The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, or March Madness, is upon us once again. The annual event also heralds the fact that bracket contests are running all over the place. We’ve combed through them, and found the five best FREE March Madness bracket contests.
DraftKings Free March Mania Survivor Pool
DraftKings is running its free March Mania Survivor Pool, with a prize pool of $1 million.
The way this survivor pool works is that you pick one team each day to win during the NCAA tournament (except for the Elite 8 round where you’ll pick one team across the four Monday and Tuesday games).
If your pick wins, you advance. And you can only pick each team once per entry – much like your standard NFL Survivor Pool. Prizes will be paid out among the longest surviving entries.
The DraftKings Survivor Pool starts on Friday, March 19 but you can sign up now by going here.
BetMGM $2 Million Bracket
BetMGM has a phenomenal free entry offer for March Madness 2021 in which someone could become $2 million richer.
If you pick the “perfect bracket,” hitting on every pick, you’ll win the grand prize of $2 million.
While nailing the outcome of every game in the Big Dance is as unlikely as a 16 seed upsetting a 1 seed (though not impossible), BetMGM still guarantees a $100,000 prize to the top contestant.
DraftKings Free $50K Bracket Battle
DraftKings also features a free $50K Bracket battle. Just pick the winner for all 63 games of the Big Dance for your shot at $50K.
Contestants can only make one entry.
You’ll get 10 points for correct picks in the Round of 64, 20 points for correct picks in the round of 32, 40 for the Round of 16, 80 for the Elite Eight, 160 for the Final Four and 320 for nailing the National Champ.
First place will receive $5,000, second and third will grab $1,000, fourth and fifth will each take home $500 and even those who finish anywhere from 2756th to 7755th will win a dollar.
Yahoo Fantasy $50K Tourney Pick ‘Em
You can sign up for the 2021 Yahoo Fantasy $50K Tourney Pick ‘Em now. Pick the winners of each NCAA tournament game once the brackets are set.
The best part of Yahoo Fantasy Tourney Pick ’Em – aside from winning one of the top prizes of course – is that you’ll be able to create up to 10 brackets and enter each one in a max of 15 groups.
Players will be awarded points by correctly picking game winners.
The person who picks the most game winners will win the contests’ Grand Prize, which is $10,000 plus an MGM Resort – Las Vegas vacation package. If you finish anywhere from second to 10,400th place you’ll also be a winner – with runner-up cash prizes ranging from $1 to $3,000.
ESPN – Tournament Challenge
ESPN unsurprisingly has its own tournament challenge.
However, ESPN is also the most corporate of sports organizations. So, fittingly, its corporate relationships preclude it from the largesse of some of the other contests.
In fact, according to the contest rules, ESPN must award prizes that are both somewhat randomly distributed and are not actually cash. So, the combination of a Hawaii trip and a $10,000 Amazon gift card is the basis of the company’s offering.
First prize for ESPN’s Tournament Challenge in 2021 is a trip for two to the Maui Invitational basketball tournament in 2021.
This is a standard bracket picking contest in that you’ll pick the winner of each game in the tournament. Points will increase during each round of the tournament.
Capital One/NCAA.com Bracket Challenge: Fill out up to 10 unique brackets, picking winners of every game.