2021 NFL Betting Contests — How Do DraftKings, Circa And Westgate Compare?

Posted By Mo Nuwwarah on June 18, 2021 - Last Updated on June 23, 2021

Mini-camps and OTAs in the summer build the buzz for the NFL season to come. Just so, news about 2021 NFL betting contests builds the buzz for the coming season of betting.

Information has begun to build up about both Circa Sports Million III and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest.

How do the 2021 NFL betting contests in Vegas compare to each other and the new Pro Football Millionaire Pick’em on DraftKings?

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2021 DraftKings Pro Football Millionaire Pick’em

  • $1,500 entry
  • $4 million guaranteed
  • Up to three entries
  • $1 million guaranteed first-place prize
  • Top 135 paid
  • 6% rake ($90)

The new kid on the football handicapping contest block, DraftKings should have a fairly ready-made batch of customers. Not only does DraftKings already offer both daily fantasy sports and betting, but they held a $1 million survivor contest last year that had a ton of entries.

What gives DraftKings an edge over the Las Vegas contests is being held entirely online. That potentially opens the contest to a larger group of players who don’t have the interest or ability to go to Las Vegas and sign up through a proxy service.

Like other contests, DraftKings asks contestants to pick five games against the spread each week. A wrinkle: players can take one of the first 17 weeks off, meaning they’ll make 80 picks total. Week 18 appears to be omitted, per the contest’s terms and conditions.

DraftKings offers some DK-specific goodies for contestants that give a bit of added value. Perfect weeks, admittedly hard to come by, grant the contestant a free $100 bet at the sportsbook. Additionally, the winner will earn a ticket to the Tournament of Champions, a yet-to-be detailed event that promises heaps of potential additional prize money.

2021 Circa Sports Million III

  • $1,000 entry
  • $4 million guaranteed
  • Up to three entries
  • $1 million first-place prize
  • Top 50 paid
  • No rake

Circa Sports Million in Las Vegas made a splash with an aggressive $3 million guarantee in 2020. They managed to exceed that number in the rake-free contest with 3,148 entries.

Players make five picks per week against the spread throughout the entire 18-week season.

The contest keeps players engaged by spreading the money throughout the season. At least $1 million is earmarked for quarterly leaderboards that pay the top three spots. Plus, last-place finishers earn $100,000 (full season) and $25,000 (quarterly).

Unlike the DraftKings contest, Circa Sports Million requires contestants to sign up in person in Las Vegas. Players can then submit picks either through a proxy service or from anywhere in Nevada via the Circa Sports app.

2021 Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest

  • $1,000 entry
  • Up to three entries
  • Top 30 paid
  • No rake

The classic Las Vegas NFL betting contest, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest returns for 2021 with a slightly different look. Entry fee has been cut to $1,000 and the house take of 8%, added a few years back, has been removed.

Those looking to play for higher stakes have an option to enter SuperContest Gold, a $5,000 winner-take-all version.

Contestants in either variant pick fives game per week against the spread for the entire season.

An effort has been made for 2021 to spread the SuperContest prize across several sub-contests. In addition to the full-season payouts, there will be six three-week leaderboards and three six-week leaderboards. The former pay out $105K to the top three finishers, while the latter award $167,500 to the top five.

Much like Circa Sports Million, contestants must sign up in person in Las Vegas. They can then use proxy services to submit picks remotely during the season.

Can I play the 2021 NFL betting contests?

NFL fans everywhere will be excited by the opportunity to play the yearly betting contests. However, each one has certain eligibility requirements that may limit the accessibility for some bettors.

As discussed above, bettors wishing to enter either of the Las Vegas contests must either submit picks from Nevada or register with a proxy who can make selections for them. Typically, these proxies charge a one-time fee for their services. Either way, the player must be physically in Nevada to initially register.

DraftKings Pro Football Millionaire Pick’em widens the accessibility considerably by being open to a handful of states in which DK operates a sportsbook. Currently, DraftKings lists Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia as eligible locales. Other states may be added per regulatory approval. Players must be located in an eligible state to submit picks.

The obvious downside to the DraftKings contest is the 6% rake. Contrast that with Circa Sports Million III and the SuperContest, which will both offer 100% payback.

Be sure to read over all of the rules, conditions and prize distributions of each contest before deciding which one is best for you.

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