Final Pick of January Wins $25,000 for New Jersey Resident
2016 started off even better than we could've expected at Streak HQ. To put it in perspective, in order to crack the Top-100 leaderboard, you needed at least a W21. Let that sink in for a moment! In a way, you could say there were multiple winners with the amount of success we saw from our dedicated fan base in January. In the end though Drew S. of Matawan, NJ was the ultimate winner after making a last-minute charge to overtake the field with his impressive W29.
Rewind back to the first week of January though. We were on a record pace for overall win % with the masses racking up a win percentage surpassing .650 (simply unheard of). Like the scene out of "Jerry Maguire," Streakers across the nation had to be yelling, "Show me the money!" It was nothing but green as we continued along into the second week of the New Year.
We saw big streak rise and fall as we approached the final week of the month. We settled on a pair of W28's who had gone neck and neck before bowing out at the same time. However, one entry was sitting well with the better win % (Tiebreaker #1), so unless somebody could make a late run or somehow, the win % switched hands, we knew who our winner would be. That's exactly when Drew stepped in. He sat at a W20 with six days remaining, and didn't hold the higher win %, so nine wins in six days was the target. Drew played it slow, making a single pick on the 27th, 28th and 29th. Getting them all right was great, but he now needed six more in only 2 days. Not an easy task. Three more victories on January 30th set up a frantic finish to try and steal the $25,000 and maybe the extra $10,000 Streak Stash with a W30. Interestingly, he passed up a freebie with Novak Djokovic straight up vs. Andy Murray in the Australian Open Final. He opted for Boston U. to win at home vs. Lehigh in college hoops, and it all looked hopeless after Lehigh led by 3 with under 20 seconds left. BU got an and-1 to somehow tie it up. But it got better. Lehigh turned the ball over and with 2 seconds left, BU nailed the bucket at the buzzer to win. Drew would win with the Clippers next to set up a final pick for $25,000. His choice?... Wisconsin over Illinois in college hoops. The Badgers came through on the final pick of January to win him the cash.
The "Most Wins" contest was a runaway win during the final week. Matt R. became just the third person to hit 150 wins in a month (his 150 wins is third best all-time). For his brilliant month, he takes home $5,000!.
The Streak Stash is now worth $20,000 in February! Win the month and have that streak be at least W30, and you'll cash in with $45,000 (Monthly + Stash)! If you finished ahead of the StreakMaster in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt.
|Rank||Entry Name||Total Wins in 2015|
|4||(TTFG) #1 Group 4 Life||1465|
|5||(MP) Groovy UV (27)||1465|
|7||(IS3,SS)The Red Caribou||1422|
|8||WEAS For The Cash||1420|
|9||(MP) Crazyjay999 (27)||1405|
|11||(MP)All I needisa Miracle||1395|
|16||(MP) Sd1632 (GH)||1378|
|17||Greg E. Fresh||1374|
|28||REGGIE'S PIZZA IS BETTER||1345|
|29||T swifts x boyfriends||1342|
|33||(TDS) Same As It Ever Was||1334|
|36||Sponsored by Matty Ice||1331|
|42||Streaking Only in 2016||1327|
|46||Go Crew Go 28||1324|
|49||(MP) Serby The Greek||1319|
|53||Prescott Is Streaking||1317|
|54||(TDS) asu still classless||1316|
|56||(A.S.) Mr. Mime (M.P.)||1313|
|59||7 1 8||1308|
|65||Tom Brady's Husband||1302|
|68||regression to the mean||1302|
|80||Just Call Me Streaky||1293|
|82||this gm really sucks||1289|
|83||(MP) RAIDER NATION (LH)||1288|
|87||RUSH for GREENS||1282|
|88||Trust Jesus, He's The Way||1282|
|92||(AS) Let's Go Islanders||1280|
|94||(TDS) ChArM CiTy FaM||1279|
|97||(MP) StuporSaiyan624 (LH)||1278|
California Resident Makes Fearless Picks to Win $30,000
We end the $1 Million chase in 2015 the way we started, with a Streaker making a charge without regard for anything else to grab that elusive W40. Calvin N. of San Jose, CA put together a remarkable run to pull away from the competition and assure himself of $30,000. But it was obvious Calvin had more in mind...
