Football Contest ProxysFootball contests are becoming increasingly popular and can be a fun way for the opportunity to make a lot of money on your investment. The Hilton SuperContest is the biggest contest out there, but there are plenty of others for bettors to consider, including several put on by Leroy's that won't break the bank to sign-up for.
Weekly entries to the contests must be made in person, but the sportsbooks realized that requirement eliminated a lot of people who would otherwise compete. So to make it possible for virtually anyone to enter the contests, sportsbooks like the Hilton decided to allow contestants to have a proxy, which is simply somebody you designate to fill out your selection card and turn it in each week.
We'll now look at some of the contests for the upcoming 2011 football season.
The Hilton SuperContestThe Hilton SuperContest has become something of a legend when it comes to football contests and has made celebrities out of past winners, such as Steve Fezzik. The entry fee is $1,500 but the projected first-place prize based on 400 entries is $240,000 and the contest will pay the top 20 finishers.
Those picking over 67 percent winners will share a $10,000 bonus, which will come out of the Hilton's pocket, not the prize fund. That's something to remember next time you see a tout claiming to hit 70 percent of their games.
The Hilton requires you to fill out a form authorizing a proxy. The entry deadline is Sept. 10, although those registering before Sept. 5 are eligible for an additional $10,000 bonus for the contestant picking the most correct games over the final three weeks of the contest.
Leroy's Pro ChallengeLeroy's Pro Challenge also requires you to pick five games per week and the entry fee is a modest $250. The projected first-place payout is $30,000 based on 400 entries and the contest will pay the top 40 places. Entrants will be given an entry number that may be ued by anybody to submit your weekly selections. The entry deadline is Sept. 10.
Leroy's College ChallengeLeroy's College Challenge is virtually identical to the Pro Challenge and also requires you to pick five games per week and the entry fee is a modest $250. The projected first-place payout is $30,000 based on 400 entries and the contest will pay the top 40 places. Entrants will be given an entry number that may be ued by anybody to submit your weekly selections. The entry deadline is Sept. 9.
Leroy's Three n' Out ContestLeroy's Three n' Out Contest is an NFL contest in which participants pick either a side or a total until they have made three wrong selections. The last person remaining will be declared the winner. The entry fee is just $25 and there is a five-entry maximum. The deadline to enter is Sept. 10.
Friendly Frank's Pro Championship ChallengeThe fifth annual Friendly Frank's contest has a $2,500 entry fee and offers a guaranteed $250,000 payout, including $100,000 to the winner. If more than a 100 people enter, the prize fund will go up in correlation to the number of entries. The contest requires you to select five games each week and those hitting 65 percent or better will share a $50,000 bonus.
Entrants will be given a code for entering their weekly selections and no more than two entries are permitted per person.
Cantor High Stakes Football ChallengeThose with plenty of confidence, not to mention plenty of money, may want to give the Cantor High Stakes Football Challenge a go. The entry fee is a hefty $10,000 for the NFL contest, which requires you to select five games per week. The contest does require you to fill out the paerwork to designate a proxy and the deadline to enter is Sept. 11.
What is Required?Even if you are using a proxy, you will have to go to Las Vegas to register for the contests in person provided you want your name on the entry forms. The other thing you'll need is, naturally, a proxy or somebody to take care of your weekly selections.
The guys at Football Contest Proxy previously did some work with Michael Seaton and The Spread, which is a solid recommendation in my book. This will be the seventh year they have offered a proxy service, so you can be comfortable knowing that you're dealing wih somebody who has been in the business for a while.
You can also e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss fees, arrangements and talk to them about your contest needs.