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  1. Brian Stinger885Hastings (pictured) was formerly a staple of the highest stakes online poker games on the planet. He faced off against some of poker's brightest minds on the cash game felts and has $1.3 million in career live tournament scores, according to the Hendon Mob. Now, he's a regular in daily fantasy sports games on sites like FanDueland DraftKings, which take US players. PocketFives: Thank you for joining us. How does your typical week go? What are you playing? Brian Hastings: Especially since basketball started, I play about every day. Sunday and Thursday, I am entering football games. I am pretty much doing something every day. For a few weeks, I was doing 100 entries into the Millionaire Maker on DraftKings, so that took a little while. I've been ramping it down recently and only doing 20. When I was doing 100, I was making a spreadsheet to prepare and found all the players I wanted to use and tracked my exposure. I would say some weeks I spent 20 hours a week on it. PocketFives: Walk us through what it takes to create 100 lineups. Brian Hastings: I try to diversify quite a bit. The spreadsheet is to track exposure on how much of each player I have. I'll identify what QBs I want to use and make a bunch of teams around them. I'll add that up to 100 and start making all my Peyton Manning teams at once, for example, and then try to diversify among them. PocketFives: What resources do you use when setting your lineups? Brian Hastings: One simple resource is FantasyPros. They have rankings and projections of a bunch of experts on one site. I tend to believe in the wisdom of the crowd approach. I subscribe to FootballGuys too. PocketFives: How do you split your time and money between DraftKings and FanDuel? Brian Hastings: I usually try to play a decent amount on both sites. It depends on how big the games are and how much value is in them. On DraftKings, when they're running the Millionaire Maker, they've been overlaying it huge. FanDuel hasn't had a lot of overlays, but there are quite a few recreational players on that site. PocketFives: What have you been doing poker-wise? Brian Hastings: Mostly just playing live. I'm not playing as much as I used to. I still play a decent bit, though. I'm living in Florida and there's a decent amount that goes on here. The Hard Rock has big series every year. There are some cash games here. I miss poker in its previous state. It's a tougher game than it used to be, but I still enjoy it. I can still make money doing it, but it's not nearly as profitable. PocketFives: Do poker players have any sort of advantage in daily fantasy sports? Brian Hastings: Yes, poker players have some built-in advantages. The structure of the games is similar to poker. Poker players have an inherent understanding of things like EV and variance, which are crucial in DFS. Part of it is that it's natural for poker players in general because the average person might be skeptical about putting money online. It's right up your alley being able to bet money online. It's incredible how much FanDuel and DraftKings have been advertising too. You can't watch "Sunday NFL Countdown" without seeing a FanDuel or DraftKings commercial. If you don't have a FanDuel account, sign up through PocketFives by clicking hereand get a generous deposit bonus plus access to 5,000 one-day leagues each week! Plus, play in this week's Sunday Million, which has a $2 million prize pool. DraftKingshas a special Millionaire Maker running for Week 15.
  2. A member of PocketFives ever since our first year in business, Matt SamENoleSmith (pictured) has amassed $1.1 million in online tournament winnings along with almost $400,000 more at brick-and-mortar casinos. Now, he has turned his attention to daily fantasy sports (DFS) on sites like FanDueland DraftKings and, in fact, is camped out in Atlantis in the Bahamas for a big daily fantasy football tournament. Smith won the DraftKings Millionaire Maker in October, defeating a field of almost 100,000 entrants for a blistering $1 million. PocketFives: Talk about your decision to play daily fantasy sports. How did you get into it and how long did it take for you to feel like you had an edge? Matt Smith: I started in 2011 right after Black Friday. I started playing FanDuel baseball for fairly low stakes. I had a little bit of success, but nothing crazy. I didn't start getting into it too much until 2013 for a lot bigger stakes. Winning in baseball got me going. That was the only sport I felt really comfortable with. PocketFives: You play a lot of daily fantasy football, right? Matt Smith. Yeah. I've always been a football fan. There is so much more money in football. Baseball is every day, but football has the massive prize pools, so it was worth taking a shot. Football is more of a crap shoot. The fields are so huge. One or two players can make such a big difference. PocketFives: What resources do you use to determine your big-money NFL lineups each week? Matt Smith: I use RotoGrinders, RotoExperts, and Rotoworld for injury updates, but probably RotoExperts more than any of them. I like their write-ups and they have cheat sheets where the guys say who they like. I set a lot of my lineups based on those sheets. PocketFives: Talk about your trip to Atlantis (pictured) for the DraftKings King of the Beach this weekend. Matt Smith: It's similar to PCA, but there's not poker. There are 50 entrants and first place is $1 million. Last place is $7,500, so I've locked up that much. It's only the 1:00pm and 4:00pm games on Sunday, which is different from normal DFS. It should be a fun vacation. PocketFives: Do online poker players have any edge in DFS compared to the general public? Were there any skills from poker that carried over to DFS? Matt Smith: Poker players can grasp DFS a lot better than the normal person can, even if it's just bankroll management. I don't think the normal person is willing to spin $500 to $1,000 in a tournament, but poker players are used to it. Learning the stats and how to read them is similar to poker. If you have a good stats-based mind, you can probably figure out DFS. PocketFives: Just like in poker, how important is volume in DFS? What do you consider an optimal number of teams in a big tournament like the FanDuel Sunday Million or DraftKings Millionaire Maker? Matt Smith: Half of the Millionaire Maker winners only had a couple of entries, but it's an advantage to have a lot of teams. I normally have 50 or 60 teams in the Millionaire Maker and the week I won, I had 60. Multi-entry is a big discussion in fantasy just like it is in poker, but the prize pools wouldn't be as big as they are if they didn't allow it. Some people complain that the pros have an advantage having 100 teams, for example, but I've played tourneys with one or two entries and didn't feel like I was at a significant disadvantage. You're risking less to win more, but you don't have as big of a chance to win. I know some people who have had 1,000 entries in one week, but it's time-consuming to put in all of those entries. I start Saturday and it takes a few hours to get 50. I don't start looking at much of anything until Saturday night. You don't know during the week who will be available, but Saturday night you'll know and Sunday morning you look at inactives and do a few more lineups. I spend probably three or four hours on Saturday night and two more on Sunday morning. PocketFives: Do you still play poker? Matt Smith: There's a Hard Rock Casino a few minutes away, so I was paying two or three nights a week. It's a good backup. Before DFS, that was how I was getting by, playing $2/$5 and $5/$10 at the Hard Rock, but I don't enjoy live poker as much as online. I was definitely doing DFS at the poker table! If you don't have a FanDuel account, sign up through PocketFives by clicking hereand get a generous deposit bonus plus access to 5,000 one-day leagues each week! Plus, play in this week's Sunday Million, which has a $2.25 million prize pool. DraftKingshas a special Millionaire Maker running for Week 15.
  3. With a slate of eight games, Saturday night promises to offer some hefty tournament prizes over at the US-facing daily fantasy sports site DraftKings, where, as is the case every day of the season, they are offering up MLB tournaments at every buy-in level imaginable. So, it's once again time to dig in to the offerings and see if we can bite into some juicy profit centers! Sign up for DraftKings here. US players are welcome. In constructing your lineups, it greatly helps to have a plan: everyone should develop their own style, but it is helpful to keep some pretty universal truths close at hand as the backbone of your research. Some of the main truths I feel are vital are as follows: - Pay For Pitching: Pay up for the knowledge that what you are getting is the closest to a sure thing DFS baseball has to offer. You can go heavy with two star hurlers or get a little fancy at SP2 with a guy who misses bats and projects to eat innings. I will not downgrade my SP in order to get a certain bat in my lineup. - When picking your hitters in a GPP, always favor a power hitter over a line drive/high average guy. DK digs the long ball more than a lady of questionable repute does. - Stack, stack, stack: We get to the boom or bust portion of our program here: we are playing a GPP and will need multiple big numbers from our hitters. When you stack, you are maximizing your odds of this, for when teammate #1 is on base four times, the teammate next in the order is set for a big night, as is the teammate below that, and so on. Hitting isn't contagious, but production certainly is. - Put the time in to study lefty/righty splits. You will find the time researching lefty/righty splits to be extremely rewarding. Few are the players who aren't noticeably more productive against either a lefty or righty pitcher. Conversely, when you can locate a lefty strikeout arm who looks to be facing a lineup with multiple lefty hitters, you can mark him up as a man set to have a better night than the average line on the back of his baseball card. They do still make baseball cards, right? Last week, we spotted vulnerable prey in the form of Wei-Yin Chen and pounced with the Red Sox stack. Eight innings, four hits, one walk, and five strikeouts later, we learned that Chen is strongly motivated by negative press on poker strategy sites. Hopefully, this week's target is illiterate. Without further ado, on to Saturday night! Once again this week, we have eight games starting at 7pm ET or later and as of press time, we have six left-handed starters of varying quality scheduled to toss. Finding a strong righty lineup against a mediocre lefty starter is one of the better angles. You get the weak armed SP and avoid the downside of the lefty relief specialist, who everyone seems to have – and these guys do miss bats. I have no interest in loading up on the Royals lineup against David Price. Gio Gonzalez only does about one thing consistently, but that thing is keep the ball from being hit over the wall, so I will fade the Mets hitters. Of the other lefties, the one I most want to pick on is Jon Niese versus the Washington lineup. Niese brings a 2.74 ERA into this matchup, but far more telling is his FIP of 4.98. He doesn't strike guys out, he is getting taken deep despite an extreme GB/FB split of 4.64, and his fastball cannot break a pane of glass anymore. And now in steps the Nationals, with some interesting bats. Denard Span leads things off and despite being a L/L matchup, I'm not too concerned here – Span had a very respectable (for a leadoff hitter) .694 OPS versus southpaws in 2014. Even more reassuring is the reduced effectiveness Niese is showing year to year against lefties - .239 in 2013, .254 in 2014, and in a very small 2015 sample, a gaudy .313 average. Looking over the rest of the Nats lineup, Ian Desmond is a dangerous #2 hitter, lefty Bryce Harper had a nearly identical OPS vs L/R in 2014 (rare for a lefty hitter), and Ryan Zimmerman is a very solid right-handed bat. We haven't even gotten to the best part yet: Jayson Werth, he of the slow start and plummeting DFS salary, absolutely murders lefties, and Wilson Ramos' stats against them are off-the-charts better than against righties. This is the definition of a lineup poised for a breakout night. As a bonus pick, you will want to sprinkle in a couple of Reds versus the creampuff throwing Eric Stults. He is another lefty who cannot make a hitter miss and will get taken deep. Let salary cap room dictate who you might squeeze in there against this lightweight. As always, keep an eye on the weather, as you don't want a starting pitcher getting cut short due to delays, and best of luck to everyone attacking the juicy DraftKings Saturday night DFS schedule. Sign up for DraftKings here!
