The second weekend of April is routinely circled on many sportsbook lovers’ calendars annually. These dates embody The Masters, the largest professional golf match of the 12 months.
Fittingly, DraftKings is commemorating the occasion by introducing a contest format that they discovered nice success with through the NFL postseason earlier this 12 months.
Single-game format making its fantasy golf debut
Single-Spherical Showdown – a model of DraftKings’ single-game contest format tailored to daily fantasy golf – will make its debut for the match’s second spherical on Friday, April 6. For the primary time within the historical past of PGA DFS on DraftKings, contributors will be capable of take part in contests based mostly on single-round play. Within the case of the Masters, DraftKings will supply money video games and assured prize swimming pools for every of rounds two by means of 4 (on Friday by means of Sunday).
Furthermore, final-round Showdown contests may have a scoring twist. Members may even obtain bonus factors for the ending positions of the golfers within the lineup. Consequently, gamers with golfers that make a late surge up The Masters leaderboard might discover themselves doing the identical of their contests.
The principles and the scale of the assured contests are to be introduced. FanDuel has not mentioned if it is going to be following swimsuit, but.
Extra DFS innovation
Single-Spherical Showdown represents the subsequent iteration of the brand new contest format that’s develop into more and more pervasive on each DraftKings and FanDuel as 2018 has unfolded. The 2 websites have already experimented with NFL, NBA and MLB single-game contests, with soccer main the way in which with its debut through the wild-card spherical in early January.
The one distinction is that when implementing Showdown for these sportsbook, DraftKings took the chance to additionally modify positional necessities within the respective roster codecs.
Conversely, with golf being a position-less sport, the one distinction between Single-Spherical Showdown and normal PGA contests is the timeframe of the real-word sporting occasion they embody. Members nonetheless choose six golfers and function below a USD50,000 wage cap, as they’d with standard fantasy golf contests.
Single-game contests not elevating eyebrows?
As soon as considered taboo as a result of Illegal Web Playing Enforcement Act, single-game contests have gotten so widespread on the “Massive Two” of DFS that they’re basically now a non-story from a authorized perspective.
For all sensible functions, the websites are using particular person state legal guidelines because the default guideline when it comes to compliance. None of these embrace language that particularly outlaws contests based mostly on a single occasion.
In these “grey space” states the place DFS is neither expressly legalized nor forbidden, the positioning are apparently assured sufficient to face on the idea that the “a number of real-world sporting occasions” that the UIGEA requires paid-entry fantasy contests to be based mostly on could be interpreted as occurring inside a single recreation.
DFS contest innovation on the rise for PGA
Single-Spherical Showdown is technically the second new PGA contest format for DraftKings inside the final month. In the course of the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play match in late March, it rolled out a brand new Match Play format by which the modern element got here within the scoring.
Versus factors being awarded for bogeys, eagles, birdies and par as they’re in standard PGA contests, Match Play contributors’ scores have been compiled based mostly on eventualities reminiscent of holes or matches gained or misplaced. This mirrored the distinctive head-to-head format of the match itself.
It’s additionally the second consecutive 12 months by which DraftKings makes use of the Masters as a platform for a brand new providing for its golf followers. The 2017 version marked the positioning’s introduction of “Weekend Golf”, the place customers have been in a position to play in contests that solely consisted of the ultimate two rounds of the match.
Naturally, Single-Spherical Showdown advances that concept one step additional.