Everything You Need To Know About the Las Vegas SuperContest
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest is one of the premier sports betting competitions in the world. It’s even branded as “the ultimate football handicapping challenge.” For everything you need to know about the SuperContest, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the SuperContest, including what it is, how to play, its history, and additional contests such as the SuperContest Gold and SuperContest Reboot.
Each year, contestants enter the SuperContest for $1,500 apiece and compete over the course of the NFL regular season, picking five games per week against the contest point spread. The contestants are ranked on a leaderboard for a chance to win a share of the huge prize pool, and it’s not out of the question for the winner to take home an enormous six-figure prize.
2020 SuperContest prizes
In addition to the overall leaderboard prizes, the 2020 SuperContest will award quarterly leaderboard prizes totaling $135,000 each quarter. Each quarter’s best record will earn $100,000, the second-best record will win $25,000, and the third-best record will take home $10,000.
You can view the full list of 2020 SuperContest payouts at the Westgate Las Vegas website.
2020 SuperContest top 10 standings
You can view the full SuperContest standings at the Westgate Las Vegas website.
How the SuperContest works
- $1,500 one-time buy-in
- Duration is the entire NFL regular season
- Five picks against the contest point spread each week
- Running leaderboard with escalating payouts
- Prize pool based on number of contestants
- One point for correct pick, half point for ties, no points for loss
Every year, football fans, casual sports bettors, and professional handicappers enter the SuperContest for a $1,500 buy-in. Each week, participants attempt to pick winners against the point spread for NFL games. Scores are tallied on a weekly basis and participants are ranked on the SuperContest leaderboard.
The SuperContest is hosted by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook and the host venue releases weekly contest point spreads for the weekly NFL games. Contestants select five of those games to submit for entry each week. Each winning pick against the spread results in one point earned, and a tie with the spread is worth half a point. Losses are worth no points.
At the end of the season, the contestant with the highest point total, earned by correctly picking the most winners against the spread, is crowned that year’s SuperContest champion and awarded the first-place prize. In recent years, the winner of the Las Vegas SuperContest also received a custom championship ring.
The prize pool is based on the number of entrants, minus the “administration fee” applied by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The amount of places paid and prize structure is determined on a year-by-year basis, and the payouts gradually increase the higher the finish. The 2020 SuperContest will pay the top 100 places.
History of the Las Vegas SuperContest
- Born in 1988
- Currently held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
- Originally called the Las Vegas Hilton SuperContest
The SuperContest’s current home is the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, hence the name Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, but it’s had a few different name changes throughout the years based on how the venue was branded.
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino was originally opened as the International Hotel in 1969, and the property was the largest hotel in the world at the time. In 1970, the International Hotel was sold to Hilton Hotels Corporation and the property was renamed the Las Vegas Hilton in 1971.
In 1986, the race and sportsbook was added to the property and became the largest in Las Vegas. By many accounts, this was two years before the SuperContest was born in 1988. With this, the contest was originally called the Las Vegas Hilton SuperContest, or Hilton SuperContest for short.
Following some more shifting of assets throughout the 2000s and early 2010s, the property was renamed again in 2012, this time to LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. This came following the termination of a franchise license agreement with Hilton.
The resort was then sold to Westgate Resorts in June 2014 and the property was renamed the Westgate Las Vegas. Under the resort’s new ownership and name, the competition was renamed the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest.
For more Westgate SuperContest history, check out the Top Five Performances in SuperContest History.
Growth of the Las Vegas SuperContest
- Increased buzz began in 2004
- Steady attendance from 2004-2011
- 44% growth in 2012
- Hit 1,000 entries for first time in 2013
- Rake on entry fee introduced in 2016
- First prize topped $1 million for first time in 2017
Although the contest is said to have been established in 1988, information prior to 2004 isn’t available. In 2004, the handicapping competition began to generate increased buzz that extended beyond a small community of handicappers and the boundaries of Las Vegas.
From 2004 to 2011, the SuperContest attracted, on average, more than 400 entries per year, with a peak during that period of 517 entries in 2011. In 2012, the field increased by more than 44% when 745 entries were generated. Since this big bump, the field size has grown each year.