The month was pretty rough for big streaks, as we made it over halfway through without anyone reaching even a W20. Finally, we had a few fans break through that elusive W20 barrier, and once that happened, a cascade of challengers rose up the leader board quickly. Hidden among those competitors was Calvin. His eventual W27 started on December 1st, but it took him until December 13th to reach a W15. A nice, methodical run was working, as he would go on to collect a pair of victories in the next 24 hours to reach W17. For some reason, nothing appealed to our eventual winner over the next four days (only picked two during that stretch). We had now reached December 19th and the time to move was now. But it wasn't just that Calvin started picking at a much more rapid pace, it was WHAT he was picking. On December 19th, he chose three straight 50/50 props, including a road underdog in college hoops! Somehow, he nailed all three of them. Luck was on his side and he kept pushing it, taking the road underdog Atlanta Falcons to win at Jacksonville and road underdog Detroit to win at New Orleans. He got them both, along with Carson Palmer recording 163 pass yds BUT NO TDs in the 1st Half. His next two picks were also underdogs, as Akron was a 7.5-point dog to Utah State in the Potato Bowl (prop was Akron points from FGs vs. Utah State Winning Margin) and Boise State to win by double digits was a slight underdog with them being favored by 9.
It was official, we had a guy on a serious heater and making a mad dash at the $1 Million! It was awesome to watch, and we were pulling for him because not since the first month of the $1 Million offer had we seen someone really go after the W40. Calvin was going for it though with the picks he was making, and how quickly he was making them. His incredible run finally ended when the Lakers were blown out by the Thunder on Christmas Eve, 120-85 (needed Lakers to lose by less than 15). It was a well-earned and deserved $30,000 for the fearless man from California. A big round of applause echoed through Streak HQ when the streak ended because quite frankly, he deserved it. It was fun to watch unfold. So congrats to Calvin on his big victory!
The "Most Wins" contest was intense all the way until the bitter end. With a pair of pickers sitting at 131 wins apiece, it came down to the final pick for each of the year. Both fans won their respective NHL picks to finish tied at 132 wins, but Stephen W. won via Tiebreaker #1 (Higher Win %). For his efforts he'll take a check from Streak for the Cash worth $10,000!.
Another year has come and gone on Streak for the Cash. Gone is the chase for the $1 Million in 2016, but returning is the popular Streak Stash! If you finished ahead of the StreakMaster in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt. Be sure to start your streak in 2016 with our "Free Win" prop and get your friends and family in on the action. It's free and this year we have a feeling will see some of the highest streak we've ever had. Please be safe and have a Happy New Year!
Minnesota Resident Wins $30,000 via a Tiebreaker
After a year of nothing shy of a W26 competing for the cash Streak has come back to the mean; for the third straight month a W23 has taken down the $30,000 prize. Brady H. of Chanhassen, Minnesota is now the champ, putting together a run that culminated with the Patriots ending his streak in an overtime classic that will be remembered well into the offseason.
No one could fault him for the pick - he had the tiebreaker in hand with a win percentage above .800, the Patriots were on a roll and were the moneyline favorites in Vegas. And despite the loss he still looked to be in great shape, especially after Michigan eeked out a double digit win over Providence to end the night, thus eliminating one of his only two remaining competitors. With only potential usurper left to overtake his throne it was going to be a tough task indeed - 5 straight wins of the possible 6 windows we offered today to reach a W24. Sure enough, in typical Russian Premier League fashion (I can hear the cries of the monthly pickers yelling "rigged" as I write this) a 93rd minute goal came down in stoppage time and eliminated the last of Brady's competition, thus securing him the $30,000. Congratulations to him from everyone here at Streak!
