08/20/2003 11:00PM

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Football contests

Season-long contests with a deadline before the season starts

Las Vegas Hilton SuperContest: $1,500 entry fee; contestants pick five NFL games against the spread each week; first prize is 40 percent, an estimated $150,000, of all entry fees; prizes paid through 20th place, plus a $10,000 bonus if the champion picks 67 percent; total prize pool of $375,000 based on 250 entries; deadline to sign up and get first week's entry in is Friday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m.; everyone signing up by 5 p.m. on Aug. 24 will be eligible for a free $10,000 winner-take-all contest on the last three weeks of the regular season.

Station Casinos Gambler's Challenge (Palace Station, Boulder Station, Sunset Station, Texas Station, Santa Fe Station, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Rancho, Fiesta Henderson, Barley's, Wild Wild West, Wildfire): $1,000 entry free; contestants pick five games a week against the spread from a card with all NFL sides, two NFL totals (Sunday and Monday night games), and two college sides; first prize (estimated $100,000) is 50 percent of all entry fees and prizes paid through 25th place; mini-contest over last four weeks of season for $5,000; deadline to sign up and get first week's entry in is Friday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m.

College 101 (Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Hilton, Bally's, Paris, Flamingo, Reno Hilton Caesars Tahoe, Flamingo Laughlin): $50 entry fee, limit of five entries per person per property; pick 10 games against the spread off a list of 20 designated games each week; guaranteed $25,000 prize pool paid to 20th place; $5,000 aggregate bonus for everyone selecting over 67 percent winners for the season; deadline to sign up is Aug. 30 at 10 a.m.; early-bird deadline is 5 p.m. on Aug. 24 to also be eligible to win Rose Bowl tickets for the top three leaders by Oct. 11.

The Eliminator (Bally's): $50 entry fee, limit of five entries; players pick one college or NFL side or total against the spread each week, you lose once you're out, last person standing wins entire prize pool; deadline Sept. 7 (by gametime of your first week's selection).

$275,000 Pick Your Pros (Club Cal Neva and satellite books in Reno and at Bourbon Street, Club Fortune, and Thirstbusters in southern Nevada): $25 entry fee, buy 4 get 1 free; no pointspreads; $25,000 first prize for person most winners for the season, $7,500 to each week's winner.

Football Fantasy Contest (Hard Rock): $25 entry fee, one per person, limited to the first 1,500 entries; combination contest of picking NFL games with no pointspreads and head-to-head props on individual players; $103,700 in weekly prizes ($6,100 per week), $38,700 in end-of-season prizes paid to the top 25 finishers; deadline is Sept. 6.

Terrible's $50,000 Football Contest (Terrible's casinos in Las Vegas and Pahrump): $10 entry fee, buy 4 get 1 free (up to buy 8 get 2 free); no pointspreads; $10,000 first prize to overall champion at all Terrible's casinos, $1,000 weekly prize for Las Vegas entrants, $750 weekly prize for those who sign up in Pahrump; deadline Sept. 7.

$30,000 Monday Night Football Contest (Rampart and Cannery): $25 entry fee, one entry per person; contestants predict straight-up winner, pointspread winner and over/under for each Monday night game; 1 point for each correct pick; $15,000 first prize for person with most points, $7,000 for second, $5,000 for third; people who check in every Monday between 5 p.m. and midnight will receive $100 cash at the end of the season; deadline at 9 p.m. Sept. 7.

$25,000 College Knowledge (Fiesta Rancho, Fiesta Henderson, Barley's, Wild Wild West, Wildfire): $25 entry fee, buy 4 get 1 free; pick 15 games against the spread off a list of 20 designated games; guaranteed $5,000 first-place prize, $1,000 in weekly prizes each week; deadline is Aug. 30.

Last Man Standing (Texas Station): $25 entry fee, buy 3 get 1 free; players pick one college or NFL game against the spread each week, you lose once you're out, last person standing wins entire prize pool; guaranteed $5,000 prize; deadline 10 a.m. Sept. 7.

Some of the following contests have season-long prizes, but locals or tourists can enter at any time to play for the weekly prizes $1 Million Great Giveaway Football Contest (Palace Station, Boulder Station, Sunset Station, Texas Station, Santa Fe Station, and Green Valley Ranch Station): $25 entry, buy 2 get 1 free; each contestant also receives $25 in slot play on their Boarding Pass card; no pointspreads, NFL Sunday and Monday games only; $100,000 first prize for person picking the most winners on the season, and another $50,000 for the person picking the most losers, each pays down to 100th place; late entrants not eligible for season-end prizes but still able to play for weekly prizes such as $10,000 for most winners and $5,000 for most losers; weekly tiebreaker is the person closest to the Monday Night score without going over; $200,000 "Fiddle in the Middle" prize pool to be split by everyone who compiles a .500 record.

Friendly Frank's Pick the Pros Contest (Barbary Coast, Gold Coast, The Orleans, Plaza, Renata's): $25 entry, buy 4 get 1 free (maximum of five entries); no pointspreads, NFL Sunday and Monday games only; $1 million in total prizes, $100,000 to overall winner, pays to 305th place; late entrants eligible for season-end prizes (though you're behind by 16 games after week 1); $30,000 in weekly prizes (guaranteed $10,000 winner each week); early-bird parties at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the The Orleans, Gold Coast, and Suncoast for everyone signing up by 4 p.m. that day; $3,000 in cash drawings.

$400,000 Palms Pigskin Payoff (Palms): $25 entry fee, buy 3 get 2 free; no pointspreads, NFL Sunday and Monday games only; $20,000 in weekly prizes, $10,000 to the winner each week, $10,000 split up by anyone else tying for the top score, $60,000 in end-of-season prizes.

All-American Football Contest (Stardust, Sam's Town, 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 before each Saturday's first game.

$250,000 Football Frenzy (Fiesta Rancho, Fiesta Henderson, Barley's Wild Wild West, Wildfire): one free entry per person, 2nd and 3rd entries cost $10 each; no pointspreads, NFL Sunday and Monday games only; $50,000 in season-long prizes paid to 100th place with $25,000 going to the overall champion, $10,000 to each week's winner.

$105,000 Pick'em and Win Pro Football Contest (Leroy's sports books): one free entry per person; Sunday games only, $5,000 weekly first-place prize, divided equally for multiple winners.