The field reached 1,000 entries for the first time in 2013 with 1,034 participants, and growth continued to 1,403 entries in 2014 and 1,727 entries in 2015. In 2016, the SuperContest attracted 1,854 entries. In 2017, the field ballooned to 2,748 entries for another record-setting year, and then in 2018 the field drew a whopping 3,123 entries. The 2019 edition became even larger when a field of 3,328 entries was generated.
With great growth in entries came great growth in prize money. To better understand in context the rapid growth of the SuperContest, the $131,520 that ‘LetItRideSports’ won in 2004 was less than the top eight finishers in 2019 received. In 2019, the top eight finishers in the SuperContest earned at least $163,612, with Nebraska’s ‘IT AINT BREEZY’ taking home the $1.469 million first-place prize.
As the number of entries from 2004 to 2011, things were rather steady for the first-place payout. During those years, ‘Sans Souci’ took home the largest prize of $310,200 in 2011. This was the start of the great growth period and the first-place prize was representative of that, as the $310,200 was more than $100,000 greater than the year before.
Starting in 2012, when the number of entries began to increase by big amounts each year, the first-place prize skyrocketed. It hit $447,000 in 2012, $557,850 in 2013, $740,325 in 2014, and then $914,175 in 2015.
Hopes were extremely high heading into the 2016 SuperContest, and a record turnout of 1,854 entries was achieved. The 2016 first-place prize dipped back to $895,482, though, which was due to the Westgate Las Vegas taking an 8% rake on the prize pool.
In 2017, Westgate made a strong push to get a $1 million first prize in the SuperContest, and they did thanks to 2,748 entries. First place was set at $1.327 million, but the rise didn’t stop there. In 2018, another record field turned out, with 3,123 entries participating. With $1,380 of each $1,500 entry going into the prize pool after the $120 administrative fee was taken out, the prize pool for the 2018 Las Vegas SuperContest topped $4 million. It was the first time the prize pool achieved such a high mark in its storied history.
The 2019 SuperContest generated a prize pool of nearly $4.6 million. Ahead of the 2019 SuperContest, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened sign-ups on March 1. That was four months earlier than the July 1 sign-up date from 2018 and helped provide a big boost to the field size.
In 2020, SuperContest sign-ups started on Monday, January 13, which was months earlier than the previous year once again. Due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to limited travel and a shutdown of Las Vegas casinos for a period of time, less people traveled to Las Vegas to sign up for the SuperContest. Coupled with the rise of the Circa Sports Million and the SuperContest field size took a hit but still drew nearly 1,200 entries in 2020.
SuperContest results by year
|2013||1,034||David Frohardt Lane 2||$542,850|
|2019||3,328||It Aint Breezy||$1,469,644|
SuperContest Gold provides high-stakes option
- SuperContest Gold launched in 2017
- $5,000 buy-in with no administration fee
- Winner-take-all prize structure
In 2017, Westgate launched a high-stakes version of the SuperContest, called the SuperContest Gold. It came with a $5,000 buy-in and a unique twist on the prize pool. The winner of the Las Vegas SuperContest Gold would take home the entire prize pool. That’s right, the SuperContest Gold is a winner-take-all contest.
Participants in the SuperContest Gold competition follow the same rules as the classic SuperContest. Each week, contestants pick five games against the SuperContest Gold spread. These spreads are the same as the regular SuperContest spreads that will be released as part of the contest lines.
The field size in the SuperContest Gold grew from 2017 to 2018, but the contest saw a decline in entries from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020, the latter of which was largely due to COVID-19 pandemic effects.
SuperContest Gold results by year
|2018||128||There Can Be Only 1||$640,000|
Launched for the first time in 2019, the SuperContest Reboot is a second-chance contest that takes place over the second half of the SuperContest season. It follows the same rules as the SuperContest, but operates as a way for contestants to get involved with a second prize pool if they’d like.
The SuperContest Reboot especially caters to those who had a rough first half of the SuperContest season and may deem themselves out of the running.
In 2019, the SuperContest Reboot had a buy-in of $500. It attracted 236 entries and had a prize pool of $112,100. The winner was Steven “Fisherman” Didier for $44,480.