  4. With the usual full schedule of quality matchups, the action looks very strong on Saturday night over at DraftKings, where, as always, they are offering up MLB tourneys at every buy-in level imaginable. Let's dig in and see if we can uncover a play or two that unlocks the bundle of cash! To review the guidelines mentioned over previous columns, we suggest the following guidelines as a solid backbone to start with in GPP lineup construction. There are plenty of other factors to pay serious attention to, but be sure to keep in mind the following: - Pay For Pitching: Your starters are way more likely to show consistency from one start to the next than your hitters are from one game to the next. A durable starter will be compiling 4% to 5% of his seasonal total today, while an everyday player will be taking less than 1% of his at bats. A pitcher also is directly involved in every play when his team is in the field, furthermore hammering down variance. - When choosing between hitters in a GPP, always favor a power hitter over a line drive/high average guy due to how DK strongly favors the power hitter in their scoring. We want high ceiling players hitting that top, and the contact hitters of the world won't win you big GPP prizes. - Stack, stack, stack: Each player in a lineup greatly influences the scoring of those close to him in the lineup. Make a real effort to get at least four hitters from the same lineup in your entries – hitting might not be contagious, but baserunners lead to points. The right lineup is like bonus points in pinball; you aren't getting the high score without gambling on a possible tilt. - Pay serious attention to lefty/righty splits. Avoid stacking lineups with multiple lefties, as those lineups are easy prey to the lefty relief specialist. As the season goes on, this becomes more pronounced, as every team seems to uncover a run-of-the-mill reliever that becomes Kershaw when a fellow lefty is standing next to his catcher. Last week, we suggested attacking the vulnerable CJ Wilson in Houston; the top half of the Astros order did hit two homers, but I'd still chalk the result up as mediocre at best. Too many guys in the stack didn't take advantage and it wasn't a play that was going to bring big money. With that recent pop-out to short left in mind, let's look ahead to a better day. On to Saturday night! We have eight games starting at 7pm ET or later, so let's focus right there. Our friend CJ Wilson is back, but is home and facing a mediocre at best Rangers lineup. The Giants, in Colorado and facing De La Rosa, are a possibility, but the fact that they will be affordable and highly used due to location makes them a fade for GPP purposes. When a lineup is below average and will be disproportionally owned (they also have a bunch of lefties in their lineup, even against southpaws), you have all the excuses you need to look elsewhere; what we land on this week is the Boston Red Sox Stack. Nothing warms my heart as a Yankees fan more than touting the Sox, but there's another DFS lesson right here: emotion is a losing factor to incorporate into your team selection. You have to be as objective as possible to maximize your edge, and the lineup I want wears the enemy colors. The Red Sox storm into hitter friendly Baltimore to face even friendlier, home run prone Wei-Yin Chen. When last they met the other day in Fenway, the Red Sox put up five runs on Chen in less than five innings; I see much more of the same on Saturday, but with a few home runs this time for good measure. Chen is a flyball pitcher and his very misleading 3.07 ERA translates into a more telling 6.61 FIP. On the Boston side, leadoff hitter Mookie Betts has infinitely better numbers against lefties, and lefty David Ortiz actually had more HR/AB vs lefty tossers in 2014 than righties. Positioned in between the two, you have Pedroia who is, well. Pedroia. Sliding down the order, Napoli handles lefties and HanRam certainly is capable of huge damage any given night. Any hitter in the order that is wedged in there between any of these guys will be a great low profile value play. With Adam Wainwright being the only thing close to a stud starting pitcher going on Saturday night, there is no salary excuse to not stack hard; I'll be squeezing as many Bosox bats in my lineup as I can. As always, keep an eye on the weather, as you don't want a starting pitcher getting cut short due to delays, and best of luck to everyone attacking the juicy DraftKings Saturday night DFS schedule. Sign up for DraftKings here if you don't already have an account.
  5. There are a ton of daily fantasy baseball games on tap for Saturday on DraftKings, which takes US players and received an exemption under the UIGEA. This is our first DFS baseball column of the season, so let's begin with a few guidelines that I find helpful in looking to set your lineups. In GPP lineup construction, I like to go by the following: - Pay For Pitching: Due to the large number of plays a pitcher is involved in during a game, variance is much lower than it is for hitters. Assuming 4 AB average, a hitter you roster is dealing with less than 1% of his season-long sample in your game. The odds of Clayton Kershaw being his typical dominant self in your game is very high – they odds of Mike Trout putting one over the wall and stealing a base for you today: not so great. - Anyone will be able to take advantage of the batter's variance game to game – you will often see a quality hitter get reduced in price after an 0-fer series; that is the time to pounce. - When choosing hitters in a GPP, always favor a power hitter over a line drive/high average guy. The scoring on DK strongly favors the home run and you will need a few guys going deep in all likelihood to win your tourney. When a line drive slap hitter goes 2-4 with a run scored, it is a very good game for him, but a guy going 1-5 with a HR not only outscores him, but your power hitter doesn't only hit HRs – they hit singles and doubles too, so low ceiling on the singles hitter is not worth the play. - Stack, stack, stack. Yes, you can't roster all power guys, but you are greatly enhancing your chances to take down a large GPP if you roster 4 or 5 hitters from the same lineup. An early order hitter getting on base 3 or 4 times not only gives you some points on his spot, but each guy closely following him in the lineup gets the benefit. The numbers show that the top average scorer last season by lineup position was the #3 hitter, followed by the leadoff guy. Not surprising. You probably don't want to look beyond the #7 hitter though, because the bottom of the order are the weakest hitters, surrounded by the other weakest hitters. The #8 guy goes 3-4, but he can still easily not score a run. - Lefty/righty splits are absolutely crucial. You can dig into individual player stats over a large sample, but there is an extremely strong correlation between handedness and production; avoid lefty hitters facing lefty pitchers – the ones who break that rule are the greats for the most part and you are paying a premium for them as it is. A righty lineup stack against a lefty starter is additionally immune to the lefty relief specialist, which all lefties must deal with at the plate. A stack of lefty hitters close to each other in the lineup is ripe for a lefty reliever, so keep that in mind even if the starter is a righty. Let's look at Saturday night's primetime matchups and note a couple of things: There are only two lefties starting tomorrow night and their names are Bumgarnerand Kershaw, so it's probably a nice night to not hunt for the right-handed lineup against the lefty arm. Remember, pitching is infinitely more consistent than hitting on a per game basis. Resume the search for the righty lineup against the lefty arm on Sunday, however, as it is a great place to start. While we're on great places to start, the Colorado Rockies are playing at home. They will, over the course of a season, easily outscore any other offense in DFS. They also will be mass owned, as they usually are at home. What does this mean? Use them and your average GPP score will be higher, but it will be harder to win the tourney, as you will have to be right on every single other player you roster in order to get a big payoff. Play them in cash games all day, every day at home, but fading in tourneys is the way to go. Let the daily variance of a lineup smack a healthy percentage of your competition. If you fade them and they go off, you will not win, but if you use them and they go off, you still must beat a ton of the field who have the exact same players. You know that feeling when you are in the top 50 in an NFL tourney with 2 guys left, but every person in front of you has those 2 guys? Welcome to the Rockies lineup. Let's be alive with decent hitters that few in front of us are using. Which brings us to the lineup we are targeting on Saturday: The Orioles stack – home in a great hitter's park, facing a young starter in Aaron Sanchez who is being stretched out from his former RP role, the Orioles present a nice potential stack play. The Birds have some underrated hitters who can put them out of the park: guys like Steve Pearce, Travis Snider, and Manny Machado are productive and fairly priced enough to get a potential bomber like Chris Davis into your lineup as well. Throw in Everth Cabrera from the leadoff hole, and if you can afford it, Adam Jones in the middle and you might have the super stack that takes the big check home. If you don't already have a DraftKings account, sign up through PocketFives! If you make a deposit and play in any baseball game, we'll give you a free PocketFives baseball cap! Get started here.
