LAS VEGAS – Details have been announced for the second annual VSiN Beat the Spread Challenge on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and will be open to annual subscriber’s of VSiN’s Point Spread Weekly.
That’s right. This is a free contest (other than the PSW subscription, which you should be getting anyway) and doesn’t require players to come to Las Vegas for March Madness and is also against a relatively small field of fellow PSW subscribers. To subscribe now, go to vsin.com/subscribe.
Contestants will pick every game of the tournament against the contest spreads posted at the dedicated contest site at vsincontest.com.
And how’s this for a grand prize: $5,000, two nights at the South Point Hotel & Casino and a guest spot with our very own Brent Musburger and his Guys in the Desert. Cash prizes of $250 will also be awarded to the top point-getters in Rounds 1, 2 and 3. Complete rules are available at vsincontest.com.
A one-year subscription is just $149.99 and includes 52 issues of Point Spread Weekly, plus our special March Madness Guide and 25% off at the VSiN store.
Note: below is the original “Contest Corner” piece with the Westgate’s Hoops Madness Challenge for those in Las Vegas for the first round of the NCAA Tournament as well; it now includes the Last Man Standing contest at Station Casinos as we’re adding any other March Madness contests that are announced as well as the SuperBook’s upcoming MLB over/under season win total contest.
None of these will be as big as the famed SuperContest, but with the calendar turning to March later this week, we’re excited to let you know about the upcoming contest offerings here in Las Vegas.
Leading the way out of the gate is the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook with its Hoops Madness Challenge that will start accepting entries at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, and include picking games against the contest point spread for the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16, plus another contest using MLB over/under season win totals that will start accepting entries on Sunday, March 4.
The Hoops Madness Challenge will cost $100 to enter with a maximum of three entries per person. Contestants must sign up in person at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook and make their selections on the contest kiosks with a required Westgate players card (which is free). The good news compared to other March Madness contests we’ve seen here in town that run throughout the entire tournament is that this one only includes the Thursday/Friday games of the opening weekend so it’s open to everyone coming to Vegas for those first-round games. Note: only 28 games will be used as they’re not including the games involving the winners of the First Four games on that Tuesday and Wednesday.
The official rules don’t state when the contest lines will be posted, but it’s assumed it’ll either be Sunday night, March 11, after the opening lines are posted at the Westgate or first thing on the morning of Monday, March 12. Just like the SuperContest, the contest lines will not change after they’re posted. All selections are due by 10 p.m. PT on Wednesday, March 14. Contestants make their 28 selections (plus a tiebreaker of the total points scored in a game to be determined after the field is announced) and the Westgate will pay back 100 percent of entry fees with 50% to the champion, 30% to second place and 20% to third place.
Last Man Standing: Station Casinos is back with its survivor-type elimination contest. Entries are available at any of their sports books around town (including the smaller Wildfire chain) and cost $25 apiece, but they have a buy-4-get-1-free deal so you can get 5 entries for $100. Each entry is considered separate and you have to make one pick against Stations' contest spread each game of the NCAA Tournament (note: that means you have to show up in person to a Stations outlet each day, including the second and third weekends, so it's mainly aimed at locals unless you're able to return each week). One win and you're eliminated. The Last Man Standing receives the entire jackpot, splitting it if multiple people stay undefeated through the national championship game on Monday, April 2, 2018.
We haven’t heard of any other Vegas-based NCAA Tournament contests, but we’ll add them here if any are added late.
Westgate SuperBook Baseball Season Wins Challenge
Here are the details for the Westgate’s baseball contest that we announced here last week.
Westgate’s Season Wins Challenge costs $200 to enter with a limit of three entries per person and you have to make an over/under pick on all 30 teams in Major League Baseball (all are set with half-points so there will be no pushes).
All contestants must get a Westgate Las Vegas Players Card (free to register) and enter their selections on the contest kiosks. The Westgate is obviously hoping to get a lot of entries from the large amount of fans visiting Las Vegas for March Madness (and many will probably learn about this contest while registering for the Hoops Madness Challenge described above). Deadline for submitting all picks is set at 10 p.m. PT on Wednesday, March 28, as the MLB regular season starts on Thursday, March 29.
Contestants earn 1 point for each winning selection. Note: any tiebreaker games are considered regular-season games and will be included for the purposes of this contest.
First place will collect 50% of the contest pool with second place earning 30% and third place claiming 20%. All contestants will also enter a number of combined wins for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees and that will be used as a tiebreaker. If still tied, aggregate prize money