Football season is contest season at online sportsbooks
There is no bigger time of year at the top online sportsbooks than the start of the NFL season. This is when sportsbooks that take bets from U.S. players pull out all of the stops, offering big sign up bonuses, reload deposits for existing players, free bets and big money contests. And this year online sportsbooks are again offering some great NFL contests, some with enormous prizes!
Here are some of the top contests running for the 2023 NFL season.
Pick 'Em Contests
Going back to the mid 2000s, many of the NFL contests at online sportsbooks were free to enter. But with shrinking margins and regulations in many U.S. states, most of the contests online for the 2023 NFL season now require not just an account at the sportsbook offering the contest, but also a fee. Some books are offering two levels of contests, one with a small entry fee and one with a larger fee and a huge prize.
MyBookie is one that does multiple levels of contests with their annual Super Contest. this one is modeled after the old Hilton Superbook contest where players must pick 5 NFL games against the spread each week to earn points and climb the leaderboard. The big one at MyBookie is a $250,000 prize pool, with the winner grabbing $40K and places 1-500 cashing in. The $250K Super Contest costs $20 to enter and there is an added prize pool for each quarter of the season. The next level of contest at MyBookie is the $10,000 Super Contest, with just a $10 entry fee. This is a quarterly, winner-take-all contest and pays the winner(s) a cool $10K each quarter. Players also make 5 selections each week and a winner will rise to the top from Week 2-6 and collect $10K. Week 6-9, 10 to 13 and Week 14 to the end of the season each pay out.
Jazz Sports is giving away entries to their Weekly Pick 'Em contest, with the option to purchase more chances for just $5. All existing players with at least one cash deposit in the last 30 days will receive one weekly entry courtesy of the house and new players will automatically get entered after an initial deposit of $250 or more, with additional entries fore subsequent deposits and bonus entries for using cryptocurrency. Players must pick all games on the board against the spread (ATS) and the top three places each week will cash in. First place gets $500 in free bets, second gets $250 and third place gets $100. These prizes are paid each week.
BetUS has a handful of contests available! They offer a Pick 'Em contest that is similar to the OSGA Progressive Pick 'Em, where players can get weekly prizes and a season long prize. Each week, BetUS players pick the point spread winner for each NFL game with the top three players each week getting a weekly prize. First place is $1,000, 2nd place gets $250 and third grabs a $100 free play. In addition, the season long champion gets a cool $2,500!
Multiple online sportsbooks are offering Survivor or Last Man Standing contests. On these types of contests, players pick one team to win each week, straight-up (SU), meaning no point spread is involved. If the team selected wins, the player remains alive and continues on to the following week. If the team picked loses or ties, the player is eliminated. Once a team is selected, that team is not available for selection for the remainder of the contest. It sounds easy - just pick one winner each week. But with the ultra competitive NFL and the caveat of not picking the same team twice, it is quite tough to be the sole Survivor.
The biggest prize comes from BetOnline - a whopping $250,000. The BetOnline 250K NFL Survivor Contest requires a small entry free of $30, with players able to purchase up to 25 entries, where the more entries you buy, the less they cost! MyBookie also tips the scales with a huge prize pool of $100,000 for their Survivor Contest. There is a small $10 entry fee and players can buy up to 10 entries to vie for the sole survivor. MyBookie also fires up several contests within the contest including a Week 4 $50K Survivor Contest beginning Week 4 and the Week 8 Crypto Survivor Contest, with a 1BTC Prize.
Jazz Sports also has a Last Man Standing competition, where the winner will receive a cash prize equivalent of 80% of the entry money. As the prize pool is dependent on entry money, the Survivor contest at Jazz does cost $10 to enter. But, players can earn an extra entry for placing a future wager of $250 or more. In addition, Jazz Sports customers can play against OSGA!! OSGA will be playing in the bracket contest for the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, the Premier League Predictor Challenge and two NFL contests, the Pick 'Em Handicapping contest and their popular Survivor contest and Jazz customer can cash-in by beating OSGA!.
Multiple ways to cash in
America's Bookie has three different ways for players to cash in this football season. They offer players a Last Man Standing contest with a grand prize of $5000 cash and a weekly squares contest, where any AB player who makes a deposit Monday thru Friday, can get a entry into their weekly Monday Night Football squares pool with a chance to win, half or all of the biggest deposit made that week. The most intriguing offering from America's Bookie is their Bet33 Club. Players who make a deposit of $300 or more can select one team, and if that team scores exactly 33 points (win or lose), it's a winner for the client. More money deposited means more teams to choose and win!
The BetPhoenix group is offering their wildly popular NFL season-long car giveaway contest. In the past players have been awarded Mustangs and other fun-to-drive vehicles. This year, the Super Bowl LVIII Giveaway features a Tesla Model Y Performance, all-electric powered, compact SUV. For every deposit of $300 or more up until the Super Bowl in 2024, players will get an entry into the contest. To enter, players pick three numbers from 1-27 and the drawing is a lottery-style pick streamed live. Head to BetPhoenix, BetMania or Skybook to get involved.
And finally, BetUS is offering five contests for football season. The BetUS Pick 'Em contest gives weekly prizes to the top three players and a prize for the overall season winner. The BetUS Ironman contest rewards players who bet on a lot of games. Any wager type, with a $5 minimum, could win thousands in prizes. The player who cashes the most bets each month will receive a $500 Freeplay! For the entire season, the player who wins the most bets will get a $2,500 Free Play, 2nd place gets a $1,000 and the third place winner gets $500. The $25,000 Gridiron Guru also rewards players just for betting. $25K is up for grab to the player(s)who win the most consecutive bets. Contestants who place a minimum $10 real-money sportsbook wager are eligible. Win 15 wagers in a row and get a $1,000 Free Play. Win 20 bets in a row and get a $5,000 Free Play. The first player of the season to win 25 bets in a row, is the BetUS Gridiron Guru, and receives $10,000 in free play! The BetUS 12th Man rewards members who know their team! Simply choose a team, then bet on that team’s game (it doesn’t matter what side you back, just that you bet on the game – either the Money Line, Point Spread or Total) each week and get a big wager on Super Sunday. Players who bet on their favorite team for 14 weeks of the season get a $50 free bet on the SuperBowl, bet on your team every week and get a $500 free play for the Big Game.
And finally, Nitrogenbetting is offering all kinds of Pick 'Em and Survivor pools for the upcoming NFL season. They have a free Survivor contest and eight other Last Man Standing pools with mBTC buy-ins. Nitrogenbetting only deals in bitcoin, and for as little as .06mBTC (roughly $15) players can get started. The largest Survivor Contest has a whopping pool of 2000mBTC, worth over 50K!
This is the time of year to not only get great offers from the top rated sportsbooks online, but to cash in on great contests. Whether looking for a freebie or paying to grab a piece of half a million dollars, there is a way for every player to cash in this football season.