  6. Two years ago, Sam Pudge714Greenwood (pictured) won $100,000 in a tournament on the daily fantasy sports site DraftKings. At the time, it was one of the largest DFS prizes ever given out. Now, you can add a World Series of Poker bracelet to his resume. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Greenwood took down Event #22 of the 2015 WSOP, a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament, for $318,000. The Canadian bested a field of 1,915 entrants and recorded his largest live poker cash. Greenwood told WSOP officials after the final cards had been dealt, "I really wouldn't call myself a poker pro. I'm not really sure what I am or what I want to do. I just hope poker gives me enough of a steady income to do something later on." He added, "When I'm playing, I'm in the zone. I'm not thinking about the bracelet… Things really worked out for me tonight. I won most of my pre-flop all-in raises, my made hands, got paid off – that's what it takes to win one of these." Online, Greenwood has been a beast. He took down a SCOOPtournament two years ago for $377,000 officially and has three scores that have passed $200,000. He has $3.5 million in career online winnings and could be found as high as #21 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings in 2013. Currently, he's #353 in the world. A screen shot of his profile is pictured at left. On the final hand, the money went in on the turn of a 2-6-6-5 board, with Greenwood holding J-6 against Cole Jackson's A-10. The 26-year-old's opponent was drawing dead and Greenwood earned his first bracelet. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Sam Pudge714Greenwood - $318,977 2. Cole Jackson - $197,254 3. Ken Weinstein - $136,380 4. James Dorrance - $98,360 5. John Myung - $71,904 6. Sean Rice - $53,256 7. Aaron Belardo - $39,967 8. Robert Hsu - $30,385 9. Jay Dragland - $23,387 Back in 2013, Greenwood told us that poker helped set him up for success in fantasy sports: "I think poker does a really good job of training you how to think strategically in all sorts of games. Fantasy doesn't require the quick decision-making that poker does, but 95% of fantasy is not making huge mistakes and not getting too worried when players are on hot or cold streaks." If you want to give DFS a try, sign up for FanDuelor sign up for DraftKings. Both take US players. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. On Saturday night, DraftKingsis the place to be. There are tournaments of all sizes and buy-ins for those ready to tackle the six-game MLB slate. As of press time, both starters in the San Francisco at Colorado game are undecided, so you'll need to be ready to call an audible once the arms are announced if you're targeting that game. With that, let's dig in to the offerings and see if we can spot a gem or two that brings you the big check. Sign up for DraftKings here. As always, keeping in mind a few basic guidelines proves helpful in constructing lineups which will give you the optimal chances of a large cash. You will develop your own methods over time, but some are pretty tried and true. These include: - Pay For Pitching: You know what you're getting on a nightly basis from starters, and with that knowledge comes a hefty price tag on the top performers. You will want to lock up solid pitching and gamble a little more on the high-variance nature of daily hitters – lock up the arm(s) and hit the lineup research. - When picking your hitters in a GPP, always favor a power hitter over a line drive/high average guy: DK rewards power, and will reward you for finding it. - Stack, stack, stack: aka, go big or go home: for GPPs, we will need multiple big numbers from our hitters. When you stack, you are maximizing your odds of this, for the most productive hitters are those with teammates on base for them. When a lineup gets shut down (despite our impeccable research), you will sink with that group. You cannot win a GPP in general without a stack and that's what we are playing this game to accomplish. - Put the time into study lefty/righty splits. It will take the most time in your daily research, but it will be well worth it. Dig deep and find the value which is there. Last week, we recommended rolling with the great Matt Garza in Citi Field against the Mets. The pink slip in my P5s locker will attest to the success of that move (3.1 IP, 10 ER, 10H). Do or die here. No pressure, right? I think the Mets just scored again. Without further ado, on to Saturday night! We have six games on the Saturday night slate and as mentioned above, the SF @ Col tilt does not have a confirmed starter. You can be sure that the hitters in that game will be over-repped in GPP lineups; try to fade them and jump over a ton of the competition should that game under-produce. In terms of your two SP, in a six-game schedule, you will need to nail them both. Arieta @ Arizona looks like a solid play that will be covered by all, but as we know, starters are very reliable at seeking their level – we are landing right there for SP1. Which brings us to a 5 star fade: 5 STAR FADE: MIKE WRIGHT, SP, BALTIMORE: Wright hits every branch on the bet against tree; an unproven commodity coming off a strong lifetime debut against an ice cold at the time Angels lineup, and now makes his first ever road start in Miami. The fact that it's the Marlins lets us know he will be massively owned here, making him the easiest of fades. Of the options available at SP2, I'd much prefer John Lackey at Kansas City or Ian Kennedy at the Dodgers. 4 STAR FADE: STEVEN WRIGHT, SP, BOSTON: Two Wrights make a wrong on Saturday night. Sorry about that one, but when you're named after a mediocre comedian, mediocre jokes you will get. His opponent, the Angels, will be seeing their second knuckler in three days, coming off a Thursday night game against RA Dickey. This is very bad news for a knuckleball pitcher, but very good news for: 5 STAR PLAY OF THE NIGHT: LOS ANGELES ANGELS STACK: It is rare for a lineup to get a look at two knuckleball pitchers in a three-day stretch, and timing (which is the knuckler's main weapon) won't be an issue in facing Steven Wright. Take a long look at the box score of Thursday's LAA/TOR game, as it can be telling. Any Angel who hits Dickey hard is sure to be in the Saturday starting lineup, and even guys with 0-fers who are back in on Saturday will be well adjusted to the knuckler. Stack liberally and keep in mind even traditional non-power guys can and will put them over the green monster against a well-timed knuckleball. 3.5 STAR PLAY OF THE NIGHT: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS STACK: Facing the only confirmed lefty starter in KC's Danny Duffy, the Cardinals most recent outing against a lefty starter was an 8 ER, 11 Hits in 5 IP bashing of junk-baller Jon Niese. Duffy throws heat, but has major control issues, so there should be guys on base for the patient Cards lineup. Matt Carpenter is a rare lefty with even splits, Holliday and Peralta eat up lefties and a very affordable Mark Reynolds could give you huge points. If looking five-deep, Randal Grichuk is hitting everything hard right now, and if you want one more, Kolten Wong is another rare lefty that handles same sided arms. Two Wrights make a Wo….eh, forget it. As always, keep an eye on the weather, as you don't want a starting pitcher getting cut short due to delays, and best of luck to everyone attacking the juicy DraftKings Saturday night DFS schedule. Sign up for DraftKings here.
  8. Once again, the action will be intense on Saturday night over at DraftKings, where, as always, they are offering up MLB tourneys at every buy-in level imaginable. With a massive 11-game slate on Saturday night, we will make a slight departure and give multiple pitchers to target against and multiple lineups to consider. Sign up for DraftKings here if you don't already have an account. For quick review, some of the guidelines we'd like to keep in mind when selecting a GPP squad are as follows: - Pay for Pitching: Your starters are way more likely to perform to their typical level in a one-game sample than your hitters are. You can get a little cute at times on the mound with your SP#2, particularly in targeting a discount guy who can get strikeouts, but don't get too crazy. I like a SP#2 this week who has been a bit under the radar this year, but is primed for a top effort Saturday night – more on that below. - When choosing between hitters in a GPP, due to how strongly DK favors the power numbers in their tourney scoring, always favor a power hitter over a line drive/high average guy. A good high average hitter has a much lower ceiling in a daily format, and you need to reach some top floors to cash big. - Stack, stack, stack: Each player in a lineup feeds off the production, or lack thereof, of those surrounding him in the lineup. Hitting isn't contagious, but opportunity is. In a GPP, you will have to have a number of hitters go off, and a couple will need to go off in a huge way, so the best way to do this is by rostering four or five guys from the same lineup. As a rule, DK requires players from 3 separate teams on your hitting lineup, so go stack/pair/single to maximize upside. - Pay serious attention to the lefty/righty splits; this is crucial. Avoid stacking from lineups with multiple lefties if possible, as those teams are easy prey for the lefty relief specialist. You will either lose your guy to a pinch hitter or be at a huge disadvantage in the lefty/lefty matchup. Find lineups facing a low strikeout pitcher, and preferably one who has a weak ratio of GB/FB. Last week, we got back on the positive side of lineup variance in a huge way. We told you that the horrible Travis Wood was going to get gored by the Brew Crew; Wood and friends were torched to the tune of 3 HR, 12 Runs, and 11 Hits. Please make my commission out to KellyKip DFS LLC. Now let's get to Saturday Night! Recommended SP#2: Matt Garza, Milwaukee at NYM. With King Felix dealing at home versus Boston, we only need to find Batman's Robin. Garza has hit the wrong side of 30, and isn't what he was at his peak. He's consistently tightened up his game since mid-April and is coming off a beast of an effort against the free-swinging Cubs: 7IP, 3 hits, 9 strikeouts. His fastball is still topping 92, his GB/FB ratio is still solidly on the ground, and injuries have finally taken their toll on the Mets, who now sport what is basically a 4-man lineup. Contrarian SP#2 Play: If you're desperate for salary relief at SP#2, you can take the big gamble on DeLaRosa at Dodgers. Away from Coors, everyone's mound stats perk up and DLR is topping 95 with the heat of the moment. Stack/Attack#1: Reds at home vs Vogelsong. Rag-armed junk is what this relic offers, in addition to 2.2 HR/9 this year, and a 6.02 FIP. The launching pad in Cincy should be just that in this tilt. With multiple lineups having juicy matchups, salary cap considerations should determine how your puzzle pieces fit, but consider each hitter in the top 6 of the Reds order – Hamilton, Cozart, Votto, Frazier, the red hot Byrd, and Bruce – are all strongly in play. Jay Bruce's price should be depressed enough to be considered a good value at this point. Stack/Attack#2: Astros at home vs Estrada. A heavily fly ball pitcher who isn't breaking 89 mph and is giving up close to 2 HR/9 this season, he should be in for a rude awakening here. Players looking at a good situation for the Stros include Marisnick, Altuve, Valbuena, Springer, Rasmus, Gattis, and Carter. Stack/Attack#3: Blue Jays at Houston vs Feldman. Go ahead and set your MLB.TV preset right now to this game. Feldman is a high GB junkballer, yet he's given up 6 HR in 43 IP in 2015. Whatever gets in the air gets in the bleachers. Jays in the spotlight here include Travis, Donaldson, Bautista, EE, and Pillar. Stack/Attack#4: A's at home vs Danks. A weak LHP against the organization that best exploits L/R matchups merits close inspection. Danks' 2015 GB/FB ratio is 0.72 and Oakland puts it in the air more than any team in MLB. Don't sleep on Crisp, Semien, Butler, Lawrie, or Canha. The obvious guy missing is Reddick, but his L/R splits show him to be a lefty that struggled to produce against southpaws. I'll fade him and cross my fingers. Best of luck to all those playing the DraftKings tourneys this weekend. Sign up for DraftKings here if you don't already have an account.
