SportsGeek so cool!

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You ever have a feeling that certain players are going to go off on a given night, but not feel too good about the point spread?

It happens all the time to me where I’ll say that I know Kevin Love is going to go for 20 points and 17 rebounds, but I can’t bet the Timberwolves.

Maybe that’s just me, but I’m a complete fantasy nerd. I play fantasy football, NASCAR, NBA, NHL, MLB, EPL soccer and just about anything else I can be a part of.

What being a fantasy nerd does is keep me up to date on everything going on in the sports world. While I don’t wager every day, when I’m ready to, I’m well equipped and educated on what’s going on thanks to fantasy sports.

I came across a web site last week that is perfect for me, especially the name. It’s called SportsGeek.com, where people from all over the country compete against each other in daily matchups for all amounts of money. It’s in the same format of Poker web sites where you enter a daily challenge for cash, except this is completely legal within the United States.

For instance, last week I played two daily NBA Challenges where I pick a roster of two guards, two forwards, a center and three flex players based on a salary cap.

One Challenge was $22 with a limit of six people, where the team with the top score gets $80 and the second best squad gets $40. SportsGeek.com simply makes its money by taking the 10% juice, or rake. I didn’t win, but I had a great time – better than my regular NBA fantasy team, just watching the actual players play their games that night.

The second Challenge cost me $2 and was limited to 75 people with the top-15 getting cash prizes. In that one, I held my own for the entire day sitting in second place, but then Nick Young of the Wizards sat out of Saturday’s game giving me a loss. But for $2, it was quite a thrill and satisfied all my thirst for gambling, watching games and testing my knowledge in picking players against certain teams.

It had me analyzing everything with past trends, game totals, back to back nights like I would for betting a game, but it was deeper because of dealing with the individual player. It challenged me to the fullest and gave me a rush. I wanted to win bad, and it wasn’t just for the money, it was pride to try and show off my skills.

All this for $2, you can’t beat that type of fun.

During the NFL season, SportsGeek.com paid out $316,000 with weekly Challenges that ranged from $2 to $215, or whatever amount any player wanted to bet. You can start your own challenges and go head to head, or get in part of a group with several different dollar amounts.

Here in Las Vegas we have a few sports books that offer daily props on players. Cantor Gaming has their In-Running wagering on players stat lines during the games, but it’s kind of surprising that no one in town has done more with fantasy sports.

It’s especially surprising that no casino would jump on board something like SportsGeek.com has done because it’s permitted throughout the country with the exception of two states. Unlike sports betting accounts, which are only allowed to be taken within state lines, fantasy sports cash can be taken across those lines.

Millions of people play fantasy sports across the country and are comfortable with the process, where as some of those same people are intimidated with making actual bets with their knowledge, or even the thought of gambling, even though playing fantasy sports is gambling.

The NFL, who goes out of their way to distance themselves from Las Vegas and gambling, is somewhat hypocritical on their stance as they have a huge portion of their daily traffic to NFL.com because of their fantasy page.

If you get a chance, check it out, you’ll love it. For this fantasy nerd, SportsGeek.com is the place for be. I am hooked, and hopefully I’ll have better results down the road than my first two challenges.

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