As Details for the major 2018 Football Contests are announced during July and August
the informtaion below shall be updated on a frequent and timely basis
so please check back during the months of July and August.


IMPORTANT NOTE
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Details for most, but not all, of the expected major Contests for 2018 have been announced

Updated As Of Friday, August 3, 2018


This Page Was Most Recently Updated on Friday, August 3, 2018


If you have specific questions please contact Andy Iskoe by email at vegasandy711@cox.net


2018 Football Contests & Available Proxy Services


1 -- Introduction
2 -- The Proxy & the Services He Provides
3 -- 2018 Football Contests -- Basic Information
4 -- 2018 Westgate NFL Super Contest
5 -- 2018 Golden Nugget Football Contest
6 -- 2018 William Hill Pro Football Pick 'Em Contest
7 -- 2018 William Hill College Football Pick 'em Contest
8 -- 2018 Stations Casinos College Football Last Man Standing Contest
9 -- 2018 Stations Casinos Pro Football Last Man Standing Contest
10 -- The Proxy & the Services He Provides


(1) Introduction


Because of the popularity of football, especially the NFL, each football season many Sports Books in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada offer weekly and/or season long football contests, often in an effort to attract as much traffic into their casino and sports book as possible.

Some contests are free. Some carry a modest price tag to enter ($25 to $250). Others are more of the "high end" variety (such as the Westgate Las Vegas Super Contest) with entry fees of $ 1,500.oo -- and upwards (Westgate SuperContest Gold is $5,000.oo).

These contests offer prizes ranging upwards of seven figures ($1,000,000 or more) and some pay up to 100 places. Some of the contests even offer "rebates" on their entry fees in the form of free slot play or offer end of season prizes in the form of cash and free slot play.

Some contests offer weekly prizes of several thousand dollars. Some contests offer season long prizes of $5,000 to $1,00,000 or more. And some contests offer a combination of weekly and season long prizes.

The majority of the contests involve picking the straight up winners of NFL games (usually just the Sunday and Monday games). A few contests -- mainly those that carry entry fees of $250 or more -- involve picking winners against the pointspread. Some contests have involved just college football or a combination of NFL and College Football.

Contests are available for virtually every budget and for fans with varying degrees of knowledge and interest in football -- college and/or NFL, Sides and/or Totals.

These contests have become increasingly popular with residents and seasonal visitors to Las Vegas and Nevada and, over the past decade, those who live outside the state of Nevada.


There are ways for non-residents and occasional visitors to participate in some of these contests -- BY UTILIZING THE SERVICES OF A PROXY. Read on for details and further information on these contests and available proxy services.


Most contests require the contestant to enter IN PERSON in Las Vegas but then allow the weekly selections to be submitted by a Proxy.

Depending on the specific contests rules, a contestant may or may not be required to submit their weekly selections in person.

In some contests where 'in person' submissions are required, a contestant is able to designate a specific person as a proxy who is authorized to submit the weekly selections for that contestant (such as the Westgate Las Vegas NFL Super Contest).

For contests that do not require weekly selections to be submitted in person a proxy is nonetheless needed for contestants who are not able to be in Las Vegas to make the weekly selections as at the present time Contests do not allow for submissions by telephone or over the Internet.


(2) The Proxy & the Services He Provides


Since moving to Las Vegas in 1991 Andy Iskoe of Logical Approach has entered many of the football contests offered and sponsored by the Sports Books in Las Vegass.

In fact, in 2018 he will be entering the Super Contest for a 28th consecutive season!

In addition to having had success as a contestant in most of these contests over the years, he has also been a Proxy for contestants who live out of town and are not able to make the weekly selections in person at the various Sports Books, most notably for the Super Contest for which he has proxied for more than 15 years.

It was his participation in the SuperContest throughout the 1990's and into the early 2000's and his long running role as a co-host of the Saturday night edition of the Stardust Line Radio Show from Las Vegas that got Andy involved as a Proxy for non-Las Vegas residents who listened each week during the football season as Andy shared his experiences in the SuperContest, sharing his results from the prior week, his selections for the current week and his progress throughout the season that caught the attention of listeners to the show as to how they might participate in the SuperContest even though they did not live in Las Vegas or visit Las Vegas on a weekly basis. Mostly these were listeners on the West Coast from Washington down through California and in Arizona. In addition, subscribers to his "Logical Approach College & Pro Football Newsletter" were also interested in participating. And that's how he got started offering his Proxy service.

Back in "the day" the contest, from its inception in 1988 through much of the next two decades, attracted generally between 200 and 400 contestants and was pretty much considered a "locals" contest but for the relatively small number of out-of-area contestants. That all changes after 2010 when ESPN began to report on the contest throughout the 2010 season, generating much publicity for the SuperContest and widespread interest in participating in the next season's SuperContest -- both nationally and internationally.

Participation in the SuperContest set another record in 2017, up nearly 50 percent over 2016. The growth of the popularity of the SuperContest, as measured by growth in participation, is as follows, beginning with the 2010 Contest.

