(ABC) – LAS VEGAS — A 32-year-old Starbucks barista won more than $900,000 in the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, the most prestigious football handicapping contest in the world.
Yes, you could say a regular Joe beat the Vegas wiseguys.
The SuperContest, which costs $1,500 to enter, is a Vegas institution and has exploded in recent years, growing from 345 entries in 2010 to a record 1,854 this season.
It often draws comparisons as the sports-betting equivalent to the World Series of Poker’s Main Event, and in the same way that established pros were more likely to win the Main Event before the poker boom of a decade ago, the SuperContest’s growth has seen more amateurs win in recent years.
As Kevin Garnett once said, “anything is possible!!!” Nobody knows that more than a Starbucks barista who just took home $900k in the Vegas SuperContest.
The 32-year-old beat a record field of 1,854 contestants to take home the lucrative first place prize. The (most likely former) barista, known only as Damon G, had two $1,500 entries in the contest. The organizers, the Westgate Resort and Casino, only allow for each person to have two entries in the contest.
Damon G. went 5-0 against the spread in Week 17 to finish the season with a 54-28-3 record and 55.5 points, winning by one point. Each week the contestants pick five games against the spread.
Maybe next football season the writers at The Ledge can pool our money together and get an entry into the prestigious contest. I mean, you have seen the staffs weekly NFL picks, right?