FANDUEL STARTS IMPLEMENTING NEW EXPERT PLAYER REQUIREMENTS
 
Daily fantasy sports operator in early measures to placate lawmakers.
 
Daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel has moved quickly to implement consumer protection regulations being insisted upon by a number of US states, notably distinguishing experienced "sharks" from amateur "fish" among its players.
 
The company has rolled out two new initiatives designed to improve the recreational player gaming experience:
 
* The introduction of distinguishing badges on-site to differentiate experienced players from "highly experienced" players, safeguarding less experienced members from unwittingly entering into contests that might predominantly be populated by far more experienced and resourced players;
 
* The launch of exclusive "beginners only" contests open only to players who have entered less than 51 competitions. Fanduel says that beginner contests “have been built into the on-boarding process for new users, giving them a chance to improve their skills against other new users.”
 
The badges denoting players status have been awarded on the basis of more than 500 contests and/or have won over $2,500 across six or more contests, who are classified as "experienced", whilst "Highly experienced" are those who have a record of entering more than 1,000 contests and/or have won over $1,000 in four or more contests.
 
Those with experience levels below the above are simply beginners and have no badge.
 
Observers have been quick to point out that the very fact that beginners have no badge could make them a target, especially in contests where they post their own head-to-head challenges.