FantasyAces, a mid-sized player in the DFS space that has steadily made industry inroads since its March 2013 debut, is set to host its live NBA championship event Friday, March 25 – Saturday, March 26 in its home base of Southern California. The live final will feature a $250,000 prize pool, which represents a significant increase from the $100,000 awarded during the 2015 edition of the event.
The proceedings kick off on Friday, March 25th with a harbor cruise for the 20 contestants aboard a private motor yacht, complete with food and drink. When the finalists set foot back on land, they’ll be whisked to a welcome Reception Party at FLOAT, a rooftop bar at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego. All contestants will also enjoy accommodations at the hotel.
After the opening night revelry, participants will get down to the all-important task of conducting final research and constructing their lineups before gathering on Saturday, March 26th at Striders, an expansive two-story sports bar. Striders will feature a multitude of food, drink and naturally, a plentiful array of high-definition screens on which to watch the NBA action unfold throughout the day.
FantasyAces users had the opportunity to qualify for the live final beginning in mid-December, when the site initiated its series of multi-priced, weekly qualifier contests that took place over the following three months. There were also various satellite contests within the other in-season sports that Fantasy Aces features—NHL and PGA—that provided players the opportunity to win tickets to the qualifiers at lower price points.
The event’s pricing structure encouragingly steers clear of being overly top-heavy, and insures that even its last-place finisher will walk away with $2,000. In addition to the $100,000 first prize, the runner-up will receive $50,000, third place will be awarded $25,000, and fourth-and-fifth-place finishers will see their bankrolls increase by $12,500 and $10,000, respectively.
Keeping up with industry leaders
The $100,000 grand prize represents another step upward for the California-based operator, which has made significant strides in customer acquisition and recognition, despite a relatively low profile when compared to industry leaders DraftKings and FanDuel. FantasyAces distinguished itself relatively early on from other mid-tier companies in the DFS space by joining the pair of industry juggernauts as the only operators to offer live final events in multiple sports.
In addition to the NBA live finals, over the last five months FantasyAces has hosted a $100,000 College Football live event championship, as well as a 40-finalist NFL event with a half-million dollar prize pool. The two football-themed finals were preceded by a $250,000 MLB championship in August 2014 at Angel Stadium, as well as the aforementioned 2015 $100,000 NBA championship a year ago. The site made its live final debut back in November 2014 with a $100,000 NFL championship event.
With the industry’s ongoing battle for legal clarity continuing throughout the country—including in FantasyAces’ home state of California—the site continues to hone in on steady but continued growth. Following the NBA live final, the site will turn its attention to the upcoming MLB season, and is expected to announce plans for its 2016 MLB live final in the coming weeks.