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  • Ulimate Football Challenge at Golden Nugget thread (season-long)

    Let's get a separate thread started for the Golden Nugget contest. They ended with 307 entries. That's a record, though it used to be an invitational and just opened to the public the last 3 years, then this year they lowered it to a $1,000 emtry. Players pick 7 games a week against the contest spread using NCAA and NFL sides (totals have also been dropped). They pay 20 spot and pay back all entry fees. The Golden Nugget sets aside $1,000 apiece to the 11th through 20th place finishers and then the champion wins 40% of the remaining prize pool, so this year it will be $118,800. Second place is $59,400 and third place is still decent at $29,700

    This contest isn't as popular as the Westgate SuperContest, so I'm not going to do a separate thread; instead, we'll just update this thread each week throughout the season. If it does choose to be popular and gets too cumbersome, I'll convert to weekly threads later in the season. Otherwise, we'll post the updated standings every week starting next week and see how the discussions go.

    Here's the link to where you find the weekly lines: https://www.goldennugget.com/las-veg...d-sports-book/

  • #2
    My brother, Tom, and I always share any prize money from contests. We discuss the games, but each of us has the final decision on which teams to use each week in an entry. Our entries in the Golden Nugget have the ''alias'' 1AAARJB. I make the picks on 1AAARJB-1 and Tom does 1AAARJB-2. This week we have:
    Richie: KANSAS +5, COLORADO +5, VIRGINIA +6.5, NO ILLINOIS +10.5, GIANTS +3, TEXANS +6.5 & BEARS +7.5
    Tom: HOUSTON -4, COLORADO +5, BYU -3, BENGALS +3, TEXANS +6.5, TITANS -1.5 & BEARS +7.5
    Last edited by TARB; 09-08-2018, 09:14 AM.

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    • #3
      Thanks for update and posting on all the contest Dave. Glad VFV is back up and rolling. Have an entry the "alias" AuburnTigers. Good luck to you and your brother Tarb Full weekend of games finally here.

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      • #4
        #GoldenNugget
        Week 1 standings now posted at
        https://www.goldennugget.com/contentassets/e36c105a4eb9477ba1386e3ad6df40ce/week1-standings.pdf
        4 leaders at 7-0-0.

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        • #5
          Thanks, ComptrBob...do you do anything with the overall picks record or anything for this contest? Here's the list of leaders (which I didn't quite make with my 5-2 start, though I'm happy with it) with some familiar names (and some Friends of VFV...though I'll leave it to them to out themselves AuburnTigers is right there with me at 5-2.


          1T 2018032-1 CORBIN BERNSEN-1 GN VEGAS 7 7-0-0-0 7.00
          1T 2018126-1 MONSTERLOC-1 GN VEGAS 7 7-0-0-0 7.00
          1T 2018152-1 PREPAY PENALTY-1 GN VEGAS 7 7-0-0-0 7.00
          1T 2018237-1 BINNMAN1-1 GN VEGAS 7 7-0-0-0 7.00

          5 2018185-2 DBS-2 GN VEGAS 7 6-0-1-0 6.50

          6T 2018176-1 CHRIS BARR-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018157-1 KNIGHTSINTITLE2018-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018144-1 POINTS ONTHE PACKAGE-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018151-1 LUCKYDOG-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018039-1 YOMAMA-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018053-1 BRENT TRUMPOWER-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018061-1 BONES-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018003-1 H2OBOY-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018014-2 TEAM CLEVELAND-2 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018018-1 SUPERGKIS-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018067-1 CONGO YOU ARE-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018080-2 TWONINER-2 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018099-1 THAV1S0NE-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018111-1 3FT NFL-1 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00
          6T 2018121-2 HELL'S KITCHEN-2 GN VEGAS 7 6-1-0-0 6.00

