Friday, Aug. 31, 2018|2 a.m.
. He won nearly $1 million in Las Vegas’ most famous sports-betting contest. Yet, to gather his earnings at the Westgate Las Vegas after the 2016 NFL season, this Starbucks barista had to take the city bus.
The Westgate SuperContest, a $1,500 buy-in contest that draws in expert handicappers and novices alike, is on speed this season to develop a record for individuals. Numerous will be recreational players like the Starbucks worker, or the farmer from Illinois who just recently took 2nd.
Through Thursday, there have actually been 2,075 entries– or about 300 more than at this point in 2017 when a contest-best 2,748 signed up. The due date is 11 a.m. Sept. 8; the early-bird due date is 4 p.m. Monday.
This reason for the spike is simple, says Jay Kornegay, the vice president of race and sports operations at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
“A lot of novice contestants win the championship. You don’t have to be a highly experienced gamer,” Kornegay stated. “If you assemble a great year, you can be a millionaire. It’s life-changing loan.”
Kornegay remembers when in 2005 they established a record with 505 entries. However with an enormous marketing push, social networks and word of mouth, it’s become a regional initiation rite each NFL season. Contestants make 5 choices weekly versus the point spread, getting one contest point for covering the spread and a half-point for a push.
The winner gets 33 percent of the entry loan, which predicts to be more than $1.5 million this season, Kornegay said. The top 100 finishers earn money.
“The more people are discovering, the more individuals have actually gone into,” Kornegay stated.
The early-bird registration offers individuals entry into the mini-contest, where the participant with the best record over the last three weeks of the NFL season is paid $15,000. All entrants are eligible for a pair of side benefits– $15,000 for having the very best record over the very first four weeks, and $15,000 for having the very best record at the season’s midway point of Week 8.
About 65 percent of the individuals are from out of state, making their selections every week utilizing a proxy service. Kornegay expects more Southern Nevadans to enter for the 2019 season when the mobile technology remains in location to make the weekly selection through a smartphone, hence eliminating weekly trips to the book.
There’s also the winner-take-all SuperContest Gold for a $5,000 entry fee. That contest is in its second year and also on speed to break last year’s entry field, when there were 94 candidates. There are already 77 entries, whereas last year at this time there were just 52.
If registration continues at the same pace as in 2015, Kornegay projects the gold contest will pay $650,000 to the winner.
Kornegay worries that anyone can win either of the contests, which is part of the fun.
“When you see the arise from the last couple of years, you wish to try it,” he said. “… You certainly have to have some luck and things go your way.”