The daily fantasy industry has just been full of surprises all year. This year was a year of exponential growth and through out the football season the games continued to grow and the prize pools grew to amazing, unbelievable heights. As the football season began to wind down there was some initial retraction, GPPs weren’t always filling up and there felt like there was less of a buzz. Then came the announcements of live championship after live championship and DraftKings has put together a a live world championship event in Las Vegas. It seems as a daily player that this took forever watching Aces and Duel throw up big events and not seeing one from DraftKings but waiting in order to schedule these events for different weekends is a great idea. It gives everyone a shot at having a few weeks in a row playing in these championships. As a daily NHL player, I am excited to see NHL Championships announced and putting it with the same weekend as a much more popular sport in the daily fantasy landscape is going to bring more attention to it. The prize pools for each championship are very different and it shows how popular each sport is and where these events are going.
The World Championship
DraftKings is doubling up on the same weekend having both events at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of March 22nd and they are boasting the largest tournament pay outs in the history of each sport which is entirely true. For the first time a $1 Million dollar top prize will be awarded to the winner of the Fantasy Basketball World Championship and The Fantasy Hockey World Champion will take home $100K. The first qualifier for the FHWC begins this Thursday with a $12 buy in. Three of the FBWC qualifiers start tonight at the $1,000 dollar buy in level and continue Wednesday with a $20 and $300 dollar buy in. Remember to go satellite crazy if you can to give yourself the best chance at the lowest price to qualify for these huge and one of a kind championships. (And you get a belt to carry around with you all the time.)
On days with qualifiers my Daily NHL Focus will mostly be about tourney plays for the individual tournaments. DraftKings has become my hockey home as of late, due to my hatred of +/- scoring on other sites, and DraftKings softer pricing. Check out the details about the FBWC and the FHWC and get your bankroll ready!