  9. As always, the action will be hot and heavy on Saturday night over at DraftKings, where they are offering up MLB tourneys at every buy-in level imaginable. Let's see if we can spot a lineup that might help you stand out from the crowd and help you grab a handful of that cash! Sign up for DraftKings here. In our DFS baseball column of the season last week, we mentioned the following guidelines that are proven to be solid avenues to explore in GPP lineup construction. There are many other factors to pay serious attention to, which will be addressed as the season goes on, but the following is a great place to start: - Pay for Pitching: Your starters are way more likely to perform to their typical level in a one game sample than your hitters are. You can get a little cute at times on the mound, particularly in targeting a lesser acclaimed guy who can get strikeouts, but don't get crazy. - When choosing between hitters in a GPP, due to how strongly DK favors the power numbers in their tourney scoring, always favor a power hitter over a line drive/high average guy. A good high average hitter has a much lower ceiling in a daily format and you need to reach some top floors to cash big. - Stack, stack, stack: Each player in a lineup feeds off the production, or lack thereof, of those surrounding him in the lineup. In a GPP, you will have to have a number of hitters go off, so the best way to do this is by rostering four or five guys from the same lineup. - Pay serious attention to the lefty/righty splits; this is crucial. Avoid stacking from lineups with multiple lefties if possible, as those teams are easy prey for the lefty relief specialist. You will either lose your guy to a pinch hitter or be at a huge disadvantage in the lefty/lefty matchup. Last week, we recommended the Baltimore Orioles stack in a great matchup at home against former reliever Aaron Sanchez. If you went with the Birds and had the right guys (see, there's always another catch), you were sitting pretty after their 7-1 blowout win, which featured three O's going deep. This Saturday, we have seven games on the nighttime schedule. I think the game to target is the Angels at Houston. In this tilt, we have a battle between two lefties: LA's CJ Wilson and Houston's Dallas Keuchel. The lineup I want here is the Astros; CJ has made a solid career out of keeping the ball in the yard, but age is rapidly catching up to him. In the stock market of major league baseball, CJ Wilson is Enron. He was very lucky to avoid the long ball in his first two starts, pitching poorly in both, but I am banking on that luck running out. To make the matchup even sweeter, Houston features some right-handed hitters who will often take a bad pitch over the wall. George Springer, Chris Carter, Evan Gattis, and Jed Lowrie are all looking at a very juicy matchup. Gattis' poor start this season helps to keep his price down, which is what we want to see. Jose Altuve, as yet another righty, is as elite a table-setter as the game has, and I will try to get as many of these guys in my lineups as possible. On the mound, the popular choice will be Felix Hernandez taking on Texas at home. I won't fight city hall on this one, and he will be in my lineups. Jake Odorizzi facing the Yankees at home and Jacob deGrom taking on Miami in Flushing both make for enticing plays with your SP2; I lean deGrom here. Odorizzi has put up nice numbers in his first two starts, but with an opponent's BABIP of .113, a variance correction at some point is inevitable. Best of luck to all those playing the DraftKings tourneys this weekend. If you don't already have a DraftKings account, sign up through PocketFives! If you make a deposit and play in any baseball game, we'll give you a free PocketFives baseball cap! Get started here.
  10. Once again, the action will be hot and heavy on Saturday night over at DraftKings, where they are offering up MLB tourneys at every buy-in level imaginable. One of the features is the 2015 MLB All Star Game VIP Experience tourney, where a mere $3 entry gets the winner an All Star Game trip including travel for two, game tickets, Home Run Derby tickets, and more. Let's see if we can spot a lineup that might help you stand out from the crowd and help you grab head to the airport for the trip to beautiful… well, to Cincinnati. Sign up for DraftKings here. The site accepts US players. As a point of review, some of the guidelines we'd like to keep in mind when selecting a GPP squad are as follows: - Pay for Pitching: Your starters are way more likely to perform to their typical level in a one game sample than your hitters are. You can get a little cute at times on the mound with your SP#2, particularly in targeting a discount guy who can get strikeouts, but don't get too crazy. In a one game sample, variance is infinitely lower on the bump than at the dish. - When choosing between hitters in a GPP, due to how strongly DK favors the power numbers in their tourney scoring, always favor a power hitter over a line drive/high average guy. A good high average hitter has a much lower ceiling in a daily format and you need to reach some top floors to cash big. - Stack, stack, stack: Each player in a lineup feeds off the production, or lack thereof, of those surrounding him in the lineup. Hitting isn't contagious, but opportunity is. In a GPP, you will have to have a number of hitters go off, and a couple will need to go off in a huge way, so the best way to do this is by rostering four or five guys from the same lineup. - Pay serious attention to the lefty/righty splits; this is crucial. Avoid stacking from lineups with multiple lefties if possible, as those teams are easy prey for the lefty relief specialist. You will either lose your guy to a pinch hitter or be at a huge disadvantage in the lefty/lefty matchup. Find lineups facing a low strikeout pitcher, preferably one who has a weak ratio of GB/FB. Last week, we picked on Jon Niese facing the Nats and for the second straight week, our target took it personally. A 1-0 Washington win isn't what we were counting on when touting the big night the Nats lineup was in for. Well, since I never hit the Pick 3, we're safe on the following prognostication. Enough small talk, on to Saturday night! This Saturday, we have a huge nine-game night slate. Looking over the matchups, it is obvious that the Dodgers will be targeted heavily; in facing a weak LHP in the Colorado launching pad, both Kershaw and the batting order will be pounded. As an overused group, the Dodgers lineup is an easy GPP fade. Kershaw is the tougher question. On one hand, he can shut down anyone anywhere. On the other, he will be highly owned, and despite being an auto-plugin 99% of the time, a start in Colorado merits closer analysis. His career numbers in Coors? 15 starts, a 4.58 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and .257 OBA. At the top salary and highest percentage owned, he is the easiest of GPP fades here. With guys like Cueto, Bumgarner, and Ross starting on the slate, the options are strong. So, who do we want to roster on Saturday night? It's the Brewers stack. The lineup is finally showing signs of life and in comes junkballer Travis Wood and the Cubs. Not only does ole Trav have a fastball that's slower than Chapman's curve, he also has a 0.93 GB/FB ratio and is allowing a fat 1.3 HR/9 innings. Use the extra dollars that others are wasting on Kershaw and stack your strong Brewcrewers. The recently returned Carlos Gomez will be at the top of the order and Braun and the low salary Khris Davis are both more than capable of the massive night. Jean Segura as the table setter and run scoring beneficiary should be squeezed in. The surprise package could be Jason Rogers, who has been working himself into a platoon at first base with Lind. If he gets the starting nod here, he's a must use at a very cheap price. If you're looking to round out your roster as remaining cap space allows, keep an eye on the Reds facing Rodon and the White Sox. Rodon is highly touted but very green, and the Todd Fraziers of the world tend to feast on fresh meat. The bottom line is if the Dodgers have an off night and Kershaw pitches to his career numbers at Coors, we are starting with a leg up against our tourney competition. While packing your luggage for Cincy, think about naming your first All Star hotdog after me. Best of luck to all those playing the DraftKings tourneys this weekend. Sign up for DraftKings here.
  11. Event #55 of the 2015 World Series of Poker began on Saturday. The $1,500 buy-in DraftKings 50-50 tournament featured a unique structure where half of the field will finish in the money. However, half of the runners who cash won't make their buy-in back. There were 1,123 entrants. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- As coverage on WSOP.com detailed, "This format provides for half the entrants to get some form of payout, although it will be at a slight loss, as the 25th-50th percentile of players will receive $1,000. Those that finish in the 10th-25th percentile will break even with a $1,500 payout and all subsequent payouts after that will follow the standard WSOP payout structure with the remaining prize pool funds." Here are the payouts: 1st - $200,618 2nd - $123,907 3rd - $77,516 4th - $56,245 5th - $41,540 6th - $31,079 7th - $23,650 8th - $18,268 9th - $14,266 10th-12th - $11,295 13th-15th - $9,096 16th-18th - $7,354 19th-27th - $6,049 28th-36th - $5,048 37th-45th - $4,275 46th-54th - $3,654 55th-63rd - $3,153 64th-72nd - $2,774 73rd-81st - $2,456 82nd-90th - $2,213 91st-99th - $2,032 100th-117th - $1,880 118th-281st - $1,500 282nd-562nd - $1,000 Despite the payout format, a bevy of brand name pros came out for the tournament, which is sponsored by the popular daily fantasy sports site. Allen Kessler was among those participating, as was DraftKings Director of Customer Experience Jonathan FatalError Aguiar (pictured). The latter was sporting a blue collared shirt with a DraftKings patch. Greg Raymer, Barry barryg1Greenstein, and Eric basebaldyBaldwin were also in attendance. At 12:20 ET, WSOP.com reported "a long line in the Rio hallways as players clamored to get a seat into the tournament." DraftKings co-founder Matt Kalish gave the ceremonial "Shuffle up and deal" command. The payouts could prove to be an "interesting dynamic," according to one poster on Twitter: "It definitely will make for an interesting dynamic. There will be pros who care less and amateurs who think 'it's a WSOP cash.'" Day 1 of the tournament on Saturday has 11 one-hour levels with four 20-minute breaks and a dinner break. Everyone started with 7,500 in chips. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  12. With eight games on the Saturday night docket, the action will be intense over at DraftKings, where, as always, there is an MLB tournament for your desired buy-in level no matter how high or low you want to play or how many opponents you wish to take on. Sign up for DraftKings here. US players are welcome! For quick review, some of the guidelines we'd like to keep in mind when selecting a GPP squad are as follows: - Pay for Pitching: Your starters are way more likely to perform to their typical level in a one game sample than your hitters are. You can get a little cute at times on the mound with your SP2, particularly in targeting a discount guy who can get strikeouts, but don't get too crazy. True to form, we will be touting a solid SP1 and a flamethrower with a high strikeout upside this week. - When choosing between hitters in a GPP, due to how strongly DK favors the power numbers in their tourney scoring, always favor a power hitter over a line drive/high average guy. A good high average hitter has a much lower ceiling in a daily format and you need to reach some top floors to cash big. - Stack, stack, stack: Each player in a lineup feeds off the production, or lack thereof, of those surrounding him in the lineup. Hitting isn't contagious, but opportunity is. In a GPP, you will have to have a number of hitters go off, so the best way to do this is by rostering four or five guys from the same lineup. As a rule, DK requires players from three separate teams on your hitting lineup, so go stack/pair/single to maximize upside. - Pay serious attention to the lefty/righty splits; this is crucial. Avoid stacking lineups with multiple lefties if possible, as those teams are easy prey for the lefty relief specialist. You will either lose your guy to a pinch hitter or be at a huge disadvantage in the lefty/lefty matchup. Find lineups facing a low strikeout pitcher, preferably one who has a weak ratio of GB/FB. This aspect takes the longest to research, but yields the highest value rewards. Last week, we touted a couple of starting pitcher fades and a couple of lineups we liked with mixed results. Unfortunately, that was a vast improvement on the previous week's duds, so we are trending up. My executive bathroom key card still works today, so I'm riding positive momentum this weekend. Now let's get to Saturday Night! This Saturday, we have an interesting eight-game night slate. Here's who we're targeting: Recommended SP#1:Michael Wacha, home vs Dodgers. He is clearly the best SP going on the card and has a great matchup against Frias, which should lead to a win. The Dodgers are the top scoring team at home this season and are the second lowest scoring team in the majors on the road. Nadia Comaneci couldn't split that wide. Recommended SP#2: Yordano Ventura at Chicago Cubs. This is the perfect storm setup we want when rolling out our SP2: a guy with a 98 mph fastball facing a lineup prone to the strikeout. The Cubs youngsters are studs, but they swing and miss more the average PocketFives executive at Singles Night. Stack/Attack#1: Seattle at home vs Cleveland. Grunge may have been an 18-month fad, but get out your plaid shirt because it's back for one more night. The Indians are rolling out Shaun Marcum – he of the 84 mph fastball, the 0.94 GB/FB ratio, and the FIP of 6.76. Does it get any better? Why yes, he also has a beyond unsustainable .197 BABIP. You'll reach Nirvana when you jam as many of the 1-6 hitters on Seattle into your lineup, as Shaun Marcum is no Pearl. Stack/Attack#2: Texasat home vs Boston. Fill in your remaining lineup pieces with Rangers hitters lucky enough to have Wade Miley to dig into. He is awful, not Shaun Marcum-awful perhaps, but the next worst thing. The Rangers bats outside of Fielder will all be cheap enough to get a lot for a little. I was going for something that rhymed with Book Depository here, but the only option is not family safe, and I can't afford to lose another sponsor at this point. Keep an eye on the weather to avoid losing a starter to disruptions, and as always, best of luck to all those playing the DraftKings tourneys this weekend. Sign up for DraftKings here. US players are welcome!
