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How to Play

Welcome to ESPN’s “Streak” – a challenging MONTHLY game that puts your sports knowledge to the ultimate test. The objective of the game is to either:

  • Accumulate the longest winning streak in a month by selecting the winning team, player, or ‘side’ of the prop
  • Record the maximum possible WINS in a month regardless of your streak

So the question is, are you good enough to win a share of $450,000?

Picking winners seems simple enough, right? ESPN has taken this concept to the next level. Sure you know baseball and football – but can you make the right call on matchups drawn from dozens of different sports from around the world? You will be challenged to predict the winners of matchups from the likes of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, PGA, a slew of soccer leagues and tournaments, ATP and WTA, MMA and even non-sports related props that include The Oscars, Groundhog Day and Politics (to name a few).

Play the Game

On your “Make Pick” page you’ll find all of the matchups we’re offering as choices for that particular day. Each matchup has a lock time (which is often estimated and subject to change) in which your selection must be submitted by. YOU CAN ONLY SELECT ONE MATCHUP AT A TIME. Once the matchup has gone FINAL you will be able to select any other matchup which hasn’t started yet, meaning you can absolutely select more than one a day.

Here are examples of “straight up” matchups between two teams:

  • NCAA FOOTBALL – Oregon Ducks at UCLA Bruins
  • NFL – Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
  • SOCCER – Arsenal at AC Milan
  • NHL – Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers

Here are examples of “prop” matchups between teams, players or a combination of both:
  • NFL – Tom Brady Pass Completions vs. New York Jets 1st Downs
  • MLB – Colorado Rockies Hits vs. Clayton Kershaw Strikeouts
  • GOLF – Jordan Spieth Lower 1st Round vs. Jason Day Lower 1st Round
  • NBA/MLB – Philadelphia 76ers points scored vs. Jose Fernandez pitch count

For most matchups the side with the HIGHER score, time or total will be declared the winner, but in some cases the LOWER side will win. If you win a matchup your streak continues, if you lose it you’re back to 0 – what we call L1.

You are not required to play every day, but the more matchups you predict successfully the longer your streak will be! In the event a matchup that you selected does not take place (for any reason) your streak will NOT end, rather the matchup will be listed as “Cancelled”, “Postponed” or “OFF” and scored as a “PUSH”.

If at any point you’d like to make a new selection while the matchup you’ve selected is in progress you may elect to FORFEIT, at which point you will be given a loss and your streak will be at 0 regardless of the final outcome of that matchup. No exceptions will be made for any reason after you’ve forfeited (even if the team or player ends up winning the matchup) so think carefully before using this feature.

There is a STATUS ALERT on some matchups that explains crucial details that pertain to the prop (located on the desktop page next to the Facebook share button and on the app next to the discussion bubble icon). Examples of such alerts include:

  • Start time is estimated and subject to change.
  • Both players MUST START or this matchup will be scored as a PUSH.
  • This matchup is currently in a RAIN DELAY. Please stay tuned for updates.

Follow @ESPNStreak on Twitter to join the conversation about the matchups with the Game Administrator, known as the StreakMaster. Matchup results may be corrected at any time based upon decisions by the StreakMaster.

Play Streak to build the longest streak of correct picks from a daily list of professional and college sports matchups and win cash prizes each month!

ESPN Streak for the Cash Strategy

I have played Streak for the Cash on and off for the last few years. Here are some tips for those who are just beginning to play.

ESPN’s Streak for the Cash is a pick’em style game where the goal is to build the longest winning streak. Currently, the prize for having the longest streak of the month can net a prize of $50,000 plus bonuses of up to $550,000. This is enough incentive for just about anyone to sign up for an ESPN account and start making picks. Also, the person who makes the most correct picks during the month receives a prize of $2,500. An average winning streak for the month has been anywhere between 25 and 32 correct picks in a row.

I have played Streak for the Cash on and off for the last few years, starting back when the top prize was $1 million and the contest went for months at a time. The longest streak that I’ve had was 14 wins. After you hit double digits, each game starts to mean a lot and makes it very exciting to watch the games that you pick, even though you are still less than halfway to the overall goal. Below are some tips for people who are just starting out.

