Registration opened at the Golden Nugget sports book on Friday, June 26. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. Contestants are allowed to designate one proxy who has the authority to enter weekly plays. The contestants agree to participate, or name a replacement, in the media portion of the contest for ESPN Radio (1100 AM, 100.9 FM).
The Golden Nugget will record the contestants’ plays, with lines posted on 2 p.m. Wednesdays, on an official contest form. The deadline for submitting plays is 2 p.m. Fridays.
The first round consists of eight weeks: Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
The second round is the beginning of the bracket contest. Eight contestants compete, with two going head to head each week. This round consists of four weeks: Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27.
The contest semifinals are Dec. 4 and 11.
The championship match will be held Dec. 18.
College football bowl games posted on the board are eligible contest plays in the Dec. 18 championship match.
(Seeding the bracket)
The bracket will be seeded after the first round. The contestant with the highest first-round point total gets the No. 1 seed; lowest point total to advance is the No. 8 seed.
The top-seeded contestant gets first choice for which week he will participate in the second round. The No. 2 seed gets second choice and No. 3 gets third choice.
If point totals match for two or more contestants, the overall Best Bet point totals will be the tiebreaker; if Best Bet point totals match, aforementioned tiebreaking rules will be used to seed the bracket, beginning with the contestants’ Best Bet selection in the previous week.
The bracket is reseeded for the final four, with the contestants’ overall contest point total being used, and the same tiebreaking rules apply, beginning with overall Best Bet point totals and continuing with the contestants’ Best Bet selection in the previous week. The top-seeded contestant gets first choice for which week he will participate in the semifinal round.
(Summary and prize money distribution)
The Golden Nugget is returning 100 percent of the entry fees to the contestants, but only the contestants who survive the first round receive any prize money.
All eight contestants who advance to the second round receive $2,000.
The winner of each head-to-head matchup in the second round will receive $1,000. (After two completed rounds, a total of $20,000 will be returned to contestants, and at this point, four contestants will remain in the semifinal round.)
The remaining money in the prize pool will be distributed to the contest champion (75 percent) and runner-up (25 percent).
By signing the registration form, contestants agree to participate, or name a replacement, in the media portion of the contest for ESPN Radio (1100 AM, 100.9 FM). The weekly contest show will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Fridays at the ESPN Radio studio, 8755 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas.
For the first eight weeks of the contest - prior to the head-to-head bracket matchups - last year’s contest semifinalists (champion Scott Kellen, runner-up Bryan Leonard, Ron Boyles and Marco D’Angelo) will be selected to rotate weekly radio spots to announce their contest plays.
If any ties exist and cannot be broken after the scheduled conclusion of the contest, the surviving contestants will divide the prize pool equally.
Contestants are prohibited from submitting opposing sides or totals of any one football game as contest plays.
Any contestant whose actions threaten the integrity of the contest, as ruled by Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller, can be eliminated from the contest without a refund.
* Official rules available at the Golden Nugget sports book.
The contest schedule and weekly plays will be posted at the Golden Nugget sports book (goldennugget.com) and linked through ESPN1100.com and TheLasVegasSportsline.com.