W28 Easily Wins $30,000; $1 Million Returns For May
It's a pretty rare occasion when a Streak for the Cash contestant can rest on the final few days of a month. April was something we here at Streak HQ haven't seen in some time when James C. of Canada put together his W28. The W28 is not a record or anything. We've seen W28's before. But this run was fun to watch and see it stay on top despite being halted with nine days left in the month. Nobody ever got close to catching him; going against the usual narrative for the last week of a month where multiple late pushes typically show up.
James' streak began on April 7 with a victory by the Ottawa Senators. Maybe the most impressive part of his streak was when he reach W20. Historically, our contestants have played it slow once hitting a W20+ because they are in the area of what usually wins each month. But that $1 million prize for a W40 may have been the real focus of James. He made 8 picks in 5 days, including three on April 18 alone. Mind you, these picks are not designed to be easy, but James showed zero fear and kept going with the hot streak. On the morning of Arpil 22 though, his luck had finally run out. Taking Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win 2-0 over Marcel Granollers was a gutsy pick with Tsonga's current form and Granollers clay-based game (tournament was the Barcelona Open, which is played on clay). Granollers took the 1st Set and that was the end of the fantastic run. A big congratulations goes out to such a streak, as many who have played this game for some time can tell you..it's not easy. In fact James' run of 28 straight was immediately followed up with a loss of 8 straight. That's just how Streak for the Cash goes.
Only two other entries were really within earshot of James. A pair of W25's. However, one of them lost later that same night that James lost, while the other fell the following day. Aside from those two contestants, several W23's were next in line as the closest to snag the $30,000 prize.
The real drama was reserved for the "Most Wins" contest. Daniel G. of Malden, MA held on to win the $10,000 prize by 1 game. Heading into the five NFL Draft props on April 30, Daniel held a 1-game lead over the eventual runner-up. The pair of competitors ended up mirroring their picks and Daniel would finish with 128 in the end. Congrats on the great win goes out to him.
With May comes a new chance to find that elusive W40 for $1 million. We want to see history over here at Streak HQ, so get rested up and ready to rock this month! We've also got a great May 2nd Showdown Saturday stunt for $10,000. That's right, put together the longest streak that day alone, and take home $10k. Same rules apply for the "Longest Streak" contest and the "Most Wins" contest. So $30,000 and $10,000 will be up for grabs in those respective contests. Finally, keep an eye out over the next week or two if you achieved at least a W10 in April. 100 of you will be drawn at random to win 100 Winner's Circle points. Those points can be used to purchase items in ESPN's Winner's Circle. Thank you for your dedication to Streak and good luck in May!
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We'll do everything in our power to make the transition as fast as possible but as of now we cannot give an estimated amount of time before they will be up and running again. Please direct all of your questions to @ESPNStreak; we'll be happy give you status updates and of course any announcements regarding the status of the boards will be made via that account.
W27 takes $30,000 in March; $1 Million Prize in April
One of the best parts of being the StreakMaster is getting a chance each and every month to notify the winner that they've earned a huge cash prize. Today was one of those great days as I had the pleasure of letting Robert M. know that he had locked up $30,000 for amassing a remarkable W27 in March. Robert had the patience to build those 27 straight wins from March 2nd all the way until this morning, March 31st, when an international soccer friendly finally bested him. Yes you read that correctly, his streak lasted almost the entire month! That is the definition of the so-called long haul, going about it with the utmost planning, patience and perhaps even drawing on a bit of luck along the way. After hitting his W27 a few challengers came into contention and were nipping at his heels only to fall victim to the classic strategy of being pushed to action by the leader's phantom pick. We've seen this strategy employed before, and with great success.
If you're unfamiliar here's how it works: the leader makes a pick so that it registers "pick selected" next to their name on the leaderboard, only to then switch that pick when it is about to lock to something on tomorrow's board in a continuous cycle as the days pass. Because the leaderboard only displays it as "pick selected" no one knows what their pick actually is, therein forcing the challengers to select props more quickly than otherwise desired in fear of falling too far behind the leader. Robert employed this strategy like a true pro, and when everyone else had fallen only he was left standing with his W27. If you ever find yourself in such fortuitous circumstances on Streak, perhaps consider employing a similar strategy. Congratulations to Robert on taking home a huge payday!
