Golden Nugget Ultimate Football Challenge

Rules, Prizes & How To Play


The Ultimate Football Challenge at Golden Nugget is a college and professional football handicapping contest. There are other football handicapping contests in Las Vegas but this is unique in that it is the only individual contest that lets players select from both pro and college in Nevada.

The entry fee is $1,000 with a limit of three entries per person. Contestants pick sides for seven college and pro football games against a static point spread. One major change from previous years is that the Golden Nugget no longer allows contestants to select over/under totals for the games.

The Ultimate Football Challenge pays the Top 20 finishers 97% of the total entry fees collected by Golden Nugget. The sportsbook keeps 3% of each entry fee ($30) to cover administration costs.

Who can participate in the Ultimate Football Challenge?

The Ultimate Football Challenge is open to anyone of legal gambling age, 21 and up. Interested parties must visit the sportsbook inside the Golden Nugget to sign up for the Ultimate Football Challenge. The Golden Nugget only accepts cash or casino chips for the $1,000 Ultimate Football Challenge entry fee. A participant cannot purchase and entry using a credit or debit card.

The deadline to enter the Ultimate Football Challenge is Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 10 pm. While contestants must register in person, they do not have to live in Nevada to participate. Residents and non-residents may use a proxy to submit weekly picks.

Playing the Ultimate Football Challenge

The Ultimate Football Challenge is won by accumulating as many points as possible during the 17 weeks of the college and pro football seasons. Contestants will earn one (1) point for each correct selection, one half (.5) point for each push. Incorrect selections will receive zero (0) points.

Each participant may have up to three (3) entries for the Ultimate Football Challenge. Each entry may not have selections on opposite sides of an individual game. However, contestants may select opposite sides on different entries.

The Golden Nugget will post point spreads each week on Wednesday at 2 pm. Contestants must submit their seven (7) weekly college and pro football selections by 10 pm each Friday. Late submissions will not be counted and the participant will receive zero (0) points for the week.

Weekly picks are locked in as soon as the contestant leaves the wagering counter with a printed ticket showing their selections. All games for the Ultimate Football Challenge must be played within one (1) day of original game date. If the game isn’t played within one (1) day, the contestant will get zero (0) points for that selection.

Ultimate Football Challenge Prize Pool

The Ultimate Football Challenge will pay the top 20 contestants with the most points at the end of the contest. All winning prizes are based on the amount of entry fees minus the 3% administration fee. Since the prize pool isn’t a fixed amount, there isn’t a set dollar amount per winning contestant in advance. The Golden Nugget structures the Ultimate Football Challenge prize pool as follows:

  • 1st place: 40%
  • 2nd place: 20%
  • 3rd place: 10%
  • 4th and 5th place: 7% each
  • 6th and 7th place: 5% each
  • 8th through 10th place: 2% each
  • 11th-20th place: $1,000 each

Ultimate Football Challenge Rules

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