5th Annual SuperContest Weekend at the Westgate SuperBook

SuperContest SuperBook

SuperContest weekend at the Westgate is one of the best times to visit Las Vegas if you’re a sports bettor. Regardless if you plunk down the money to participate in the football contest you’ll see people from the sports betting world that you’ve only heard or read about.

Here are details on SuperContest weekend from the press release:

LAS VEGAS – July 12, 2016 – Kick off the SuperContest, the ultimate pro football handicapping contest, inside the 25,000 square foot SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Don’t fumble when you step foot inside the world’s largest indoor 4k screen featuring 4,488 square foot HD video screens. The world’s largest Race and Sports SuperBook is excited to celebrate the 5th annual SuperContest Weekend. Be part of the two days of the SuperContest action Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27.

Open to the public, the SuperContest Weekend will kick off Friday, August 26 with a reception and the free Super Seminar. The Super Seminar will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature some of the top names in the sports gaming business and previous SuperContest winners, offering attendee’s advice on college and pro football handicapping. The weekend will conclude with a golf outing at the famous Las Vegas Country Club. Registration begins at noon on Saturday, August 27 and entry is $110 a participant. SuperContest Weekend entry includes a box lunch, five raffle tickets, dinner reception and the chance to win great prizes, including a free SuperContest entry. To reserve a spot, please call 888.457.3307.

Guests will also have the chance to win a free spot in the SuperContest, with raffles being held throughout the weekend. Raffle tickets may be obtained in the following ways:

1. Participants must register for the SuperContest** prior to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. Each entry will earn 10 raffle tickets. SuperContest registrants may only have two (2) entries and, therefore, a maximum of 20 raffle tickets are available via this earning method. Registrants must present their original entry form at the Race & Sports Contest Window from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 26 or between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.
2. Place a $20 Football Future Wager** (Defined by “Odds to Win”). Place a Football Future wager prior to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 and receive one (1) raffle ticket per qualifying wager.
3. Second Chance Baseball Wagers** Customers with losing $20 Baseball Parlays (2-team minimum) can receive one (1) raffle ticket per qualifying wager prior to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.
4. Second Chance Pari-Mutuel Wagers** Customers with losing Pari-Mutuel wagers that total $50 or more per day prior to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 can receive one (1) raffle ticket per qualifying wager day.
5. Enter the Super Golf event and receive five (5) raffle tickets at registration. Call 888.457.3307 to register for the golf event.
7. Fresh off of awarding more than $914,000 to the 2015 winner, the SuperContest is the ultimate pro football handicapping contest in the world’s largest race and sports book, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Contestants can win their share of the prize pool by paying a $1,500 entry fee prior to the start of the regular professional football season and then picking 5 games each week against the point spread throughout the 17-week regular season.

Entry fees are accepted for the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest through 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016. Sign up deadline for the Early Bird is 4:00 p.m. Monday, September 5th, 2016. The prize structure is based on the number of entrants and is structured so the contestants receive 100% of the prize money paid in. For 2016 SuperContest Rules, please visit www.westgatevegas.com.

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.

Tweet @Vegas_Matty

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.

Get Ready For Elvis and Sexy Blackjack at LVH

LVH (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) has been in financial trouble for a while. They’re currently in foreclosure and expect to find a new owner soon. In the meantime the LVH is getting new management with the Navegante Group. Navegante Group is known for turning around casino properties.

In 2005 Navegante was contracted by Tamaras Group to take over the existing operations as the lessee/manager of four hotel/casino properties in downtown Las Vegas: the Plaza, Las Vegas Club, Western and Gold Spike. Navegante, in conjunction with Tamaras, was responsible for a rapid and dramatic turnaround, taking the properties from major losses to positive cash flow. In May 2007, Navegante provided Tamaras with notice of termination of the lease agreements.

I’m pretty sure that Sexy blackjack didn’t begin at Gold Spike until after Navegante Group moved on from managing the property, but the image of mixing cheap gambling with good odds and Elvis sounds like fun and might be the only reason I’d return to LVH.

As you can see below, Elvis is already sexed up with his lei outside of LVH.

LVH Elvis

I was at LVH on Friday for the SuperContest seminars and spent maybe 45 seconds in the sportsbook. Even though there was nobody near me smoking the sportsbook was super smokey just like the last time I went to the SuperBook. It’s a great space, but smells so bad that it’s almost impossible to breath.

Great marketing and history draws people the SuperBook, but if they don’t get some bleach and ventilation then it’s all for naught because nobody that likes to breath (like me) will return.

Maybe new management will do that, but since sportsbooks only effect 1% of a casino’s income I expect nothing good to happen to the sportsbook. And that’s a shame.

Station Casinos Football Contests – Week One

A few years ago I realized that the only fun for me in fantasy football was the draft. I was egged into a couple fantasy leagues the past couple of years, but hardly paid attention. This year I finally cut fantasy football out of my life and I feel much better for it. I was stoked just to bet on a couple of NFL and NCAA games a week and be done. However, over the past couple years I’ve been hearing about these football contests at the casinos so I considered entering one. One contest turned into seven, so my time that I used to devote to fantasy football will now be given to these contests.

There were lots of options but, because I am new to contests, I didn’t plan on dropping $10k on the world famous Hilton SuperContest. I ended up choosing Station CasinosLast Man Standing” contests for a variety of reasons. The “Last Man Standing” contests are only $25 each and end as soon as I lose a game (which could be this week). There is an NFL and NCAA contest and since I’m researching both each week anyway, I figured that I would do both and I’m doing two of each so I have a total of four entries for “Last Man Standing.” The other reason is that Red Rock Casino is down the street (and my home casino) from my house so putting in my picks is easy. This contest is simple. Pick one game from a list made up every Wednesday against the spread per entry. Done.

The other contest I ended up joining was the “My Great Giveaway” Contest. This was also a $25 contest and I purchased two and I got a third entry for free. All fees are returned as slot dollars at the end of the season so this is, theoretically, free.  This contest involves just picking winners and there are a lot of prizes beyond cash.

I’m stoked for football season and having a few bucks riding on the games doesn’t hurt. Much like in the past contests I’ve done, I’ll be listing my picks for “Last Man Standing” only. I look at the “My Great Giveaway” as more pot luck than skill. Since I have Free Picks and Fun for my sports content, I’ll post picks there weekly instead of here. I’ll also tweet the info if you follow me.

This will be the only blog that will go on both AC2LV and Free Picks and Fun, so keep your eyes peeled. Here are my picks for the week if you’re still reading.

Last Man Standing – NFL

  • Eagles – 4.5
  • Bucs -1.5

Last Man Standing – NCAA

  • Miss State – 6.5
  • Iowa -7.5
  • I wanted to go with Ohio State, but the game wasn’t on their list.