Everybody Into The Pool! PA Sportsbooks Offering Free Bracket Contests With Big Payouts

Posted By Nathan Frederick on March 16, 2021

Survive and advance.

The same mantra that breeds success in the NCAA Tournament could bring you some extra excitement during this year’s version of March Madness

DraftKings is hosting a free-to-play $1 million March Madness Survivor Pool, sponsored by KFC. Here’s how it works:

  • Pick one team each day to win
  • If your pick wins, you advance.
  • You can only pick each team once per entry.
  • If your team loses or you have used up all the remaining teams, your entry is eliminated.

The last person remaining receives $1 million. If there are multiple survivors through the National Championship, the remaining contestants will split the million-dollar prize pool.

And to make things even better, the contest also has an upset bonus. For every upset in the first two rounds, one randomly selected contestant will receive $10,000.

And that’s just one of many free March Madness bracket contests in PA.

Free Bracket Contests in PA Offer Big Payouts

Oddsmakers can give you some clues for underdogs

So where might the upsets come from? Sometimes the oddsmakers might have the best guess. A quick look at the DraftKings odds gives you a glimpse at some good candidates. Here are a couple of close spreads if you’re hoping to chase an underdog:

  • No. 11 Syracuse (+3) vs. No. 6 San Diego State
  • No. 10 Virginia Tech (+1) vs. No. 7 Florida
  • No. 12 Georgetown (+4.5) vs. No. 5 Colorado
  • No. 10 Maryland (+2.5) vs. No. 7 UCONN

Of course, upsets are never easy to predict. And some are even hard to quantify. For example, in the Midwest Region, No. 10 Rutgers is a 1.5-point favorite over No. 7 Clemson.

However you count them, upsets are bound to happen. Let’s just hope you pick the right ones.

DraftKings March Mania pool features a more familiar format

The Survivor Pool isn’t the only game from DraftKings though. The sportsbook and daily fantasy operator is also partnering with Yuengling for another free-to-play competition, a $50k March Mania Battle Contest.

This pool features more traditional bracket scoring. Contestants will pick the winners of all 63 games, with the goal of accumulating the most points. The first place prize is $5,000. The second and third place contestants will each earn $1,000. In total 7,755 places will be paid out, with a total prize pool of $50,000.

DraftKings $2 million March Mania Bracket Challenge

While not free to play, DraftKings is also hosting a $2 Million March Mania Bracket Challenge that PA players can participate in. This $100 buy-in will have a total prize pool of $2 million and the winner will get over $1 million and also earn a spot in the DraftKings Championship Series.

Perfect predictions will bring you $2 million at BetMGM

Over at BetMGM Sportsbook PA, a perfect bracket could earn you a $2 million payday. And although those odds are astronomical, the contest is free, and everyone can compete for $100,000, whether the bracket is perfect or not.

Every correct pick in each round counts as one point. The person with the most points at the end of the tournament lands the $100,000 guaranteed prize. If multiple entrants tie for the most accurate bracket, the money will be divided equally among all entrants.

Contestants just need a BetMGM account to play. 

What are you waiting for? Jump in the pool!

With March Madness only a few days away, many basketball fans have already filled out their brackets. It only makes sense to enter them into the free contests sponsored by PA sports betting apps.

After all, there’s nothing to lose. And a whole lot more to gain. Maybe even millions.

You just have to survive and advance.

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Nathan Frederick is an award-winning writer with more than 1,000 published bylines and two decades of journalism experience. His work has won awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Keystone Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has also authored three books, one of which debuted as an Amazon No. 1 New Release.

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