Another congratulations goes out to Jason B. of Creston, IA for coming up one win shy of tying the all-time record for "Most Wins" in a month with 153! This was a difficult month in terms of our prop selection, so to accomplish a feat such as this one a midst the challenges of March was pretty incredible (in our humble opinion).
Now, let's turn our sights towards April! As many of you may have noticed the props were slightly more difficult in March then they had been in previous months. In the hopes of transparency that's because we're offering a $1 Million prize for the longest streak of W40 or above for the second month in a row, and to offer such a prize we need to keep the props consistent and fair from day one until the end. That way if someone discovers Streak in the middle of the month they can play with the same relative difficulty level as someone who started from the beginning, therein keeping the playing field fair and level. So as much as we'd love to put one on the board, unfortunately there won't be any "free greens" this month - we're simply not allowed. And despite that slight bit of bad news, we're hoping the $1 Million offering should keep everyone sufficiently challenged and satisfied in April. Good luck!
Mad Dash Wins $30,000; March Offers $1 million Prize
The cold winter months always need something to make time pass. Streak provided a great race to follow in January and the last few days of February didn't disappoint either.
The month was casual and just rolling along with a few W20's here and there. Then along came Jordan E. with a streak that just kept growing in size. It started on February 3, but by February 20, he had hit a W25. Things didn't stop there, and he just kept winning. Things reached levels only few have seen on Streak when he reached W30. It came to an end on the 22nd when Northwestern defeated Indiana at home. But with a W30 and nobody in sight, the $30,000 looked like a sure thing.
Joe P. won a soccer game on February 10. It was just a typical Tuesday on Streak, but little did any of us (and probably Joe as well) know, but that win would be the seed planted in the ground, due to become a towering giant. He quickly put together a W10 in two days, and when the W30 fell, Joe had a nice W19 staring him in the face. Could he really get 11 more in a row though? One step at a time, he built the streak. A W25 on February 26 and a W28 at the end of the 27th.
February 28. The final day of the month. Joe began the day taking Roger Federer to win at least 1 set against world #1 Novak Djokovic at the Dubai Duty Free Championship Finals. Federer took the 1st Set (he eventually won the match too) and moved our challenger to within 1 of the leader. However, he did not own the tiebreaker for better win %, so winning two more matchups in a row was needed to complete the amazing comeback. His next game was the #11 Wichita State Shockers playing at home against the #10 Northern Iowa Panthers. UNI had beaten WSU by 16 a few weeks earlier, but the Shockers won the MVC crown in dominating fashion by 14 points. W30. It all came down to one more pick, and low and behold, he chose the Vanderbilt Commodores to win at home against Alabama. Things didn't look so good at halftime with Bama leading by 11. The start of the 2nd Half though was a sight to behold for Joe, as Vandy poured it on in bunches. They would gut out the win and hand $30,000 to the man from Batavia, OH.
Congratulations Jamison S. of Fort Myers, FL for joining an elite club of winning the "Most Wins" contest twice! He won back in October '12, but that was only for $2,500. His 126 wins this time garnered him a cool $10,000!
The big news we kept promising was BIG indeed. The challenge is on and for those who want to accept it, a W40 will win you $1,000,000 in March (April will be the same)! Same rules apply. You must reach W40 and win the month (tiebreakers, etc.) to claim the prize. The longest streak still wins $30,000 regardless. There's also a Stunt Day for the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament. Good luck to all!
Wild Month Ends in Dramatic Fashion for $30,000
Pause. Take a deep breath. Collect your thoughts. And regroup for February. It's definitely needed after the most insane month we've ever had on Streak. January 2015 will go down as the most successful month for Streakers to date after 10 streaks of at least W30 and over 100 streaks of W22 or more! Top that off with the "Most Wins" contest record being absolutely obliterated (previous record was 143, and we had 2 entries beat that and 1 tie it.
