Don’t believe the DraftKings hype

If you haven’t seen a DraftKings or FanDuel commercial this football season, you’ve probably been living under a rock.

The commercials play about as often as you and I blink.

I tried DraftKings last week, but before I tell you about that, I’ll get you up to date on the saga that is daily fantasy sports.

DraftKings and Fanduel have both come under investigation by the FBI after legal issues have arose due to a daily fantasy employee winning a 350,000 dollars in a contes after leaking insider info earlier this month.

While it was determined he didn’t have inside knowledge prior to making his picks, the black eye is still there.

While both DraftKings and FanDuel are legal at the federal level, some states-?including Iowa, have outlawed it at the state level.

Arizona, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, and Washington are the others.

The advertisements for both sites make it seem like you can instantly win all this money.

In theory, you could, but its a lot longer of a shot then the commercials make it out to be.

I have a good friend that described it as Powerball for fantasy football players.

So, back to my experience.

I threw in five dollars last week and ended up finishing way away from winning even one cent of that back.

There were a good 30 thousand people in front of me and I scored 113 points.

The winners of pools generally get anywhere between 165 and 250 points.

The difference of 113 and 115 points could be a good 50 spots or so.

I’ll give DraftKings this. It’s very user friendly, I had no problem navigating the website and picking my players.

Picking sleepers is going to be the key to winning any of your money back or coming out ahead.

I went in thinking avoid this at all costs, but I don’t think I could do this column justice if I didn’t try it for myself.

It’s one of those things, where if you get paid this weekend, go ahead and try it out, but keep the amount small because you will very likely not get it back.

Eventually, I believe, the federal government will find a way to make this illegal nationwide. It’s only a matter of time.

Take a chance while you still can, but do it cautiously.


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