Industry leader FanDuel will spice up the beginning of summer for MLB DFS players with a $600,000 MLB live championship at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California from June 3-5. As per FanDuel’s website, the contest will consist of 80 participants, who will gain entry through a series of qualifiers ranging in entry fee from $25-$500. Qualifier contests will continue running regularly on FanDuel until all 80 spots have been filled.
Reduced Prize Pool in 2016
The total prize pool for the 2016 event is $600,000, a step down from the $750,000 that was spread amongst 70 participants in the 2015 version of the proceedings. First prize in this year’s edition will match last year’s $100,000 haul, but prize allotments for the remaining finishers have all been subject to a reduction.
Whereas a total of $340,000 was paid out to the top 10 finalists in the 2015 edition of the championship, a total of $270,000 will be disbursed to those who finish in the same slots in 2016. Among the changes, second-fifth place finishers in 2016 will each see a $10,000 reduction from what each of their 2015 counterparts received. The minimum prize amount awarded to those finishing in 56-80th place will be $3,000. In 2015, those finishing in the lowest tier of the contest (56th-70th place) received $5,000.
VIP Experience for All Finalists
As described by FanDuel, the winner will receive three days and two VIP nights in Los Angeles. Each Qualifier winner will also be awarded a trip package worth $4,200, which will include $1,000 airfare credit to be used in purchasing a round-trip plane ticket to Los Angeles, as well as chauffeured transportation from the airport to the hotel.
There will be two nights of upscale accommodations included as well, and entry into a welcome reception hosted by the site on June 3rd. The actual date of the contest is Saturday, June 4th, which will consist of the Saturday Championship viewing party hosted by Playboy Playmates on the grounds of the Playboy Mansion.
Naturally, finalists will have full access to all of the day’s MLB action as they track the performance of their respective DFS lineups. There will be an abundance of catered food and beverage, along with a host of games and activities throughout the afternoon and evening.
Entries Capped To Three Per Player
FanDuel has capped the qualifying limit to three entries for any one player, a move that closely parallels DraftKings’ decision to scale back the maximum entry limit to their Fantasy Baseball World Championship to six after some backlash from some in the DFS community. Finalists who do garner more than one qualifying entry have the option of transferring the trip package or having 75 percent of its cash value deposited into their FanDuel accounts directly.
The Playboy Mansion event becomes the second live championship announced this year by one of the two industry leaders that will see some form of alteration to their prize and participant structure. DraftKing’s aforementioned FBWC, which matched last year’s total prize pool of $4 million, nevertheless saw some shifting of the allotments within the total pool and an increase in the number of contestants.
FanDuel’s 2015 edition of the Playboy event, which took place just mere months before the industry’s legal firestorm that began consuming headlines in the fall of that year, was its first MLB-themed contest at the Mansion after having conducted NFL-and-NBA-themed competitions there previously.