By Daniel Barbarisi
As Bringing Down the House did for card counters and Positively 5th Street did for poker avid gamers, Daniel Barbarisi does for day-by-day delusion activities enthusiasts during this bounce down the rabbit gap of America’s most modern obsession.
Daniel Barbarisi quits his activity because the ny Yankees beat author for The Wall road Journal and starts a quest: to affix the head one percentage of day-by-day myth activities (“DFS”) gamers, the so-called “sharks,” and determine no matter if DFS is at the level—while probably cashing in alongside the way.
DFS is myth activities on steroids. It’s the area of sour competitors FanDuel and DraftKings, on-line juggernauts who grew to become a felony loophole right into a billion-dollar by way of permitting activities lovers guess piles of money developing myth teams.
Yet as Barbarisi quick learned, what must have been a enjoyable spouse to informal activities viewing used to be as an alternative a ferocious atmosphere infested with sharks, a best tier of execs wielding complicated algorithms, drafting thousands of lineups, and wagering six figures day-by-day as they bludgeon unsuspecting beginner “fish.” Barbarisi embeds himself contained in the international 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 components event and carefully suggested research, Barbarisi wades into this chaotic on the very second its lifestyles is threatened by means of lawmakers unwell of its Wild West surroundings and pushy advertisements. All their funds made FanDuel and DraftKings appear invincible; yet, as Barbarisi stories, 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 taking pictures its atypical forged of characters, from wide-eyed newly minted millionaires, to sun-starved math geeks, to bros dwelling an never-ending frat social gathering of keggers and Playboy Bunnies. Can he outwit all of them and make it to the head?
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