Are you one of the many betting enthusiasts who also enjoys a little fantasy sports gaming from time to time? Do you participate in fantasy sports games for the Premier League or perhaps the NFL?
If the answer is ‘yes’ to that question, then there is great news from you from bet365 Sport, as the company has just released a brand new Fantasy Sports section alongside its family of betting, casino, poker and bingo sites.
At the moment, the Fantasy Sports option is open to UK-based customers only, though bet365 does have plans to open up the service in other parts of the world in the near future.
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In this preview, we are going to examine what bet365 Fantasy Sports is, what options are available to bet365 customers, what to expect when playing the fantasy games and of course, whether or not you could win some cash playing them.
Bet365 Fantasy Sports – Quick FAQs
What are the Fantasy Sports games at bet365?
As the name suggests, the bet365 Fantasy Sports games are a series of fantasy games which customers of the site can play against each other in order to try and win cash by finishing in one of the paying finishing places on the leaderboard for that game.
Currently, bet365 is offering fantasy games based on football (which is by far the most numerous and popular option), tennis and golf, although this can and is likely to be expanded to include other fantasy sports options in future.
Are the Fantasy Sports games free to play at bet365?
No, the fantasy sports games are not free to play at bet365 (not unless bet365 decide to offer a free fantasy game, perhaps as part of a special promotion or offer).
To participate in a fantasy sport tournament, you will need to pay an entry fee. How much that entry fee is varies from tournament to tournament ranging from just a few pence to play, up to entry fees closer to the £100 mark for higher rollers or more experienced (and confident) fantasy gamers.
Why do I pay an entry fee?
As is the case with many Fantasy tournaments around the world, your entry fee will be used to increase the value of the prize pool on offer in the tournament. The more entrants your tournament has, or the higher the entry fee, then generally the greater the value of the prize pool will be.
On some events, the bet365 site may take a rake from the tournament, but this is stated in the details of each tournament and is generally a small percentage of the total prize pool.
It is perhaps easier to view your entry fee as your ‘stake’ in the tournament, and it is then down to your Fantasy Sports selection skills to ensure that you pick a team/group that will score enough points for you to earn a place in the paying positions of the tournament.
Of course, the higher in the paying positions of a tournament you finish, then the greater the value of the cash prize you will receive.
What Fantasy Sports games are on offer?
There are a number of different fantasy sports games on offer at bet365, starting with the standard fantasy sports game, where you pick your team of players, or group of players, based on a salary cap system and they score points for you based on their performance in the match or matches that will make up the basis for the tournament.
However, alongside those games there are a trio of other types of fantasy games you can play.
Pursuits – In this version of fantasy sports, competitors are given a handicap based on how likely they are to score points for you. The higher scoring selections will be those given the biggest handicap. Players can then select their teams with no salary cap in place, but they may start the game with negative points if they pick players that tend to score highly in fantasy sports.
The flip side of this is if you pick a player with a positive handicap, who is usually a poor points scorer in fantasy sports, you may begin the tournament with a positive points score due to the handicap system.
One Bullet – A simple term which describes any Fantasy Sports tournament that only allows each user to make one entry into it. These are sometimes called Single Entry fantasy games on the site too.
Tiers – Used in fantasy sports other than soccer, these games sees competitors grouped according to their ability into a number of tiers and players must select their team by picking a stated number of players from each tier.
How do I know what the rules are for each Fantasy Sport tournament?
As well as having information in the Fantasy Sports section for customers to review before they start playing the games, bet365 Sport also ensures that each Fantasy Sport game has a dedicated section available that details all you need to know about the tournament.
This is the Details section for each tournament and when you click on it, you will see an overview for the tournament, the Fixtures that will make up the tournament, the details about the number of entries, how the prize pool will be divided up between the players and lastly, the Rules of the tournament, such as how many players you can draft and in what positions etc.
You can review the rules of the tournament before you decide to enter it, which is a positive thing and you can even go through and pick a team before deciding against entering it if you so wish.
All in all, bet365 have made their Fantasy Sports section very accessible and open to customers who may not be familiar with this type of wagering and who want to know a little more about it before they make their first Fantasy Sport entry.
What happens if I enter a Fantasy tournament and win a cash prize?
If you win a cash prize in a fantasy tournament then this will be paid into your account immediately after the tournament has been completed and the scores for each player finalised.
Your prize is a cash prize, which means that there are no wagering requirements attached to it and you are free to spend it on what you like, or withdraw it from your account if you so wish.
You can see what Fantasy Sports are available by visiting the relevant section on the bet365 site. The Fantasy option is now available as a tab at the top of the page, or as a link from the Sports Betting section of the site.
Good luck and happy Fantasy Sports gaming!