The SugarHouse Casino retail sportsbook opened its doors in December 2018 and launched its paplaysugarhouse.com online/mobile platform recently in May 2019. Keystone State sports betting enthusiasts have been broadly supportive of the new PA sportsbook marketplace and PA’s football fans in particular are excited now that PlaySugarHouse has announced a fun promotion for the upcoming 2019 NFL season.
In a nutshell, the promotion is: $500K in prizes (at least) will be awarded to players who sign up and can pick the most winners of each week’s NFL games. No point spread is involved. Just pick more winners than the opposition and win money! At seasons end, 500 winners will receive cash prizes over and above the $150 ($125 for early birds) entry fee.
$500K In Prizes up for grabs in PlaySugarHouse Pick’em Contest
This is a great promotion, but it isn’t a freeroll. Entry costs $150, though early sign-ups can get a $25 discount. Players must also sign up at PlaySugarHouse before the first NFL games on September 8th at 1pm EST. Also, players must be 21 years old (or more) and be physically present in Pennsylvania when signing up and picking the games.
This is a great contest and is guaranteed to have at least $500K in payouts, with a first prize of at least $125,000. It’s also possible the prize pool could turn out to be higher if enough players participate. The aggregate total of all the buy-ins will constitute the total prize pool as well as define the eligible participants. The guaranteed prize pool of $500K is just the minimum.
If you’re wondering how there could be enough participants to inflate the prize pool, consider this: You can enter more than once per player! Each player can create up to 25 entries.
To participate each week, players must pick the winners of each eligible NFL game with no point spreads considered – just pick the winners of the games. Picks will be accepted week from 5pm EST on Tuesday until the first NFL game on Sunday. The official Pick’em Contest season will consist of the 17 weeks of the regular NFL season. Thursday, Saturday, and some select Sunday games will be excluded from consideration.
Save $25 with the Early Bird Bonus!
Players interested in this fun new NFL contest should consider signing up early to save some cash on the entry fee. Join before August 15 and you get an Early Bird Special that lowers the entry fee by $25 down to $125.
The $500K Pick’em Contest also available on BetRivers!
SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh are sister properties owned their parent company, Rush Street Gaming, who also owns other US casinos under the Rivers brand. That means underlying online gaming platforms PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers are sister sites, both operated with the help of their sports betting technical partner Kambi, a well-known sportsbook expert.
The upshot: this $500K Pick ‘Em Contest is available at both the PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers sportsbooks.
Prizes awarded weekly as well!
Most of the $500K minimum prize pool is awarded at the end of the season, but there is also a weekly winner selected. Picks can be made online or on your mobile device, but be sure that you stick to 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.
Once your picks are locked in, they can’t be altered, so choose wisely. Also, in the event a game ends in a tie, all contestants will be given a “win” for that game.
Earn the highest weekly score (of correct picks) and you will be awarded $2500. In the (likely) event of a tie, the weekly winner will be chosen by tie breaker. First: closest to pick the correct point total of the last NFL game played that week. In the event of a tie to the tiebreak question, the prize will be awarded to the player who made their picks earliest in the week so there is some slight advantage for getting those picks in early!
Big season-end prizes!
For those participants who are lucky (or skilled) enough to end up one of the top 500 scorers at the season’s end, they will each receive at least $175, thereby guaranteeing a small profit on that entry.
Whoever earns the most points overall will win the $125K minimum top prize.
Doing poorly, don’t worry! This contest also has a $2,500 prize awarded at the end of the season to the “biggest loser”. This is won by the player who ends up making the largest total number of incorrect picks. Forgetting to turn in picks for a week or leaving games blank won’t help on this one, you have to actually make a pick to get it wrong!
Here’s the full schedule of minimum prizes for the $500K Guaranteed Pick ‘Em Contest at PlaySugarHouse/BetRivers in PA:
|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|
*Remember, these are minimum prizes, if the contest ends up attracting enough entries for the prize-pool to exceed $500K, the prize pool and prizes 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.
How do I sign up?
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.