2010 -- 345 Entries
2011 -- 517 Entries
2012 -- 745 Entries
2013 -- 1,034 Entries
2014 -- 1,403 Entries
2015 -- 1,727 Entries
2016 -- 1,854 Entries
2017 -- 2,748 Entries

In 2018 he is again offering his services as a Proxy for contestants who are unable to submit selections in person.

The keys to an effective Proxy/Contestant relationship are organization and communication.

Over the years Andy has developed an organized, structured and sensible system for disseminating and receiving contest selection information with the contestants for whom he has served as Proxy. Details of that system are explained below, both before and after the descriptions of most of the weekly football contests for which he shall be proxying in 2018.

The Proxy procedure is similar for all contests with minor variations due to time and/or deadline variations that will vary according to the specific contest.

Using the Westgate NFL Super Contest as an example, emails are sent on Wednesday evenings by Andy to the contestants for whom he is a Proxy. The email will contain information related to the contest lines for the upcoming week's games (to be released by 5 PM Pacific time Wednesdays in 2018), expected to include links to contestants' results for the previous week, season-to-date results and the overall standings for all contestants (including information on the status of the contestants currently in "cashing" position -- for 2018 the Top 100 and ties).

The contestant is then responsible for providing Andy with his/her 5 contest selections by email no later than 6 PM Pacific Time on FRIDAY evening (or at a later time as mutually agreed upon) so that the selections may be submitted to the Westgate safely in advance of the Westgate's official Saturday 11 AM deadline (that is strictly enforced). If the contestant is using the Thursday game(s) the selections should be received by Andy by 10 AM Pacific time on Thursday with all 5 selections required to be submitted at the same time (for this reason the Thursday game is usually the least played game each week).

The Fee charged for the Proxy Service is agreed upon with each contestant and may be based upon the specific contest or combination of contests entered, the number of entries, the complexities of "administering" your weekly entries/selections, and other factors. The Fee is generally a flat, up front one time fee with no requirement to share a percentage of any winnings earned by the contestant.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss using Andy Iskoe as your Proxy
please either call him at 702 - 898 - 9802 or contact him via email at vegasandy711@cox.net


(3) 2018 Football Contests -- Basic Information


Information shall be updated frequently during the next few weeks as details become available so please check back often.

2018 Information below is current as of Friday, August 3, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTE
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The information below is based upon the Official Rules as published by the sponsoring property or organization.

Although the information is believed to be correct no responsibility is taken for any changes or differing
interpretations of the Rules. If you have any questions please contact the sponsoring property/organization.

For contests having rules posted online we shall try to provide a link for your convenience if possible


(4) 2018 Westgate NFL Super Contest and Super Contest GOLD


Contest History & Recent History

For nearly 30 years this has been the premier high end handicapping contest in Las Vegas, annually drawing hunreds of contestants at $1,500 a pop that generates a huge prize pool. 2016 set a record with 1,854 entries (up from prior records set in 2015 of 1,727 entries, 1,403 in 2014, 1,034 in 2013 and 745 in 2012) which resulted in a prize pool of more than $2.5 million! Contestants pick 5 NFL games each week against the pointspread making for 85 picks over the 17 week season. In 2017 the contest will again pay the Top 50 places and ties (up from 30 places in 2013 and 2014 and 20 places prior to 2013). A record of 60% (51-34) has cashed more often than not over the years. Hitting 60% is not as easy as many believe it is!!

In 2017 there were a record 2,748 entries which broke the record ofI 1,854 entries set in 2016. A new record is expected to again be set in 2018 which would mark a ninth straight season of an increase in entries over the prior season.

A record of 58-22-5 (71.18%, 60.5 points) won the 2017 Contest which paid a record $ 1,327,284.oo to the winner
A record of 54-28-3 (65.29%, 55.5 points) won the 2016 Contest which paid $ 895,482.oo to the winner
A record of 59-23-3 (71.18%, 60.5 points) won the 2015 Contest which paid $ 906,675.oo to the winner
A record of 64-20-1 (75.88%, 64.5 points) won the 2014 Contest which paid $ 736,575.oo to the winner


In 2017 it took a record of 61.18% (52.0 out of 85 points) to cash with 10 entries tying for places 48 through 50 and each collecting $ 1,137.67.
(Had there been no tie for the final paying spot in 2017 the contestant who finished alone in 50th would have collected $ 3,792.24)

In 2016 it took a record of 59.41% (50.5 out of 85 points) to cash with 15 entries tying for places 40 through 50 and each collecting $ 2,217.38.
(Had there been no tie for the final paying spot in 2016 the contestant who finished alone in 50th would have collected $ 2,558.52)

In 2015 it took a record of 61.18% (52 out of 85 points) to cash with 13 entries tying for places 39 through 50 and each collecting $ 2,989.05.
(Had there been no tie for the final paying spot in 2015 the contestant who finished alone in 50th would have collected $ 2,590.50)

In 2014 it took a record of 62.35 % (53 out of 85 points) to cash, with 9 entries tying for places 28 through 30 and each collecting $ 2,105.oo
(Had there been no tie for the final paying spot in 2014, the contestant who finished alone in 30th would have collected $ 6,313.oo)


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For 2018 the Westgate shall again be holding a special "SuperContest Weekend" but it will not include a Friday night
Fooball Handicapping Seminar. The annual Saturday Golf outing and a Saturday evening raffle drawing that
will provide the opportunity to win one of several FREE Entries to the 2018 SuperContest will be held.