I'm pleased to announce that we now have a Streak legend amongst us: the "Most Wins" contest was won by Ian D. of Highland Park, IL for the fourth time since 2008 and the third time in 2015. Ian is on a tear to say the least and in my opinion no one can question his place in the history of our game: until someone matches his four separate wins he is the greatest monthly player of all-time. For his efforts he'll take a check from Streak for the Cash worth $10,000 to the bank once again, this time right before the holidays.
The $1 Million prize is officially ending at the end of the year regardless if it's won or not so December will be the last month to take home the biggest check ever awarded on Streak. And, if you finished ahead of the StreakMaster in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt. The final stunt day of the year will be on Christmas Day with nothing but NBA props for a cool $10,000 so mark those calendars!
New Jersey Resident Edges Out Competition to Win $30,000 on Halloween
Happy Halloween everyone! Many fables and traditions come to mind when thinking about October but to me, this month was defined by a well-known yet unlikely tale: The Aesop's Fable "The Tortoise and the Hare". As John T. of Oakland, New Jersey was methodically building a streak that began on October 2nd he witnessed dozens of competitors zoom past him on the leaderboard. In fact, he was moving so slow that for most of the month his Streak wasn't long enough to even be showcased amongst the active leaders. And yet, John remained patient.
By October 18th the top Streak was a W22 in what must have seemed like a mark that was starting to become unattainable with only a W12 in his pocket. But John kept his pace, sometimes taking multiple days off in a row to find that perfect spot to strike. By October 27th he had an active W22 and a win percentage of .917 to help him with any tiebreaking scenarios, none of which ended up being necessary after the 5 point favorite Penn State Nittany Lions oblitered Illinois 39-0 earlier today. And once again a tale that's thousands of years old rings true: the resolve and patience of the tortoise outlasts the speed of the hare.
I could've compared John's Streak to a Michael Myers-esque spree of picking off his opponents one by one but hey, it seemed a bit morbid even for Halloween, so Aesop it is. And I can't say for sure, but I'm guessing that when we interview John he'll confirm our suspicions that the $1,000,000 prize was never his goal. And that's ok, because he had a game plan and went after it the only way that seemed to work. He takes home $30,000 for his efforts - well done John!
The "Most Wins" contest was won by Marc F. of Hanapepe, Hawaii. I'm having a hard time putting into words how impressive this is. To put the achievement into context, I believe that I had a great month picking on the StreakMaster account, getting 118 wins and finishing near the top of the leaderboard. And Marc crushed me picking from Hawaii - six time zones behind the East Coast. That means as myself and many of you are making our third and fourth picks of the day in the middle of the afternoon Marc hasn't even gotten to work yet if he clocks a 9-5. Many alarms and a whole lot of dedication later he takes home $10,000! We'd like to note also that Marc is a repeat winner; he achieved the "Most Wins" mark back in June of 2010 as well and has now established himself as an elite Streak player.
If you finished ahead of the StreakMaster in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt. One last thing: we're having a pro-football themed Stunt Day on Sunday, November 15th for $10,000 sponsored by McDonalds!
Alabama Resident Makes Improbable Comeback to Win $30,000
Green Day's song "Wake Me Up When September Ends" should be changed to "Wake Me Up at 8 pm ET to See a Great Finish on Streak for the Cash". We here at Streak HQ always seem to have great finishes to each month, but September '15 will be one we remember for quite some time. Blake M. of Albertville, Alabama found himself staring at one final pick on Wednesday, September 30 at 8 pm ET.
Let's rewind though and see how we reached this point in time shall we? September had been a pretty rough month (proven by the fact we had zero, that's right zero, W20+ streaks on the 20th of the month). A W18 was in the lead with only ten days remaining. But naturally, things picked up and Timmy S. charged to the top of the leaderboard with a W23. His streak ended there though, but with only one day left, there was a good chance he would hang on to win the $30,000.