  13. Hello all, welcome back for part two of this week's DFS college football preview, the 9/5/15 slate. First, let's take a quick look back at last night's games. Sloppy football seemed to be the overall theme for opening night. A lot of turnovers led to a lot of unders hitting, bringing point totals down for most of players out there. Is that attributed to playing on Thursday night? I wouldn't think that would be the case since it is opening week. Perhaps it's the continuing theme of less hitting in camp and the end of two a days? It's something to keep an eye on in the early weeks of the season. There are 19 games scheduled for the DraftKings 9-5-15 early slate and many of these games will not have lines in Vegas. This is due to the FBS teams playing FCS teams, basically an easy win on the schedule that allows a team to gain some confidence. Sometimes that can backfire, noted in 2013 when Kansas State lost to North Dakota State to open the season. However, a normal FBS vs FCS game will usually result in a lopsided win for the FBS team. In the games where the Vegas lines makers have set, they're expecting Tennessee to put up some points against MAC foe Bowling Green. A lot of talking heads are picking Tennessee as the SEC East dark horse, but I'm not completely sold on them just yet. With that said, Joshua Dobbs ($9,600) is returning at QB after shedding a redshirt midway through last season to average 29.3 FPPs a game. Joining Dobbs in the backfield is RB Jalen Hurd ($6,900), who is a receiving threat as well as the leading returning rusher for the Vols. Bowling Green playing from behind gives us a few attractive players in QB Matt Johnson ($6,500), who is returning from an injury that cost him most of 2014. His go to guy will likely be WR Roger Lewis ($5,700) who led the Falcons in all receiving categories last year. Florida Atlantic @ Tulsa has the closest spread at 6.5 with the second highest o/u at 67.5. Tulsa ran a very balanced offense in 2014, almost exactly 50/50 run/pass plays per game. The Golden Hurricanes also return all of their leading playmakers from a year ago with Keevan Lucas WR ($7,800) being the most lethal. Even though we expect Tulsa to lead a majority of this game, the running doesn't appear to be the play here, with Zack Langer ($4,500) and James Flanders ($3,500) splitting reps at 2/1 and only averaging 4.1 and 4.5 yards per carry. Florida Atlantic has an exciting player at QB in Jaquez Johnson ($6,200), who is a dual threat, evidenced by his 513 rushing yards and 7 TDs (lead team) last year. Who replaces WR Lucky Whitehead as his go to guy is the question. Jenson Stoshak ($4,400) looks to be the favorite, but there are others who could emerge which could be some decent cheap GPP gambles. The most intriguing game to me is Louisville @ Auburn. With Bobby Petrino and Gus Malzahn running the offenses, how is the over/under only set at 57? I get Auburn has to replace starting QB Nick Marshall, but Jeremy Johnson ($7,000) looked amazing last year when filling in for a suspended Marshall. With Johnson at QB, I think Malzhan may shift from a run-dominated spread offense to a more balanced approach. D'Haquille Williams ($5,800) seems like the logical choice to be the go to guy, but it should be noted he has had discipline issues in the past. The big question is if Auburn sticks to a run dominated offense, who gets a majority of the carries, the Tre Mason, Cameron Artis-Payne carries? It sounds like they named Roc Thomas ($4,300) the starter for the opener, but will he get the huge chunk of carries his predecessors received? Or is it possible they go with more of a running back by committee until one breaks away from the rest? According to Louisville's Rivals site, Petrino has yet to make a decision on a starting QB, though most seem to think he will go with Reggie Bonnafon ($5,400). Bonnafon played average at best, but was a factor around of the goal line last year, (5 rushing TDs) while splitting time with Will Gardner and Kyle Bolin. Brandon Radcliff ($5,300) returns as the leading rusher who looks to receive a bulk of the carries without Michael Dyer and Dominique Brown to share the load with. The guy I like the most is WR James Quick ($4,400), who is poised for a breakout junior year as he takes over WR1 from DeVante Parker, who is now in the NFL. Auburn will likely have a good game plan on defense with Will Muschamp returning as defensive coordinator. Other Plays and Fades Georgia RB Nick Chubb ($10,200), the most expensive RB this week, will look to kick off his Heisman campaign the way he finished last year. The game could be a blowout, which could cause some concern, but I think Chubb could run for 200 and 3 TDs in the first half. Arkansas RB Alex Collins ($9,800): With Jonathan Williams out with a serious injury, Arkansas' run heavy offense will pound it out with Collins. Arkansas returns a veteran line and should pound UTEP into submission early and often with little reason to throw. Mizzou RB Russell Hansbrough ($7,200): The senior will be the go-to guy in Mizzou's offense early, as QB Maty Mauk (one of my major fades) continued to have consistency issues throughout fall camp, below 60% completion percentage. Mizzou should be up early and they want to get Hansbrough more reps this year. UCLA WR Jordan Payton ($4,700): With Frosh QB Josh Rosen winning the starting job, I see Jordan Payton as a steal at this price. The leading returning receiver is a senior leader and should be who Rosen looks to a lot early on. Washington State QB Luke Falk ($9,600): Named the starter in a very pass-happy offense where Mike Leach is not afraid to run up the score. Last year Washington State threw for over 5,700 yards. Trying to find his go-to receiver will be difficult because they spread it everywhere. It's kind of fun to look at their receiving stats if you get a chance, as six guys caught over 40 balls each. There are a few decent games on opening Saturday, but a lot of cupcake games for the FBS schools. The key is to find the coach's that hold back and the ones who leave the starters in to pad video game like stats. Good luck, good luck everybody on Game Day. Sign up for DraftKings here!
