By Daniel Barbarisi
As Bringing Down the House did for card counters and Positively 5th Street did for poker gamers, Daniel Barbarisi does for day-by-day delusion activities enthusiasts during this jump down the rabbit gap of America’s most modern obsession.
Daniel Barbarisi quits his activity because the big apple Yankees beat author for The Wall highway Journal and starts a quest: to affix the pinnacle one percentage of day-by-day delusion activities (“DFS”) avid gamers, the so-called “sharks,” and work out even if DFS is at the level—while might be cashing in alongside the way.
DFS is fable activities on steroids. It’s the area of sour opponents FanDuel and DraftKings, on-line juggernauts who grew to become a felony loophole right into a billion-dollar through permitting activities fanatics wager piles of money developing delusion teams.
Yet as Barbarisi speedy discovered, what must have been a enjoyable significant other to informal activities viewing used to be as a substitute a ferocious surroundings infested with sharks, a best tier of professionals wielding complicated algorithms, drafting hundreds and hundreds of lineups, and wagering six figures day-by-day as they bludgeon unsuspecting beginner “fish.” Barbarisi embeds himself contained in the global 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 elements event and carefully stated research, Barbarisi wades into this chaotic on the very second its life is threatened through lawmakers ailing of its Wild West surroundings and pushy advertisements. All their cash made FanDuel and DraftKings look 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 within tale of DFS, all whereas taking pictures its extraordinary forged of characters, from wide-eyed newly minted millionaires, to sun-starved math geeks, to bros residing an unending frat social gathering of keggers and Playboy Bunnies. Can he outwit all of them and make it to the pinnacle?
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