Launched in 1988, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest is the longest-running football handicapping contest.
The (formerly Hilton) SuperContest is so popular that a second version of the contest, SuperContest Gold, is now available for high rollers.
Here’s how it works: Contestants for SuperContest and SuperContest Gold both pick five games against a static point spread each week. Each correct pick equals one point. A push counts as half a point. At the end of 17 weeks, the handicapper with the most points is the winner.
While this may sound easy, the 2018 winner of the SuperContest only had 59 winners out of 85 picks. “Personal Gourmet” had a pick record of above 70%.
Westgate SuperContest rules 2019
The entry fee for the Las Vegas SuperContest costs $1,500. The fee for SuperContest Gold is $5,000.
While the entry fee for SuperContest Gold is more than three times higher, the traditional SuperContest pays more money since it as far more entries.
In 2018, there were 3,123 entries with the SuperContest winner taking home $1.42 million. For comparison, the SuperContest Gold winner took home $640,000 from 128 entries.
The Westgate contest takes an administration fee from the traditional contest before paying winners; however, it doesn’t take a fee for the Gold version. There are thousands of entries in the SuperContest but only hundreds in the SuperContest Gold.
Those who enter the SuperContest on or before 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, will be eligible to win an additional prize. The “Early Sign-Up Bonus Mini Contest” takes place during the final three weeks of the NFL season. The contestant with the most points over these three weeks will win $15,000.
How many entries in the 2019 Westgate SuperContest?
As of August 19 there were 1,622 entries registered. We expect a record turnout for the 2019 Westgate SuperContest.
How to participate in the SuperContest
All contestants for the SuperContest and SuperContest Gold must be 21 years or older and have a Westgate Las Vegas WOW Rewards card.
Entry to either SuperContest must take place in-person at Westgate by 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.
The entry fee for the SuperContest is $1,500, and the SuperContest Gold has an entry fee of $5,000. Each person may enter the SuperContest twice.
Contestants may sign up using cash or a credit or debit card. There will be an additional 3% transaction fee for credit or debit card use.
Playing the SuperContest (even outside of Nevada)
Each week, participants will pick five NFL games against the static spread. The Westgate will release the non-moving point spreads around 5 p.m. every Wednesday during of the NFL season.
In-person selections for both contests must be submitted by 11 a.m. every Saturday. Players must submit mobile selections by 11 p.m. every Friday via the SuperContest mobile app.
Each winning selection against the point spread will count as one point. Ties (pushes) against the point spread count as a one-half point. Losses are zero points.
Picks for both contests must be made inside the state of Nevada. Participants may submit their picks in-person at the Westgate Las Vegas or with the mobile SuperContest app, which will be available prior to football season.
Nevada residents and nonresidents may use a proxy to place their weekly picks, but contestants must initially sign up and pay the entry fee in person. Entrants can send their weekly picks to the proxy, who will then submit to the Westgate either in person or via the app. These services cannot collect any winnings for the contestant.
SuperContest prize pool
In 2018, the SuperContest paid out the top 100 finishers as well as a total of $15,000 to the mini-contest winners. The SuperContest Gold is a winner-take-all payout.
Last year, the SuperContest Gold winner took home $640,000. The SuperContest will have a similar prize pool in 2019.
Unlike some other football handicapping contests in Las Vegas, the Westgate doesn’t pay out 100% of the entries to traditional SuperContest winners.
Only 92% of the entry fees are paid to the winners of the SuperContest. The Westgate keeps 8% ($120) per $1,500 entry for an administration fee.
SuperContest Gold pays the sole winner of the contest 100% of the entry fees.
The SuperContest will pay the top 100 contestants. All winners will be paid based on the number of entry fees and minus the administration fees.
There isn’t a set dollar amount per winner, although the percentage of the prize pool will be divided as follows:
- First place: 32%
- Second place: 11%
- Third place: 6%
- Fourth place: 4.75%
- Fifth place: 4.25%
- Sixth place: 3.75%
- Seventh place: 3.25%
- Eighth place: 3%
- Ninth place: 2.5%
- 10th place: 2%
- 11th-13th place: 1.5%
- 14th-15th place: 1.25%
- 16th-18th place: 1.1%
- 19th-20th place: 1%
- 21st-22nd place: 0.9%
- 23rd-25nd place: 0.8%
- 26th-28nd place: 0.7%
- 29th-30th place: 0.6%
- 31st-34th place: 0.3%
- 35th-43rd place: 0.2%
- 44th-50th place: 0.15%
- 51st-66th place: 0.1%
- 67th-73rd place: 0.08%
- 74th-80th place: 0.07%
- 81st-100th place: 0.05%
Bonus mini contest
Participants who enter the SuperContest on or before 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, will be eligible to compete in the three-weeklong “Early Sign-Up Bonus Mini Contest.” This bonus contest takes place during the final three weeks of the pro football’s regular season.
The entrant accumulating the most points over the final three weeks of the season will win the $15,000 prize. This prize is exclusive of the SuperContest entry fee prize pool. If there are contestants who tie, they will split the award.
Official SuperContest rules
Visit the Westgate Resorts for a complete list of SuperContest and SuperContest Gold rules.