Lucky winner of Will HiIl contest goes incredible 16-0 in Week 1
Sixteen up, sixteen down.
One astute gambler, a woman who entered at Rail City Casino in Sparks, Nev., ran the table SU (straight up) in the first week of the inaugural $500,000 Pro Pick ‘em contest run by williamhill.us.
It helped that there were no huge Week 1 upsets, but Ms. 16-0 SU was smart enough to predict the Redskins’ victory in New Orleans and the Niners’ win at Green Bay in addition to 14 other winners. Ten contestants went 15-1.
"I think that the fact that only one person got all 16 right showed a lot of people how difficult it is to predict all 16 correctly -- even straight up," says Ryan Greene of William HIll.
London-based William Hill, one of the leading bookmakers in the United Kingdom, has been acquiring Nevada books over the last few years and started the contest as one way of digging its roots even deeper into the football-crazed American market.
Hill is offering weekly prizes (15k to the winner, 5k for second place and a grand to who has the fewest winners), in addition to the grand prize of $20,000 for the most winners over the 17-game season. The eventual winner also gets a free trip to England for the mid-season NFL game in 2013.
Greene said Will Hill's college contest hads 900 contestants.
In addition, the book has tapped into the college market by offering $100,000 in another contest, with contestants picking seven games (selected by William Hill each week) ATS. Winners get 5k, with $2,500 for second and $500 for whoever manages to pick the fewest winner each week. The grand prize is $10,000 for whoever picks the most winners. In Week 1 six players shared the top prize by going 7-0, taking home $833 each after the split.
It’s too late to be eligible for the end-of-the-year prize in either contest, but entries are still being taken for the weekly payoff portion.
One caveat: You have to enter at one of William Hill’s 76 Nevada locations. For details, check it out at williamhill.us and click on the contest tab at the top of the home page.