Two DFS industry leaders recently came together to offer a special tournament series designed to address one of the true “lightning rod” topics amongst both players and even daily fantasy outsiders – mass multi-entry. The FanDuel Single Entry Series, which kicked off June 27, is sponsored by DFS player community hub Rotogrinders.com and consists of a four-week stretch of single entry MLB contests —the $1 entry MLB Bunt (Week 1), the $25 entry MLB Pickoff (Week 2), the $5 entry MLB Single (Week 3) and the $50 entry MLB Blast (Week 4).
Cash Payouts and Live Final Seat Awarded Weekly
Contestants are allowed to enter each week’s designated contest during the 9-11 occasions that FanDuel offers them over those seven days. Each player has their four best scores in that week’s designated contest count towards their “series total”, meaning all other lower scores are negated. All four of those scores are then added to tabulate that player’s combined score for that week. In addition to whatever payouts they may have earned from the contests they cashed in, each contestant also qualifies for additional cash prizes exclusive to series participants based on their finishing position for the week.
The top combined score in each of the four weeks is awarded a VIP trip for two to a Live Final during the World Fantasy Baseball Championship in Rotogrinders’ home base of Nashville, Tennessee, where first place will take home $10,000. The remaining weekly cashing positions are distributed as follows:
Live Final in Nashville during WFBC
With only four contestants in the live final, each player can naturally qualify only once. If a person who’s already won a live final seat qualifies a second time, that seat will go to the week’s second-place finisher. In addition to the aforementioned $10,000 top prize, the remaining three Live Final qualifiers are rewarded as follows:
The contest’s weekly leaderboard is being updated daily on Rotogrinders. User ‘sysear’ took the first Live Final seat in Week 1 with a cumulative weekly score of 972.30. As of the beginning of play on Tuesday, July 5th, its user ‘albertoben’ in the early lead with a score of 406.80, with ‘dasmackattack’ in second with 363.50. Notably, less than eight points separate the other three players in the Top 5.
Joint Venture for Good of DFS Industry and Players
A single entry-themed contest series had apparently already been in the works at FanDuel when Rotogrinders approached them several months ago, according to a post on the site’s forums by Rotogrinders co-founder and administrator Cal Spears. One of the driving forces behind both entities having conceived of such a series was to give players of varying bankroll sizes a chance at lucrative payouts, without the concern of mass multi-entry.
“Big multi entry tournaments should always be featured at the top of the lobby, but players should also have exciting single entry or low entry cap alternatives,” Spears explained in his post announcing the series.
The Single Entry series certainly helps enhance the industry’s “skill game” argument, considering that it enables users to enjoy a level playing field each time they enter each individual contest. While those with a more ample bankroll will naturally have the ability to partake in more of the contests each week, the format of the series inherently eliminates the stigma of any one user being able to flood any one tournament with an inordinate amount of entries.