Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season is in the books, and so is the start of the record-breaking SuperContest at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
A total of 1,727 contestants entered this year, and 108 of them (six percent) went a perfect 5-0, including Kelly Stewart and Eric Sollenberger of Team OddsShark. Stewart won the $15,000 Mini Contest over the final three weeks of last season, so she is on a blazing 19-1 run.
Sollenberger is in his first year with Team OddsShark representing SB Nation and his five winners included the Green Bay Packers (-7), New York Jets (-3.5), Arizona Cardinals (-2.5), Tennessee Titans (+3) and San Francisco 49ers (+2.5). Meanwhile, Stewart (aka kellyinvegas) was perfect with the Jets, Cardinals, Buffalo Bills (+2.5), St. Louis Rams (+4) and New York Giants (+6.5).
Team OddsShark Off To Solid contest Start
The rest of Team OddsShark did fairly well in Week 1, with the updated SuperContest Standings showing just six of the 21 members sporting losing records, including 2014 group winner Todd Fuhrman (1-4) from SportsLine and the OddsShark Super Computer (2-3). Fuhrman led the team with 51 out of a possible 85 points (60 percent) overall last year, using a strong 14-1 start in the first three weeks to win the OddsShark title.
Seven other team members tied for third in the group at 4-1, including Ben Eckstein from America’s Line, Ben Watanabe from NESN, David Fucillo and Matt Ufford from SB Nation, David Kaplan from Sports Talk Live in Chicago, Jason McIntyre from The Big Lead and Ryan Fowler from FOX Sports.
Like Sollenberger, Watanabe and Fowler are new to the team in 2015 while Eckstein, Fucillo, Ufford, Kaplan and McIntyre are back for their second year.
SuperContest Prize Pool Almost $2.6 Million
The SuperContest is paying the Top 50 out after the 17-week NFL regular season concludes, and the total prize pool is worth nearly $2.6 million. The winner this year will earn a record $906,675 based on 35 percent of the pool.
CH Ballers won the 2014 SuperContest by picking at an all-time record clip of 76 percent with 64.5 points to take home more than $740,000. The SuperContest involves picking five NFL sides against the spread on a weekly basis, with a win earning one point and a push worth a half-point.