SuperContest: OddsShark vs. the World
It has been known as the de facto world championship of NFL betting and it is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s the LVH SuperContest (the LVH is now known as the Westgate Resort) and it is tracking towards becoming the next big thing in premium contests. And OddsShark.com will be putting its NFL prediction computer up against other betting and pick-em contest heavyweights.
“In 2009, the winner got a little less than $200,000 but last year it was up to nearly $600,000 and it has the feel of an event that could explode any year,” said Mike Pickett of OddsShark, who will help choose the top five selections each week.
“With some more hype and more every-man involvement, I can see this pushing to a $1 million top prize very quickly and becoming like the early-stage World Series of Poker.”
The resort hosts a pre-contest weekend each year and it's Aug 22-24, with more than 1,000 handicappers and weekend warrior NFL bettors flocking to Las Vegas to register and put down their $1,500 entry fee.
[ See the SuperContest page, standings, and updates here at OddsShark ]
Nevada contest rules dictate that a player must sign up in person, meaning a trip to Vegas is a necessary evil. Darn! However, each week, players can assign a local ‘proxy’ to make sure their picks get entered properly and before the Saturday morning deadline. [ Interested in registering? Check out a few trusted proxy services at footballcontestproxy.com/ ]
Each week, contestants will make their best five picks against the LVH Superbook spread. The winner can’t have any slumps, because it will take around 55 points to win the contest if history is any indication.
And since the odds are stacked pretty high against the computer winning it (especially on its first try), OddsShark created a contest-within-a-contest, challenging some of the top writers, bloggers, and handicappers to see who can achieve the highest score in the group.
Fans and bettors looking for free NFL picks will be able to check out the various pages each week. So good luck to the super computer in the SuperContest in 2014!