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Football season is slowly heading to a close. Pro football has just a few weeks before the playoffs begin. The playoffs make for great football-watching, but since only half of the teams remain, choices for bettors are limited.
The regular college football season ends even sooner and bowl games take over. Sure, there are way too many bowl games for the casual fan, but the gambler has less than 40 games spread over a month and a half left to bet on. College football games are spread too thin for many people to be able to bet and watch more than a game or two.
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The NFL SuperContest at LVH is the largest and most popular football contest of them all. The contest's popularity stems from its ease of play (you pick five games against the spread), prize pool and national media attention. The SuperContest has received record-breaking entries each of the past few years and the prize pool is now in the million dollar range. Since all of the proceeds are returned to participants, the winner of this year’s contest will likely see a grand prize somewhere around $500,000 with a total of $1 million to be shared among the top 30 entrants. Not too shabby for a contest.
The LVH has long said that they’d like to see the entrants and prize pool grow similar to the way World Series of Poker has grown. That may not happen until sports betting is legal in other states, but the SuperContest is reaching some form of critical mass right now. There are more amateur sports bettors joining the contest in hopes of winning big money than ever before. The growing prize pool and mainstream media’s acceptance and promotion of sports betting (Fox Sports 1 is now promoting games with point spreads) will only help the SuperContest.
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Football season is upon us and so are football contests and specials, but there is one contest in Las Vegas that stands above the rest. The LVH SuperContest has garnered national recognition by ESPN and other mainstream media outlets and offers prizes that make the contest worthwhile for people all over the country. Registration for the LVH SuperContest has been open since July 1, but it's not too late to get involved.
Last year, LVH introduced SuperContest Weekend to give gamblers, handicappers and football fans a place to congregate and talk football. This year's SuperContest Weekend takes place August 23-24 and includes free seminars, a golf outing and welcome reception. Here are the details:
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Whether baseball is just a filler for football's offseason or your primary sports drug of choice, MLB's trading deadline is an annual milestone Monday morning quarterbacks everywhere take note of. It coincides with the end of most fantasy baseball periods that determine whether your team is going..all...the...way or simply dumping useful players to a college buddy for his championship run. This year it also marks the suspension of several players for their primary drug of choice.
Whether you're riding the Reverse Cowgill to victory or putting the Mauer Patch Kids to bed, it's time to put the baseball brain in cruise control and get ready for some football. That means 'tis the season for some football contests! Here are the ones we know about. We'll add more as we discover them
We've always found free stuff to be much better than paid stuff. Luckily for us (and this writer especially), New York-New York's Twitter page agrees.
Once a week as part of a contest called "#FindFridays," @NYNYVegas gives away a prize to the winner of a single-question trivia challenge. Prizes range anywhere from a $100 comp to one of its restaurants to complimentary show tickets.
But, the best part about winning -- and take it from me as a frequent winner -- is the way you're treated when you redeem the reward. When I won $100 to Nine Fine Irishmen, they reserved not one but two tables (one inside and one outside) to make sure we got our pick of prime spots. And, when I redeemed two tickets to Zumanity by Cirque Du Soleil, my companion and I sat third row, center stage.
Ladies, if sarongs and cover-ups never make it into your Vegas bag, why not flaunt what you've got in the hopes of scoring a jackpot that doesn't require you pour money into a Strip casino first?
Rehab will kick off its 2013 Bikini Invitational tonight at the Hard Rock. But, that doesn't mean you've missed your chance to sign up. Just head online between now and July 15 to create a profile. From there, it’s all about attending events and marketing yourself. A queen will be crowned at the end of July. The winner gets $25,000 and entry to the Miss USA State Pageant, but we consider ourselves, the viewers, winners, too.
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The SuperContest had 745 entries in 2012 which broke the previous record of 517. The prize pool is based on how much money is generated by the number of contestants. So, if the amount of entries increases again, so will the prize pool. Past winners of the SuperContest have collected $207k, $220k, $303k, $259k, $310k, and $447k, respectively. The Top 30 contestants win money.
Rules for the contest are simple, with one major restriction:
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What's better than Vegas? Free Vegas, duh.
Two weeks ago, VegasChatter teamed up with the D to offer five readers a chance to pony up to downtown's only Sigma Derby table for a first ever tourney. A fifty dollar entry fee would be waived for the five, and some D swag would be awarded, too. And, one really lucky VegasChatter fan would even win a two-night stay.
Well, some 241 readers couldn't rein in their excitement and entered with hopes of a big win. And, without further ado, here are our randomly generated winners!
The D hotel-casino in Downtown Vegas knows we could barely contain ourselves when we discovered they'd be bringing Sigma Derby to Fremont Street. Folks have been ponying up to the mechanical game (located in the D's second floor Vintage Vegas casino) since last summer and, soon, your luck with the horses could land you big bucks.
In conjunction with the fast-approaching Kentucky Derby, the D will host its very first Sigma Derby Tournament next month. Fifty bucks will get you a shot at a $10,000 prize pool. Since the D well remembers how geeked out we get about the game, it's offering to comp entry into the tournament for five lucky VegasChatter fans. Winners will also be able to show their downtown swag thanks to free D hats and tees. But, wait -- there's more! One of those five will also win a two-night stay at the property we declared the best reopening of 2012.
We're always curious to experience new things in Las Vegas. Even though the World Series of Beer Pong (WSOBP) has been around for almost 10 years we needed to see what it was all about in person. The WSOBP was exactly what anyone would imagine, times 10.
The WSOBP is held in a ballroom that you probably never realized existed, far away on the second floor of the Flamingo. On the first day of WSOBP, there were about 100 tables set up. The action was chaotic with that many games going on at once. The loud up-tempo mix of rock, pop and hip-hop only made things feel as if they were moving faster. People were dancing, taunting, jumping around, drinking and having a great time.
Imagine the old beer pong area at O'Sheas, but 10 times larger. This was a bro event. There were bro's dressed like it was Sunday afternoon and there were bro's in uniforms and then there were two awful performing bro's in bath robes that probably used WSOBP as an excuse to visit Las Vegas (and who could blame them).
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Football contests blew up this year in the Vegas casinos. If you're not a big dog in the LVH SuperContest fan, you could be a little dog in the Boyd Gaming "Pick The Pros" contests with free entry. This year, Cantor Gaming introduced a fantasy football game where you can wager money online, legally, in about half the country. Expect even more of this next year.
At G2E we saw an assortment of football-related gaming products that we can expect to see in casinos soon.
One of our favorite times at G2E is when we can step aside from the celebrity appearances and new slot machines to see what else is possibly coming to the casino floor. The things that look unexciting on the surface can sometimes make a visit to the casino much more pleasant.
This year, we noticed that there were multiple electronic cigarette companies on hand. If casinos become smokeless, like Revel in Atlantic City, electronic cigarettes may find quite a lucrative market in the casinos. Smoke-free casinos? Some friends won't be happy, but we'll take it!