Details on the SuperContest Weekend can be found here
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A -- Regular SuperContest

The following is a summary of the key Rules for the 2018 "traditional" SuperContest
The Complete Rules can be found here


FORMAT (Rules 7, 15) -- Contestants select 5 NFL games each week against the pointspread for 17 weeks. Sides only. No Totals. The pointspread is a "static" pointspread as established by the Westgate on Wednesdays and thus does not change even though the actual betting lines on the games may change during the week. The lines are generally available around 5 PM Pacific time on Wednesdays at the Westgate and on their website. Note that contestants may not submit opposite sides of the same game as 2 of their 5 selections on the same Entry. If a contestant has 2 entries he/she can use one side of the game on one Entry and the other side of the same game on the other Entry.

ENTRY FEE & DEADLINE (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10) -- $ 1,500.oo per entry with a maximum of 2 entries allowed per Social Security Number. Entrants (and Proxies, if any) must be 21 years of age. Contestant must also have a "Players Card" which is free. Deadline to enter the Contest is 11 AM Pacific time on Saturday, September 8, 2018 (deadline for submission of first week's selections). Entering the regular SuperContest (1 or 2 entries) does not preclude the contestant from also entering the SuperContest Gold.

METHOD/FORM OF PAYMENT (Rule 3) -- Payment of the Entry Fee may be in the form of cash, cashiers check, money order, Westgate Las Vegas Resort live gaming chips and credit card. ***** NOTE -- Credit Cards are subject to a 3% surcharge ***** ALSO NOTE that personal checks are not being accepted for the 2018 Contest

PAYOUT (Rules 17, 18 and 19) -- 92% of Entry Fees paid to Top 100 Finishers (and ties) ranging from 33% for First Place to 0.05% for those finishing 81st through 100th. Tie breakers are in place to determine First Place only. All other ties split the tied places' prize money equally. For 2018 the Westgate is charging an 8% "administrative fee" which result in $120 of each $1,500 not going to the Prize Pool. However, the Westgate is adding an additional $45,000 into the Prize Pool -- See"Other Notes" below

WEEKLY SELECTION SUBMISSION DEADLINE (Rule 12) -- Saturday 11:00 AM Pacific Time. All selections are submitted at the same time and, once submitted, may not be changed after the close of business on the day the selections are submitted (assuming, of course, that none of the games selected have kicked off). If a contestant chooses to use a Thursday game all 5 selections must be submitted prior to the start of that Thursday game. The Official Rules clearly emphasize that the submission deadline will be strictly enforced.

SELECTION SUBMISSION REQUIRMENTS (Rules 10 and 11) -- Contestant must submit entries in person or via a Proxy who has been registered by the Contestant with the Westgate Race & Sports Book. Contestants and their Proxy will be issued a Contest Card. The Card will be needed to enter the weekly selections at an electronic kiosk located in the Race & Sports Book.

CONTESTANT IDENTIFICATION (Rule 5) -- Contestants may use an alias (approved by management) to identify his/her selections and standings as published throughout the contest period.

OTHER NOTES --
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CREDIT CARD SURCHARGE & PERSONAL CHECKS DEADLINE (Rule 3) -- Payment of the Entry Fee by Credit Card is subject to a 3% surcharge ($45.oo) per entry. Personal Checks will not be accepted this season.

FINAL 3 WEEK MINI-CONTEST (Rule 19) -- An additional $ 15,000 is put up by the Westgate for a 3 week Mini-Contest for the best record over the final 3 weeks of the season with the prize being winner-take-all -- no tie breakers -- those tied for the best 3 week record split the prize equally -- Contestants eligible are those who sign up and enter the contest prior to 4 PM Pacific time on Monday, September 3, 2018 (Labor Day).

FIRST QUARTER BONUS (Rule 19) -- An additional $ 15,000 is put up by the Westgate to be paid to the contestant (or contestants) who have accumulated the most points over the first 4 weeks of the season. There are no tie-breakers such that those contestants tied for the best record after the first 4 weeks of the season shall split the prize equally.

HALFTIME BONUS (Rule 19) -- An additional $ 15,000 is put up by the Westgate to be paid to the contestant (or contestants) who have accumulated the most points over the first 8 weeks of the season. There are no tie-breakers such that those contestants tied for the best record after the first 8 weeks of the season shall split the prize equally


B -- SuperContest -- GOLD

The following is a summary of the key Rules for the 2018 Super Contest -- GOLD
The Complete Rules can be found here


The Rules for the SuperContest Gold are essentially the same as for the regular SuperContest. Aspects that are identical to Regular SuperContest are shown with the designation "Same as Regular SuperContest. See Above." with key differences, additions and exclusions detailed below.


