You can pay $25 to enter one of the dozens of football contests around town (where your chances of winning are equal to getting struck by lightning while winning the lottery). Or you can take the skirt off, strap on a helmet and go for the big bucks by entering the legendary Las Vegas Hilton Supercontest. For the last two decades, 350 to 400 serious NFL handicappers have anted up $1,500 for the season-long contest (the gist of the contest: Pick any five NFL games against the spread each week). All entry fees are returned in prize money paid out to the top-20 finishers, with the winner taking a huge chunk of the pie. Last year’s champ hauled in $207,000, while five contestants who tied for 10th each pulled in more than $7,700. An added incentive: The Hilton kicks in $10,000 for an end-of-season contest (the player with the best record over the final three weeks collects the loot) and another $10,000 if the overall champ picks at least 67 percent winners through the season. Now that’s a contest.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products