DraftKings Strips Bachelor Contestant Of Million-Greenback Fantasy Win

DraftKings has eliminated former Bachelor contestant Jade Roper Tolbert because the winner of a daily fantasy sportsbook contest the place the highest prize was 1,000,000 USD.

The choice got here weeks after Tolbert initially seemed to be the winner of DraftKings’ Millionaire Maker contest earlier this month. However DraftKings had not formally paid Tolbert the highest prize as the corporate investigated allegations of collusion involving her account and the account of her husband, Tanner Tolbert.

DraftKings modifications Millionaire Maker winner

DraftKings didn’t immediately deal with the scenario on Saturday morning, however the information began to interrupt on account of this fairly cryptic tweet:

ESPN’s David Purdum was the primary to attach the dots:

Within the wake of the tweet, Tolbert not seems because the winner of the Millionaire Maker contest that concluded on Jan. 5.  The winner is now former second-place finisher, “spclk36.”

Roper had tweeted about her victory on Jan. 5, however these tweets had been deleted on Saturday morning.

DraftKings offered solely this brief assertion when requested by Authorized Sports activities Report concerning the standing of Tolbert’s win:

“As a matter of basic coverage we don’t touch upon such issues.”

How did we get right here within the DraftKings Millionaire Maker contest?

After the competition, DraftKings customers began to allege that her and her husband Tanner had been working in live performance to enter the competition.

The entry restrict for the competition is 150, however each Jade and Tanner entered the utmost quantity of lineups allowed, and had nearly no overlap in these lineups, a attainable signal of collusion. They’d each entered the utmost quantity of lineups allowed in the identical contest all through the NFL season.

DraftKings introduced that it was investigating the matter quickly after the competition. As of Saturday, the one proof of that investigation was the elimination of Tolbert’s entries from the Millionaire Maker contest.

Did DraftKings settle with Tolbert?

That is likely to be the most certainly state of affairs, even when she was stripped of the victory.

The timing of the deletion of Tobert’s tweets is hardly a coincidence, though additionally not laborious proof of a settlement.

The Tolberts, in statements given to the media previous to this choice, have maintained their innocence and insisted that Jade was the official winner of the competition. They’ve been silent on the matter because the preliminary protection of the competition.

If the Tolberts don’t go to court docket or break their silence on the problem, that might doubtless be an indication of 1. a settlement or 2. a pile of proof that the Tolberts had been violating DraftKings’ phrases of service and {that a} court docket case wouldn’t end in a positive choice.

If the Tolberts had been discovered to interrupt DraftKings’ T&C’s, they may even have their accounts banned or restricted, both as a part of a settlement or as a discovering of a violation. The standing of their accounts is unknown.

Is that the tip of this?

That’s in no way clear. DraftKings is beholden to daily fantasy sportsbook legal guidelines in about 20 states, a few of which have clear guidelines concerning the most variety of entries and collusion between customers.

Any variety of these legal guidelines could possibly be used to look into the matter extra.

There’s additionally the problem that the Tolberts are hardly the one customers ever accused of circumventing entry limits on this approach. Whereas DraftKings will not be altering ends in different previous contests, the highlight on this difficulty can be a bit brighter, if solely within the DFS group and never within the mainstream.