  14. According to Online Poker Report (OPR) and a Tweet from ESPN writer David Purdum, Nevada Gaming Control Board officials have begun examining the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS), which US players can play on sites like FanDueland DraftKings for real money. The Tweet from Purdum read, "Nevada Gaming Control chairman AG Burnett has begun legal analysis of daily fantasy sports and welcomes communication from DFS operators." Purdum followed up a question of whether Nevada could eventually outlaw DFS by responding, "Maybe end it in the state, but not nationwide. Still so much gray area." OPR wrote in a thread on Two Plus Two, "Not really a surprise given recent comments from casino execs and Nevada Gaming. It's hard to say what side Nevada is going to come down on, but thetone and tenor suggests a negative outcome for DFS is more likely than not." OPR added, "There's also the chance that Nevada regulators could split the baby and produce an analysis that requires regulation while stopping short of declaring DFS to be gambling. The big question is how other states will respond. I suspect that other states with regulated commercial casinos will come under pressure to address the issue quickly once Nevada does." Fantasy sports received a carve-out from the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. However, the question has lingered of whether DFS and season-long leagues are one in the same from a legal standpoint. Over the weekend, it was revealed that DraftKings raised another $300 million, with the investment contingent led by Fox Sports. According to the New York Times, Fox Sports will get 11% equity in DraftKings. Other companies involved in the $300 million effort include the Kraft Group, NHL, MLS, and Madison Square Garden. ESPN has an exclusive advertising agreement with DraftKings. Forbes said of the legality of DFS, "If there was any concern that such operations were involved in betting or wagering, then it would be hard to fathom that the leagues would be partnering with daily fantasy operations, let alone putting money into their coffers." FanDuel and DraftKings do not accept players from a small handful of states like Arizona and Iowa. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  15. Last week, officials in Nevada decreed that daily fantasy sports, or DFS, constituted gambling. DFS operators, therefore, were required to obtain licenses from the Nevada Gaming Control Board in order to operate, just like land-based casinos and sports books. You might recall that Max Steinbergwon his seat to the World Series of Poker Main Event, and consequently a November Nine birth, after winning a $27 satellite on the DFS site DraftKings. This week, players in PocketFives' New Jersey poker community noticed that WSOP satellites were absent from the DraftKings lobby. PocketFives reached out to WSOP officials, one of whom responded, "In light of last week's news in Nevada, DraftKings asked us to cease any sponsorship activities around the remaining few WSOP events of the year, and we complied." The WSOP Main Event has been airing on ESPN weekly with a DraftKings sponsorship. The next new episode is Sunday, so we'll have to see if DraftKings' commercials and sponsorship mentions still appear, but it looks like they won't. DraftKings is also no longer part of the WSOP stream on Twitch, as the sponsorship was occupied by PlayWSOP.com in its most recent airing. In light of the comments made to PocketFives, it appears unlikely that DraftKings' logos will appear on the table for the conclusion of the WSOP Main Event next month. DraftKings and fellow market leader FanDuelboth pulled out of the Nevada market last week. A grand jury investigation is reportedly ongoing in Florida, while lawmakers on Capitol Hill have called for a hearing to discuss DFS, which out-spent every other industry in ad dollars in the month leading up to the start of the NFL season. The DFS site owned by the same parent company as PokerStars, called StarsDraft, withdrew from all but four states this week. DraftKings continues to run qualifiers for the World Poker Tour's event in Montreal next month. It's a $5,000 package that includes the tournament's buy-in, a hotel stay, and $1,200 for airfare and transfers. WPT is based in California. On Wednesday, the NCAA barred FanDuel and DraftKings from advertising during championship events, including television coverage, according to ESPN. The NCAA also canceled a meeting with DFS representatives because "such a meeting is inappropriate at this time in light of the fact that your enterprises appear to be under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Congress and several states and their attorneys general appear to be looking into your business platform, offering, and policies for their compliance with the law." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  16. If you're a sports fan, you're likely familiar with daily fantasy sports(DFS) sites like DraftKingsand FanDuel, which have run plenty of ads for their contests. But all of that media attention has led some lawmakers to call for hearings to debate the legal status of the industry. Now, an incident involving employee access to inside information has turned into a hubbub the likes of which DFS operators have not yet seen and has added urgency to the calls for the industry to be formally regulated. The problem began when Ethan Haskell, a mid-level content writer for DraftKings, published a list of football players along with the percent of users who had decided to draft them in their lineups. After games in a slate have concluded, the site regularly posts a breakdown of the contests and includes these percentages. The issue, however, was that Haskell posted them before the games had begun, leading some to believe that DraftKings employees might be able to access inside information for use at other DFS sites. His employer's policy was that employees were not allowed to play at DraftKings, but could play on a competitor's site if they pleased. As it turns out, Haskell won $350,000 in a contest on rival site FanDuel that same week. Haskell has maintained he did not have access to player percentages before lineups were locked in, so there was no way he could use such information on other sites. The story then spiraled out of control and was reported by the New York Times, Forbes, and many other mainstream publications. Nevada Senator Harry Reid (pictured) was among the lawmakers to call for the industry to be investigated. "They even advertise on TV about the multi-million dollar wins that people can get and have had," said the former Senate Majority Leader on NorthJersey.com. "And we learned yesterday in a nice piece written in the New York Times and other places that [there] is absolute scandalous conduct taking place at those programs, fantasy sports. Some of the owners of those programs know what's going on in their competitors' [contests] and so they can make a lot of money, and that's what they've done." Reid, a former Nevada gaming commissioner, used to be a big proponent of bringing online poker to the Silver State. But with iPoker sites now up and running, Reid has seemingly changed his position on the issue. The Senator is now a supporter of Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) Restoration of America's Wire Act, which aims to ban all online gambling in the US, including in the three states where it's already regulated. "I think the proliferation of gambling on the internet is not good for our country," he said in an interview last year."I think it is an invitation to crime. I think it is hard to control for crime when you've got brick-and-mortar places, let alone something up in the sky someplace, and it is very bad for children." He reiterated that stance in response to the daily fantasy controversy. "So the answer is yes [to Congressional scrutiny]and I think it also should be a warning shot to everybody that online gaming is a real scary thing and we'd better look at all of it." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  17. According to Legal Sports Report, run by the same guys as Online Poker Report, Jason JCarverSomerville (pictured) has signed a "partnership deal" with DraftKings. He'll continue to be affiliated with the world's largest online poker room, PokerStars, as well. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Legal Sports Report outlined the deal, which will see Somerville promote all of the brands he's associated with seemingly in harmony: "The deal will see Somerville promote DraftKings across Run It Up (RIU), the overarching brand for Somerville's universe of programming, live events, and community of fans, including Somerville's vertical-leading Twitch channel." The site added, "DraftKings will be hosting several online satellite events for American and Canadian players to a RIU live poker event scheduled for this October at the Peppermill Casino in Reno. PokerStars will be hosting similar satellites for the international market." Earlier this month, PocketFives reported that Somerville had inked a two-year agreement with the online streaming site Twitch, where he has nearly singlehandedly pioneered the growth of online poker on the platform. RIU streams returned to Twitch on August 16, just over a week after Somerville's announcement, and he has repeatedly streamed in the days since. Legal Sports Report explained that Somerville is a relative newcomer to daily fantasy sports, which can also be played on sites like FanDueland Victiv: "Somerville noted that he didn't even have a DraftKings account until a few months ago. Many of his viewers are likely in a similar position." Interestingly, the parent company of PokerStars, Amaya Gaming, recently acquired Victiv and will re-brand the site StarsDraft. As we said, Somerville is affiliated with PokerStars, but will be representing DraftKings, a StarsDraft competitor, instead. In March, Somerville kicked off a 70-day Twitch campaign for PokerStars, streaming day after day to his legion of fans. He was one of the first people to stream online poker on Twitch and has helped grow poker and Twitch alike with his charisma and accessibility. He apparently expects 500 fans to show up at Peppermill in two months, a testament to just how popular he has become. US players have been flocking in droves to daily fantasy sports after the industry received a carve-out from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Visit DraftKings today. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  18. In recent days, PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, has been surveying players about daily fantasy sports. Why? As we've reported here before, PokerStars is launching its own DFS site or acquiring an existing one, potentially by the start of football season. The survey's questions range from a person's knowledge of the industry and activity in it to whether they've heard of the two major players in the DFS space: FanDueland DraftKings. Also included are a few questions related to PokerStars' brand. About halfway through is the question, "Are you aware that Daily Fantasy Sports games are now legal to play for real money in the US" based on a loophole in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. You might recall that business professor John Warren Kindt asked for the hole to be closed in a recent House subcommittee hearing. Some industry observers have questioned the legality of fantasy golf and NASCAR, sports DraftKings offers but FanDuel does not. Yahoolaunched a DFS product already this month and has a base of millions of users in the US. The company has already integrated DFS into its mobile app. Without further delay, here's the survey that PokerStars sent out to players: Have you ever played any Fantasy Sports? Yes No Have you ever played any Daily Fantasy Sports – where you pick a fantasy team for a heads up or league tournament with the results dependent on just one days/weekend's set of result? Yes No Which Fantasy Sports have you ever played? Baseball (MLB) Nascar Soccer Hockey (NHL) Golf (PGA) Basketball (NBA) Football (NFL) Other Do you play Daily Fantasy Sports for money? Yes No How often do you play Daily Fantasy Sports? Daily Most weeks Every couple of weeks Once a month or so Less than once a month I don’t play Daily Fantasy Sports anymore Are you aware that Daily Fantasy Sports games are now legal to play for real money in the US? Yes No Which of