FORMAT (Rules 7, 15) -- Same as Regular SuperContest. See Above.

ENTRY FEE & DEADLINE (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10) -- Same as Regular SuperContest. See Above, EXCEPT that there is a $ 5,000.oo entry fee and a maximum of 1 entry allowed per Social Security Number. Entering the SuperContest GOLD does not preclude the contestant from also entering the regular SuperContest.

METHOD/FORM OF PAYMENT (Rule 3) -- Same as Regular SuperContest. See Above.

PAYOUT (Rule 17) -- This is a "Winner Take All" Contest with no tie-breakers and no 'Administrative Fee." Thus if there are 100 entried the Prize Pool would be $500,000. If there is a single winner that contestant would receive the entire $500,000. If 2 contestants are tied for the most points they would split the prize pool evenly with each of the 2 contestants receiving $250,000 (i.e. There are no tie-breakers).

WEEKLY SELECTION SUBMISSION DEADLINE (Rule 12) -- Same as Regular SuperContest. See Above.

SELECTION SUBMISSION REQUIRMENTS (Rules 10, 11 and 15) -- Contestant must submit entries in person or via a Proxy who has been registered by the Contestant with the Westgate Race & Sports Book. Contestants and their Proxy will be issued a Contest Card. The Card will be needed to enter the weekly selections at an electronic kiosk located in the Race & Sports Book. Once an entry is submitted into the computer system it cannot be voided after the SuperBook business day on which the entry is submitted.

CONTESTANT IDENTIFICATION (Rule 5) -- Same as Regular SuperContest. See Above.

OTHER NOTES --
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CREDIT CARD SURCHARGE & ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PAYMENT (Rule 3) -- Same as Regular SuperContest. See Above.


There is no Mini-Contest, First Quarter Bonus, Halftime Bonus or any other bonus such as are applicable to the regular SuperContest.


(5) 2018 Golden Nugget Ultimate Football Challenge


MAJOR CHANGES FROM THE 2017 CONTEST

For those who may be interested in the Background and History of the
Golden Nugget Contest (previously called the Friday Fooball Showdown)
please see the material following the Rules Highlights for this season's Contest


2018 Golden Nugget Ultimate Football Challenge

The following is a summary of the key Rules for the 2018 Contest
The Complete Rules can be found here


In many respects the 2018 Golden Nugget Ultimate Football Challenge is similar to the Westgate SuperContest.

However the Golden Nugget Contest includes both College and NFL Games and requires contestants to make 7, rather than 5, selections each week for a total of 119, rather than 85, selections over the 17 weeks of the Contest.



CONTEST FORMAT
Contestants will submit 7 selections each week from the eligible College and NFL games. Eligible games are those that will be played between the time that the contest lines are released (approximately 2 PM Pacific times on Wednesdays) through the following Monday for which Contest Lines are posted. Selections will be on SIDES ONLY with NO TOTALS (Overs/Unders) included this season. Generally all such games that have actual betting lines on them at the time the lines are released on Wednesday will be eligible for Contest play.

Contestants may not select both sides of the same game on the same entry. A contestant with 2 entries may select Side A on 1 of the entries and Side B on the other.

The Contest will run concurrent with the NFL regular season with Week 1's lines being released on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and the selections for Week 17 to be entered by 10 PM on Friday, December 28, 2018.

On a weekly basis the 7 selections must be sumbitted by 10 PM Pacific time on Friday.

A winning selection earns 1 point. A losing selection earns 0 points. A selection that pushes the pointspread earns 1/2 point.


ENTRY FEE AND DEADLINE
Contestants must be at least 21 years old. The entry fee is $ 1,000.oo with a maximum of two (2) entries per person. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 10:00 PM Pacific time. Payment must be made either in cash or in Golden Nugget gaming chips only.


PAYOUT
100% of the Entry Fees will be paid out to the top 20 finishers at the end of the 17 week contest.
Places 11 through 20 shall receive $1,000.oo with the balance of the prize pool distributed to those who finish in places 1 through 10 with the winner earning 40%, second place 20%, third place 10%, 4th and 5th place 7% each, 6th and 7th place 5% each and places 8 through 10 2% each.

There are no tie-breakers with those tying for multiple positions sharing equally in the payouts for those tied positions. Thus in a 3 way tie for second place those 3 contestants would equally split the prizes for 2nd, 3rd and 4th place.



Golden Nugget Prior Contest Contest Background and History


Prior to 2015 for several seasons the Golden Nugget sponsored a football contest that was limited to 16 contestants, each of whom put up an entry fee that, in different years, ranged from $3,000 to $5,000. The contest format was essentially a bracket contest with 15 head to head matchups between 2 of the contestants, each making 7 selections with the contestant with the better record advancing to the next round. Held over 15 weeks, the contest was comprised of 8 First Round matches, 4 Quarter Final matches, the Semi Finals and the Finals.