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          • #6
            Going into MNF, leaders are:
            Entrant Win Loss Push Pts Picks
            PREPAY PENALTY-1 13 1 0 13.0
            BINNMAN-1 12 2 0 12.0
            515 DIMES-2 11 2 1 11.5
            DESERT BASED-1 11 3 0 11.0
            HURRICANE BILL-1 10 3 1 10.5
            DBS-2 10 3 1 10.5
            TEAM CLEVELAND-2 10 3 0 10.0 BEARS -3½
            HY GENE-1 10 3 0 10.0 SEAHAWKS +3½
            HY GENE-2 10 3 0 10.0 SEAHAWKS +3½

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            • #7
              Love it, ComptrBob...thanks. I'm stalking the early pace at 9-5 It's a marathon, not a sprint

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              • #8
                Yeah, I wrote Excel macros to process the GN contest picks in its current form so beware it may still have some bugs/errors.

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                • #9
                  Score distribution:
                  1 13.0 1
                  2 12.5 0
                  2 12.0 1
                  3 11.5 0
                  3 11.0 3
                  6 10.5 3
                  9 10.0 14
                  23 9.5 2
                  25 9.0 39
                  64 8.5 8
                  72 8.0 67
                  139 7.5 6
                  145 7.0 56
                  201 6.5 7
                  208 6.0 43
                  251 5.5 6
                  257 5.0 26
                  283 4.5 3
                  286 4.0 18
                  304 3.5 1
                  305 3.0 2
                  307 2.5 1
                  308 2.0 1
                  Last edited by ComptrBob; 09-18-2018, 03:02 PM. Reason: One grading error

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                  • #10
                    OK, so I guess I'm in a 39-way tie for 25th at 9-5 I'll take it.

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                    • #11
                      Going into Sunday NFL games, leaders are:
                      Entrant Win Loss Push Pts Picks
                      PREPAY PENALTY-1 18 2 1 18.5
                      DBS-2 15 5 1 15.5
                      BINNMAN1-1 15 4 0 15.0 EAGLES -6½ CHIEFS -6½
                      ASHLEY SPORTS-1 15 4 0 15.0 PACKERS -3 PATRIOTS -7
                      LETTHEGOODTIMESROLL-1 15 6 0 15.0
                      4 ONION RINGS-1 15 6 0 15.0
                      HURRICANE BILL-1 14 5 1 14.5 SAINTS +3
                      ASHLEY SPORTS-2 14 5 0 14.0 PACKERS -3 PATRIOTS -7
                      JUAN-1 14 6 0 14.0 REDSKINS +3

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for updating CB,, 18-2-1 is an amazing start to a season. From what I gather, they load the plays on their site by the time they are submitted, so trying to follow the top player or two is really cumbersome. Is there another way to access the plays?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by phatman15 View Post
                          Thanks for updating CB,, 18-2-1 is an amazing start to a season. From what I gather, they load the plays on their site by the time they are submitted, so trying to follow the top player or two is really cumbersome. Is there another way to access the plays?
                          You are correct.

                          Their log of the week's picks seem to be listed from earliest to latest. I don't know of another direct way to view the plays. I have an Excel macro to parse and add the current week's records to the capper's last total standings to get the current tally.