these Daily Fantasy Sports operators have you heard of? FanDuel DraftKings Neither How important are/would the following be in your choice of a Daily Fantasy Sports provider (rate from 1 to 5)? Variety of stake levels Celebrity endorsement Mobile offer Free play available Promotions/offers Prize pool available Pay out speed Payment options available Trust in the providers name/brand Recommendation from a friend Challenge your friends option Sports offered Ease of use/user experience Are there any other important factors in your choice of a Daily Fantasy Sports provider? (open-ended) If PokerStars were to offer Daily Fantasy Sports, how likely would you be to play on PokerStars or a PokerStars' backed site? I would play I would be very likely to play I would probably play I might play I wouldn't play How much do you agree/disagree with the following statements (rate from 1 to 5)? I'd only play Daily Fantasy Sports with a brand I knew Poker and Daily Fantasy Sports are quite similar disciplines There's a lot of skill in Daily Fantasy Sports PokerStars is a brand I trust PokerStars would be better sticking to poker How important are/would be the following as motivations around playing Daily Fantasy Sports (rate from 1 to 5)? Opportunities to challenge friends Opportunity to use my interest/knowledge in sport The personal challenge Competition Fun Opportunity to make money Adding something extra to the days/weekends sports fixtures Any other comments? (open-ended) Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  19. Winning the DraftKings Fantasy Baseball Millionaire Makerlast week in dramatic fashion was Cylus Watson (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Cylusballin. He's a perfect example of a poker player hitting it big in daily fantasy sports, as he has $600,000 in online poker tournament winnings, another $400,000 in live events, and has received much support from the likes of 2015 WSOP November Ninemember Max Steinberg and his brother Danny. He didn't just win the Millionaire Maker either. Instead, he had multiple lineups crack the top 10, including the coveted winning one. Check out DraftKings for details on ongoing baseball and football games. PocketFives: Thank you for joining us. You won the baseball Millionaire Maker on DraftKings for $1.08 million. Tell us about that. Cylus Watson: Danny Steinberg helped me a ton with my baseball lineups. I think he's one of the best fantasy baseball players out there. He helped me make lineups that day. I won $1.08 million and the same day, he won $300,000 on FanDuel. Then, it was his bachelor party, which was surprisingly tame given we had won all that money. PocketFives: Can you talk about how Danny Steinberg helped? Cylus Watson: It's nice to be able to say, "Here are my core guys. Who are your core guys? Who are your value picks today?" Just asking for their input and analysis is important. The DFS community is very similar to poker back in the day in terms of open information. As long as you're contributing something, people will help you with your lineups. Teaching allows you to learn and I think that's common among this community. Their goal is to talk strategy all the time, so it's just like poker. I wouldn't have gotten into poker if I hadn't lived with Ben sauce123Sulsky and roomed with the Steinbergs. I randomly was matched up with Danny Stenberg in college and I taught Ben how to play poker. PocketFives: Talk about crossing over from poker to DFS. Cylus Watson: For me, it was about the Steinbergs. I was talking to Max (pictured) one day and he had been doing DFS for a year. I said the next time something like poker comes around, we need to get in there and make money before it dies. He said that "something" was DFS. It clicked when he said that. I started taking it seriously and looking for edges. Professional poker players are good at spotting edges. Part of it for me was knowing I was a winner even though short-term results were swinging up and down. PocketFives: What will change for you as a result of this? Cylus Watson: That's what I've been trying to figure out. I'm going to keep playing DFS because I enjoy it and there's still money to be made. I'm excited for basketball season too. That's where I was learning DFS. That's when I improved the most. We were playing every day and developing software that helped me understand some of the theory behind DFS. Playing every day and managing multiple lineups helped me learn how to create a portfolio of lineups as opposed to creating winning lineups. I'm trying to stay humble knowing I'm no better now than I was a week ago. I'm trying not to go crazy with my buy-ins and I'll stay within my bankroll. I'm going to enjoy getting lucky too. I have had very few binks in my career. This is a pure bink: I turned $20 into $1 million in a game I'm not really good at. PocketFives: What do you mean by creating a portfolio of lineups as opposed to creating winning lineups? Cylus Watson: A lot of people think they should create the perfect Millionaire Maker lineup. That causes them to spend a lot of time making the lineup and making changes that minimally affect EV. I'm not afraid to use a guy in every lineup. A lot of people will have core guys they're playing and put them together in a core combination. I make sure it's the right combination. The reason I had multiple top-ten lineups was because that was my bink day. My core guys hit home runs. Therefore, each of my lineups has the best possible combination of those players. I don't spend my time critiquing individual lineups. I spend time looking at who I have exposure to and whether they deserve the amount of exposure I'm giving them. This week in football, for example, I played 500 lineups on DraftKings, 100 lineups on FanDuel, and 250 lineups on Yahoo and lost track of how much Julio Jones I had. He was probably in 60% of my lineups when he should have been in 30% or less. A lot of people stew over whether they should do Ameer Abdullah and Julio Jones or Bishop Sankey and ODB. It doesn't matter. As long as they have similar point expectations and similar upside potential, do both. Diversify your lineups. Playing more lineups allows you to reduce your variance. Do as many lineups as you can. Never throw away a lineup you've been working on; put it in. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. Image courtesy CardPlayer
  20. A look into the UFC 191 fights tonight. Note that you can play daily fantasy MMA on sites like DraftKings! Nazareno Malegarie (23-3) $10,200 vs. Joaquim Silva (7-0) $9,200 Opening Line: Malegarie -145 / Silva +105 Current Line: Malegarie -140 / Silva +120 Malegarie is giving up 3" in height to Silva, but has a lot more experience beneath his belt. He is great at finishing fights, especially by way of submission. His only three defeats have been Unanimous Decision losses. Silva has finished all seven of his victories within the first round. This should be an exciting fight to watch, I think Silva will earn a 2nd round TKO. I took Silva +145. Joe Riggs (40-16) $9,500 vs. Ron Stallings (13-7) $9,900 Opening Line: Riggs +100 / Stallings -140 Current Line: Riggs +140 / Stallings -160 Riggs normally fights at Welterweight, but he'll be fighting up at Middleweight for this bout. Both fighters are well-rounded, but neither fighter has a great resume. I think this fight should be a pick'em. I see it going the distance. I took Riggs +140. Clay Collard (14-6) $10,000 vs. Tiago Trator (19-5-2) $9,400 Opening Line: Collard -185 / Trator +145 Current Line: Collard -135 / Trator +115 Collard is six years younger, which is worth noting. He's also heavy-handed for a Featherweight, with 8 of his 14 wins coming by way of knockout. Trator's last fight was a knockout loss to Mike de la Torre, but before then he was on a 10-fight win streak. Trator normally fights at Lightweight, but he'll be fighting down at Featherweight. He has good cardio, so I don't think the cut should be an issue. I took Trator +120. Jessica Andrade (13-4) $10,800 vs. Raquel Pennington (5-5) $8,600 Opening Line: Andrade -260 / Pennington +180 Current Line: Andrade -210 / Pennington +175 Andrade is giving up 5" in height to "Rocky," which could be a factor in tonight's fight. Don't let Pennington's 5-5 record fool you. She has fought some tough competition, including a Split Decision loss to Andrade a year-and-a-half ago. In fact, four of her five losses have been by Decision. I think Pennington might pull off the upset here and take down a Decision win. I took Pennington +215. Francisco Rivera (11-4) $9,600 vs. John Lineker (25-7) $9,800 Opening Line: Rivera -120 / Lineker -120 Current LIne: Rivera +115 / Lineker -135 Rivera is six inches taller than Lineker, but also eight years older. Lineker is 19-2 over his last 21 fights. He normally fights at Flyweight, but he'll be fighting up at Bantamweight for this fight. Both of these guys are heavy-handed and like to keep it standing, so this will be an exciting fight. I took Rivera +120. Paul Felder (10-1) $11,200 vs. Ross Pearson (17-9) $8,200 Opening Line: Felder -245 / Pearson +175 Current Line: Felder -445 / Pearson +395 Felder's only professional loss was a Decision loss to Edson Barboza in his last fight. He's a creative kick-boxer, with seven of his ten wins coming by way of knockout. Pearson is primarily a boxer with mediocre results. I predict a 2nd round TKO in favor of "The Irish Dragon." Alex Chambers (5-2) $7,100 vs. Paige Vanzant (5-1) $12,300 Opening Line: Chambers +600 / Vanzant -1,200 Current Line: Chambers +1,100 / Vanzant -1,400 Chambers is a whopping 15 years older than Vanzant. On top of that, Vanzant is known for her cardio. Vanzant has a great training camp and doesn't have to fly halfway around the world for this fight. I predict Vanzant will win a one-sided Unanimous Decision. Corey Anderson (5-1) $9,300 vs. Jan Blachowitz (18-4) $10,100 Opening Line: Anderson +125 / Blachowitz -165 Current Line: Anderson +125 / Blachowitz -135 Blachowitz is seven years older than Anderson. He's a grizzled veteran who is coming off a Decision loss to Jimi Manuwa. Anderson is a former TUF winner who is looking to get back on track after getting leg-kicked non-stop by Gian Villante, which led to the first loss of his career. I think Blachowitz wins by Decision. I took Blachowitz -135. Anthony Johnson (19-5) $11,500 vs. Jimi Manuwa (15-1) $7,900 Opening Line: Johnson -600 / Manuwa +400 Current Line: Johnson -650 / Manuwa +535 Manuwa is an up-and-comer I've had my eye on for a while. His only loss is to Alexander Gustafsson. Thirteen of his 15 wins are by TKO. He has steadily climbed the ranks over the years, but I think accepting this fight is a mistake. "Rumble" is an absolute beast. He just lost his last fight to Daniel Cormier, which was a bad match-up for him. He's basically a bigger, younger, scarier version of Manuwa. I've followed Johnson for a very long time and I'm very confident he will come away with either a 1st or 2nd round knockout. Andrei Arlovski (24-10) $10,300 vs. Frank Mir (18-9) $9,100 Opening Line: Arlovski -180 / Mir +140 Current Line: Arlovski -150 / Mir +140 Both these fighters have been around the block and both are still very relevant in the division. They are both former Champions. Mir is more well-rounded. He's probably the best submission expert in the Heavyweight division. His boxing has greatly improved as well, most notably in his last fight when he pulled off the upset win over Todd Duffee. Arlovski has crisp boxing and he's training under Greg Jackson, one of the best in the business. I think this fight could go either way, but one thing's for sure - it's not going the distance. I took Mir +155. Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1) $11,400 vs. John Dodson (17-6) $8,000 Opening Line: Johnson -400 / Dodson +310 Current Line: Johnson -560 / Dodson +475 "Mighty Mouse" has been the Champion for a very long time. It's no surprise that he's a big favorite. He's quick and has amazing cardio. Dodson, on the other hand, has heavy hands and might be even slightly quicker. In their last fight, "The Magician" knocked the Champ down three times in the first two rounds, clearly winning the first two rounds. However, Johnson fought back with a lot of heart in the latter rounds, completely dominating the 5th with his clinch work. The key to Dodson pulling off the upset in this fight is to keep his hands sharp, avoid the clinch, and hopefully not tire. I took Dodson +360.
