STATION CASINOS (Available at all Station, Wildfire, Fiesta casinos and the El Cortez)
With football season around the corner, Great Giveaway, the largest prize pool in Nevada, is back for its 26th year with $2 million in cash and prizes including the popular “no lose” guarantee. Additionally, the popular Last Man Standing Pro and College Elimination football contests will offer up to $200,000 in cash prizes.
$2 Million Great Giveaway Football Contest
The Station Casinos Great Giveaway Football Contest has already begun signing people up and is truly a “no risk” football season promotion allowing anyone who does not win any weekly or end of season prizes to receive the entry fee back (see details). A $25 entry fee registers players to compete for their share of $2 million in total cash and prizes including the opportunity to win one of two Dunhill Homes, a new Chevrolet Camaro or Silverado truck or, as an alternative to a vehicle, a cash prize of up to $20,000.
Last Man Standing Pro and College Elimination Football Contests
Contestants have the ability to win up to $200,000 in this year’s “winner takes all” Last Man Standing Elimination Football Contests available for both professional and college football. Last Man Standing is based on picking one winning football team against the contest line weekly. Selections will be made against the point spread listed on the weekly contest card and, if it is a winning selection, that entry will remain in the contest for the following week. The fee is $25 per entry. Each contestant may purchase up to four entries total with a fifth entry for free for both contests. The prize money will be awarded to the last contestant remaining. If the weekly selection is a losing selection or a contestant fails to submit a weekly selection, that entry will be eliminated. There will be no ties and all games will be half point spreads.
For more info, visit Station Casinos' Blog.
WILLIAM HILL (Available at Plaza, Riviera and 74 sportsbooks)
William Hill’s football season launches with a pair of rich football contests offering a combined $600,000 in prizes, including a VIP trip to London for an NFL game.
The $500,000 Pro Pick ‘em involves picking all the Sunday and Monday night pro football games each week with no point spreads involved. Entries are $25 each. For each paid entry, players will receive a voucher for a free $5 parlay card.
Players will compete for $21,000 in cash each week for all 17 weeks of the season. The season-long Grand Prize winner receives $20,000 cash and a bonus VIP trip for two to London for the 2013 NFL game at Wembley Stadium. Registrations must be submitted by September 9 at 9 a.m. to be eligible for the season prizes.
The guaranteed $100,000 College Pick ‘em contest involves picking seven games each week against the point spread from a list of 20 to 30 designated games. Entries are $100 each.
The contest features $8,000 in weekly cash prizes for 10 weeks and a $10,000 season Grand Prize. The entry deadline to be eligible for season prizes is September 8.
For more info on visit WilliamHill.us.
Last year, this writer dove head first into the Station Casinos contests because he lives near one of their locations. After being eliminated from the elimination contests, it was difficult to find motivation to enter the weekly Great Giveaway contest with such a limited return. While a $25 entry fee is cool, the heavy competition and easy accessibility made the contest nearly impossible to win.
That said, the elimination contest was difficult enough to pose a challenge and will certainly be played again. While the SuperContest which has prizes worthy of finding a way to enter from anywhere, these contests are more geared towards people that live in Nevada and getting a proxy service to handle your weekly picks may not make sense.
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