As the world of major sports is put on pause, for now, fans and bettors around the country are turning to esports.
We’ve seen a number of major entities embrace the video game competitions as FOX Sports 1 has been broadcasting eNASCAR, which delivered nearly 1.4 million viewers for this past weekend’s race, and the state of Nevada has also just recently legalized esports betting.
The NBA is next to get in line as they’ll be running a massive NBA2K contest with 16 professional players going head-to-head in the NBA2K contest – NBA2k Players Tournament.
BetMGM will be posting an NBA2k Player Tournament free-to-play bracket contest to go hand-in-hand with this event and we’ve got the details on how you can win some money and help donate to a good cause.
NBA2K Players Tournament: Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell
The NBA has announced that 16 of their star players will be competing in an NBA2K tournament in the coming days with the broadcast slated to air on ESPN. The players will go head-to-head in games in will be a bracket-style tournament where the winner takes all.
The first wave of games will start on Friday, April 3 followed by the second wave on Sunday, April 5th. From there, we’ll see the quarterfinals on April 7, which is next Tuesday, and they’ll we’ll have the semifinals and finals on April 11th. That final four will be a best-of-three series.
The players that are participating include
-Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers)
-Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
-Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
-Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)
-Hassan Whiteside (Portland Trail Blazers)
-Demarcus Cousins (free agent)
-Patrick Beverly (Los Angeles Clippers)
-Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)
-Derrick Jones Jr. (Miami Heat)
-Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
-Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards)
-Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers)
-Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers)
-DeAndre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)
-Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
-Michael Porter Jr. (Denver Nuggets)
BetMGM Posts $20 K Pool For NBA2K Contest
If you’re looking to get a taste of the action yourself, BetMGM is offering its customers a way to get involved.
They’ll be running a free-to-play bracket for all New Jersey residents (must prove you’re a resident) who are 21 years or older. You have to open/create a BetMGM Sportsbook account but you don’t have to make a deposit to participate.
How it works is you’ll fill out a bracket almost as you would for March Madness. That means you predict who’ll move on for each round and then eventually win the tournament.
There is a $20,000 prize for a perfect bracket – if anyone can nail it. If multiple people are perfect, then the prize will be split in multiple ways.
On top of that, BetMGM will be making a $20,000 donation to the New Jersey Pandemic Fund (NJPRF). That’s going to be very useful given what’s going on right now in the state with the coronavirus pandemic.
Remember that the tournament starts on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. ET, so you’ll have to get your bracket finished and submitted by then. Join today and shoot your shot at $20,000 at BetMGM!
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