Super Contest Overview
The Westgate SuperContest 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 1,000 entries in 2013 and paying off over $500,000 to the winner plus $1.5 million in total prizes.
The rules of the SuperContest 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 a point. When the season is over, whoever has the most points is the winner.
And the winner in 2013 ended up being $557,850 richer after they had claimed both the first-place prize of $525,000 and a $15,000 bonus for picking winners at least 67% of the time – that bonus would have been divided up amongst all entrants who scored 67% or better, but no one else managed to hit that mark. The second-place prize in 2013 was $217,140, which is 14% of the prize pool, while the third-place finisher walked away with $108,570 last year.
Finishing 27th through 30th place earns you 0.3% of the pot, which would be $4,500 if there were 1,000 entrants in the SuperContest. The first-place finisher gets 35% of the pot, which is $525,000 based on 1,000 entrants. In 2013 there were 1,034 SuperContest entries, but that number has been on the rise – there were 745 entries in 2012, and 517 entries back in 2011.
In 2013 only six points separated first place from 29th place, with champion David Frohardt-Lane going 55-26-4 for 57 points, and the six entrants tied for 29th place picking up 51 points on the season (and $1,551). The LVH SuperContest standings were even tighter at the top, with Frohardt-Lane beating the second-place finisher by a half point and the third-place finisher by two points. The entrants tied for fourth in the standings were 2.5 points behind the champion.
Entries for the 2014 SuperContest started getting accepted back on July 1, and the deadline for entering the SuperContest is September 6. As well, those that enter before September 1 are eligible to compete in a three-week mini-contest with a prize of $15,000, which runs in the final three weeks of the NFL season. Entrants can also head to Las Vegas for the third annual SuperContest weekend on August 22-23, when six free contest entries will be up for grabs. That weekend also includes a handicapping seminar to help you make the most of your entry.
The entry fee for the SuperContest is $1,500, entrants must be 21 years old, and 100% 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 11am on Saturday – miss the deadline and you get zero points for the week, which would not help your chances in The World's Ultimate Pro Football Handicapping Contest.