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SuperContest Breaks Entrant Record But Prize Pool Smaller Than Last Year

You may wonder how the SuperContest at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook could set a new mark for most contestants ever with 1,854 this year yet see the grand prize actually shrink from 2015 based on the fee of $1,500 per entry. However, those familiar with the world’s largest football handicapping contest in Vegas know that the Westgate is charging an 8 percent administrative fee in 2016 to pay for the rising costs of running the SuperContest, very similar to the rake in a high-stakes poker tournament.

So this year, the grand prize will be worth $895,482, or 35 percent of the total pool minus the 8 percent, to the lucky winner who makes the most correct NFL picks over the course of the 17-week regular season. Last year’s winner, Rounding Again, won the biggest prize of all time by scoring 60.5 out of a possible 85 points to earn more than $900,000. Team OddsShark winner David Fucillo edged Joe Ostrowski by two points with 53 for the group title and also tied for 24th overall to take home over $10,000.

Fucillo went with one of the top group plays among his five Week 1 NFL picks in this year’s SuperContest, taking the Arizona Cardinals to cover the six-point spread as home favorites against the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. Nine members of Team OddsShark selected the Cardinals, tying for the most popular pick along with the Chicago Bears (+6) and Jacksonville Jaguars (+5.5). Arizona was also the second-most popular consensus pick by all contestants, chosen 452 times.

The top consensus NFL play for Week 1 overall is the Detroit Lions, who are listed as 3.5-point road underdogs visiting the Indianapolis Colts on the SuperContest card. The Lions were picked by five members of Team OddsShark as well, including Ostrowski. Fucillo and Ostrowski are among 14 returning members of the team, with eight new faces also joining the mix in 2016. A few of the newbies include OddsShark’s very own sports betting analyst Jon Campbell and Frank Schwab of Shutdown Corner. You can view the entire Team OddsShark roster by clicking here and get their weekly picks here.