Let's start with the $30,000 "Longest Streak" contest though, because it will not be forgotten. The month started out with a New Year's Day stunt, so naturally we already had plenty of good-looking streaks right out of the gates. Little did we know what kind of Pandora's Streak Box had been opened... By mid-month, we already had 50+ streaks of W20 or greater, and the avalanche kept coming. Greens aplenty were flying around, and at one point a pair of W29's sat atop the leader board. We thought here at Streak HQ that one of those two would probably win. Yeah... let's just say we missed a bit on that prediction. W28's and W27's came out of nowhere, and shortly after that, some ballooned to W30. Over the last week of January, we glanced at the leader board and we had 5 at W30 or above (with 5 more to come).
As usual though, the contest came down to the final 24 hours, where several players stood a chance to take home the big prize. A few were trimmed after suffering defeats, but at 8 pm ET on January 31st, we had a W33 and 3 W32's with one final pick by each. To get things started Joe M. (W32) took Duke, who was a 5.5 point underdog, to win at undefeated Virginia. Gutsy. Meanwhile our W33, Tony C., took a solid home favorite in the Washington Wizards, who were 5-point favorites.
Virginia stormed out in the 2nd Half and controlled the game against Duke, frustrating the Blue Devils with their tenacious defense. The Cavaliers led by 11 with just under 10 minutes to play. Duke, trailing by 8 with under 5 (and yet to hit a 3), began lighting up the scoreboard. Making 4 3-pointers in the final 3:22, Duke stunned Virginia and gave Joe an improbable win.
As that game ended, the Wizards were staring at a 15-point halftime deficit. Things looked even more grim for Tony as Toronto held a 16-point lead (stretched to 18) to start the 4th Quarter. But in true Streak style, Washington caught fire in a way that would make the Sega NBA Jam announcer lose his voice. Suddenly a 3-point game with under 30 seconds left and the Wizards with the ball brought the tension to its highest peak. The savior for Tony showed up in the form of Paul Pierce, who nailed a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to force OT. It would be short-lived though after the Raptors were too much in the extra period, winning, 120-116.
The other two W32's had picks, but it wouldn't matter because Joe's winning percentage was better than Tony's, as well as the other two (one won to reach W33, while the other lost). So $30,000 was won on Tiebreaker #1 (higher win %) by Joe over two others. Just amazing!
Congratulations Ian D. of Deerfield, IL, who smashed the previous record for most wins in a month (143) by racking up an unreal 154 victories to win the $10,000 prize. Congrats on the huge accomplishment!
February will be played just like January was. $30,000 to the longest streak and $10,000 for the most wins. We are preparing something big for March that you all might really be interested in. But you will just have to wait and see...
