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About the Super Contest

The Westgate Super Contest will give NFL handicappers the chance to battle it out for a six-figure cash prize once again this season, with the ever-expanding ATS event attracting over 1,800 entries in 2016 and paying out nearly $900,000 to the winner plus more than $2.5 million in total prizes.

The rules of the Super Contest are straightforward: every week, entrants pick five NFL games against the spread (based on a line set by the SuperBook), and for every correct pick the entrant earns a single point for the standings. End up with a push against the spread? That’s worth a half-point. When the season is over, whoever has the most points is the winner.

Last year, winner POPS2008 earned just under $900,000 with the lowest point total (55.5) since 2010. Starbucks barista Damon Graham had two entries in the Super Contest and won money with both, going 54-28-3 with his better one. The top prize was still worth 35 percent of the total prize pool but shrunk from 2015 due to the eight percent rake taken by the Westgate for the first time in 2016.

The 2015 winner, Rounding Again, was $914,175 richer after claiming both the first-place prize of $906,675 and splitting the $15,000 bonus for picking winners at least 67 percent of the time with second-place finisher Olguita. The second-place prize in 2015 was $362,670, which is 14 percent of the prize pool, while the third-place finisher walked away with $181,335. With the top 50 spots paid out, Nos. 39-51 each earned $2,989.05 in a 13-way tie, nearly doubling their money.

In 2015, six points separated first place from 13th place, with champion Rounding Again going 59-23-3 for 60.5 points, and the six entrants tied for eighth place picking up 54.5 points on the season (and $54,832.25). The LVH Super Contest standings were not too close at the top, with Rounding Again beating the second-place finisher by three points and the third-place finisher by 3.5 points. The entrants tied for fourth in the standings were 4.5 points behind the champion.

Entries for the 2017 Super Contest started getting accepted on July 1, and the deadline for entering the Super Contest is September 9 at 11 a.m. (PT). Those who enter before September 4 by 4 p.m. are also eligible to compete in a Mini Contest with an increased prize of $15,000, which runs in the final three weeks of the NFL season. There are two new $15,000 bonuses in 2017 awarded to the leader(s) of the Super Contest after weeks 4 and 8. Entrants can also head to Las Vegas for the sixth annual Super Contest Weekend on August 17-19.

The entry fee for the Super Contest is $1,500, entrants must be 21 years old, and 92 percent of the fees are paid out at the end of the season. You can submit up to two entries and your picks are due by 11 a.m. on Saturday – miss the deadline and you get zero points for the week, which would not help your chances.

Over $2.5 million was handed out again in 2016 in the Westgate Super Contest, which is billed as the world’s ultimate pro football handicapping contest.

The History of the Super Contest

Run by the SuperBook in Las Vegas, over 1,700 entries were accepted in 2016 for the weekly NFL betting picks contest that just keeps getting bigger every year. And 2017 is expected to be the biggest year yet for the competition.

Back in 2004, the Super Contest had 411 entries, and the first-place prize was split three ways between Letitridesports.com, Group A, and Tiger Wilson, all of whom put up 52.5 points on the season and collected $131,520 for their handicapping savvy. In 2005 it was Blue Team that walked away as the solo winner, earning $303,000 in a contest that attracted 505 entries.

First-place shares for the next six years were then $249,600, $205,200, $210,000, $196,800, $207,000, and $310,200, and the Super Contest then exploded in 2012 with 745 entries with contest champion Al Sr. grabbing the first-place prize of $447,000 after putting up 57.5 points.

In 2013, the Super Contest went to another level once again, attracting 1,034 entries with the winner David Frohardt-Lane putting up 57 points en route to taking home the first-place prize of $542,850 plus a $15,000 bonus for selecting 67 percent or better winners on the season. In 2014, CH Ballers set an all-time Super Contest record with 76 percent winners, going 64-20-1 for 64.5 points to win $740,325. In 2015, Rounding Again won the biggest grand prize ever of $914,175 with 60.5 points (59-23-3). Last year, POPS2008 won $895,482 with 55.5 points (54-28-3).

And while entries for the 2017 Super Contest started getting accepted back on July 1, the sixth annual Super Contest weekend in Las Vegas is set for August 17-19 – with six free contest entries up for grabs. The entry fee is $1,500, so if there are 2,071 entries for the contest this year then the first-place prize will be over $1 million. The final deadline for entering the Super Contest is September 9 at 11 a.m., after which you’re out of luck for this NFL season.

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