A 32-year-old Starbucks barista who has been asked to be called “Damon G.” won the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest this year, winning over $900,000 in what is considered one of the most prestigious football handicapping contests in the world.
The Las Vegas barista’s entry beat out the rest of the field, which was a record 1,854 entries this year. The SuperContest costs $1,500 to enter, and has traditionally been won by Vegas sharps, though as its popularity grows more and more recreational gamblers have entered.
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Damon G. made two entries, the maximum allowed, into the contest this year, and his entry called “pops2008” won after he went 5-0 against the spread in Week 17 to finish 54-28-3 (65.8 percent). His other entry finished tied for 40th, which also won him an additional $2,217.38 to go with his $895,482 prize for first place, per ESPN. He also earned $10,000 for winning the “mini-contest” over the last three weeks of the season.
Asked how he could afford the $3,000 for the two SuperContest entries, Damon replied, “I decided last year, after just having one entry, that I wanted to give two a try. I just saved my money by cutting expenses and making sacrifices in my social life. I worked and just got ready for the football season.”
Damon G. was a bit distracted during the final week’s games, too — he had to catch them on a nearby TV while he was at work.