Tip #1: Just Have Fun

Crazy concept, right? How can you actually have fun when you’re trying to make money online by picking sports and winning $50,000?! That’s some serious dough, and you have to be dedicated, focused, and forget about picking games and sports that you enjoy because if you enjoy it, you have no chance (kind of like making money on HubPages!). There can be no fun, or else you will fail and not make your $50,000.

But seriously. have fun. Pick games that you’ll actually watch, even if you’re not sure of who will win the prop. Go with your heart if your home team shows up on the list and cheer even louder than normal.

Streak for the Cash is about getting involved in sports that you don’t normally watch and getting to know teams other than your favorites. During one of my longer streaks, I actually watched a soccer match that was on TV because I had picked one of the teams to win by two goals. I’m from the United States, so soccer is not something that I normally watch, but I really got into the game and enjoyed it. I’m a college basketball fan, but I generally only watch my two or three favorite teams. But with Streak, I’ll end up watching a game on ESPN U or having gamecast running in the background at work and checking a score.

Everyone wants to win the cash, but only one person out of the thousands who play this game every day will walk away with the paycheck. You can take your picks seriously, but also make sure that you’re having fun along the way.

Tip #2: Do Your Research

Every prop that shows up on Streak for the Cash has its own message board where hundreds of people chat about the prop. Keep in mind that this game is a competition and some people may be trying to lead you astray by posting false information (or they may just be wrong). In my experience, many of the regulars to these message boards are posting their legitimate picks and opinions about the games or props, so scanning through the postings before you make your pick can be helpful.

One of the main ways that I will research a pick will be to look at the game logs from each team. For example, if college basketball team A is 5-0 at home against ranked opponents, and they are playing a ranked opponent at home, that information will influence my decision on the prop. is a great resource for looking into statistics and trends, and you can also search the internet for game previews and predictions by the experts. Like with all sports betting, going with the percentages does not always work out, so go with your gut and take a few risks. To win the big prize, you will have to get lucky and make some gutsy picks to put together a winning streak.

Streak for the Cash Trends

  • In Men’s NCAA Basketball, the home team wins nearly 70% of the time.
  • In the NFL, the home team wins around 60% of the time.
  • NBA is one of the most inconsistent sports to pick on Streak for the Cash.
  • Golf, soccer, and cricket games are usually some of the easier props to pick and are usually played in the mornings or afternoon, leaving NCAA, NBA, and MLB games to be picked in the evenings.

Tip #3: Join a Group

Streak for the Cash gives you an option to create or join groups, which allows you to have mini-competitions between your friends (or random people online). My college friends and I have a group where we keep tabs on how each other is doing, which makes it fun when someone strings together a streak of five or more wins. If I know a buddy is on a streak, I’ll give him a call and see what props he/she is looking at picking next. It’s a good excuse to catch up and also gives me some insight into how others are playing the game and their strategies, which can improve my own strategy.

Streak for the Cash can be a hot topic between friends and can result in some good times around the TV or at the bar watching a game that may not have meant much without the prospect of winning $50,000.

Tip #4: Watch Sportscenter

There is not an easier way to get a wealth of sports knowledge than by incorporating an hour of Sportscenter into your daily life. Even if you don’t care about the NBA, you will hear about it. You’ll get information and background on nearly every team that will show up on Streak for the Cash (other than soccer), and the more informed you are about your picks, the better chance you have of building a streak. Listening to “Mike & Mike” in the morning or other sports talk radio will help as well.

Tip #5: Don’t Pick Every Day

Unless you are going for the $2,500 monthly prize of the most correct picks, there is no shame in picking and choosing the games that you pick. Sometimes there just isn’t a game that you feel confident about. There have been plenty of times that I’ve put together 3-4 streaks and blown it by picking an NBA prop that I wasn’t confident about or going with a soccer game where there wasn’t a clear favorite. Then I’ll lose, and get the next 4 picks right. meaning that if I hadn’t made the extra pick, I could have put together a streak that was approaching double digits.

A guide to playing and winning ESPN Streak for the Cash. ]]>