In December 2018, SugarHouse Casino opened its retail sportsbook to much fanfare. Earlier this year (May 2019), they launched their paplaysugarhouse.com online/mobile sports betting platform and it was again well received. In fact, Keystone State sports betting enthusiasts have been broadly supportive of the new PA sportsbook marketplace, both the retail books and their online equivalents.
Pennsylvania’s football fans in particular have a new reason to be pleased now that PlaySugarHouse has announced a nice season-long NFL promotion for the 2019 season.
This is a pick’em style contest with a guaranteed $500K prize pool but it could end up even larger. The prize money will be awarded to players who can correctly pick the most winners of each week’s NFL games. Picking these games involves no point spread. All you need to do is pick the winner of the game straight up.
At seasons end, 501 winners will receive cash prizes that will each at least cover the $150 entry fee. The top prize will be at least $125,000.
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PlaySugarHouse’s pick’em contest has $500,000 in prizes, minimum
This is a fun promotion, but there is a charge to enter it. The fee is $150, but a $25 discount can be had for early signups. Entry is open now and closes just before the first NFL games on September 8th at 1pm EST. As with all legal online gaming in PA, players must be at least 21 years old and be physically present within the state to be eligible to play.
The guaranteed $500K prize pool with a first prize of $125,000 is just the minimum. These figures could end up higher if enough players sign up to play. The aggregate total of all the buy-ins will constitute the total prize pool as well as define the eligible participants.
Here’s a fun feature: each person who wants to play in this Pick’em Contest can enter up to 25 times! That might help the prize pool balloon over the $500K guarantee.
To earn points towards winning prizes, players must pick the winners of eligible NFL games. Again, no point spreads are involved. Just correctly pick the winner and get a point. Picks will be accepted each week from 5pm EST on Tuesday until the first NFL game on Sunday throughout all 17 weeks of the NFL season with a few exceptions. Games on Thursdays, Saturdays, and some select Sunday games won’t be part of the contest.
Act quick to save $25 with the Early Bird Bonus
Players interested in playing the Pick’em Contest should consider signing up early to save money on the entry fee. Join before August 15 and get an Early Bird Special that lowers the entry fee down to $125.
BetRivers account holders are also eligible for the $500K Pick’em Contest
SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh are sister properties owned by parent company Rush Street, who also owns some other casinos in the US with the Rivers brand. Therefore, PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers are sister sites, both operated with the partnership of Kambi, a well respected world-wide sports betting company.
All this is to say: this $500K Pick ‘Em Contest is available at both the PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers sportsbooks. Each week as you make your picks, be sure that you always use the same sportsbook that you signed up under. If you sign up for the $500K Pick ‘Em Contest at BetRivers, for example, you must make your weekly picks on BetRivers as well.
Play for the $2,500 weekly prize
While most of the prize pool is doled out at the end of the NFL season, there is also a weekly winner. The player with the highest number of correct picks each week wins $2,500. In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen by a two-tiered tie break system.
First tier is decided by which player came closest to picking the correct point total of the last NFL game played that week. In the event of another tie, the $2,500 will be awarded to the player who made their picks earliest in the week. So there is some small advantage to getting your picks in early!
But the real payoff comes at the end of the 2019 NFL season
Whoever is lucky (or skilled) enough to end up one of the top 500 point scorers at end of the 2019 NFL season will receive at least $175, guaranteeing a small profit on their entry.
The grand prize of at least $125,000 goes to the player who earns the most points overall throughout the season.
Don’t give up if you’re doing poorly at the outset! There is also a $2,500 prize awarded to the “biggest loser” of the season. This is won by the player who ends up with the least total points!. Don’t bother leaving games unpicked trying to achieve this “honor”, you have to actually pick a game to pick wrong!
The full schedule of prizes for the $500K Guaranteed Pick ‘Em Contest at PlaySugarHouse/BetRivers in PA is:
|PA PlaySugarHouse NFL Pick'em Season End Prizes*|
|6th - 10th||$5,000|
|11th - 20th||$3,000|
|21st - 30th||$2,000|
|31st - 50th||$1,000|
|51st - 100th||$500|
|$101 - 200th||$250|
|201st - 400th||$200
|401st - 500th||$175|
*These are minimum prizes, if enough entries are received to increase the prize pool beyond $500K, all figures will be adjusted upwards in the same proportions.
If two or more contestants tie for a season end prize, the total prizes for those finishers will be split accordingly, i.e. if two players tie for 5th ($10,000) and 6th ($5,000) place, both players will be awarded $7,500.
Prize winners will be announced by Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by 3pm.
Here’s how to sign up and get started:
Think you’ve got what it takes to win a piece of this guaranteed $500K prize pool? You are eligible as long as you are at least 21 years old and are physically located within the borders of Pennsylvania when you sign up and make your picks. To begin, get an online/mobile account at PlaySugarHouse or BetRivers online sportsbooks. Then sign up for the Pick’em Contest and pay the $150 entry fee. Alternatively:
To get the $25 discount, sign up prior to August 15, 2019 and pay only a $125 for the entry fee.
New signups on both online sportsbooks are eligible for their 100% up to $250 initial deposit bonus with 1x playthrough requirement.