Team OddsShark was hoping to turn in a much better performance in the 2014 SuperContest at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, but 2015 provides a new opportunity for the members to prove themselves among the top NFL handicappers in the world.
Todd Fuhrman led the team by scoring 51 out of a possible 85 points (60 percent), which most years would have been enough to earn some money.
Last year, placing in the Top 30 earned a contestant a share of the record prize pool totaling more than $2 million. In 2015, that number could hit $3 million if there are 2,000 entries or more, prompting the SuperBook to increase the payouts to the Top 50.
That could open the door for members like Fuhrman to break through and win some cash.
“I think it’s great that the Westgate Superbook will be expanding payouts,” Fuhrman said. “With so many more talented handicappers entering the mix each year, it only gets more difficult to place.”
“Last year was the perfect example with contestants hitting 60 percent and still coming away empty-handed.”
Fuhrman got off to a blazing 14-1 start on his NFL picks over the first three weeks of the SuperContest to set an early pace for Team OddsShark that nobody could match the rest of the season.
Kelly Stewart came the closest, finishing one point behind Fuhrman overall with 50 points thanks to her own 14-1 run over the last three weeks that actually earned her $15,000 in the Mini Contest.
A tough stretch in which he went 11-19 between Weeks 6 and 11 eventually caught up to Fuhrman though, as he fell just two points shy of finishing in the Top 30 and taking home some money.
“Competing in the contest last year showed how much consistency is required to be champion,” Fuhrman said. “It’s not about a hot start or hot finish, but bringing it every week for the entire season.”
“Needless to say, my 14-1 start felt like a distant memory when I hit the skids in the middle of the year only to rebound – too little, too late.”