We’ve been running our NFL Progressive Pick ‘Em now for two NFL seasons and not a single player has been able to pick a perfect card yet. The $1800 prize pool again stayed intact and the final leaderboard saw the widest winning margin yet.
The were huge upsets, key injuries and dashed hopes for teams early in the 2023 season that ruined most Survivor Pools in the first three weeks of the season. And it continued. The Eagles went from 10-1 to limping into the playoffs, losing five of their last 6, Buffalo struggled early and were dominate late, the Chiefs were quite pedestrian for the majority of the season and the the rise of teams like Houston, behind rookie CJ Stroud and Cleveland with the best story of the year, Joe Flacco, made picking games every week a virtual crapshoot. This caused the weekly contest prize that builds at $100 per week for a perfect card to never be hit! Many weeks came down to the tie-breaker and, as evidence of the tough task of picking winners in 2023, just three players achieved at least 19,000 total points.
Congratulations to “Caldwell” who averaged more than 10 wins a week for the entire season to win the 2023 GamblersWORLD Progressive Pick ‘Em, despite never being a weekly leader! With extra points awarded for a correct Monday Night Football pick and 187 winners, “Caldwell” amassed 19,600 points, crushing the rest of the field by 500 points, despite never winning a single week! This year’s pool was again guaranteed, but again it was a moot point, with no players achieving a perfect card throughout 18 weeks of the regular season action. In fact, there was only two weeks where a player only missed the big money with one incorrect pick, every other week saw two or more losses. “Caldwell” pulled ahead towards the end of the season and cruised to victory, cashing for 50% of the final pool money – $900.
The first four places at the end of the season are all winners in the gamblersWORLD Progressive Pick ‘Em and after nearly 300 games, tie-breakers still needed to be used to determine the final standings. “hl928” and “JNoss” tied for with 19,000 points, so we had to go to the season-long tie breakers. It was so close that we had to go to second tie-breaker! “hl928” and “JNoss” each picked 181 games correctly and were still tied after the first deciding factor so we had to use the second tie breaker, the amount of correct weekly tie-breaker picks. This is where “hl928” pulled ahead with eight correct picks to “JNoss’s” seven, taking second place and the $450 prize for the runner-up. “JNoss” was awarded 15% of the total prize pool, good enough for $270!
Two players were also tied for fourth place and “APO” and “DC” had strong showings all season long, each ending the 2023 season with 18,900 points, missing the bigger money by just one, 100-point pick. Again we had to implement the tie-breaker and this time “APO” claimed the prize with 179 correct picks, edging out “DC”, who picked less games correctly (176), but achieved the huge point total with more weekly tie-breakers and the 200 points that comes with those correct picks.
Let us know in the comments below whether you think we should continue to use a tie-breaker involving most correct picks for the season to determine prizes or split prizes for players who are tied, thus rewarding more players.
We would like to thank all the players who made the GamblersWORLD NFL Progressive Pick ‘Em a huge success. Players are urged to keep an eye out for our annual NCAA Tournament contest in March.