Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 | 7:24 a.m.
Football handicapping contests in Las Vegas are trending decidedly upscale.
Fewer freerolls - where you can take a shot at a prize without risking any money - are available this year than in past seasons.
The most significant addition to the scene is a new high-end competition operated by Harrah's that joins established big entry-fee contests at the Hilton and Station Casinos properties.
Following is a rundown of contests open to the public:
Pay to play, high-end
Pay to play, mid-range
Leroy's "College Challenge." Entrants pay $250 and pick seven college games each week against the spread. The top 40 finishers are paid. There's a guaranteed prize pool of at least $100,000 with 30 percent going to the champion. Play at any Leroy's outlet.
Pay to play, low-end
Leroy's "Pick 'em and Win." Entrants pick NFL games straight-up and compete for a $5,000 weekly prize in the preseason as well as the regular season.