DFS firm StatHero, known for its fantasy survivor pools, has announced the launch of Rivals, a new daily fantasy sportsbook comprising a new DFS game format that allows users to play one-on-one against the house.
In a statement released by the company today, Rivals was described as being unlike most DFS games that require users to play within a larger group, making it the “first game of skill DFS sportsbook on the market”.
The Rivals structure, said the firm, mimics a true sportsbook with no edits, time stamps, and dynamic odds. Players just set their buy-in and create the best line-up under the salary cap to beat StatHero’s line-up.
Rivals currently has live games for the NBA, PGA, NHL and the NFL playoffs, and is operational in the 32 states where StatHero is available. This national launch, said the company, provides users in states where sports betting is not legal, like California, Florida and Texas, a sportsbook experience while playing a game of skill.
Rivals distinguishes itself by giving users the ability to play one-on-one against the House rather than thousands of other users. If a user’s line-up beats StatHero’s, they win. The prize goes directly to the winner and is not split amongst a group.
Players can also examine lineups before the game in their entirety. This feature is cited by the company as advantageous for users in that it helps them gain better insight into creating the strongest line-up possible. Additionally, the user sets the stakes. The object of the game is winner take-all, line-up versus line-up, the player versus the house.
StatHero CEO Jason Jaramillo commented on the launch: “For years, DFS players have yearned for an opportunity to control their own fate. A game focused on the individual, rather than beating thousands. A one-on-one game versus the house creates an experience that operates just like a sportsbook, giving users in states where betting isn’t legal the experience that they’ve been clamoring for.
“We at StatHero are excited to provide our users with the most innovative DFS platform on the market that provides greater value, more opportunities to win, and an enhanced experience that will reshape the future of DFS.”