In 2020, the SuperContest Reboot drew 153 entries and generated a $72,675 prize pool. Contestant ‘BirdieCarrier’ took top honors, winning $29,070.
- Use of mobile app for weekly picks introduced in 2019
- Must be in Nevada to submit via mobile app
In 2019, SuperContest and SuperContest Gold contestants were allowed, for the first time ever, to be able to submit weekly picks via the Westgate SuperBook mobile app. This allowed for contestants to have a little more convenience. Instead of having to physically head down to the Westgate and submit picks in person each week, those in the contests and enter picks straight from their mobile device. There are a couple of things you need to know about using the mobile app, though.
First, contestants still need to register in person. The in-person registration takes place at the Westgate and is only a one-time in-person registration process. Once you register in person, you are free to submit picks via the mobile app for the rest of the season.
Second, contestants must be located within Nevada state boundaries to be able to use the SuperBook mobile app for picks submission. While you don’t have to physically go to the sportsbook to submit picks, you still need to be located within the Nevada state boundaries.
How to play the Las Vegas SuperContest
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest is open to everyone of legal gambling age in the State of Nevada. All contestants must be at least 21 years of age to participate and provide a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license, passport, or state identification card.
Registration must take place in person at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, although as of 2019 all weekly picks do not need to be made in person (see above). In addition to submitting picks via the mobile app, contestants are also allowed to designate a proxy to place their weekly SuperContest selections. The proxy must register with the contestant in person at time of registration.
Official SuperContest rules are available via the Westgate website.
Step 1: Put together the $1,500 entry
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest costs $1,500 per entry, and there is a maximum of two entries allowed per contestant. The first step to entering the SuperContest is to get the $1,500 (or $3,000 if you’re doing two entries) together.
Step 2: Secure a proxy if needed
Once you’ve put together the money for entry, the second step to entering the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest is to secure a proxy if needed. To enter the Las Vegas SuperContest, you must register in person. You can participate no matter where you’re from, but the sign-up must take place in person in Las Vegas. You can use a proxy to place your picks, though
Proxy services come in different shapes and sizes. You can secure the services of a pay-for proxy, or you can simply find a friend or family member who is located in Nevada and can act as a proxy for you.
Step 3: Sign up at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook
Once you’ve put together the money for entry and secured a proxy if needed, the third step to entering the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest is to sign up.
If you don’t have one already, you’ll need a Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino players card. When you first arrive at the casino to sign up for the SuperContest, proceed to either the Players Club window or the SuperBook window to sign up and receive a card. You will need a valid form of identification to sign up.
Bring your valid form of identification and proceed to the sports-betting counter inside the SuperBook. Fill out the required entry form and present an agent with your entry fee. If you’re using a proxy, your proxy will need to be with you during your registration.
Sign-ups for the 2019 SuperContest start March 1, 2019. The deadline to get registered is September 7 at 11 a.m. PT. If you wish to be eligible for the Early Sign-Up Bonus, you must register by 4 p.m. PT on September 2.
Step 4: Submitting your picks
Once you’ve completed the SuperContest sign-up process and are in the big dance, it’s time to get to work submitting your picks. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook releases contest lines for contestants to use every week before the NFL games begin. Contestants must then make their selections by the week’s deadline.
If you want to submit a pick for an earlier game, such as one on Thursday or Saturday, all five picks must be in before game time of the earliest game you’re picking.
If you’re using a proxy service, you’ll want to work out how you will submit your picks to your proxy and plan for how the proxy can get to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook in time for your picks to be submitted. Keep in mind that your proxy may require a different deadline. Be sure to check with your proxy on when your specific deadline is.
Step 5: Track your progress in the SuperContest
Once the deadline to submit picks passes each week, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook releases a list of contest picks on its website. This is where you will also find a leaderboard of the SuperContest that is updated weekly, plus other information such as official SuperContest rules and payouts.
SharpSide.com is also a great place to stay up to date on SuperContest information and happenings. We regularly post recap articles for both the SuperContest and SuperContest Gold, our podcasts have dedicated SuperContest content, and our Twitter feed shares plenty of information, too. Make sure you’re tapped into all these great SharpSide resources to stay current on the Las Vegas SuperContest.