Dueling With Kings

Dueling With Kings

High Stakes, Killer Sharks, and the Get-rich Promise of Daily Fantasy Sports

Book - 2017
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"As Bringing Down the House did for card counters and Positively Fifth Street did for poker players, Daniel Barbarisi does for Daily Fantasy Sports fans in this leap down the rabbit hole of America's latest obsession"-- Provided by publisher.
Here, Daniel Barbarisi sheds light on a huge money-making subculture hiding out in plain sight. He quits his job as the New York Yankees beat writer for The Wall Street Journal and begins a quest: to figure out whether Daily Fantasy Sports ("DFS") is on the level--and maybe cash in along the way. DFS is fantasy sports on steroids. It's the domain of once bitter rivals FanDuel and DraftKings, online juggernauts who turned a legal loophole into a billion-dollar industry by allowing sports fans to bet piles of cash constructing fantasy teams. Yet as Barbarisi quickly realizes, what should have been a fun companion to casual sports viewing was instead a ferocious environment infested with sharks--a top tier of pros wielding complex algorithms, drafting hundreds of lineups, and wagering six figures daily as they bludgeon unsuspecting amateur "fish." Barbarisi embeds himself inside the world of DFS, befriending and joining its rogue's gallery as he tries to beat them at their own game. With unprecedented access to the industry's creators, employees, and top competitors, Barbarisi delivers the definitive account of the Daily Fantasy phenomenon--from reclusive and dangerous pros, to wide-eyed newly minted millionaires, to typical bros looking to live an endless frat party. All are intent on hoisting a giant winner's check and champion's belt at the next over-the-top live final event. Can Barbarisi outwit them all and survive with his wallet and sanity intact? --Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Touchstone,, 2017
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501146176
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm


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