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    Sorry if this is posted in wrong spot but hoping to get feedback. Has anyone played DFS as they call it, with Fanduel or DraftKings.

    I realize cheating is a distinct possibility at all times but I am venturing to say if one of these sites is found guilty it would kill the 10% revenue they take per contest, which is a significant rake.

    Just curious, has anyone had luck with these? I recently played the nfl and overall did well most weeks, finishing in the top 20% which pays a minimum of 2.50 per 1 dollar. However, I recently gave NBA a chance and sorta had fun with it.

    the other nite is the reason for my post. I was in top 1000 out of some 340000 folks, had two guys left in blake griffen and deandre jordan. was up as high as 16th at one point feeling very confident.

    At of nowhere a guy with the same username had 15 lineups that were all identical race up the ranks. It was late with only one game left at halftime when this player shot up the boards. I went from top 100 to 700th position in no time. I get that can happen but it was very late in the contest and I had two studs playing while near the top 100 players and easily within reach of top 10.

    My question is, has anyone had a positive experience playing fanduel or draftkings, or are all these sites rigged in some shape or another.


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    Reason for my concern is how can one guy with the same 15 lineups win first. thats incredibly difficult as is to win once, let alone with 15 identical lineups??? Honestly, i have never finished high enough to care, but the other nite really thought there was a chance with only a half of basketball to go.

    Just seems bizarre someone can get that lucky.

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    From the lack of response I am going to assume no one has had any luck here. I simply wonder if these sites go as far as changing lineups long after the lock is in place. Not much of a gambler but do enjoy fantasy sports, and actually consider myself to be above average lol.

    If anyone has knowledge of IT specifics and can explain a way in which these sites operate and can potentially cheat would be very much appreciated. I am up like 50 bucks from playing but thinking about going all in with my winnings. Seems like in order to be successful guys with the most lineups take the prize.

    Not really worth anyone's time if cheating is involved.


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    you gotta be kidding me. i am the only one here with a gambling addiction. lol.

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    I've got 2 kids in college, man.

    I ain't goin' anywhere near that sort of crap, or anything else that has the potential of vacuuming out my wallet (other than college bills).

    Now the youngest (HS soph) is talking MIT/Stanford.

    I'll be on a beans & rice/ rice & beans plan.
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    I can't play any of the daily fantasy sports because I live in Washington state where they're illegal. There was a really interesting article in last week's New Yorker about fantasy sports, a large portion of which was about daily fantasy sites and the guys who play them professionally. This part might explain what happened to you:

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...13/dream-teams

    Munter has been known to create two hundred teams in a night, at two dollars apiece, preferring a low-risk, high-volume approach, like a day trader. “First fifty teams I make, I won’t even do a spreadsheet,” he said. “I’ll look at the players and just know—like, K. J. McDaniels, that’s a good price for him. Tony Wroten, that’s a good price.” (The entrance fees are real, but the “salaries”—subject to a cap, just as in the N.B.A.—remain notional.)

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    I've got 2 kids in college, man.

    I ain't goin' anywhere near that sort of crap, or anything else that has the potential of vacuuming out my wallet (other than college bills).

    Now the youngest (HS soph) is talking MIT/Stanford.

    I'll be on a beans & rice/ rice & beans plan.
    I saw recently that Stanford is waiving tuition for families who make less than $125,000 a year. Just try to make less than that and he should be okay.

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    I dont have any insight. However, I use Fan Duel frequently, have never won anything significant and have had the same suspicions in the past. The odds are never in your favor, just like any form of gambling. You may think you know sports well enough to succeed, but in reality you can't predict player performance or outcomes of games.

    One way to get around the suspicion is to only play small group leagues. Monitor each user lineup throughout the league.. This obviously cannot be done in large group leagues you mentioned participating in. Also, a greater number of team entries = a greater probability of winning. People realize that and play with multiple entries.

    I will continue to use fan duel because it's fun and gives me another reason to watch sports! I don't spend what I can't afford, and don't expect to win. I will update if I get lucky enough to win something worth mentioning, or come across any suspicious activity.. but for now the mystery remains!

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    I play fan duel for free. I never gamble on it. I was thinking of starting a free fed league for the forum if ppl wanted to play. But on the free side I have seen ppl win multiple times with the same line up. Last week I won five contest with the same line up.

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    I told myself I'll never get involved with sports gambling. I think it would just make me nuts, poor, and ruin the whole watching experience of sports.