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                          • #14
                            Leader's records and picks going into Sunday AM NFL games:
                            Entrant Win Loss Push Pts Picks
                            PREPAY PENALTY-1 20 7 1 20.5
                            JUAN-1 20 8 0 20.0
                            PAUL STONE SPORTS-2 20 8 0 20.0
                            LETSDANCE114-2 19 9 0 19.0
                            ASHLEY SPORTS-1 18 6 0 18.0 FALCONS -5½ PACKERS -10 JAGUARS -7½ CHARGERS -10½
                            STR8OUTTADURANGO-1 18 7 0 18.0 BEARS -3 EAGLES -4 SEAHAWKS -3
                            VEGAS TOP DOGS-1 18 8 0 18.0 COWBOYS -3 RAIDERS -3
                            BAYVIEW BALLERS-1 18 8 0 18.0 BEARS -3 RAIDERS -3
                            BINNMAN1-1 18 9 0 18.0
                            LETTHEGOODTIMESROLL-1 18 9 0 18.0 COLTS -1
                            STAGCAP-1 18 9 0 18.0 BENGALS +5½
                            MUCKED NUTS-1 18 9 0 18.0 BENGALS +5½
                            NED LANDERS-1 18 9 0 18.0 BENGALS +5½
                            OH WOW-1 18 9 0 18.0 BENGALS +5½
                            SARAHI MILLER-1 18 9 0 18.0 BENGALS +5½
                            TOP RAMEN-1 18 9 0 18.0 BENGALS +5½
                            RALPH MICHAELS-1 18 10 0 18.0
                            BRENT TRUMPOWER-1 18 10 0 18.0
                            4 ONION RINGS-1 18 10 0 18.0
                            SCOTTIE P-2 18 10 0 18.0
                            SCHEMATIC ADVANTAGE-1 18 10 0 18.0
                            1AAARJB-1 18 10 0 18.0
                            CHRIS BARR-1 17 8 1 17.5 PACKERS -10 STEELERS -3
                            HURRICANE BILL-1 17 8 1 17.5 49ERS +10½ RAVENS +3
                            DBS-2 17 8 1 17.5 BENGALS +5½ EAGLES -4
                            JRICH-1 17 10 1 17.5
                            DANNY POLO-1 17 10 1 17.5
                            KOOLEY1-1 17 10 1 17.5
                            THOMAS FEENEY-1 17 8 0 17.0 BENGALS +5½ TITANS +4 STEELERS -3
                            WILLY TECH-1 17 8 0 17.0 DOLPHINS +7 BILLS +10 GIANTS +3½

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                            • AuburnTigers
                              AuburnTigers commented
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                              Thanks for these updates ComptrBob!

                          • #15
                            Here are the updated standings after Week 4...PrePay Penalty, who was 18-2-1 after last week, came back to the pack a little with a 2-5 week. It's pretty crowded on the leaderboard with many Friends of VFV, including 2-time defending champion Mucked Nuts as well as Paul Stone, St8OuttaDurango (who is also on the SuperContest leaderboard), Old Time Hockey and 2017 SC Gold champ StagCap!

                            1 2018152-1 PREPAY PENALTY-1 GN VEGAS 28 20-7-1-0 20.50

                            2T 2018149-1 JUAN-1 GN VEGAS 28 20-8-0-0 20.00
                            2T 2018180-2 PAUL STONE SPORTS-2 GN VEGAS 28 20-8-0-0 20.00
                            2T 2018004-1 ASHLEY SPORTS-1 GN VEGAS 28 20-8-0-0 20.00

                            5T 2018001-1 HURRICANE BILL-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-8-1-0 19.50
                            5T 2018008-1 STR8OUTTADURANGO-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-8-1-0 19.50
                            5T 2018020-1 OLD TIME HOCKEY-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-8-1-0 19.50
                            5T 2018115-1 BAYVIEW BALLERS-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-8-1-0 19.50

                            9T 2018109-1 MUCKED NUTS-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-9-0-0 19.00
                            9T 2018108-1 STAGCAP-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-9-0-0 19.00
                            9T 2018083-1 OH WOW-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-9-0-0 19.00
                            9T 2018014-2 TEAM CLEVELAND-2 GN VEGAS 28 19-9-0-0 19.00
                            9T 2018207-1 NED LANDERS-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-9-0-0 19.00
                            9T 2018209-2 LETSDANCE114-2 GN VEGAS 28 19-9-0-0 19.00
                            9T 2018211-1 TOP RAMEN-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-9-0-0 19.00
                            9T 2018214-1 SARAHI MILLER-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-9-0-0 19.00
                            9T 2018228-1 THOMAS FEENEY-1 GN VEGAS 28 19-9-0-0 19.00

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