Survivor Pools, Pick’Em Contests Bloom As Michigan Sportsbooks Try To Stand Out

Written By Matt Schoch on September 9, 2021 - Last Updated on September 10, 2021

It’s not just spreads, moneylines and parlays that are available for Michigan sports betting customers this NFL season.

Operators are offering even more options to get in the game, as they look for ways to stand out in the crowded landscape. Those extras include survivor pools, pick’em contests and a chance to become the “King of the Weekend” (as if you weren’t already, every weekend).

Here is a rundown on the offerings in Michigan as NFL opening weekend is nigh.

DraftKings’ Pro Football Millionaire Survivor Contest live in MI

DraftKings Sportsbook is the Michigan sportsbook with the most bells and whistles for players. Not only can you bet games, but you can also collect NFTs. Drops from Derek Jeter, Tom Brady, Simone Biles and Wayne Gretzky have hit the market in recent weeks.

NFL enthusiasts are also covered this fall with the Pro Football Millionaire Survivor Contest, among others.

The DraftKings survivor pool costs $333 to enter, with $1 million going to the winner.

There’s a maximum of three entries per account, and the game is simple: Pick a different NFL team to win each week and … try to stay alive. It’s an interstate contest, and picks are due by 1 p.m. EST on Sundays.

By Thursday afternoon, 1,734 were signed up and ready to compete.

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DraftKings Millionaire Pick’Em is more for the sharps

If you’re feeling bolder, you might look into the DraftKings Millionaire Pick’Em contest.

Be warned: This one requires a $1,500 entry fee. That said, $4 million in prizes will be awarded to the top 135 places.

Modeled around the Las Vegas SuperContest from Westgate, players pick five games against the spread for the season’s first 17 weeks. One week’s performance is dropped, or players can take a bye week.

Five correct picks in one week nets you a free $100 DraftKings bet. At the end of the season, the most wins from the 80 picks wins or splits $1 million.

As of Thursday afternoon, 1,379 entries had been submitted.

There’s also a more affordable option for $20 that includes a $20,000 prize pool, including $6,000 for the winner(s).

DraftKings Free $30K The Football Survivor contest

How about a free option?

Quick and dirty: Sign up, make your pick, winner takes home (or shares) $30,000.

Worth a shot, no?

Where’s that money come from? Well, partly from a sponsor, as the contest is officially called — and take a deep breath as you read this one out loud — “FREE $30K The Football Survivor sponsored by FX’s Y: The Last Man.”

King of the Weekend contests helps boost BetMGM offerings

They’ve got Barry Sanders in video game form and the most product tie-ins with the beloved (and loathed) Detroit Lions.

BetMGM Sportsbook is also giving customers a chance to be the King of the Weekend.

In this free-to-play contest, players are competing for $50,000 in prizes by picking high-octane NFL teams for each weekend.

If you pick the six top-scoring NFL teams in the correct order for a weekend, you win the $50K.

If no one guesses all six correctly, then $1,000 will be awarded each week to the customer with the most correct predictions.

BetRivers Sportsbook Beat the Spread Challenge

BetRivers Sportsbook is coming strong with a Beat the Spread Challenge this season, although it’s not quite as sexy as their popular Pennsylvania Pick’Em contest last year.

This year’s contest does feature a $1 million prize pool.

Win by placing at least $25 on NFL spreads (-125 odds or greater), and earn 1 point for each winning wager you make. The designated bonus “Game of the Week” pick can earn 3 points.

Each week, the top 200 players will receive a prize. A single weekly winner will claim $5,000 of bonus money. If you bet and win every game in a week, you win the “Perfect Week Prize” — a $500 free bet.

At the end of the season, the top 1,000 players will earn a prize, with the Beat The Spread champion earning the grand prize of $50,000 in bonus money.

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A Michigan native, Matt has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. A versatile sports reporter, Matt has covered sailing on the Great Lakes, cricket in the Caribbean, high school and pro playoffs, and the Olympics in Rio. He's also the host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of a documentary on Emoni Bates. A former blackjack dealer, Matt has studied the industry from all sides.

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