    My feeling about FanDuel is that if they have the money to advertise with the amount of commercials they put on TV, have the ability to offer those deposit bonuses codes all the time, then they're clearly making good money off the people that participate.

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    I dont have any insight. However, I use Fan Duel frequently, have never won anything significant and have had the same suspicions in the past. The odds are never in your favor, just like any form of gambling. You may think you know sports well enough to succeed, but in reality you can't predict player performance or outcomes of games.

    One way to get around the suspicion is to only play small group leagues. Monitor each user lineup throughout the league.. This obviously cannot be done in large group leagues you mentioned participating in. Also, a greater number of team entries = a greater probability of winning. People realize that and play with multiple entries.

    I will continue to use fan duel because it's fun and gives me another reason to watch sports! I don't spend what I can't afford, and don't expect to win. I will update if I get lucky enough to win something worth mentioning, or come across any suspicious activity.. but for now the mystery remains!


    Thank you. Thats exactly the issue. How can one monitor 34,000 entries, or at times up to 100,000. Its impossible. Like I stated below, I have only a handful of times been in the running enough to actually care. However, most recently I began running spreadsheets and crunching the numbers, I am an accountant so those types of things come very naturally to me. Ive been playing a let it ride type of style where if I win I increase number of entries.

    I will make no bones about it, without doing the research you better be a savant if you expect to win. With research I have been able to play with "house money" if you will. I stick to the dollar games and every once in awhile may throw out a 2 or 5 buck bet but rarely. Now if I begin winning significantly I will raise the stakes, but for me its simply a form of entertainment.

    With that said, if these sites are scam, and I suspect it could be a real possibility, it takes alot of the enjoyment out of it. No way to prove it I guess except see if I can win. If there is a next time where I reach so high up the leaderboard, bet your *** I will be scanning through about the first 300 some pages of entries with a keen eye to has the potential to move up.

    Just found it highly unusual someone could play the same 15 lineups and take first place. Just completely sucked the winnings right out from under me. Its alot of fun, but in order to win a substantial amount of research is involved. NBA is very tricky, but the NFL stuff is second nature with the fact I play in a league with buddies and keep up on it anyways.

    Just wish there was some way of knowing whether this site is legit or a potential scam. At 10% rake, it better be legit. Whoever owns it would stand to lose a fortune just based upon a cut of that magnitude. Hell even most casino's only take 5-7%.

    Never been into lottery tickets or stuff like that. But playing sports for money... hell yea sign me up. Keep you posted on my progress if I indeed do get lucky. 50 lineups is alot but I skimmed through over 10,000 entries and its fairly common occurence to see many of the entrants play this amount or possibly even more. I believe one guy has over 200 damn lineups.


    What concerns me most is someone updating the lineups way after the lock has taken place.

    Thanks all for the feedback. Appreciated.

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    It's 100% legit. I did it a good amount for NFL but never won anything of consequence.

    You can't change your lineups after lock. FD and DK both have different rules on when players lock and on player scoring.

    And in case you missed it ESPN bought a share of DraftKings about 2 weeks ago for 250 million. These sites aren't going anywhere

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    I may have messed around with it, but I live in Arizona, another state where you can't gamble for money online.
    "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

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    There is absolutely no way it's a scam, some guy just got extremely lucky. The cost benefit of fanduel creating their own entries to shoot up the boards and sweep the top few spots once in a while is nowhere near worth the risk of getting caught cheating considering how much money they make just straight off of the rake.

    In a 340,000 entry league with even just a 2 dollar entry (680k) they take something like 100,000 straight off the top. And if memory serves me correct, they have multiple of those every single night during the nba season, not to mention numerous other leagues with larger entry fees (albeit less participants). The idea that they would risk hundreds of millions of dollars in future revenue to steal about $500k in one league would make the people who run fanduel the absolute dumbest people on the face of the earth.

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    Also, by your own account, aside from this 1 lucky guy with 15 entries, there were 580 or so other people who shot up the ranks fast enough to drop you from 100 to 700. Fanduel would just be asking to get caught if they created that many fake entries to shoot up the league late in the contest. Out of 340,000 entries, it really isn't surprising that 600 of them went past you in the last game of the night.

    And from my own experience, having only 2 players left with a game to play, even if they're s"studs" you're bound to drop significantly because lots of people like stacking players in a single game, especially when there's not a lot of games that night to choose from and out of those people almost all of them will also have those same "studs" in their lineups .

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    It's 100% legit. I did it a good amount for NFL but never won anything of consequence.

    You can't change your lineups after lock. FD and DK both have different rules on when players lock and on player scoring.

