We have been a fan of handicapping contests here in the Tuley’s Takes home office ever since arriving in Las Vegas in 1998.
July 1 was the de facto opening day for NFL handicapping contests before the Westgate SuperBook and Circa Sports started trying to take entries before March Madness. This year, Circa waited until after the NFL schedule was released on May 12 to finalize rules for its NFL contests, Circa Sports Million and Circa Survivor, which both cost $1,000 per entry. They both have $6 million guaranteed prize pools as I wrote about in the May 18 issue of Point Spread Weekly and at VSiN.com (vsin.com/tuleys-takes-on-early-nfl-lines-circas-nfl-contests/).
The race for entries will really commence Friday as the Westgate opens registration for its SuperContest ($1,000 entry fee) and SuperContest Gold ($5,000 entry fee) at 9 a.m. PT and the Golden Nugget opens The Ultimate Football Challenge ($1,000 entry fee, but notable as it includes college football sides in addition to NFL sides).
I’ve covered every major football contest since then (as well as horse racing tournaments and every WSOP Main Event final table from 1999 until the COVID-19 pandemic). I truly believe contests and tournaments are the best way to maximize your profits when you’re having the season of your life. In addition, smaller Vegas contests would have weekly NFL prizes that could make up for a losing season with just one week of great (or lucky) handicapping. Nowadays, the high-end Vegas contests have multi-week contests as you’ll see below.