Daily Fantasy Sports & Betting
Daniel Bradley / Follow him on Twitter @DanBradleyTips
For as long as most of us can remember, fantasy sports like football have been one of the most fun ways to add an extra layer to the excitement that comes with watching sport and sports betting. The idea of adding a financial element to it isn’t new either, going back the days where newspapers like the Sun would charge an entry fee and offer prizes for the winners every week and month and overall throughout the whole season.
Most of us wouldn’t really consider this gambling, but the idea of staking serious money on fantasy sports has grown exponentially over the last few years, driven by its rise in popularity in America, where gambling laws prohibit betting, but contain loopholes allowing betting based on fantasy sports. From this, companies such as DraftKings, which has crossed the Atlantic to the United Kingdom, have become multimillion dollar industries that are only going to get bigger. The combination of knowledge and, of course, luck, that is required to win, makes betting on fantasy sports another way for the anoraks among us to prove our superior knowledge of our favourite sports.
The Rise of Daily Fantasy
The idea of serious betting on fantasy sports rose in America, and has become part and parcel of their sports viewing experience. The difference between these sites and the fantasy games we have played for years in the UK is that these games are based around Daily Fantasy, which allows players to put as much money as they like into the game, and as often as they like, in order to try and win some serious money - a bit different from the £5 entry games of season-long fantasy football we play with our mates or colleagues at work. Fantasy sports in general have always been hugely popular in the States, probably even more so than in the UK, especially considering the statistical nature of their primary sports like American football, basketball and baseball. While those sports have growing appeal in the UK, the idea translates well to our football, with plenty of sites around that allow us to bet on Daily Fantasy in the UK.
How Does it Work?
The game is pretty simple, mirroring the season-long versions of the fantasy football games we know and love. The difference is in the name - in Daily Fantasy, we are picking a team of players for that day’s action, whether it be on a Saturday in the Premier League, the Champions League on a Tuesday night, or even for the first round of the FA Cup. Similar restraints are in place regarding budget and the number of players that can be taken from each team, and once we have picked, our team will go against potentially thousands of others to win the big prizes. Entry fees can range from being free to being hundreds of pounds for the chance to win thousands. Most will pay out for players finishing in the top half or so of finishers, so unlike with the season-long versions with which we’ve been familiar, we’re not having to finish in the top 0.00001% to get anything back for our money, and the prize money gradually increases as we move up the table.
Is It Worth It?
Betting on sports is always good fun, but combining it with the thrills and personality of fantasy sports makes it so much more enjoyable. It makes losing a lot easier, because you’ve felt like you’ve been given a proper experience for your money, and winning is even better because of the reward for the time and skill put into picking that perfect XI. Not only that, but you can say with absolute clarity that you picked a better team than 90% or more of sports fans out there, and really prove your knowledge of your favourite leagues and players. It doesn’t only extend to football - the American sports are perfectly designed for fantasy, and so if you’ve got the knowledge of them, or if you want to learn about the game, this provides the perfect opportunity to get to know the players and teams, and may even help with your normal sports betting as a result.
Whether you just enjoy playing fantasy sports in general, want to add more excitement to your betting, or if you want to prove that you have the best knowledge, Daily Fantasy sports provide the perfect opportunity to do all of that and make some cash in the process.