Wednesday, September 28, 2011 : POKER INSTRUCTORS ENTER THE FANTASY SPORTS SECTOR
Cardrunner founders try a new line of business
Taylor Caby and Andrew Wiggins, the founders of the poker coaching website CardRunners, have announced a move into the fantasy sports sector with the launch of Draft Day.com, a daily fantasy sports website offering cash games, strategy blogs and a forum for daily fantasy sports enthusiasts.
The launch starts with the DraftDay Perfect Lineup competition, inviting users to draft the fantasy team with the exact top scoring players at each position to win a $1 million grand prize.
"Taylor and I started tossing around the idea of a fantasy sports website years ago, but the timing was never right," said Wiggins this week. "After I won my MLB league last season, I took it as a sign that we needed to push the idea toward reality. There's no season-long commitment and there's always a draft available."
DraftDay currently offers free and cash daily games for fantasy football and fantasy baseball. Unlike most fantasy leagues that bind players to their team for the entire season, DraftDay allows users to participate in multiple leagues every day, in head-to-head and multiple player games.
The duo are confident that their new venture will appeal to online poker players. With the fate of the online poker industry still resting in legislator's hands,
"There is a social aspect to fantasy sports that you also find in poker. It's competitive, stats driven and an adrenaline rush. It's also a great way to make a hobby into something really profitable," said Wiggins.