2019 Las Vegas SuperContest Closes with Record 3,328 Entries
The 2019 Las Vegas SuperContest, hosted by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, closed registration on Saturday morning with a final field size of 3,328 entries. It is the ninth consecutive record-setting year for the SuperContest.
The SuperContest buy-in is $1,500. Included in the buy-in is a $120 ‘administrative fee,’ so $1,380 goes into the prize pool for each entry. Although final prize payouts are yet to be released, we do know that the prize pool stands at $4,592,640. That is the largest prize pool in SuperContest history. Per the SuperContest rules, the top 100 places will be paid out., barring any ties.
The 2018 SuperContest held the record for largest field size at 3,123 entries. The 2019 edition is 205 entries more. Two things that likely helped the SuperContest draw a record turnout for a ninth consecutive season is the earlier open for registration and the convenient feature of allowing contestants to submit picks via the SuperBook mobile app. The Westgate opened registration for the 2019 SuperContest back on March 1, which was a full four months earlier than the July 1 sign-up date in 2018.
The Las Vegas SuperContest Gold, which is Westgate’s $5,000 buy-in, winner-take-all football contest, closed with 117 entries. That was slightly short of the 2018 mark of 128 entries, but still delivers a $585,000 first-place prize. In the SuperContest Gold, the entire entry fee goes to the winner-take-all prize pool and there is no administrative fee.
Although a record-breaking field size in the SuperContest, entries may have been greater if not for the addition of the Circa Sports Million to the market. The Circa Sports Million was new for 2019, had a $1,000 rake-free buy-in, and a top prize guaranteed at $1,000,000.
The Circa Sports Million has a similar structure to the SuperContest, where contestants pick five games against the spread each week. The SuperContest allows for two entries per contestant as a maximum, and it appears that many contestants decided it would be better to enter once in the SuperContest and once in the Circa Sports Million instead of going with two SuperContest entries.
Now that there is a new kid in town, and quite a big kid backed by the aggressiveness of Derek Stevens and his team at Circa Sports, it will be interesting to see if the SuperContest adapts going forward. Much like can be seen in the world of poker, events like this can compete on guarantees, prize offerings, and rake or fees associated with entry. For now, the SuperContest is still the king of football handicapping contests, but the Circa Sports Million attracted an impressive first-year field size.
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