Most Streak Wins in 2014
|Rank||Entry Name||Total Wins in 2014|
|2||#3#5#2 Feva Beta thn JP||1403|
|6||(MP) Groovy UV (27)||1359|
|8||(MP) PRESTIGE WORLDWID||1353|
|9||(TDS) ChArM CiTy FaM||1349|
|10||(MP) Happy New Year (27)||1347|
|12||Redskins & Rams(VCU)||1344|
|16||TEST for ECHO||1332|
|17||(MP) Serby The Greek||1329|
|21||Let's Go Islanders||1322|
|24||(A.S.) Turtwig (M.P.)||1309|
|28||That's Too Much, Man!||1304|
|29||Go Crew Go 28||1303|
|30||Tanks room Prince||1302|
|36||(TDS)TRIMBLE + WELLS 2g||1296|
|43||(Al Bundy) Let's rock.||1285|
|47||To the gymnasium!||1283|
|48||C MIGHTY QUINN||1282|
|50||regression to the mean||1282|
|52||Big win Hawks||1281|
|55||Yup its me||1278|
|56||Paul Heyman Guy||1276|
|62||(27) Streakin Sioux||1273|
|64||Mayor of Awesomeville||1271|
|66||HAPPY NEW YEAR MPs! (M||1269|
|68||(MP) meesema moonpies||1268|
|70||rdog 11 Entry||1267|
|78||Streaker of the Year||1258|
|79||Alright Alright Alright!||1257|
|81||Naptown Freeball Posse||1256|
|84||WWID W/O SFTC?||1254|
|87||Going Green (LH)||1253|
|96||phlash74 - MMM cha(MP)i||1245|
|99||Husky Power 23 Entry||1242|
Perfect 27-0 Mark Takes Home $40,000
November seems to be the month of big streaks. 2013 saw over 100 W20+ streaks, including five of at least W30 and a record W34. 2014 wasn't that crazy, but we still saw over 100 W20+ streaks. The race was intense, and the stash was obviously going to fall judging by how the month was playing out. The final day saw some serious drama after a W22 ( John V. ) reeled off 4 straight wins, including a miracle TD catch by Jordy Nelson with seconds to go before halftime to keep his W24 alive (turned into a W25). After winning the next prop, (no points scored in the 3rd Quarter between the Patriots and Packers), it all came down to one last pick. Our perfect 26-0 entry was forced to pick with John needing one pick right to pass them. They both split their picks on the Heat/Knicks game. A late Bosh 3-pointer locked down the victory for Miami and gave Chris K. of Cleveland Heights, Ohio the $40,000 grand prize. By finishing a perfect 27-0, he finished ahead of four W26s. What a wild finish to what looked like an easy final day for Chris. Congrats to John as well for making one of the greatest runs we've ever seen on the final day of the month.
Congratulations Nels N. of San Carlos, Ca who held on to win the $10,000 "Most Wins" contest after collecting 134 victories. Things didn't look good after he had lost 10 of 12 with only a few to play. Leading by 1 game (after having let a large lead slip), he got a miracle TD from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson with seconds remaining in the 1st Half against New England to give him a 2-game lead. Had that catch not occurred, there would have been a tie for the most wins.
Since the Stash was reached it will reset in December and be worth $20,000, meaning if you play Streak this month you can win up to $40,000 (stash+monthly)! However, with it being the season of giving, Streak is getting rid of the W25 threshold to win the stash. You got it, longest streak wins $40,000 no matter what. So technically, if you win even one matchup in December, you qualify for the $40,000! Finally, it's almost time for our annual Christmas Day NBA Stunt. December 25 will give you a chance to win $10,000 for the longest streak that day! Thanks for playing and best of luck to all.
Nation's Capital Brings Home the Stash
Whew! What a month we had on Streak. Just crazy it always comes down to the last few props to decide whether somebody walks away with the Stash or not. October 2104 was no exception to the norm either after 35 different entries managed a W20 or better. In the final 24 hours, we still had several entries clawing toward the top of the leaderboard. The final prop of the 30th saw a W24, W23 and a W22 fall when the Clippers couldn't defeat the injury-plagued Thunder by 10+ points. That left a lone W24 to try and tackle the Stash. Twice our W24 had a prop selected, and twice they backed off the prop. Great choice, as both of their selections would've lost. The time to pick came when the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf showed up. Rebecca R. of Washington, D.C. took the winner of the race to come from Post Position 1-5. It was a stress-free race as the 1-5 horses controlled the race the whole way with No. 4 Lady Eli taking the win and handing Rebecca a W25 and $40,000. Should be noted 13 of her 25 wins were soccer picks (typically the hardest to win).
Also, congratulations Rob S. of Syracuse, NY whose 130 wins earned him $10,000 via the first tiebreaker (highest win %) over one other entry. Since the Stash was reached it will reset in November and be worth $20,000, meaning if you play Streak this month you can win up to $40,000 (stash+monthly)! And be sure to mark your calendar for the NCAA basketball "Tip-Off Marathon" Stunt for $10,000 on Nov. 18. Good luck and thanks for playing!