Poker Entrepreneurs Launch DraftDay Daily Fantasy Sports Website with a Chance to Win $1 Million

Sep 27, 2011, 14:00 ET from DraftDay

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Taylor Caby and Andrew Wiggins, the founders of CardRunners, the leading poker instructional website, today announced their move into the fantasy sports realm with the launch of DraftDay (, a daily fantasy sports website complete with cash games, strategy blogs and a forum to serve as the central hub for daily fantasy sports enthusiasts.


In conjunction with the launch, the DraftDay Perfect Lineup contest will begin today, inviting users to draft the fantasy team with the exact top scoring players at each position to win the $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. "After I won my MLB league last season, I took it as a sign that we needed to push the idea toward reality. DraftDay is a unique fantasy sports experience that you won't find anywhere else. 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 you to your team for the entire season, DraftDay allows users to participate in multiple leagues every day, in head-to-head and multiple player games.

With the fate of the online poker industry still resting in legislator's hands, Caby and Wiggins are confident that poker players can attribute the same skills to daily fantasy sports.

"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. Caby agrees. "There's nothing better than sweating out a ballgame knowing one or two key plays can earn you money and bragging rights."

DraftDay was developed by some of the same people behind Hold'em Manager, an industry leading poker software company. Jim Varnon, the CEO of Hold'em Manager, is confident fantasy sports fans will appreciate DraftDay's simple and intuitive platform.

"From the start, there was no detail too small when it came to the user experience on DraftDay. Our focus is on creating an enjoyable fantasy sports game for experts and novices alike," said Varnon.

DraftDay endorsers include professional poker players Cole South and Brian Hastings, PokerNews' Kristy Arnett, and on-air SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio personality Kay Adams.

The DraftDay Perfect Lineup

The DraftDay Perfect Lineup contest will begin today and will run weekly during the regular NFL season. Enter the fantasy team with the exact top scoring players at each position that week to win the $1 million grand prize. No entry fee is required. The top 25 entered teams will get paid weekly.

About DraftDay

DraftDay ( is a daily fantasy sports website founded in 2011 to give sports fans a fun and challenging way to test their fantasy sports skills. DraftDay offers daily games for fantasy football, fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball and fantasy hockey with buy-ins ranging from no cost to $500. Players can participate in head-to-head or multiplayer games and enter numerous games in one day. The players who accumulate the highest amount of points for their fantasy teams can win real money. The DraftDay team has had previous success building the online video education and software businesses CardRunners and Hold'em Manager. All DraftDay games are legal in the U.S. and Canada, exempt from the 2006 UIGEA, using the same rules as season long fantasy leagues.

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