The 11th Annual OSGA NCAA Tourney Bracket Challenge came down a handful of players vying for up to $500 bucks. Only four contestants picked Kansas to be crowned Champion and two of those were so far off the point total they would still not have hit the board with a Kansas win. Ultimatley, Kentucky prevailed, giving hope to the 51 players who took them to win it all. However, IlliniWx4Caster edged out seven others who were separated by just 10 points and picked the Kentucky Wildcats to win it all claiming the Grand Prize in the 2012 OSGA NCAA Tournament Contest.
Unfortunately for IlliniWx4Caster, he is not an OSGA member and thus only qualifies for a grand prize of $300. Leroy’s Momma will receive the 2nd place prize of a $200 Free Play at BetOnline and jellyroll will grab a $100 Free Play from JustBet.
“I really wanted to see a Kentucky/Ohio State showdown for the National Championship“, said Jim Quinn, OSGA president. “This would have been the first time ever that I would have had a shot at winning one of our contests.” But Ohio State lost on Saturday crushing OSGAJim’s chances and dropping him out of the cash pool down to 11th spot.
Contestants were awarded points in the bracket style contest and many were still alive going into the last weekend of the tourney, as the Final Four winners yielded 16 points and the tourney champion 24. The most points that could be accumulated were 184. IlliniWx4Caster finished with 138. Last year’s winner had just 111 points while previous winners had over 150 total points. The contest was a wild ride for many players who saw wild swings in the standings each week due to the stunning upsets of two #2 seeds in the first round and two #1′s going down in the Elite 8.
For players who were not in the running for the grand prize, the contest featured a consolation prize, a staple of the OSGA contest for the last 5 years. In all over 60 players are eligible for a free bet being offered by BetMania. Eligible players were truly knocked out early as the rules for this prize were that one of the Final Four selections had to lose the first two rounds. Missouri and Duke were the dominant cause for players receving this prize, but losses by Georgetown and Michigan also came into play.
Here is the prize breakdown. All winners will be contacted via email.
IlliniWx4Caster – $300 Cash Grand Prize
Leroy’s Momma - a $200 Free Play at BetOnline
jellyroll – a $100 Free Play at JustBet
3G, ebb1716, TheGuesser – $75 Cash EACH
Richards Final Four – $50 Cash
Places 6-10 – a $25 Free Play at BetOnline
Congratulations to all who participated in the contest.