DraftKings enters the eSports market. Phil Hellmuth opens up about his time at Ultimate Bet. Amaya calls California a matter of when not if.

DraftKings launches eSports contests

Big news on the daily fantasy sports front today and it had nothing to do with commercials, sponsorships, or the upcoming slate of NFL games this weekend.

So what was the big news?

On Friday DraftKings announced it was going to start offering DFS contests based on eSports. And just like that the era of Fantasy eSports is now upon us.  DraftKings customers will now be able to assemble a lineup of eSport contestants who will compete at eSport tournaments.

Quick Hitters

– Amaya Gaming brass broke their silence on the company’s efforts to get an online poker bill passed in the state of California. The usually tight-lipped company opened up to the Financial Post, with Vice President of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser saying, “We see a lot of momentum and it’s really a question of when not if, and obviously we’re hoping that it’s sooner rather than later.”

– Phil Hellmuth fielded a tough question during his Reddit AMA yesterday, as Kevin “KevMath” Mathers asked the poker legend about his time at Ultimate Bet Poker and the scandal that occurred at the site. Hellmuth’s answer seems to be a bit of revisionist history, but at least he answered the question.

– The latest entry in our 2015 Poker Hall of Fame finalists countdown is perhaps the most surprising finalist of 2015, Italian poker pro Max Pescatori. Pescatori’s inclusion may have something to do with him winning two bracelets this summer, but considering the other deserving players who didn’t make the cut (Huck Seed and Mike Matusow to named two), his nomination is still a bit of a head scratcher.

– Legendary gambler and widely accused cheat Archie Karras exploits have landed him in Nevada’s infamous, Black Book of Death!… Ok, it’s really just called the “black book,” but Karras is in it, that part was true.. or was it? No, really it’s true!