single NFL game every week. First place is allotted a prize of $125,000 or 25% of the prize pool, depending on whether or not the contest brings in half-a-million in entry fees.

Each week, the top winners will share a $2,500 top prize and at the end of the season, the top 500 finishers will receive money. In a rare situation, the biggest loser of the contest will also win a prize at the end of the year. In fact, if you get the least number of picks correct, you will bring home $2,500, which is more than anyone finishing in positions 21 – 500.

Offshore Contests

$250,000 Mega Pickem Contest

Casino:

BetOnline

Entry Fee:

$250 (for first)

Max Entries:

5

Top Prize:

$100,000

BetOnline offers a contest where players must select 5 games from the NFL and correctly guess them against the spread. Each correct pick is worth a point and no whole number spreads will be offered. With up to five entries available to each player, your second and third will cost you only $200, while your last two will be $150 each.

No rollover requirement is required once you hit it big, which means a large share of money can be yours after the last week of the NFL season. The top 40 participants get paid out with the top dog earning $100,000, second place taking home $50,000, and positions 31-40 earning $300 each.

$25K Streak Challenge

Casino:

BetDSI

Entry Fee:

Free

Max Entries:

1

Top Prize:

$25,000

From a list of matches provided by the website, players will select no more than one pick per day. If you guess the pick correctly, you receive a point and your total will keep increasing with each correct guess. However, at any point, if you make an incorrect selection, your total will revert back to 0 and your streak will start over.

Prizes are given for a few different milestones. If you get five in a row, $25 worth of free play is offered. Every four additional correct picks from there will reward you with free play until you reach the grand prize of $25,000 cash for hitting 21 in a row. At the end of the month, the leader will receive $1,000 in free play as well.

$100,000 Survivor Contest

Casino:

BetOnline

Entry Fee:

$25 (for first)

Max Entries:

25

Top Prize:

$100,000

In this season-long contest for the NFL, participants must select a team they believe will win their matchup each week. No spreads are used in this game, as the only stipulation is their victory for the game. The real kicker comes in, as you are only allowed to pick a team one time throughout the entire season, so finding the best value is crucial in this contest.

Entries cost $25, but the next three cost $20, 6-10 cost $15, and 11-25 are only $10 each. The prize money is not free play but cash without any rollover requirements, making you eligible to withdrawal it instantaneously. If nobody survives the entire contest, the player(s) who last the longest will be rewarded (a share of) the top prize.