As Final Fours go, the one involving the Circa “Survivor” contest has as its prize more than $9 million.
The popular NFL predictions contest, or pick ‘em contest, has contestants choose the winner of one game each week – but cannot pick the same team twice – has come down to four entries. When the contest started in September, there were 9,267 entries, paying $1,000 each. That made for a prize pool of $9,267,000. There’s no take-out from the prize pool, making it an extraordinarily popular pro football contest.
The Circa casino in Downtown Las Vegas has become one of the grandest bricks-and-mortar sportsbooks in the world. Nevada also offers legal sports betting apps. Circa has an amphitheater-like setting in the casino, and even an outdoor swimming pool area with a movie theater-sized screen for bettors who want to enjoy the pool and sports betting simultaneously.
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Circa Sports NFL Predictions Contest Rules
The Survivor contest rules are explained by Circa this way: “Weekly selections will be made on teams to win without the use of a point spread. Entrants may only pick each professional football team one (1) time throughout the duration of the Contest (example: an entrant selects Team A to win during Contest Week 1 of the professional football season. Team A will no longer be available for selection for the duration of the Contest). … Weekly selections shall be graded as a loss if the selected team ends their game in a tie.”
Folks who use NFL betting promos to wager at sports betting apps might also participate in a small survival pool for a few bucks, or for free. But nothing on the scale of the Circa Sports contest.
Generally, contest weeks correspond to the NFL’s schedule of weeks but there are exceptions, such as Thanksgiving plus Black Friday, and Christmas Day. And it was the Christmas weekend contest schedule during which Survivor winnowed its field from 10 to four.
“Contestants had to pick one game on either Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, and then those who advanced had to pick one more on Monday, Christmas Day,” Circa said in a news release.
The downfall game for the six eliminated entries was Denver against New England on Dec. 24 with the Broncos, who were 7.5-point favorites, disappointing their backers in 26-23 loss to the Patriots. New England, an underdog for legal online sports betting customers as well, started stomping on some dreams with a 23-7 lead after three quarters. Denver tied the score 23-23 with 2:53 left. However, Pats kicker Chad Ryland’s 56-yard field goal extinguished the hopes of six Survivor hopefuls with two seconds on the clock.
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Eagles Right Choice For Remaining Four
The four Survivors from the earlier weekend games all went on to pick Philadelphia to beat the New York Giants on Christmas Day. The Eagles came through, 33-25, but needed an interception at the end to secure the victory.
Registration for the 2023 contest was May 25 to Sept. 9, 2023.
For those seeking conventional NFL futures betting propositions, the xxx are the surrent Super Bowl favorites with the Caesars Sportsbook in various states.
This year, out of the initial NFL predictions entries, 1,985 (more than 21%) were eliminated in Week 1 when Minnesota was upset by Tampa Bay, 20-17. Another 600 entrants went down on opening weekend when Seattle lost to the Los Angeles Rams. And somehow, 31 entries failed to make the deadline with a pick.
Last season, two contestants split the $6.1 million Survivor pool prize at the end.
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Bill Ordine was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.