09/09/2001 11:00PM

Las Vegas Football Contests


There are football contests in Las Vegas for every budget. They are marketed primarily to locals, but the following contests can still be entered by tourists (or procrastinating Las Vegans) who want to take a shot at the weekly prizes:

Great Giveaway Football Contest (Palace Station, Boulder Station, Sunset Station, Texas Station, Santa Fe Station and Wild Wild West): $25 entry, buy 2 get 1 free (maximum of three total entries), no pointspreads, $100,000 first prize for person picking the most winners on the season, and another $100,000 for the person picking the most losers, pays down to 100th place, late entrants not eligible for season-end prizes but still able to play for $40,000 in weekly prizes ($25,000 for most winners; $15,000 for most losers), weekly tiebreaker is the person closest to the Monday Night score without going over, $250,000 "Fiddle in the Middle" prize pool to be split by everyone who compiles a .500 record, deadline 10 a.m. Sundays.

Pick the Pros (Barbary Coast, Gold Coast, The Orleans, Jackie Gaughan's Plaza): $25 entry, buy 4 get 1 free (maximum of five entries), no pointspreads, $100,000 to overall winner, pays to 360th place, late entrants eligible for season-end prizes (though you're behind by 15 games after Week 1), $40,000 in weekly prizes (guaranteed $10,000 winner each week), deadline 10 a.m. Sundays

$250,000 Football Frenzy (Fiesta, The Reserve): two free entries per person, no pointspreads, $80,000 in season-long prizes paid to 80th place, $10,000 in prizes each week, deadline at midnight Saturdays (after the season starts, you can still get in the contest for weekly prizes, but no registrations are accepted on Sundays).

All-American Football Contest (Stardust, Sam's Town, Main Street Station, California, Fremont, Joker's Wild, Eldorado): one free entry per person, no pointspreads, players pick combination of 17 college and pro games, $10,000 winner take all (split equally among multiple winners), deadline 8 a.m. Saturdays.

Pick Your Pros (Cal-Neva books in Northern Nevada and the Club Fortune in Henderson): $25 entry fee, buy 4 get 1 free, no pointspreads, $25,000 prize for season-end champion, $7,500 first prize for most winners picked, $3,500 for second-most winners, $1,000 for least winners, deadline 10 a.m. Sundays.

* Season-long contests whose deadlines have already passed: College 101 (all Park Place properties), College Knowledge (Barley's), SuperContest (Las Vegas Hilton), The Eliminator (Bally's, Reno Hilton), NFL Ultimate Edge (Stratosphere and Arizona Charlie's East/West), Gridiron Growler (Barley's), $125,000 Free Football Frenzy (The Regent), $100,000 Football Contest (Terrible's).