You don’t need to have the arm strength of Ben Roethlisberger or the play-calling cojones of Doug Pederson to win big this NFL season.
All you have to do is tap into your preferred method of prediction to pick a winner.
Casinos across Pennsylvania are offering prizes in weekly and season-long contests for picking the winners of National Football League games.
The NFL is kicking off its 100th season on Sept. 5, when the Green Bay Packers visit the Chicago Bears.
On Sept. 8, the Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins. During the Sunday Night Football showdown, the Pittsburgh Steelers face defending Super Bowl champs New England Patriots.
Here’s a playbook of all the assorted picking and prognosticating offers at PA casinos:
Hollywood Casino Choose the Champs giveaway
Weekly prizes of $1,000 cash and up to $1,000 in slot free play are available in Hollywood’s NFL prediction contest starting Sept. 3.
An entrant who correctly predicts the result of all of a week’s games wins $1,000 in cash (maximum of three such winners). The top 20 predictors for the week win slot free play.
The first player to reach 178 correct predictions for the season will receive $50,000 in cash.
Entrants make their weekly picks between 6 a.m. Tuesday and noon Sunday at a marketing kiosk.
Prizes can be claimed between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 11:59 p.m. Friday at a marketing kiosk.
Lady Luck Nemacolin Choose the Champs
Whether you rely on lady luck when picking winners or your tried-and-true system, players can win up to $150 in slot free play each week this month.
Starting Sept. 3, players’ club members who earn 150 tier points between 7 a.m. Monday and 8 p.m. Thursday get a free entry into a contest predicting the winners of that week’s NFL games. The tiebreaker is a prediction of the total points scored in a Monday night game.
The 25 entrants with the best record for week win varying amounts of free play at Lady Luck Nemacolin.
Mohegan Sun Pocono Sideline Psychic
Sometimes the stars can be fickle. Whether Venus is in retrograde or Aaron Rodgers throws three interceptions in a game, this contest has you covered.
Football prognosticators get free play whether their pick wins or loses in the NFL’s Thursday night game.
Starting Sept. 12, Momentum Club members who earn one status point between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursdays get a chance to pick the winner of that night’s matchup. Players make their choice at any Mohegan Sun Pocono casino kiosk. Players are allowed only one entry per week.
Entrants are guaranteed $10 in slot free play just for playing; those who pick the winning team get $25 in free play. The free play is valid through the following Sunday.
Presque Isle Downs Pick ‘Em Pro Challenge
Players can win cash and slot free play every week in a football prediction contest starting Sept.3.
Presque Isle Downs Players Club members who earn 100 points between 10 a.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Sunday are eligible for a free entry in that week’s contest. Entrants must make their NFL game picks and tie-breaker score at a promotional kiosk in the casino. Prizes are:
- Most correct picks: $500 cash
- Second place and third place: $250 and $100 cash, respectively
- Fourth through 119th place: Slot free play, ranging from $50 to $5
- Last place: $100 cash
- Entry most closely matching predictions by Presque Isle general manager Kevin O’Sullivan, including tie-breaker score: $125 cash
Rivers Perfect Pick Weekly Challenge
If you think your picks are perfect, roll into Rivers. A perfect prediction of a week’s NFL games wins a progressive jackpot that starts at $7,000 in cash and grows by $7,000 each week it isn’t won. The contest opens Sept. 3 and runs through the NFL regular season.
The weekly contest is open to Rush Rewards members who meet one of these requirements:
- Earn 1,000 base slot points between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
- Earn 750 base table game points (excluding poker) between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
- Make a single bet wager of $250 or more against the spread at the sportsbook window from Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Sportsbook promotional kiosk bets and online bets do not count.
SugarHouse Choose the Champs Challenge
Starting Sept. 3, entrants predict the outcome of Sunday NFL games. Thursday and Saturday contests are not included. All SugarHouse Rush Rewards members are guaranteed one free entry per week in a football prediction contest offering a top prize of $1,000 in cash.
Players can get an additional entry by earning 50 points between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, with a maximum of two additional entries per person per week.
On Jan. 2, the five players with the most correct picks throughout the season will win a share of $10,000 in cash and free play.
Valley Forge Resort Casino $100,000 Gridiron Challenge
Someone could win $100,000 cash in a football pick-’em that starts this month thanks to Valley Forge Casino.
Valley Club members get one free entry each week of the NFL season. To play, swipe your Valley Club card at the Gridiron Challenge kiosk and make your predictions between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 30 minutes before games begin on Sunday.
The entrant with the most correct weekly picks wins $1,000 in cash. The $100,000 in cash goes to someone who correctly predicts the outcome of at least 194 of the 234 regular-season games. That’s an 82.9% success rate.
Sportsbooks in Pennsylvania
Casinos with retail sportsbooks don’t even require prospective predictors to set foot in the sportsbook to join in on the listed promotions. If you prefer more traditional sports betting, here are the casinos that have a retail sportsbook:
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- Hollywood Casino
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Resort Casino
Don’t forget that online sports betting is live in Pennsylvania. There are currently five options: