A new book that promises to blow the lid off the inner secrets of the daily fantasy sports industry has just been released and anyone who participates in the popular pastime will find the book not just fascinating but also financially rewarding.
The book, the first expose on fantasy sports, is called "Fantasy Sports, Real Money--The Unlikely Rise of Daily Fantasy, How to Play, How to Win" and is written by a former investigative reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bill Ordine.
According to a press release from the book's publisher, Las Vegas-based Huntington Press Publishers, "the unprecedented ad blitz unleashed by the leading daily fantasy sports purveyors starting in September, 2015 instantly propelled daily fantasy sports into the public consciousness.
"But it also had an unintended consequence, drawing the scrutiny of attorneys general and gaming regulators. Is it gambling? Is it legal? How did these companies, specifically FanDuel and DraftKings, manage to rise to their current level of prominence?
"These questions and many others are answered by award-winning writer Bill Ordine, who interviewed dozens of key figures from the authors of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 to lobbyists for major league sports that were involved in the pivotal Federal carve-out that enabled daily fantasy sports' precipitous rise."
The book also gives those who play daily fantasy sports some key insider information on how to succeed in the quasi-legal activity that may or may not be gambling.
According to the release, the book "instructs the beginning-to-intermediate daily fantasy sports participant, providing solid information on how to get into the game and compete, with strategies proven by the pros and case studies of daily fantasy sports champions.
"It covers football, baseball, basketball, hockey and even golf, with strategies for setting line-ups, maximizing salary-cap space, finding pricing inefficiencies, playing against or avoiding experts, identifying overlays and employing the concepts that are being implemented right now by experts to get the money."
The book comes out just as daily fantasy sports has come under fire from a number of fronts.
The attorney general for the State of New York is trying to shut down daily fantasy sports there, saying it's gambling, while gaming officials in the State of Nevada have already declared that it is gambling and must be regulated.
Government officials in several other states are also seeking to stop or at least control daily fantasy sports.
Georgia is trying to halt it and in Pennsylvania, officials want it to be legal but only if offered in a casino setting--people wouldn't be able to play from their homes.
By Tom Somach
Gambling 911 Staff Writer