Meanwhile, Blake was sitting at a W18 at the start of September 29th. The three wins he managed that day was critical in setting up a chance on the last day of the month to potentially complete a great comeback. The first step on September 30th was to find a win and at least give himself a chance to make one pick for all the marbles. Blake settled on taking Manchester City to win at Borussia Monchengladbach in Champions League Group play. It almost all unraveled, as the match was tied in the 90th minute. But the Streak powers that be found a way and Manchester City earned a PK with only stoppage time remaining and netted the winner.
So we now arrive back at 8 pm ET on Wednesday, September 30th. The prop: U.S. Open Cup - Final (Sporting KC @ Philadelphia Union): Will BOTH TEAMS SCORE in the 2nd Half? (90 Min+Inj). The choices: Yes or No. Blake rolled the dice and chose "No".
Things didn't look promising after Sporting KC found the back of the net in the 65th minute, meaning our Alabama man needed to sweat it out for 25 minutes + stoppage time to see if Philadelphia would score a goal or not. The Union had multiple chances and twice the ball sailed just over the crossbar. The whistle blew and Blake had won $30,000 by winning 23 straight matchups and owning the Tiebreaker over Timmy with a better winning percentage. Congrats to both players on a great month!
The "Most Wins" contest was won by Daniel C. of Holland, PA. He easily outdistanced the competition by five games. His efforts won him $10,000!
If you achieved at least a W10 in September 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 here so be sure not to miss out if you're one of the lucky ones. Also, if you finished ahead of the StreakMaster in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win a sweet "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt. Good luck in September everyone!
Drama-filled August Ends With New Jersey Man Winning $30,000
Throughout the history of Streak for the Cash, certain individual streaks have stuck out more than others. August saw one of those streaks pop up where you think, "Hey, this one might actually have a chance to be an all-time great streak." And in this day and age of streak, that means $1 million is a very real possibility. Eduardo A. of Toms River, NJ showed he knew baseball better than most when he reeled off 21 consecutive straight-up MLB wins as part of his eye-popping W29.
Every veteran of Streak knows building a streak on straight up MLB games is almost impossible. Baseball is too unpredictable, and one off night by a pitcher or a team's bats just get hot on a particular day can end it all. Eduardo stared the MLB matchups right in eye and did not blink, and for that 21 straight correct MLB picks alone, he deserves an enormous amount of credit.
Eduardo's $30,000 win did not come easy though. He actually began his month going 0-2 before ripping off 29 straight victories from August 1 to August 26. But the biggest challenge came in the final 24 hours when Zach K. of Pennsylvania made a last-ditch effort with a W28 and only one day left to make a pick. The trick was Zach only needed to reach a W29 and tie Eduardo to win the $30,000 grand prize, as his entry held a higher win percentage on the month.
The stage was set with the U.S. Open starting on August 31st, but it was a meaningless MLB game (from a playoff perspective) between the Braves and Marlins that drew the attention of us here at Streak HQ to do some scoreboard watching. Zach was rolling with the Georgia side of the Florida-Georgia Line connection, but Atlanta could muster up little offense, and the fish from Florida won with a 4-0 shutout.
Although Eduardo did not win the $1 million, a $30,000 paycheck in one month for playing free is a nice little consolation prize. Congrats to Eduardo and everyone who put together some impressive streaks in August. All in all, fans needed a W20 just to crack the top-100 on the overall leaderboard, and an insane W25 to find yourself a place in the top-10.
The "Most Wins" contest was a convincing victory by Richard L. of Boulder, CO. He amassed 128 wins in August, and held a 5-game lead heading into the final day of the month. Historically, a 5-game lead heading into the final day is basically like the victory lap on the Champs-Elysees at the Tour de France for the Yellow Jersey.
Richard's final record in August was 128-85-2 (.601), while our runner-up bagged 125 and four Streakers finished in a 4-way tie for 3rd place.
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 here so be sure not to miss out if you're one of the lucky ones. Also, if you finished ahead of the StreakMaster in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win a sweet "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt. Good luck in September everyone!
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!