PicksPal Crowns First Ever College Bowl Shootout National Champion

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PicksPal player wins iPod and trophy by picking college football games and props in the free online sports picks game.

I’m going to Vegas! When it’s all said in done though, a lot has to do with luck!

The free online sports picks game PicksPal crowned Todd Rasmussen of North Ogden, Utah its first ever College Bowl Shootout National Champion last week, awarding him an iPod and trophy after out-picking every other player by over 100,000 points.

Rasmussen, 39, accumulated 293,353 points from college football picks starting from the New Orleans Bowl on December 20th and ending with The Rose Bowl on January 4th. The Picking Order (the site’s main blog) announced: “He outlasted, outwitted and outplayed – not to mention out-picked – tens of thousands of PicksPal players to walk away with the crown.”

As for how he did it, TomTom (Rasmussen’s avatar at PicksPal) explained he rarely picks the outcomes, stating: “I pick the props. For example, I will pick who will make the first TD, will they score on back to back possessions, or will the first play be a pass or run.”

Every week PicksPal gives players 1000 points to pick games and unique props from College Football, Pro Football , Pro Basketball , College Basketball , Hockey and others using real, current odds and results. Players can join leagues, take on 1-on-1 challenges, and talk trash to each other in Smackboards completely free. At the end of the week, the player with the most points wins a prize, such as a portable DVD player or an iPod if they reach 1 million points or more.

“As for which teams I pick, I have no favorites when it comes to picking,” said Rasmussen, “I really try to see who is playing who and base it on that. Sometimes I will get online to check injury reports and stats, but over analyzing usually hurts more than it helps. I believe I do better if I go with my gut.”

This was PicksPal’s first College Bowl Shootout, but special contests and tournaments are also coming up for the NFL Super Bowl and the College Basketball Tournament complete with special prizes such as big screen TV’s. When asked what he’s going to do with his newfound notoriety, TomTom appropriately responded, “I’m going to Vegas! When it’s all said in done though, a lot has to do with luck!”

About PicksPal.com

PicksPal.com is a free, national online contest to find the best sports pickers. Members compete in the weekly game, earning points by picking real events based on real odds, all for real prizes. Members play on their favorite sports, including football, basketball, hockey, baseball, golf, boxing, cycling, and motor sports. At the end of the week, the members accumulating the most points win major prizes. Based in Mountain View, California, and created by Internet sports pioneer, Tom Jessiman, PicksPal, Inc., (http://www.pickspal.com) launched in September 2005. PicksPal received its initial funding from Canaan Partners and counts Canaan general partner Maha Ibrahim and online marketing expert and current TicketsNow (http://www.ticketsnow.com) Chief Marketing Officer Kenneth Dotson as Board Members.

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