A commonly voiced complaint about such contests in the past has been that depending on the week a contestant who goes 6-1 would lose to an opponent who went 7-0 and fail to advance to the next round. Similarly a contestant who goes 2-5 would advance if his opponent went 1-6.

In an effort to address those issues and make this a fairer test of handicapping skills the Golden Nugget modified the format of the contest for 2015 which was well received and attracted 87 entries. The modifications widened the ability to participate and also accept more entries overall, including out of state entries via the use of a Proxy to submit the selections.

The 2015 Contest was acclaimed by most as a rousing success and was tweaked slightly for 2016. The 2016 Contest attracted 96 entries.

There were a few more tweaks from the 2016 Contest to the 2017 version that addressed some concerns expressed related to the volatility of college Totals that turned the contest into more of a "playing value" contest as opposed to a traditional "handicapping contest." NOTE that the Offical Rules originally indicated that College Totals would not be included this season BUT on various radio shows prior to the start of opening contest registration Sports Book Directior Tony Miller indicated that College Totals are included this season with the main difference being that with Contest Lines being available at 3 PM Pacific Time on Thuarsdays, as opposed to Noon Pacific time in the past, there will only be 23 hours between the release of all lines and the Friday 2 PM Pacific time deadline to submit the contest selections.

FORMAT
The 2017 Contest consisted of 2 phases and allowed for an unlimited number of entries with the restriction that a contestant is limited to just 1 entry.


PHASE 1
Phase 1 involved all contestants making 7 selections each week for the first 12 weeks of the Contest (NFL Weeks 1 through 12) such that all contestants made a total of 84 selections over the 12 weeks.

Selections were to be made from all eligible college and NFL football games for that week and will include both NFL Sides and Totals And College Sides and Totals (but no First Half Sides or Totals).

The Pointspreads and Totals used in the Contest were the static lines that were posted at the Golden Nugget Sports Book at approximately 3:00 PM Pacific time on Thursdays.

Each winning selection was worth 1 point and each selection that pushed the Pointspread/Total was worth 1/2 point. After 12 weeks the 16 contestants with the most points advanced to Phase 2 -- the head-to-head bracket part of the contest.



PHASE 2
Phase 2 was head to head competition and ran from NFL weeks 13 through 17.

The 16 contestants who advanced to Phase 2 were seeded based upon their finishes in the 12 weeks that comprised Phase 1. Once the initial seedings were determined there was no reseeding of the contestants as the head-to-head competition advanced.

The first round of head-to-head competitions took place in NFL Week 13 and involved 4 head to head matchups of the contestants seeded 9 through 16 with contestants seeded 1 through 8 receiving Byes.

The second round of head to head competition took place in NFL Week 14 and consisted of 4 matchups involving the 4 winners from the previous week matched up against the contestants seeded 5 through 8. Contestants seeded 1 through 4 again receive a Bye into the Quarterfinals.

The Quarterfinals took place in NFL Week 15 and consisted of 4 matchups involving the 4 winners from the previous week matched up against the contestants seeded 1 through 4.

The Semifinals took place in NFL Week 16 and consisted of 2 matchups involving the 4 Quarterfinals winners.

The Finals took place in NFL Week 17 and involved the 2 winners of the Semifinals matches.

In the head-to-head competition the contestants ranked their selections from weakest to strongest so that if the two contestants in a matchup had identical records the seventh (strongest) selection would be used as the first tie breaker. If the seventh selections have the same result the tie breaking process continues with the sixth selection, etc. until the tie is broken. If all seven selections have identical results the next set of tie breakers involves the contestant whose seventh selection either covered the spread by the greatest margin (if both seventh selections were wins) or which lost to the spread by the smallest margin (if both seventh selections were losses), continuing in this manner until the tie is broken.


MINI-CONTEST -- There was also be a 3 weeks Mini-Contest covering NFL weeks 10 through 12, the final 3 weeks of Phase 1 and thus all contestants were involved. The winner was the contestant who accumulated the most points over those 3 weeks and involved a total of 21 selections. In the event of a tie for the most points over those 3 weeks there were no tie breakers and the Mini-Contest prize would be split equally among those contestants that tied for the most points.


ENTRY FEE AND DEADLINE -- The entry fee is $ 2,000.oo with a maximum of one entry per person. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10:00 PM Pacific time.


PAYOUT -- 100% of the Entry Fees will be paid out but are limited to the 16 contestants who advance to Phase 2 of the Contest and the winner(s) of the 3 week Mini-Contest.

All 16 winners who advance to Phase 2 each receive $3,000 = $48,000.
Seeds 2, 3 and 4 will receive an additional $3,000 = $9,000.
The Top overall seed will receive an additional $5,000 = $5,000.
The winners of each first round head to head match will receive an additional $1,000 = $4,000.
The winners of each second round head to head match will receive an additional $1,000 = $4,000.

