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DraftKings is taking its daily fantasy sports to the UK

Place your bets on Jamie Vardy, lads.
Billy Steele
February 5, 2016
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While daily fantasy sites DraftKings and FanDuel battle to stay open in the US, the former outfit is taking its games to the UK. Starting today, sports fans across the pond can take advantage of DraftKings' "innovative skill-based contests" to try and win cash. As you might expect, Premier League and Champions League soccer football is getting top billing for the contests alongside 11 other major sports, including NBA, NFL, NHL, UFC and eSports. In fact, DraftKings has a dedicated soccer site to keep you up to date on all the latest happenings. What's more, sports betting is legal in the UK, so the site stands to face less scrutiny there. But it's totally not gambling.

If you're unfamiliar with how daily fantasy works, here's quick primer. Players select a contest to enter before choosing a lineup of athletes based on salary. The better someone is on the pitch, the more you have to pay for them. EPL goal leader Jamie Vardy will set you back a significant amount, for example. How well you do in the game is based on the performance of athletes in your lineup. If you happen to win, you're entitled to a cash reward. Sound too good to pass up? You can set your lineup ahead of tomorrow's EPL action, if you're willing to give it a shot.

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