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If you are as mad about March as we are then chances are that you’ve already filled out your brackets at ESPN, Yahoo, CBS and every other major website that has a free bracket contest. And while some of these free NCAA Tournament bracket pools have prizes up to $1,000,000,000 for a perfect bracket (1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808), there are some other bracket contests for 2014 run by smaller websites that have awesome prizes for little or no entry fees.
Want to know more? Here are the top-3 bracket contests (according to the staff here at LatestBettingOdds.com) that you probably have not entered yet… Enjoy the tournament!!!
1. 5Dimes Sportsbook – $25,000,000 March Madness Bracket Contest
There are several reasons to like 5Dimes’ bracket contest for 2014 besides the fact they have multiple options when entering their “office pools” for the 2014 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament. With entry fees of $1, $5, $10 and $25, a perfect bracket here will pay out at 1,000,000 to 1! In other words, a perfect bracket on a $1 entry nets $1,000,000 while a perfect $25 entry wins the grand prize of $25,000,000. Being that a perfect bracket is highly unlikely, the entry that accumulates the most points will receive 100% of the entry fees… 5Dimes’ will not take a single dime of your winnings.
There are some other rules to this contest but important ones players need to be aware of is the need to be at least 18 years old to enter, there is no limit to the number of entries into each pool, the number of points awarded for a win double entering the next round (standard), and entries are due by Thursday, March 20th at 12:00pm ET. If you miss the deadline to enter 5Dimes’ bracket contest, or your bracket gets busted early, 5Dimes will have daily NCAA Tournament bracket pools that also feature 100% payouts.
2. Bovada Sportsbook – $25,000 Guaranteed
If you think you’ve got a perfect bracket in you this year, you might want to consider a different contest however, if you are just looking for another free contest to enter, the one at Bovada’s online sportsbook should do nicely! This is because they have stepped it up again this year with a free bracket contest that has a $25,000 guaranteed prize pool. Not only that, this contest is very friendly as the top-250 finishers all get cash prizes. To enter, simply go to Bovada’s page on Facebook and follow their instructions.
The format for this contest is the standard system of assigning point values to each round and then doubling the point value for each win as each round of the tournament progresses. Whoever ends up with the most points once the final whistle has blown will win the $5,000 grand prize, 2nd place gets $2,500, 3rd place gets $1,500, 4th place gets $1,000, and 5th place gets $750. To see the entire prize structure and other important rules for entry, please check out Bovada’s bracket contest page on Facebook.
3. BetOnline Sportsbook – $10,000 Guaranteed
Though advertised as being free to enter, this bracket contest does have some fine print when it comes to being able to qualify for prizes. While it is true that players can enter this one for free, they will need to risk $25 in the sportsbook each weekend (3) of the NCAA Tournament. If you like to wager on NCAA Tournament game spreads and make similar bets, this one is for you simply for the fact that these wagers needed to qualify could end up winning you even more money!
Upon qualifying, know that there is no prize for a perfect bracket entry. With that said, it’s about 100% certain that a perfect entry would win this contest so there is that prize which is $1,500. The top-10 qualified finishers all get cash prizes but know that there are other ways to win cash and prizes in this contest. For example, this contest will award $1,000 for selecting a perfect Final Four. What’s more is that picking a perfect round of 32 will get you a trip to this year’s Final Four! In all, this could be a great contest even if you don’t end up going 63 for 63 with your picks. This contest will only allow one entry per person, IP address, residence and you must be 18 years+ in order to sign up at BetOnline. Deadline for entries is Thursday, March 20th @ 12pm ET.