My Two Cents on Daily Fantasy Sports

I know it sounds shocking. How can an art enthusiast be into daily fantasy sports? Let me begin by saying that I live for art – it is just that sometimes I like to experiment and step out of my comfort zone. I will browse DeviantArt, Reddit,, and many other sites, just for fun. I might also be into mountain-climbing, tango, beer pong, and other things. Had you going for a second didn’t I?

Seriously though, I did try out daily fantasy sports since I really do enjoy watching an occasional game now and again. So, my fellow aesthetes, sit back and let me tell you what I think about this topic and what it’s all about.

What Is It?

Okay, so, you may have heard now and again that some people are running fantasy games at work. Basically, you assemble a non-existent team and see how they fare against others in the season. The way it works is that each team’s points are calculated based on their stats, as it would be impossible to actually put these teams against one another. While it may seem complicated, and it tends to be, many procedures can be made faster and more tolerable by using computers.

Daily Fantasy Sports

This is actually a subset of fantasy sports. There aren’t many differences between the two, though daily fantasy sports are more accelerated. Instead of following the entire season or off-season, points are calculated over competitions that last up to a week, though sometimes the whole thing could be over in a day.

Here’s the thing – it requires depositing some money. That’s right, boys and girls, it is a form of gambling and, as such, it is not legal everywhere.  For this reason, you need to be really careful when you are playing a game because it is not for those that struggle with responsible spending. Speaking of which, there are actually two types of games: guaranteed prize pool and cash games.

Guaranteed prize pool dishes out winning based on the percentile where your team ends up at the end of the competition. They also have higher stakes, which is why I steered clear of them. On the other hand, cash games are pretty straight forward. You don’t win big, but also don’t lose a lot either.

Now that we have got the basics out of the way, let me tell you about the time I decided to “be one of the guys” (I don’t know what came over me, honestly) and played a few games. I won’t get into details since I am a little self-conscious about the rookie mistakes I made regarding some of my choices. Suffice it to say, the stage was the MLS.

Trial by Fire

We would meet about once or twice a week at a pub. Originally, it was a guy I met at the gym that invited me to watch a few games over beers with his buddies. After a month or so, with constant input from my new friends, I felt comfortable enough to try my luck with daily fantasy football. Long story short, the boys were cool, though they did treat me with kid gloves from time to time.

One win and six losses later, we concluded that it was probably not my cup of tea. I must mention that games that we played were double-up, meaning that I had the same chance of winning as guessing which side a coin would land on. Still, I failed.

Like I’ve said, it is a fun thing to enjoy, it’s just not something I would see myself doing again soon. However, as you know, it is important to experiment with new things.

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