At this point a total of $70,000 will have been returned to the contestants and just 8 contestants remain.

The remainder of the Prize Pool will be distributed as follows --
The 4 Quarterfinals Losers receive 2.5% each for a total of 10.0%.
The 2 Semifinals Loser receive 5.0% each for a total of 10.0%.
The Finals Runner Up receives 25.0%
The Finals Winner recieves 50.0%.
The Mini-Contest Winner(s) receive or divide 5.0%.

Thus, if there are 100 entrants the full Prize Pool will consist of $200,000 of which $70,000 would be paid out prior to the Quarterfinals round of the head to head competition. The remaining $130,000 will be distributed according to the aforementioned percentages.

WEEKLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE & REQUIREMENTS -- The contest uses 'static' lines and totals that will be posted by the Golden Nugget on Thursdays at approximately 3:00 PM Pacific time. The selections must be submitted in person at the Golden Nugget, either by the contestant or his/her authorized Proxy, by 2 PM Pacific time on Friday, A DEADLINE THAT WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. Contestants using games starting prior to 2:00 PM Pacific time on Friday must submit all 7 seletions prior to the kickoff the earliest starting game among their selections


(6) 2018 William Hill Pro Football Pick 'Em Contest


Details of their 2018 Pro Football Contest have been announced and the
OFFICIAL RULES may be viewed at https://www.williamhill.us/propickem/


This contest is similar in many respects to the very popular Stations Casinos Great Giveaway Contest that had been offered for many years in that the selections are made Straight Up (no pointspreads) and involves only Sunday and Monday games. There will be a total of 15 selections made each week and in weeks in which there are fewer than 15 games scheduled for Sunday/Monday Totals will be used to bring the total for those weeks to 15. For Totals, the contestant will required to select if a game will go OVER or stay UNDER a specified number of total points.

Highlughts of the William Hill Pro Football Contest include --

1 -- Contestant must be 21 years of age and have a "William Hill Rewards Club" Card (issued at no cost) or a William Hill Wagering Account to enter
2 -- $ 25.oo Entry Fee with a maximum of 15 entries per person allowed. If you purchase 4 entries you will receive a fifth entry for free. This only applies to the first four entries purchased and the free entry counts towards the limit of 15. Thus, if you were to play the maximum 15 entries you would pay for 14 ($ 350.oo) and get 1 entry for free. Late entries will be able to be purchased at $25 per entry with each such entry purchased counting towards the maximum of 15 entries per person.
3 -- Pick games each week Straight Up, NOT against the pointspread. Totals on specified games are used in weeks in which there are fewer than 15 Sunday/Monday games.
4 -- Contest will last all 17 weeks of the regular season.
5 -- There are no tie breakers for the weekly prize -- those tied for most winners will split the prize equally.
6 -- Selections must be made by the start of the first Sunday game
7 -- $ 10,000 in weekly prizes -- $ 10,000 most winners with no prizes for second or third most winners or most losers
8 -- $ 30,000 in end of season prizes -- Most winners, second most winners, third most winners.
9 -- In the case of end of season ties those tied entries will split the money for the tied places -- i.e. a 2 way tie for most winners will split the first and second place prize equally.
10 -- In the event that more than $200,000 is collected in entry fees that excess will be added to the end-of-season Prize Pool.
11 -- There will be a $100,000 bonus paid to the First Place winner if that person has made at least 200 winning selections (out of the 255 total selections). This works out to a winning percentage of 78.43%.
13 -- IMPORTANT -- All prizes must be claimed IN PERSON with a valid Photo ID and MUST BE COLLECTED BY FEBRUARY 28, 2019. Any prizes not collected by that date are void and become the property of William Hill.
14 -- For questions or addtional information you may contact William Hill Customer Support at (855) - 754 - 1200.

For more specifics it is suggested that you read the OFFICIAL RULES by clicking on the link at the top of this Contest.


(7) 2018 William Hill College Football Pick 'Em Contest


Details of their 2018 College Football Contest have been announced and the
OFFICIAL RULES may be viewed at https://www.williamhill.us/collegepickem/



This contest is similar in many respects to the very popular LeRoys College Football Contest of the mid 2000's. The Contest involves picking 7 games per week against the pointspread. The Contest lasts 10 weeks such that a total of 70 picks will be made. There are no weekly prizes but there are 10 end-of-season prizes and a Bonus prize if the Contest winner picks at least 70% winners. Contestants will make their 7 selections from a list of 25 games designated by William Hill.

