Note: This article has been updated for the 2014 football season.
Football Contest Proxys
Football contests are becoming increasingly popular and can be a fun way for the opportunity to make a lot of money on your investment. The LVH SuperContest is the biggest contest out there, but there are plenty of others for bettors to consider, including several put on by William Hill 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 SuperContest 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 2014 football season.
The LVH SuperContest
The LVH 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, who won the contest in back-to-back years. The entry fee is $1,500 but the projected first-place prize for 2014 will exceed $500,000 and the contest will pay the top 30 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 LVH requires you to fill out a form authorizing a proxy
William Hill Pro Pick 'Em ContestWilliam Hill's Pro Pick 'Em contest is just $25 to enter and awards a $25,000 first prize and weekly $10,000 awards. You pick all of the games with no point spreads, although there are some over/unders that you have to pick when teams have bye weeks or there are Thursday games on the schedule. A fun contest that provides cheap fun.
William Hill College Pick 'Em ContestWilliam Hill's College Pick 'Em Contest is much different than the pro contest, as here you select seven games against the spread from a list of games each week. The contest is $100 to enter and the grand prize is $10,000 with weekly $5,000 prizes to the winners.
William Hill's Three n' Out Pro Football Contest
William Hill'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.
There may be several other contests during the 2014 football season, but those will be announced at a later date. Other contests, such as those put on by Cantor, have gone away.
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.
There are several different proxy services that you can use, including my own, which can be found at www.allenmoody.com. Using a proxy will not only save you a great deal of time and money, but allow you to enter handicapping contests that you may not have been able to without one.