“Dueling with Kings”: Lifting the Lid on DFS

There are many different approaches to the world of daily fantasy sports. For most players, DFS is a casual interest—a way of supporting your favourite players; an interesting spin on traditional sportsbook betting; a way to put your money where your mouth is in friendly disputes. For others, however, daily fantasy sports is a way to make a living. Top of the tree (or, rather, the ocean) are the shark players—the 1% who rake in 91% of all prize money.

Joining the ranks of the sharks takes time, effort, commitment, and cold, hard cash. Want to know exactly what it takes—without putting your life savings on the line? Take it from a man who’s done it: Daniel Barbarisi. Following hot on the heels of DFS films Perfect Lineup and The Big Short, Barbarisi has released one of the first DFS books: Dueling with Kings. The book tells the story of how he spent a year going from casual DFS player to consummate pro—and much more.

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The Telegraph Launches Daily Fantasy Racing

Whilst we frequently focus on football here at DailyFantasyUK, it’s worth remembering that the world of DFS includes a vast range of sports. In fact, in the past, we’ve written articles covering daily fantasy golf, cricket, and basketball. Now, there’s a new addition to the roster: daily fantasy racing.

The eagle-eyed amongst you may think this is nothing new—after all, DraftKings have long offered NASCAR tournaments. But we’re not talking about racing with four wheels—think four legs instead. Yes, The Telegraph are bringing horse racing into the world of daily fantasy—and we just can’t wait to try it out! Read on to learn more about this exciting new daily tournament, and find out how you can get involved!

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DraftKings Sets Its Sights on Germany

A few months ago, we reported on Malta’s decision to introduce a specific licence for daily fantasy sports. This meant more than just a licence for Malta—it provided international operators with an access point to the EU.

Now, we’re seeing one of the biggest impacts of that decision: DraftKings has gained a Maltese licence. Read on to find out more about how that impacts players across Europe—and in the UK.

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Why is Daily Fantasy Football Gambling and Not a Chance or a Skill Game?

There has been a big debate for daily fantasy football in the US over the past year. Sites and regulators have argued whether the game is one of chance or skill. This is because online gambling is illegal there; operators want to class the game as skill-based to keep their U.S. players.

On the other hand, labelling daily fantasy football gambling is par for the course in the UK. Let’s look a bit more in depth at the difference between games of chance and games of skill. Where does daily fantasy football fall in the Venn diagram of the two? Read more…

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How to Get Started Playing Daily Fantasy Football – A Guide for New Players

Love football, and reckon you could pick the perfect lineup of players to create an unbeatable team? Playing daily fantasy football is definitely an option for you!

But where do you start with daily fantasy football? We’ve compiled some info below to fill you in on the steps involved in playing (and winning) fantasy football. Hopefully it’ll encourage new players among you to take the leap!

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Glossary of Daily Fantasy Football Key Terms

So you’re mad about football. You know your free kicks from your FIFA, and your keeper from your kickoff. The daily fantasy football glossary is in the bag too, right?

I have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that all the same football terminology you know as a second language is still in play. The bad news is you have a whole lot more key terms to learn if you want to make it in the daily fantasy football world!

Luckily for you, we’ve created this daily fantasy football glossary, full of words and phrases which will help you fake it ’til you make it.

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Is Playing Real Money Daily Fantasy Football Legal in the UK?

If you’re interested in playing real money daily fantasy football, you may well have been following the saga about legality in the United States.

Now prospective players in the UK may well wonder about whether daily fantasy football counts as gambling in the UK. Is it legal to play for real cash? Well the short answer is yes. However, with all things related to online gambling, the short answer doesn’t really tell the whole story. Let me explain…

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Daily Fantasy Football FAQs: Team Selection Rules

Picking your team for a fantasy football match is a nerve-wracking and thrilling activity. Choosing right means glory, while making the wrong selection may leave you with egg on your face, so there’s a lot at stake. Thankfully, this daily fantasy football FAQ is here to help.

It’s not just a free for all either, there’s plenty of team selection rules, and having a good working knowledge of them will help you pick more efficiently and effectively. With that in mind, we’ve put together this daily fantasy football FAQ guide to the rules of team selection.

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Where Can I Play Daily Fantasy Football? Our Pick of the Top DFF Sites

If you hadn’t noticed the sudden growth in daily fantasy football sites, I’m left in no doubt you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years.

Imagine taking the immersion and excitement of fantasy sports and condensing it all down into fast-paced daily games. Daily fantasy football sites offer players the chance to enjoy more games, bigger bonuses, and more chances to win. Read more…

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How Does Scoring in Daily Fantasy Football Work?

Football has one of the simplest scoring systems of all sports – if you manage to get the ball into the opposition’s goal, you score a point. Daily fantasy football scoring, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated.

Because the whole thing is based on individual player performance (and most players aren’t strikers), daily fantasy football scoring has to be formatted in such a way that various actions on the pitch count towards a player’s score.

In this post we’ll run you through the sorts of actions we’re talking about, and how much you can expect to score from them.

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Top 5 Tips For Daily Fantasy Football Team Selection

Finessing your squad roster selection in daily fantasy football is an art form. While getting into the nitty gritty of the technical side of selection can be a lot of fun, there’s a number of overarching daily fantasy football rules you should bear in mind. They will help keep your selection process on the straight and narrow.

In this post we’ll lay out five of the most important daily fantasy football rules you should remember if you want to pick a team which comes within budget, but optimises the number of points you chalk up on the scoresheet.

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What is Daily Fantasy Football? A Beginner’s Guide

More and more UK football fans are discovering the appeal of daily fantasy football. Seeing as the UK is home to the biggest and most popular football league in the world (by a long shot), it’s no wonder British fans are flocking to it.

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News Roundup: UK greenlights Yahoo DFS, Mondogoal stops cash contests, DFS industry may double by 2021

Big changes are occurring in the DFS world: from Yahoo Daily Fantasy Sports getting the green light in the UK, to Mondogoal closing its doors on cash contests for players, there’s a lot going on!

Plus a recent report has suggested that the DFS industry may double by 2021. Want all the deets? Read on…

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The Fundamentals for Selecting a Daily Fantasy Goalkeeper

For many daily fantasy football players, the humble goalkeeper comes as an afterthought once they’ve selected the star strikers, strong midfield, and solid back line.

However, a wise player knows there’s value in spending time finding a decent daily fantasy goalkeeper. Selecting prudently can leave you with the backbone of a successful team.

Here we’ll lay out the fundamentals of choosing a valuable goalkeeper. Neglect keepers at your peril!

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