State of Illinois the Streak Champs in July; $1 Million Prize in August
The Prairie State can stand proud - both winners came from Illinois in July. Kyle P. of Troy, IL came out of the gates like American Pharoah, amassing a ridiculous W26 in a mere 11 days from July 5th through July 15th.The talk around the water-cooler here at Streak HQ in Bristol, CT was that Kyle had a real chance to make a run at the $1 Million with the pace he had set, and in all honesty we were thrilled. The excitement that would have brought to the game would have been too cool to pass up and as the StreakMaster I wanted a front row seat. But alas, Kyle's Streak came to an abrupt halt when he lost on in-round British Open prop. For the rest of the month Kyle had to sweat out all challengers who were intent on dethroning him but in the end they all came up short. For his efforts Kyle takes home $30,000; well done sir!
If there was drama last month with the "Most Wins" race, what do we say about July? I love writing but I'm no Shakespeare - where is he when he need him to invent a new word that captures the strategy, stress and savvy that went into this effort by all three competitors? Anyways, let's just call it phenomenal. Here's the recap.
About mid-way through the month two different two-time "Most Wins" Streak legends, Tubbo's Pizza Picks and Zoop Leroy, emerged along with a player I had never before seen cross my horizon on Streak as the three favorites. They went back and forth trading spots at the top, rising and falling with the machinations of a "Game of Thrones" season complete with all the subplots that accompany any power struggle. When it came down to the final pick window Zoop Leroy had been officially eliminated and only two were left with a chance at the cash. Tubbo's Pizza Picks had the best win percentage and was therefore in the driver's seat; if his final pick won he'd be taking home the $10,000. Just like I did he played the odds and went with the slight favorite #5 Marcos Baghdatis over #2 Vasek Pospisil at the ATP Atlanta Open - his competitor made the only play he could and took Pospisil as a live dog.
Baghdatis proved why he's a tour veteran, landing a resounding 2-0 victory over the young Canadian and making Ian D. and his Tubbos Pizza Picks entry $10,000 richer in the process. Ian is now the only 3-time champion in the history of Streak and can probably call himself the greatest monthly picker of all-time, a title that I admit I'm very envious of. It's quite difficult to win even once as anyone will attest, but to do it three separate times is incredible. Well deserved Ian, you're once again the champ!
If you achieved at least a W10 in July once again be on the lookout for an email from us over the next week or so as 100 random winners will each be awarded 100 Winner's Circle points. Those points can be used to purchase some awesome prizes so be sure not to miss out if you're one of the lucky ones. Good luck in August!
W29 the Magic Number Again in June; $1 Million Prize in July
We won't have to send the $30,000 very far this month - Brian C. of Vernon, CT who lives only minutes away from ESPN's headquarters in Bristol wins the cash and keeps the crown here in the Nutmeg state (at least until July 31st)! Brian utilized patience and timing as his two greatest allies while accumulating his massive Streak, getting to a W16 way back on June 8th before systematically picking his spots as the month went on. We've seen this strategy employed before, and it's a solid one: pick with no regard at the start and then have the discipline to slow down when you feel it's wise to do so.
I really hope Brian comes back to us and declares in his interview (which can be read by clicking the "June 2015" link off to the side) that he is a grunge/metal music fan because, and stay with me here as I know it's a bit of a stretch, I see his strategy as mirroring the career arc of some of my favorite bands. Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Opeth, Soundgarden, Tool - they went all out with their first few albums, utilizing raw emotion to make their name and really playing with no regard. But as time went by they slowed down and their works got more complex, more calculated. Both styles got them to where they are and both are to be celebrated; their success couldn't be measured without taking both into account. Just like those bands, as time passed Brian slowed down and took a moment to reflect before proceeding. The successes that followed, both in the studio and here on Streak, can be credited to a combination of both styles. Congratulations to him from all of us here!