Highlughts of the William Hill Pro Football Contest include --

1 -- Contestant must be 21 years of age and have a "William Hill Rewards Club" Card (issued at no cost) or a William Hill Wagering Account to enter.
2 -- $ 500.oo Entry Fee with a maximum of 4 entries per person allowed. Entries will not be accepted after 8:00 AM Pacific time on Saturday, September 8, 2018. It appears as though Friday and Saturday games will be used, but not Thursday games.
3 -- Pick 7 games each week against the pointspread posted by William Hill for Contest purposes. Each game will have a half-point attached to the pointspread such that ties, or pushes, are not possible.
4 -- Contest will last 10 weeks beginning on Friday, September 7, 2018 and running through Saturday, November 10, 2018.
5 -- There are no weekly prizes, only end of season prizes.
6 -- Selections may be made up until the time that 7 games remain to start from that week's listed games.
7 -- There is a minimum of $ 75,000 guaranteed in end of season prizes with any entry fees in excess of $75,000 being added to the Prize Pool. The contestant with the most winners will receive 50% of the prize pool; second most winners will receive 15%; third most winners 10%; 4th through 6th place will each receive 5%; and 7th through tenth will each receive 2.5%.
9 -- In the case of end of season ties those ties split the money for the tied places -- i.e. a 2 way tie for most winners will split the first and second place prize equally.
10 -- There will be a $25,000 bonus paid to the First Place winner if that person has made at least 49 winning selections (out of the 70 total selections). This works out to a winning percentage of 70.00%.
12 -- IMPORTANT -- All prizes must be claimed IN PERSON with a valid Photo ID and MUST BE COLLECTED BY FEBRUARY 28, 2019. Any prizes not collected by that date are void and become the property of William Hill.
13 -- For questions or addtional information you may contact William Hill Customer Support at (855) - 754 - 1200.


For more specifics it is suggested that you read the OFFICIAL RULES by clicking on the link at the top of this Contest..


(8) 2018 Stations Casinos College Football Last Man Standing Contest


NOTE
The 2018 Contest has not yet been announced but should be announced
in early August. What follows below reflects the 2017 Contest.



HIGHLIGHTS
This Contest is similar to a traditional "King of the Hill" or "Survivor" contest in that contestants make one selection each week and if that selected team wins the contestant advances to the following week. Selections are made against a contest pointspread that does not change. All games will have half point pointspreads so there cannot be ties. A minimum prize of $ 40,000 is guaranteed with all Entry Fees going to the sole winner. The entry fee is $25 with up to 4 purchased entries per person allowed. A contestant who purchases 4 entries ($100) will recieve a bonus fifth entry at no cost. Proxies are not specifically allowed nor disallowed but see the "SELECTION SUBMISSION/IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS" section below for a potential concern. The Contest will run for a maximum of 12 weeks but could end earlier.

FORMAT -- Contestants select 1 College football game each week to win their game against a static contest pointspread that uses half point lines and thus eliminates the possibility of a pointspread "push" or tie. If the selected team wins the contestant advances to the next week. Thursday and Friday games may be included in the Contest in addition to Saturday games. Any game that is not played by Sunday of the scheduled week will be counted as a winner and that contestant will advance to the following week. Contest continues until only one contestant remains. See the PAYOUT section below for more information on how the contest will end.

ENTRY FEE -- $ 25 per entry with a maximum of 4 entries allowed. Entrants must be 21 years of age and have a Boarding Pass Card, or equivalent, issued by a participating Stations propery. Entrants who pay for 4 entries will recieve a fifth entry at no additional cost. The deadline to sign up is Saturday, September 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM Pacific time.

PAYOUT -- The greater of $ 40,000 or 100% of Entry Fees will be awarded to the last contestant to correctly select a winner. If at the end of the 12 weeks there are 2 or more contestants who have not submitted a losing selection the prize pool will be equally split among such contestants. If all remaining contestants are eliminated on the same contest day the prize pool will be equally split among such contestants. HOWEVER -- Note that the Rules do not seem to consider the phrase "same contest day" as meaning the "same contest week" such that if contestants are eliminated on a Thursday, Friday and a Saturday of the same week only the contestants eliminated on that Saturday would win/share the prize pool). I shall try to obtain clarification on this point.

WEEKLY SELECTION SUBMISSION DEADLINE -- Selections must be made prior to the start of the game selected. The Contest Lines for week 1 are expected to be available on Monday, September 4, 2017 with the following weeks' lines available on Wednesdays.

SELECTION SUBMISSION/IDENTIFICATION REQUIRMENTS -- The Official Rules do not specifically address the use of a Proxy to submit a contestant's selection. HOWEVER, Rule # 7 does state "Identification may be required when contest selection is submitted." Since a contestant must have a Boarding Pass in order to enter the Contest the possession and presentation of that Boarding Pass when submitting the selection should be cousidered as meeting the Identification requirement if requested.



ADDITIONAL NOTES --

If the same contestant wins BOTH this College Football Last Man Standing Contest AND the Pro Football Last Man Standing Contest that contestant will win a BONUS of $ 135,000 in addition to the prize pools from both contests.


(9) 2018 Stations Casinos Pro Football Last Man Standing Contest


NOTE
The 2018 Contest has not yet been announced but should be announced
in early August. What follows below reflects the 2017 Contest.



