Miss Your Bracket Deadline? Free March Madness Contests Throughout Tournament

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on March 15, 2022 - Last Updated on March 17, 2022
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The NCAA basketball tournament is here and that means it’s time to fill in brackets and enter pools. As part of the 2022 festivities, TheLines will host a free NCAA tournament contest that gives out $5,800 in prizes plus branded TheLines gear.

Free Pick’Em Contests! Compete for prizes every day by entering our free betting games. NFL, MLB, golf and more!

The contest is divided into multiple rounds, with prizes for picking games correctly against the spread. So, unlike many bracket contests, blowing a bunch of the early games won’t preclude you from winning later on.

How TheLines’ Free NCAA Tournament Contest Works

The contest is divided into four segments:

  • First and second rounds (March 17-20)
  • Sweet 16 and Elite Eight (March 24-27)
  • Final Four (April 2)
  • Championship (April 4)

In each segment, players make eight “betting” selections, usually against the spread each day. TheLines will provide the eight-bet menu. That means there will be 32 total selections during the first two contests, which cover the entire Thursday through Sunday slates of games.

Obviously, as the tournament narrows, there won’t be enough games to pick against the spread, so markets like totals, team totals and props may become part of the contest board.  PLAY NOW

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All monetary prizes come in the form of Amazon gift cards. In addition to the listed prizes, a contestant who nails eight correct picks in a single day will win $100. If multiple entries sweep the board, the winner will be determined via tiebreak.

First and second rounds:

  • 1st: $500
  • 2nd: $400
  • 3rd: $300
  • 4th: $250
  • 5th: $200
  • 6th: $150
  • 7th-13th: $100
  • 14th-15th: TheLines hoodie and T-shirt

Third and fourth rounds:

  • 1st: $500
  • 2nd: $250
  • 3rd: $150
  • 4th: $100
  • 5th: TheLines hoodie and T-shirt

Final Four:

  • 1st: $500
  • 2nd: $250
  • 3rd: $150
  • 4th: $100
  • 5th: TheLines hoodie and T-shirt

Championship game:

  • 1st: $250
  • 2nd: $150
  • 3rd: $100
  • 4th: TheLines hoodie and T-shirt
  • 5th: TheLines hoodie and T-shirt
All told, that’s potentially $5,800 in prizes plus gear, depending on whether anyone can go eight-for-eight on a given day. So, keep TheLines’ contest in mind when entering your various March Madness pools.
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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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