LVH SuperContest Weekend

LVH SuperBook - Las Vegas Hotel
LVH SuperBook

Just like that….LVH SuperContest Weekend has come and gone. The LVH SuperContest is the largest most known football contest in Las Vegas (there are many). Its $1,500 entry fee makes it worth paying attention to, in part because of the huge prize pool. This year LVH is estimating that there will be over $1 million in prizes given away with the winner taking home over $200,000. Not too shabby!

I don’t play in the SuperContest because I don’t feel like spend enough time handicapping football to I’m not confident that I can win the contest. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying a little bit of SuperContest Weekend. It’s nice to see some of the serious sports bettors that I already know and meet new sports bettors.

I only attend the seminars with the pro sports handicappers discussing their thoughts on the upcoming football seasons (college and pro). I figure that I’d learn a little bit in between beers and chit-chat. Here are my notes from the college football panel.

Because of the $1,500 buy-in and huge prizes there is a lot of interest to be a part of the SuperContest from people all over the country. You can still take part of the SuperContest even if you don’t live in Las Vegas with a proxy service. Vegas Matty, who operates FootballContestProxy.com and the recently launched FootballContest.com, explains: 

“The proxy was put in place by the LVH to allow out-of-state contestants – and those others who can’t physically make it to the SuperBook on a weekly basis – to participate in the greatest football contest in the world. The SuperContest requires picks to be submitted in person, so that requirement would obviously prevent most of an ever-growing field from entering if they could not use a proxy.

“In fact, most of my new clients tell me they would have entered previously but did not know they could use a proxy to submit picks for them.  I definitely believe the growth of the SuperContest is not just directly tied to the exposure created by guys like Chad Millman and Bill Simmons (from ESPN) and marketing genius of Jay Kornegay, who have all contributed greatly to its success.  In my opinion, the realization that contestants don’t need to live in Las Vegas and can use a proxy instead has also had a significant impact on the SuperContest’s spike up the last few years.”

For full disclosure Vegas Matty was one of the first people I met when I moved to Las Vegas because we have many shared interests. He’s a good follow on twitter if you like football or MMA.

The LVH SuperContest is growing every year which, in turn, makes it more difficult to win because of increased competition. If you like winning the time to sign up for the SuperContest is now. Likewise, if you like big jackpots hold out and prepare for next year. Since 100% of the money is returned to players prizes will only keep increasing.

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Life On The Line Movie

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Life On The Line

I caught wind about “Life On The Line” earlier this week listening to Teddy Covers on the radio. “Life On The Line” is a documentary on sports bettors and the sports betting industry (at least LVH sportsbook). “Life On The Line” won’t be in theaters and it won’t be available on Netflix but you can download and stream the movie from the Las Vegas Vegas Advisor website beginning January 27. Here’s how they describe the movie.

With unprecedented access behind the scenes at LVH’s “SuperBook” and featuring a cast of legends from the Las Vegas sport-betting world, including long-time Hilton/LVH oddsmaker Jay Kornegay, two-time Supercontest champion Steve Fezzik, hedge-fund manager John Netto, long-time Vegas pro-bettors including Erin Rynning, Teddy Covers, Bryan Leonard, Bruce Marshall, and Alf Musketa, and well-known local sports talk radio hosts Brian Blessing and Ken Thompson, Life on the Line promises to take viewers deep inside the esoteric and usually closed world of that rare breed of gambler who’s able to make a successful living betting sports.

The website doesn’t have prices for download or stream but I think Teddy Covers mentioned it would be only $5, but don’t hold me to that. The trailer looks like this will be an interesting movie if you’re into sports, sports betting and Las Vegas. I like all of those things and I look forward to checking this out.

Interview With Jay Kornegay From LVH

Jay Kornegay from the LVH SuperBook is one of the more senior sportsbook bosses in Las Vegas today. He’s often the go-to guy for mainstream media when they have questions about sports betting.

In most of his interviews he comes across as being candid, which isn’t something you see from many casino executives. This interview from Calvin Ayer is no different and touches on the current state of sportsbooks, LVH SuperBook and the future of sportsbooks.

Interview with Jay Kornegay of The LVH SuperBook Video 

If you’d like to read more, there is an accompanying article with the video on CalvinAyer.com.

If you read really fast or have 10 hours to kill, there’s a very long article on the SuperContest at LVH on SBNation. I haven’t read this yet, but people say it’s a good read.

LVH (Formerly Las Vegas Hilton) Sold

LVH (formerly known as Las Vegas Hilton) was sold today in a foreclosure auction. For the time being, nothing will change.

“The future is bright for the LVH on all fronts,” said Rick Stevens, chief operating officer of the Navegante Group, which said the sale ended uncertainties about the property.

Today’s sale capped a tumultuous 12 months for the Paradise Road property, which went into foreclosure proceedings last fall, early in the year lost its Hilton franchise and then was placed under control of a court-appointed receiver.

People are saying all the right things about LVH and that’s because they’re paid too. The future is the opposite of bright for LVH on all fronts.

Besides the historic SuperBook (and overrated sportsbook) and it’s connection to the Las Vegas Convention Center there is little good at this dirty old non-strip casino.

Expect more news to follow. If you are a fan of LVH I recommend you keep an eye on SuperBook boss Jay Kornegay. If he stays with LVH you should expect that good things are coming. If he leaves, expect bad things to follow.