  21. On Wednesday, Online Poker Report's Chris Grove (pictured) published a series of Tweets regarding the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS). As we've written about before, Nevada gaming officials are digging into the legality of DFSand could potentially shut the industry down in the state or change the way it's taxed and licensed. Other states could soon follow. Check out Chris on Twitter. Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman AG Burnett announced his plans to take a look at DFS on Twitter, leading Grove to surmise, "My thinking isthey wouldn't announce the review if they knew they were going to conclude it was 100% not gambling." Fantasy sports are exempt from the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and, in recent years, DFS sites like FanDueland DraftKings have flourished. At DFS sites, Americans can play for real money. Grove pointed out, however, that it's unclear whether DFS is permitted under other federal statutes besides the UIGEA: "The only federal law where fantasy enjoys a clear exemption is UIGEA - not Wire Act, IGBA, or Travel Act. And even under UIGEA, simply calling a DFS game 'fantasy' does not ensure protection. Lots of ambiguity given law predates DFS." When asked if Nevada, by itself, could "pretty much end DFS," ESPN reporter David Purdum said on Twitter, "Maybe end it in the state, but not nationwide. Still so much gray area." Nevada could declare DFS gambling and then tax the industry accordingly, for example, just as it does its land-based casinos and online poker rooms. Grove also pointed out that the newly-launched DFS site from Yahoo lacks much of the security measures employed by regulated New Jersey online gambling sites: "Yahoo DFS allows players to create bogus accounts [and]deposit with credit cards that don't match account info… ID / age verification + financial / AML checks are basically non-existent at Yahoo DFS vs a regulated NJ poker site… Even vs the standard set by other DFS sites, Yahoo's real money DFS product lacks basic ID / financial safeguards." Read more at Legal Sports Report. Yahoo's game selection and prize pools are considerably smaller than at DraftKings or FanDuel. However, Yahoo is a publicly traded company with millions of users and could, therefore, be a major force in the DFS industry. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  22. [caption width="468"] Danny Willett propelled 'bidle' to the win in the first DraftKings Millionaire Maker of the PGA season[/caption] Unless you were camped out under a rock on Sunday, you know that The Masters golf tournament wrapped up at August National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It was a wild weekend, from heavy winds to a monumental implosion by 2015 winner Jordan Spieth. The daily fantasy sports site DraftKings held its first PGA Millionaire Maker of the year for The Masters, offering the Average Joe a chance to turn $20 into $1 million. By the time the final putt was made on Sunday, 'bidle', who didn't start the day in the top 10, earned $1 million and cemented his name in fantasy sports history. 'bidle' hit the nail on the head when it came to his lineup. As you'd expect, he rostered The Masters' champion, Danny Willett, who was 16.8% owned, the highest percentage of anyone in the winning lineup. Willett's 13 birdies and the all-important green jacket meant a score of 93.5 points on DraftKings, about one-fifth of the winning score of 478.5. Despite not winning The Masters for the second straight year, Spieth generated the most number of points for 'bidle' at 101. Spieth, who at one point was up by five strokes on the rest of the field Sunday, collapsed on the 12th hole, scoring a quadruple bogey thanks to two water shots. However, he had 22 birdies, including four in a row, and finished in a tie for second place with Lee Westwood. Spieth was less than 10% owned due to his high price tag. Speaking of Westwood, 'bidle' rostered him as well. Westwood was the lowest-owned player in the winning lineup at a scant 2.7% and scored 90.5 points. Westwood had 16 birdies and an eagle. Paul Casey, who took fourth place at The Masters, appeared in the winning lineup from 'bidle' as well. Casey scored 80 points on DraftKings for his Masters outing, which included 16 birdies. Casey was the second-most owned player for 'bidle' at 16.3%. Rounding out the $1 million lineup from 'bidle' were Hideki Matsuyama and Troy Merritt, who finished seventh and 42nd, respectively. Merritt was largely a dud and scored just 40 points for 'bidle', but Matsuyama and his 12.9% ownership paid off in a big way, as he amassed 73.5 points on DraftKings and finished in the top 10 at The Masters. Here's the winning Millionaire Maker lineup: Here were the top 10 finishers: bidle (478.5 points) - $1,000,000 SeesarPalachey (472.0 points) - $250,000 PSBC22 (471.0 points) - $80,000 edavis44 (471.0 points) - $80,000 MaxH2468 (470.5 points) - $40,000 JSteward11 (470.0 points) - $30,000 TV784 (469.5 points) - $20,000 PSBC22 (466.5 points) - $20,000 Kunu88 (464.5 points) - $14,167 nnedvesky (464.5 points) - $14,167 averagemike86 (464.5 points) - $14,167
  23. The Saturday night National Hockey League schedule includes 11 games for NHL DFS players to pick their roster from in pursuit of some of the largest GPPs for NHL games on DraftKings this season. With buy-ins as low as $1 and guarantees up to $50,000, Saturday night is the perfect night to sign up for DraftKings and take a shot at hockey glory and riches. DraftKings GPPs The Hip Check ($1 buy-in - $4,000 Guaranteed) The Sniper ($3 buy-in - $45,000 Guaranteed) The Breakaway ($9 buy-in - $7,500 Guaranteed) The Face-Off ($27 buy-in - $50,000 Guaranteed) The Triple Deke ($300 buy-in - $25,000 Guaranteed) The Power Play ($1,060 buy-in - $15,000 Guaranteed) Putting your nightly NHL team together on DraftKings is pretty easy. You pick two centers, three wingers, two defenseman, a goalie and one utility (forward or defenseman) - all within the $50,000 salary cap. The skaters (centers, wingers, and defensemen) get points for goals, assists, shots on goal, blocked shots, short-handed points, shootout goals, and hat tricks. Goalies get points for saves, wins, and shutouts and lose points for every goal scored against them. All ten of the league's leading scorers are action tonight including the high-scoring Dallas Stars who have Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg all in the top ten, taking on the Buffalo Sabres in Dallas. The Stars average 3.55 goals per game, while the Sabres, lead by rookie phenom Jack Eichel, score just 2.2 per game. If you don't yet have a DraftKings account, sign up now and get 100% deposit bonus up to $600. The Schedule Philadelphia Flyers (6-8-5) @ Ottawa Senators (9-5-5) Arizona Coyotes (10-8-1) @ Winnipeg Jets (9-9-2) New York Rangers (14-3-2) @ Florida Panthers (8-8-3) San Jose Sharks @ Pittsburgh Penguins Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins Colorado Avalanche @ Washington Capitals Anaheim Ducks @ Tampa Bay Lightning Detroit Red Wings @ St. Louis Blues Buffalo Sabres @ Dallas Stars Nashville Predators @ Minnesota Wild Chicago Blackhawks @ Vancouver Canucks
  24. [caption width="565"] On August 27, Toronto will host the finals of the DraftKings Fantasy Baseball World Championship.[/caption] On August 27, history will be made in Toronto, Canada. No, the world's largest maple tree won't be chopped down. Instead, Toronto will host the finals of the DraftKings Fantasy Baseball World Championship (FBWC). It's one of the largest daily fantasy sports contests that will run this year and will award life-changing money to its winner. Someone's going to win $1 million, which is the top FBWC prize. Plus, the victor will get a special world championship belt a la Hulk Hogan to display over their fireplace. Packages for the finals, which are up for grabs in a series of satellites and qualifiers on DraftKings, are worth $29,700 apiece and include an FBWC ticket, a three-night hotel stay, and $1,200 in cash for travel. And yes, Toronto won't be bitter cold that time of year. The FBWC live final will include the seven Major League Baseball games that start between 7:10pm and 8:10pm ET on August 27, and no late swaps are allowed. That's only a few days before the 2016 NFL season begins, so it's only fitting that the weekend will serve as the finale of the summer action on the diamond. Players can qualify up to six times until August 12. Satellites for the FBWC begin at a quarter, while direct qualifiers run between $3 and $1,000, so there should be a path to the live finals no matter what your bankroll is. A total of 160 lineups will be entered into the FBWC finale, and be prepared for a $600,000 sweat between first and second, as the former gets a million bucks, while second place will take home $400,000. That's still not a bad chunk of change for a day's worth. Third place gets $250,000, fourth place gets $175,000, and fifth place earns $125,000. The top six lineups will be awarded at least $100,000, while everyone who makes the live final is assured $5,000. That's on top of travel and hotel. Six players have won their way in so far: 'rayofhope', 'WebBull', 'stlcards33', 'mcg555', 'tomo73', and 'cone999'. Previous world championships run by DraftKings have included once-in-a-lifetime experiences with professional athletes and the host city, and anyone who wins their way into the FBWC finals in Toronto should expect nothing less. In fact, DraftKings promises that anyone who attends will "experience downtown Toronto in true VIP style with the industry leader in World Championship Live Events." DraftKings offers a 100% up to $600 sign-up bonus that's released as you play. Sign up here.
  25. [caption width="468"] Will Kansas carry someone to a DraftKings college basketball title?[/caption] Starting Thursday, college basketball's big dance begins: the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Many people will feign illness on Thursday just to be able to watch the non-stop action. Over on DraftKings, plenty of drama will unfold for the series' first two weekends. That's because starting Thursday, DraftKings is running a College Basketball Mania Survivor Series. Two tournaments will take place on DraftKings, the first of which is the $200,000 Cinderella Survivor. It has a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool and a $25,000 first place prize for a $20 entry. In the $200,000 Cinderella Survivor, up to 11,494 lineups will be entered and the top 5,000 will advance to Friday. Then, the top 2,500 from Friday will move on to Saturday. Then, the top 500 on Saturday will compete for a $25,000 first place prize on Sunday. Anyone who makes Saturday's tournament will get paid at least $30. Players will draft new teams every day during the four-day slate, and the $20 entry fee covers a person for the entire time they're in it. One week later starting March 24, a $150,000 Blue Chip Survivor will begin. This game has a $300 buy-in and will have up to 555 lineups in the field. The top 125 lineups on Thursday, March 24 will advance to Friday. Then, the top 25 lineups from Friday will compete on Saturday and Sunday in a multi-day slate for a top prize of $25,000. Anyone who makes it past Friday will finish in the money and get at least $500. Both the Cinderella Survivor and Blue Chip Survivor are open for registration in the DraftKings College Basketball lobby. At the time of writing, there are 700 lineups entered in the Cinderella Survivor and 21 entered in the Blue Chip Survivor. There are also plenty of super satellites if your bankroll isn't quite up to snuff. Anyone who advances from one day to the next during the Survivor Series will be awarded a ticket to the next round. Anyone who forgets to fill out their lineup before the lock on a given day will take a zero (oops). Tiebreakers are based on the highest scoring non-matching player. DraftKings offers a 100% up to $600 sign-up bonus that's released as you play. Sign up here.
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