Oh boy, did we have drama with this monthly wins race or what? Let's give the events a recap. Heading into the evening tonight we had two entries tied at 131 wins. The two-time most wins champion chitowncity12 was one, the other was Panthers8317 who is actually Russell F. of Charlotte, NC. Russell held the higher winning percentage and was in the driver's seat with only two windows left, but that didn't stop the drama from unfolding. After forfeiting a losing pick Russell landed on Argentina to advance past Paraguay in the Copa America semifinals match; chitowncity12 had the USA over Germany in the Women's World Cup. The USA ladies advanced 2-0 and he then made his selection for the final pick of the evening, a bottom 8th in-game MLB prop.
Argentina had built a huge lead, 6-1 to be exact, deep in the 2nd half but the MLB game was moving like a freight train that was out of control. In fact, they were mid-way through the 8th Inning in only 2 hours and 10 minutes. We had a tough choice over here at Streak HQ: should we unlock an obvious win for Argentina in the 88th minute and give the player with the better winning % the advantage to be able to pick the last prop of the month or should we leave it locked, making him sweat chitowncity12's pick for all the marbles?
In the end we felt the fairest thing to do was to grant an early unlock of the 6-1 soccer game in the 88th minute, but luckily it didn't matter. Russell and chitowncity12 made different selections on the final prop and when Curtis Granderson struck out for the Mets it was all over, chitowncity12 had picked incorrectly and would have lost either way. Still, he is a fantastic Streak player and deserves to be applauded for such a great effort. Anyone who has been a monthly picker knows how hard it is to accumulate 132 wins in a single month. Congrats to Russell on taking home the $10,000 and beating out a Streak legend in the process.
If you achieved at least a W10 in June once again be on the lookout for an email from us over the next week or so as 100 random winners will each be awarded 100 Winner's Circle points. Those points can be used to purchase some awesome prizes so be sure not to miss out if you're one of the lucky ones. Good luck in July!
W29 Crushes the Competition; $1 Million Up for Grabs in June
We couldn't be prouder of the fact that Streak for the Cash is officially going global! We've now had back-to-back months where a non-US resident has taken home the grand prize; in April the victory went to Canada and now in May it goes to Mexico! Alejandro G. was making a serious run at the $1 Million dollars before the Cubs ended his streak at an impressive W29. Over the next two weeks a challenger or two rose to within striking distance but in the end this was one of the more cut and dry months we've seen in recent memory - Alejandro won by a margin of five as no one else was able to reach a W25. Congratulations to Alejandro on becoming the first ever resident of Mexico to take down the longest Streak prize! He earns a cool $30,000 for his efforts.
Just like last month, the "Most Wins" contest was chalk full of excitement and with $10,000 on line we know the two competitors battling it out were feeling the heat. Only minutes ago Dennis U. of Oxnard, CA prospect's were looking bleak. Both him and his competitor found themselves at 124 wins - Dennis had the Sounders picked and the opposition had selected the Giants. With the Sounders tied 1-1 in stoppage time and the Giants up 5-3 in the bottom of the 8th it looked like he was going to find himself a pick down with only one window left. Then some classic Streak magic happened. The Braves began to rack up infield singles before blowing the game open and tallying four runs in the top of the 9th to take a 7-5 lead. At almost the exact same time Clint Dempsey netted a beautiful goal in stoppage time to put the Sounders up 2-1! Those scores held and because Dennis had the better winning percentage and the 1-win lead the contest was over - Dennis had just gone from despair to glory in a matter of moments. Congrats to him on winning $10,000! As I'm sure he'd attest, when you play Streak you always find yourself in the middle of the action.
If you achieved at least a W10 in May be on the lookout for an email from us over the next week or so as 100 random winners will each be awarded 100 Winner's Circle points. Those points can be used to purchase some awesome prizes so be sure not to miss out if you're one of the lucky ones. Good luck in June!
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!
Our Discussion Boards Will Return Shortly
Effective Tuesday night, April 14th all of the Streak for the Cash discussion boards will become unavailable for an unknown amount of time while they undergo an upgrade. We know how important these chat boards are to many of our loyal fans and that's why they're being revamped - to give you a better experience while playing Streak.
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...