By Daniel Barbarisi
As Bringing Down the House did for card counters and Positively 5th Street did for poker avid gamers, Dueling with Kings does for day-by-day myth activities enthusiasts during this jump down the rabbit gap of America's most modern obsession.
Daniel Barbarisi quits his activity because the big apple Yankees beat author for The Wall highway Journal and starts off a quest: to affix the pinnacle one percentage of day-by-day delusion activities ("DFS") gamers, the so-called "sharks," and work out no matter if DFS is at the level--while perhaps cashing in alongside the way.
DFS is delusion activities on steroids. it is the area of sour opponents FanDuel and DraftKings, on-line juggernauts who became a felony loophole right into a billion-dollar by means of permitting activities fanatics guess piles of money developing myth teams.
Yet as Barbarisi speedy learned, what must have been a enjoyable spouse to informal activities viewing was once in its place a ferocious setting infested with sharks, a most sensible tier of execs wielding complicated algorithms, drafting enormous quantities of lineups, and wagering six figures day-by-day as they bludgeon unsuspecting novice "fish." Barbarisi embeds himself contained in the global of DFS, befriending and becoming a member of its rogue's gallery as he attempts to overcome them at their very own game.
In a piece equivalent elements experience and conscientiously mentioned research, Barbarisi wades into this chaotic on the very second its life is threatened by means of lawmakers in poor health of its Wild West surroundings and pushy advertisements. All their funds made FanDuel and DraftKings appear invincible; yet, as Barbarisi reviews, they made lots of dubious--perhaps even scandalous--moves as they vied for industry supremacy.
In Dueling with Kings, Barbarisi uncovers the tumultuous inside of tale of DFS, all whereas shooting its abnormal forged of characters, from wide-eyed newly minted millionaires, to sun-starved math geeks, to bros residing an unending frat get together of keggers and Playboy Bunnies. Can he outwit all of them and make it to the head?
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A bookie? I wouldn’t know where to find a bookie. It’s Daily Fantasy Sports—on FanDuel. It’s a website. You pick the players, build a lineup, and the better they do, the better you do,” Tomase says. “I do it at every game I cover now,” he adds. Then he beats me to my next question before I can ask it. ” Remember in old cartoons, when Donald Duck or Bugs Bunny would hear about some unbeatable moneymaking opportunity? Their eyes would roll up in their heads and turn into dollar signs, spinning like the wheels of a casino slot machine.
It’s an Italian thing. “I’m going to test whether a regular guy can succeed, I mean truly succeed consistently, without these algorithms, without scripting, without a staff of people on my side, without a computer mass-entering five hundred different lineups to win,” I say. He seems to be buying it, so I continue, telling him about my plans to get in with these sharks, convince them to help me, and study under them—using their methods for my own ends. Once the baseball season’s over, I explain, I’ll ask for a leave of absence from the Wall Street Journal and begin training full-time to see if I can make the leap.
Once the games kick off on Sunday, the room is packed with hundreds of DFS players, nearly all male, sitting in groups on white couches, glancing from the massive screens back to their computers as their scores mount. If they get bored watching the games themselves, there’s beer pong tables, video games, and free stuff arrayed as far as the eye can see, from high-end food and liquor to giveaways of DraftKings swag. This is no Man Cave. It’s a Man Cavern. This entire September weekend is a coming-out party for DraftKings, the newer of the two Daily Fantasy giants.