    And in case you missed it ESPN bought a share of DraftKings about 2 weeks ago for 250 million. These sites aren't going anywhere
    Thinking of transitioning over to DK this fall. good info to know.

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    I only started playing because I seen I could play for free. I have enjoyed it so much playing for free. I have thought about maybe playing a dollar a week next season. But I will probably still play for free. So just remover guys you can have fun and not spend a dime. When you play for free you can enter 10 line ups a day.


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    Thank you. Thats exactly the issue. How can one monitor 34,000 entries, or at times up to 100,000. Its impossible. Like I stated below, I have only a handful of times been in the running enough to actually care. However, most recently I began running spreadsheets and crunching the numbers, I am an accountant so those types of things come very naturally to me. Ive been playing a let it ride type of style where if I win I increase number of entries.

    I will make no bones about it, without doing the research you better be a savant if you expect to win. With research I have been able to play with "house money" if you will. I stick to the dollar games and every once in awhile may throw out a 2 or 5 buck bet but rarely. Now if I begin winning significantly I will raise the stakes, but for me its simply a form of entertainment.

    With that said, if these sites are scam, and I suspect it could be a real possibility, it takes alot of the enjoyment out of it. No way to prove it I guess except see if I can win. If there is a next time where I reach so high up the leaderboard, bet your *** I will be scanning through about the first 300 some pages of entries with a keen eye to has the potential to move up.

    Just found it highly unusual someone could play the same 15 lineups and take first place. Just completely sucked the winnings right out from under me. Its alot of fun, but in order to win a substantial amount of research is involved. NBA is very tricky, but the NFL stuff is second nature with the fact I play in a league with buddies and keep up on it anyways.

    Just wish there was some way of knowing whether this site is legit or a potential scam. At 10% rake, it better be legit. Whoever owns it would stand to lose a fortune just based upon a cut of that magnitude. Hell even most casino's only take 5-7%.

    Never been into lottery tickets or stuff like that. But playing sports for money... hell yea sign me up. Keep you posted on my progress if I indeed do get lucky. 50 lineups is alot but I skimmed through over 10,000 entries and its fairly common occurence to see many of the entrants play this amount or possibly even more. I believe one guy has over 200 damn lineups.


    What concerns me most is someone updating the lineups way after the lock has taken place.

    Thanks all for the feedback. Appreciated.
    Well, as promised, I have an update:

    Today I played my daily $1 baseball lineup in a contest with 17,241 entries. To my surprise I scored 71.75 points and finished 3rd of 17,241. It paid $750.00 to my $1.00. 1st and 2nd place tied with 72 points each only beating me by .25 points. Couldn't be happier to announce FanDuel is legit! Never really thought I'd get this lucky, but sure enough!

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    Well, as promised, I have an update:

    Today I played my daily $1 baseball lineup in a contest with 17,241 entries. To my surprise I scored 71.75 points and finished 3rd of 17,241. It paid $750.00 to my $1.00. 1st and 2nd place tied with 72 points each only beating me by .25 points. Couldn't be happier to announce FanDuel is legit! Never really thought I'd get this lucky, but sure enough!
    It is payment I am also concerned about. Keep hearing Indiana does not allow a player to collect winnings.

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    It is payment I am also concerned about. Keep hearing Indiana does not allow a player to collect winnings.
    I did a little research and found that Fantasy Sports is considered " a game of skill " rather than sports gambling to every state except Arizona, Iowa, Montana, Louisiana and Washington. In 2006 the US Federal Government passed a law called the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act which was designed to prevent gambling over the internet. The law included a carve out that clarified the legality of fantasy sports.
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    I did a little research and found that Fantasy Sports is considered " a game of skill " rather than sports gambling to every state except Arizona, Iowa, Montana, Louisiana and Washington. In 2006 the US Federal Government passed a law called the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act which was designed to prevent gambling over the internet. The law included a carve out that clarified the legality of fantasy sports.
    I just want to make sure before football season. I have tried contacting a tax attorney in indiana but they all want paid to answer one question. It may be the free games that FD or DK has to offer. I have researched other articles including the indy star which has written a column stating that it is legal in the State.

    Prefer to know without a doubt. Would suck to win and not be able to cash. however, I believe there are ways around this, such as transacting with PayPal. From what I have read paypal may be the best way to go anyways.

    Congrats on your win. Appreciate the feedback very much.

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    ESPN invested $250 million into DraftKings. They wouldn't do that if they were concerned about the government shutting them down.

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    I have terrible luck. Don't gamble.
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