Jon Cartu Best Bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for the PGA…

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The PGA TOUR travels to Memphis for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind. TPC Southwind had played host to the St. Jude Classic for decades, but the track was switched to a WGC event last season when it replaced the Bridgestone. Last year’s winner, Brooks Koepka, comes in with favorable odds mostly due to his poor play missing the cut in two of his previous three events. The last four winners of a WGC stroke-play tournament have been Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, all who rank inside the top 8 in OWGR. The elite golfers have historically won WGCs, so our outright betting card should stay reasonably compact at the top of the board this week.

For a full course preview and key statistics breakdown, refer to the DraftKings Preview on DraftKings Playbook. Here are the bets we should be considering this week on DraftKings Sportsbook.


Rory McIlroy to Win +1150

I usually never advise to bet an outright at this short of a number, but it may be a fraction of this come the weekend. McIlroy’s WGC record is impeccable. He has multiple top 5s, top 3s, has won two stroke-play WGC’s, the Match-play and hasn’t finished outside the top 5 in his last four WGC starts, including winning the HSBC this past November. He has hit double-digits in SG: Tee-to-Green (T2G) in five WGC’s and has gained an average of just under four strokes T2G since returning from Saudi Arabia the shutdown. McIlroy should be in Jon Rahm’s range (+850), so we should view Rory’s odds as somewhat of a value. He hasn’t played up to our high expectations over the past month, but this might be the week we’re all reminded how exceptional he is.


Xander Schauffele to Win +2000

Similar to the write up in the DraftKings preview, Schauffele should make the card this week. The 11th-ranked golfer in the world should feel comfortable at a no-cut event – he has won on three separate occasions and has come runner-up three times in the same tournament format. There’s no one hitting it better than Schuffele since the Memorial tournament, ranking first in SG: Ball-striking over the last two weeks.


Patrick Reed to Win +3500

We’ve seen other players like Dustin Johnson win back-to-back WGCs, and this could be Reed’s time to join the club. Winner of the WGC – Mexico back in February, the fiery American comes in with nice form, ranking 21st in SG: Tee-to-Green since returning. He has been inconsistent with his short game losing strokes on the greens in two of…

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Fahad Tamimi UK Gambling Commission Suspends Genesis Global…

  • The UK Gambling Commission has suspended Genesis Global’s UK gambling licenses effective immediately as it launches an investigation into a possible violation of the 2005 Gambling Act.
  • Twelve total Genesis Global gambling sites will be suspended temporarily, although players will still be able to log in to withdraw funds.
  • The UK government has recently begun to emphasize stronger regulation of the gambling industry in recent months, which could be partially motivating this investigation.

TA’ XBIEX, Malta – The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) announced Monday that it would be reviewing Genesis Global’s UK operations due to a possible breach of the 2005 Gambling Act.

The UKGC claims that it suspects Genesis of violating section 116(2)(a), which states that the Commission can launch a review if it “has reason to suspect that activities may have been carried on in purported reliance on the license, but not in accordance with [its] conditions.”

In other words, Genesis is suspected of reaping the rewards of its gambling licenses without fulfilling the obligations that license entails.

While the UKGC conducts its review, 12 Genesis Global sites will be suspended in the UK immediately, although the Commission has instructed Genesis to allow users to access their accounts to withdraw funds.

The sites affected are:

  • Casoola.com
  • Casinoplanet.com
  • Kassu.com
  • Casinocruise.com
  • Casinogods.com
  • Casinojoy.com
  • Genesiscasino.com
  • Pelaa.com
  • Sloty.com
  • Spela.com
  • Spinit.com
  • Vegashero.com

Genesis recently announced that it was developing its first online sportsbook, developed in partnership with SBTech, which operates under the same umbrella as DraftKings.

The company holds gambling licenses issued by the Malta Gaming Authority, as well as subsidiaries that are licensed in Spain and Sweden, although the latter two have run into regulatory concerns of their own.

Politically Motivated Investigation?

The UKGC’s investigation comes on the heels of a recent wave of parliamentary anti-gambling sentiment.

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, for example, called the UKGC “toothless” and claimed that it was in need of “radical overhaul.”

Earlier this month, the Select Committee on the Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry released a report titled “Time for Action,” which claimed that regulation of gambling operators in the UK was far too lax and that bettors were suffering as a result.

The text of the report laments the fact that gambling…

Josh Cartu

Billy Xiong DraftKings DFS Fantasy Golf Cheat Sheet: 2020 …

DraftKings DFS Fantasy Golf Cheat Sheet: 2020 ...

