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Man from Inverness turns €2 into €30,000 and wins World Championship of Fantasy Football

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MAN FROM INVERNESS TURNS €2 INTO €30,000 AND WINS THE THIRD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF FANTASY FOOTBALL ON SALAH BEING SUBBED OFF 30 SECONDS BEFORE FINAL WHISTLE!

In a thrilling finale of the third World Championship of Fantasy Football, the winner was decided by the smallest of margins, as three players all ended up at 146 points! The tiebreaker was the lowest budget spent in the final round, which turned out to propel ‘ fscottl’ to the top. However, the user ‘ gaffel’ would have won it all if Salah had not been subbed off 30 seconds before the end! I t was a dramatic win for ‘ fscottl’, who is a relatively new name on the Fanteam, and who qualified for the final through a €2 satellite!

The World Championship is a yearly dual-game week event played daily fantasy-style, in two separate game weeks for the English Premier League. The event runs on Europe’s biggest Daily Fantasy site; FanTeam.com. This year we had 116 participants, who either qualified through satellites or paid the entry fee of €1,050. A €100,000 guaranteed prize pool grew to €116,000 while the first prize was €30,000.

After the first round last weekend, the user ‘ fscottl’ had the lead with 88 points, nicely helped by De Bruyne (13 points), Manè (10 points) and Martial (9 points) (team attached). However, there were only 11 points separating 20th place from the leader, so the championship was wide open before the last round that started on New Year’s Day.

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Indeed, ‘ fscottl’ was passed by several competitors as the majority of matches in the second round came to a conclusion. With only Liverpool – Sheffield United as the only remaining fixture, ‘ fscottl’ found himself in 7th place. He still had a chance, as many of the entries above him had used all of their 11 players, while ‘ fscottl’ had two unused players: Alexander-Arnold and Manè. As Manè scored a goal, and Alexander Arnold kept a clean sheet, ‘fscottl’ took over the first place with the narrowest of margins.

But, there was a big obstacle ahead for ‘ fscottl’; with FanTeam`s fantasy scoring system midfielders and attackers get an extra point for playing the full match, and with only minutes left of the match, ‘ gaffel’ had Salah still on the pitch and as captain. This meant that if Salah played the full match, ‘gaffel’ would win the WCOFF and shove ‘ fscottl’ down to a 2nd place and a €20,000 prize instead!

The cheers in Inverness must have been rather noticeable, as with only 40 seconds left in overtime, the referee blew his whistle, signaled a substitution, and cameras shifted from Henderson to Salah. Salah walked off as the last Liverpool substitute to give youngster Harvey Elliott his first Premier League seconds, and at the same time earning ‘ fscottl’ €10,000 extra and the famous WCOFF trophy.

Link to the tournament: https://fanteam.com/fantasy/dashboard/222021/3397929/21

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Underdog Fantasy Partners with Sift to Prevent Fraud, Protect Users

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Underdog Fantasy, the fast-growing sports gaming platform, announced a new partnership with Sift, the leader in Digital Trust & Safety, to protect users against fraud and streamline transactions.

Sift’s platform uses machine learning and a global data network of 1 trillion annual events to identify high-risk transactions in real time. Sift’s technology enables Underdog to prevent the use of stolen payment methods on its platform, reducing fraudulent chargebacks and false positives that create friction for legitimate players. With adoption from Underdog, Sift has cemented itself as the preferred fraud protection solution for daily fantasy and online gaming.

“Protecting our players through innovation is part of our DNA, and we’re thrilled to partner with Sift in this important mission. Sift’s industry expertise and innovative use of machine learning allow us to instantly identify and block emerging fraud threats without creating hurdles for our players. This partnership will help us further ensure our players can trust that Underdog will give them a fun, fair, and secure environment to increase their enjoyment of sports,” said Dustin Cooper, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Underdog Fantasy.

“With Sift’s deep and broad coverage in the online gaming industry, we have a unique level of visibility into different fraud patterns affecting the sector. Underdog Fantasy abides by a player-first mentality, and we’re confident our solution will help them do even more to protect their community without compromising a great user experience,” said Armen Najarian, Sift’s Chief Marketing Officer.

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Ultimate Autographs Partners with Underdog Fantasy

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Ultimate Autographs, the industry-leading sports autograph and memorabilia company, has partnered with Underdog Fantasy, the fastest-growing sports gaming platform, to offer its customers even more ways to play and win on each respective website and platform. The companies will work together to expand the online value of live sports entertainment and sports memorabilia collecting.

“Partnering with Underdog is great for the industry and great for our customers. Their platform provides sports fans with the ability to increase their enjoyment of sports and individual athlete performance, and now offer those same fans even more ways to play and win signed sports memorabilia through Ultimate Autograph’s Live Breaks. It extends their experience from premier autographed sports collectibles to innovative fantasy sports games,” Matt Sollis, co-owner of Ultimate Autographs, said.

Ultimate Autographs customers now have the ability to not only benefit from Underdog’s first deposit match promotion of $100, but will also receive a complimentary $20 gift card for use in any Ultimate Autographs live break.

“We are excited to announce our partnership with Ultimate Autographs. Their unique value proposition of offering unique, authentic and custom autographed sports memorabilia in a live break format aligns with our philosophy of extending the overall enjoyment of the live sports experience,” Andrew Mackens, Partnerships Manager at Underdog, said.

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Underdog Fantasy Elevates CRM Marketing with Optimove’s AI-Powered Capabilities

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Underdog Fantasy announced it has selected Optimove, the leading CRM Marketing platform for the iGaming sector, as the brand’s solution for AI-led segmentation, orchestration, and personalization at scale.

Underdog Fantasy has enhanced its CRM marketing strategy with Optimove’s advanced AI marketing capabilities, reducing the complexity of large-scale marketing operations.

Underdog Fantasy gains four vital capabilities from Optimove’s CRM Marketing solution that underscores its commitment to elevate player experiences:

  • In-depth customer insights: access unified customer data to create as many creative customer segments as they desire without relying on other teams.
  • Smart Orchestration: freed from manually mapping every customer journey by combining AI with business rules for smart multichannel orchestration.
  • Enhanced marketing attribution: measure the incremental impact of each message along the customer journey, enabling true multitouch marketing attribution.
  • Personalization at Scale: empowered to personalize each marketing message’s audience, channel, and content levels with seamless and scalable tools.

Underdog Fantasy’s platform is available in 41 states and Canada, making it a significant competitor in the fantasy sports landscape.

“We are honored to be chosen by Underdog, a clear leader in fantasy sports. They are a dynamic company in the sports iGaming industry. We are excited to support their strong momentum and rapid growth with our tools and capabilities. We will empower Underdog Fantasy in delivering personalized, tailored experiences to each player based on their preferences and needs. Our advanced AI-driven features align perfectly with Underdog’s growth-focused approach. Our comprehensive CRM marketing solution, enhanced by four cutting-edge AI capabilities, is geared to ensure Underdog Fantasy creates highly personalized customer journeys, fosters loyalty and trust, and maximizes the players’ lifetime value,” Tomer Imber, Senior Director of Sales at Optimove, said.

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“Optimove’s advanced AI-driven marketing solutions will help empower us to create tailored, meaningful journeys for each player, building trust and boosting loyalty. It supports commitment to providing the best experience for our players. As we continue to grow and expand our presence in the sports gaming industry, we recognize the importance of enhancing our capabilities to meet players’ growing expectations and prevent marketing fatigue,” Liz Marro, Chief Marketing Officer at Underdog Fantasy, said.

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