HIGHLIGHTS
This Contest is similar to a traditional "King of the Hill" or "Survivor" contest in that contestants make one selection each week and if that selected team wins the contestant advances to the following week. Selections are made against a contest pointspread that does not change. All games will have half point pointspreads so there cannot be ties. A minimum prize of $ 75,000 is guaranteed with all Entry Fees going to the sole winner. The entry fee is $25 with up to 4 purchased entries per person allowed. A contestant who purchases 4 entries ($100) will recieve a bonus fifth entry at no cost. Proxies are not specifically allowed nor disallowed but see the "SELECTION SUBMISSION/IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS" section below for a potential concern. The Contest will run only for the 17 weeks of the NFL Regular Season but could end earlier.

FORMAT -- Contestants select 1 NFL game each to win their game against a static contest pointspread that uses half point lines and thus eliminates the possibility of a pointspread "push" or tie. If the selected team wins the contestant advances to the next week. Any game that is not played by Monday of the scheduled week will be counted as a winner and that contestant will advance to the following week. Contest continues until only one contestant remains. See the PAYOUT section below for more information on how the contest will end.

ENTRY FEE -- $ 25.oo per entry with a maximum of 4 entries allowed. Entrants must be 21 years of age and have a Boarding Pass Card, or equivalent, issued by a participating Stations propery. Entrants who pay for 4 entries will recieve a fifth entry at no additional cost. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM Pacific time.

PAYOUT -- The greater of $ 75,000 or 100% of Entry Fees will be awarded to the last contestant to correctly select a winner. If at the end of the 17 week regular season there are 2 or more contestants who have not submitted a losing selection the prize pool will be equally split among such contestants. The Contest will not extend into the NFL Playoffs. If all remaining contestants are eliminated on the same contest day the prize pool will be equally split among such contestants. HOWEVER -- Note that the Rules do not seem to consider the phrase "same contest day" as meaning the "same contest week" such that if all remaining contestants are eliminated on both a Sunday and a Monday of the same week only the contestants eliminated on that Monday night game would win/share the prize pool). I shall try to obtain clarification on this point.

WEEKLY SELECTION SUBMISSION DEADLINE -- Selections must be made prior to the start of the game selected. It appears that all games (including Thursday night games) will be included in the contest although Stations may decide to exclude certain games (though not stated these could be games involving key players with questionable status for which no betting line has been posted). The Contest Lines for week 1 are expected to be available on Monday, September 4, 2017 with the following weeks' lines available on Wednesdays.

SELECTION SUBMISSION/IDENTIFICATION REQUIRMENTS -- The Official Rules do not specifically address the use of a Proxy to submit a contestant's selection. HOWEVER, Rule # 7 does state "Identification may be required when contest selection is submitted." Since a contestant must have a Boarding Pass in order to enter the Contest the possession and presentation of that Boarding Pass when submitting the selection should be cousidered as meeting the Identification requirement if requested.



ADDITIONAL NOTES --

If the same contestant wins BOTH this Pro Football Last Man Standing Contest AND the College Football Last Man Standing Contest that contestant will win a BONUS of $ 135,000 in addition to the prize pools from both contests.


(10) The Proxy & the Services He Provides


Since moving to Las Vegas in 1991 Andy Iskoe of Logical Approach has entered many of the football contests offered and sponsored by the Sports Books in Las Vegas.

In fact, in 2018 he has entered the Super Contest for a 28th consecutive season!

In addition to having had great success as a contestant in most of these contests over the years, he has also been a Proxy for contestants who live out of town and are not able to make the weekly selections in person at the various Sports Books, providing Proxy services for more than a decade.

In 2018 he shall again be offering his services as a Proxy for contestants who are unable to submit selections in person.

The key to an effective Proxy/Contestant relationship is communication.

Over the years Andy has developed an organized, structured and sensible system for disseminating and receiving contest selection information with the contestants for whom he has served as Proxy.

The Proxy procedure is similar for all contests with minor variations due to time and/or deadline variations that will vary according to the specific contest.

Using the Westgate NFL Super Contest as an example emails are sent on Wednesday evenings by Andy Iskoe to the contestants for whom he is a Proxy. The email will contain information related to the contest lines for the upcoming week's games (to be released by 5 PM Pacific time Wednesdays), the contestant's results for the previous week and season-to-date results and the overall standings for all contestants (including information on the status of the contestants currently in "cashing" position -- Top 50 and ties).

The contestant is then responsible for providing Andy with his/her 5 contest selections by either email or telephone (or both) by 6 PM Pacific Time on FRIDAY evening (or at a later time as mutually agreed upon) so that the selections may be submitted to the Westgate safely in advance of the Westgate's official Saturday 11 AM deadline that is strictly enforced.

The Fee charged for the Proxy Service is agreed upon with each contestant and is based upon the specific contest or combination of contests entered, the number of entries, the complexities of "administering" your weekly entries/selections, and other factors. The Fee is generally a flat, up front one time fee with no requirement to share a percentage of any winnings earned by the contestant.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss using Andy Iskoe as your Proxy
please either call him at 702 - 898 - 9802 or contact him via email at vegasandy711@cox.net


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