The Cheat Sheet provides fantasy golf players with course info, player history and the most noteworthy trends of the week to help them with their roster selections.


DraftKings is hosting another PGA Tour millionaire tournament that pays out $2.5 million in total prizes, including $1 million to first place. For only $20, draft six golfers for a shot to win the $1 million top prize. This contest is also part of the DraftKings Championship Series – Fantasy Tournament of Champions. In addition to the $1 million top prize, the winner will also earn a ticket to the Big Game in Tampa in February 2021 to compete for another $1 million top prize.

The millionaire slate locks at 6:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 9. Set your lineups here: $2.5M Millionaire [$1M to 1st].


The Field

The Tour heads into the midwest for a two-week stay at one of the more famous Tour venues, Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. The Workday Charity Open is a new event that is replacing the John Deere Classic on the schedule for 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. While the event is new, the venue won’t be, and it will be interesting to see how the players handle playing the same golf course two weeks in a row. Joining us for the first week of play at Muirfield will be the likes of Justin Thomas ($11,100), Jon Rahm ($10,900), Brooks Koepka ($10,400) and last year’s Memorial champ, Patrick Cantlay ($10,600). Again, while there’s technically no defending champion for this week, Cantlay did win on this course last year making him the de facto champ for this week as well.

Other former Muirfield winners in the field include Justin Rose ($9,700; won in 2010), Hideki Matsuyama ($10,000; won in 2014) and Matt Kuchar ($8,500; won in 2013). From a health standpoint, Kevin Na withdrew last week (back) but isn’t in the field here, and there were no reported cases of COVID-19 over the weekend in Detroit. However, be sure you follow DK Live leading up to tee off in case any breaking news in that area develops.


The Course

Muirfield Village—Dublin, Ohio

Par 72, 7,392 yards; Greens: Bentgrass

This week will mark the beginning of a two-week stretch where the players will be at Muirfield Village for two events in a row. While I’ve included parts of my old notes in here for Muirfield Village from Fahad Tamimi previous seasons, it’s important to note that the plan for the Tour is to set up the course differently for both events.

Muirfield will still play as a traditional Par 72 this week that measures between…

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Fahad Tamimi UFC 250 DraftKings MMA Millionaire: Amanda Nun…

Fantasy MMA

Fantasy MMA

UFC 250 is taking place on Saturday, June 6, and DraftKings is celebrating the big card by hosting a gigantic fantasy MMA tournament that will give users a chance to win $1 million. For only $25, draft six fighters for a shot to win the $1 million top prize. The upcoming fantasy MMA contest is part of the DraftKings Championship Series Fantasy Tournament of Champions. In addition to the top prize of $1 million, the winner of this fantasy MMA tournament will also earn a ticket to the Big Game in Tampa on February 7, 2021 to compete for another $1 million top prize. Set your MMA millionaire lineups here: $2.5M MMA Millionaire [$1M to 1st! + ToC Entry].

DraftKings salaries for the upcoming millionaire slate were released over the weekend, and below, we will take an early look at the slate. But first, let’s take a look at the DraftKings fantasy MMA scoring criteria for mixed martial arts fans who may be new to fantasy MMA.


Scoring Criteria

Moves

  • A significant strike is worth 0.5 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP). A significant strike is defined as any distance strike or clinch/ground strike that is considered a “power strike” by official scorers.
  • Advances on the ground are worth 3.0 DKFP. Advances include to half guard, to side control, to mount and to back control.
  • A takedown is worth 5.0 DKFP.
  • A reversal or sweep is worth 5.0 DKFP.
  • A knockdown is worth 10.0 DKFP. A knockdown is awarded to a fighter who knocks his/her opponent down due to debilitation for what the official scorers consider an appreciable amount of time.

Fight Conclusion Bonuses

DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) are awarded based on how quickly a fighter is able to finish the fight. Here’s a round-by-round breakdown:

  • 1st round win: 90 DKFP
  • 2nd round win: 70 DKFP
  • 3rd round win: 45 DKFP
  • 4th round win: 40 DKFP
  • 5th round win: 40 DKFP
  • Decision win: 30 DKFP

Curious about when major leagues and events will return? Check out our DraftKings Sports Calendar for the latest updates.


Most Expensive Fighter: Amanda Nunes ($9,400)

Nunes’ title defense headlines the UFC 250 card and she enters as a huge favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook over her opponent, Felicia Spencer ($6,800). The moneyline on Nunes to win currently sits at -590, which makes Nunes easily the biggest favorite on the slate. The rest of the DraftKings Sportsbook UFC 250 odds will be released later in the week, which should help give fantasy owners a clearer picture on which fights…

Josh Cartu