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  • briguy13

    No “Guaranteed to Run” tourneys tonight? Looks like my time on Yahoo will be short lived.

  • HungryHungryHip

    It was pretty hectic trying to put in 5 teams 25 minutes before lock yesterday with all the errors(please try again, etc) I got. As for the no guaranteed tourneys it looks like after the massive overlay they had yesterday they got scared and scaled everything down(way down.) That’s fine I guess but playing it THIS safe (on a Friday) isn’t going to grow your user base.

  • ElwoodB

    @nba2kjournal said...

    All I see is a bunch of clowns complaining about Yahoo sports fantasy.. If you do not like the site, stop depositing and playing. No one is forcing you to play there. So stop whining and go play somewhere else.. Plain & simple…lol

    So helping them get better is not an option?

  • ElwoodB

    @HungryHungryHip said...

    That’s fine I guess but playing it THIS safe (on a Friday) isn’t going to grow your user base.

    I’m desperately looking for a second $5 50 player 50/50. Cmon!

  • IALWAYSLOSE

    Yahoo is lost in the DFS game. They need a lot of help.

  • JoelHD82

    They could tell from people using the same credit cards and paypal accounts with different emails?

  • jeffgo33

    A small amount of GTRs are up there now. mostly $1K total.

  • IALWAYSLOSE

    Can’t even contact support. Keep getting “Sorry, there was an error on our end. Please try again later.” when trying to send Yahoo a message.

    Solid work, Yahoo!

  • DyingToLive

    Has anyone tested a withdrawel yet? I know it’s a new site, and likely not, but I always like to deposit a small amount and test their withdrawel process/speed before I deposit a large amount. I would love to hear if anyone had requested a refund/withdrawel yet.

  • nychas

    DraftDay really is the best interface! I just filled out a free entry into the perfect lineup and it was smooth sailing. Perhaps Yahoo should just buy them?

  • jimmyquinella

    • Blogger of the Month

    Similar to video games, first impressions can make the difference.

    That being said….yikes….

  • winsome

    I think the smart thing to do is to simply halt your play until, at the very least, they figure out these retarded payouts.

  • dakimbell

    man, the desktop version is WEAK. the app is a little better, but I thought DraftKings was confusing as hell to navigate and track live, but it aint got nothing on Yahoo. Also, how long before they feel comfortable having higher stakes tourneys?

  • ataggart

    I have an open mind about Yahoo in the future because I actually like their season long stuff, but can’t play it as it is. I’ll be back to check it out if I hear it improves but for now I won’t be bothering especially if they keep using the same payout structure.

  • EandE

    @Yombo said...

    Also I think prizes are a little out of control. I’m cool with top-heavy, but you should at least get double your return for cashing. 5 to win 7 or 2 to win 3 isn’t even close to market standard, while they have market standard rake.

    At first glance the payouts look extremely top heavy and awful. However, they are paying a much higher percentage which is why it’s 2 to win 3. I ran 10 entries in the big $2 GPP last night and min cashed 4. If the payouts were based on FD payouts, I would have got back less money. So it keeps people in the game longer and still rewards a top finisher.

  • kratochvil88

    Where did all the decent guarantees go? Yesterday they ran that $50k guarantee $2 GPP, and while I know it didn’t come close to filling: 1 – it was a Thursday with a 7 game slate, and 2 – It was day 2. So now on day 3 with a lot of people probably checking it out and hoping for some overlay (read: yahoo has a chance to grow it’s DFS brand, even if they don’t make $ short-term) the biggest guarantee they offer is $1,000 for a $1 $2 or $5 entry??? That’s not the way to do it IMO.

  • britdevine

    • 2014 StarStreet MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

    Coming out of the gate strong and reducing the games this much…its a surefire way to become non-relevant in DFS. You create the buzz, then give no one a reason to continue playing.

  • ldmariodl28

    • Blogger of the Month

    @DyingToLive said...

    Has anyone tested a withdrawel yet? I know it’s a new site, and likely not, but I always like to deposit a small amount and test their withdrawel process/speed before I deposit a large amount. I would love to hear if anyone had requested a refund/withdrawel yet.

    I accidently deposited twice, so I did a withdrawl yesterday and got my money in my paypal account this morning no problems.

    Honestly.. aside from no export, I like what they are doing. Make no mistake.. Yahoo isn’t stupid and they will eventually be the leader in DFS. They are just getting started. Also the set up they have to easily switch between yearly and daily is going to bring a ton more people into DFS.

  • winsome

    @EandE said...

    and still rewards a top finisher.

    Rewards ONLY the top finisher which is ludicrous. I only played the free game as I won’t be depositing until they improve the game immensely. However, I finished 15th and got $1 more than the guy in 5000th. I realize it was a free roll and what they were trying to do but that is such an awful decision that whoever is in charge clearly hasn’t the 1st clue about the industry itself. They’re a ragtag crew of coders right now and it’s apparent they have nobody to make sound BUSINESS decisions.

  • jilesofthetrees

    • 2016 NASCAR Live Finalist

    It will be interesting how/if they mention this product in the next earnings call.

  • walterg55

    @britdevine said...

    Coming out of the gate strong and reducing the games this much…its a surefire way to become non-relevant in DFS. You create the buzz, then give no one a reason to continue playing.

    I played yesterday and tried to play today with multiple issues preventing me. E mailed support with only a canned response that my issues were generating an exception report. As of now I will continue to observe, read RG experiences of others but will not deposit or play. Shame, I really really would like to not play on FD or DK. The Yahoo site shows a lot of sizzle but no steak yet. I do believe they will get it right but 1st impressions will linger.

  • ObiWanBonogi

    Beyond all the other bugs and blundered features: I really can’t believe they were so scared of the overlay in the opening days that they scaled back their tournaments to mini size. I thought I might wake up today and they would have more options – but nope. They went from $50k gtd to $1k gtd! On a Friday no less!

    They are launching a product worth potentially hundreds of millions of dollars and they are freaking out about losing a few thousand. When in reality them losing a few thousand, that overlay, was the ONLY exciting thing about their platform so far. So after only one day playing, where I came out a decent winner, instead of being enthusiastic about Yahoo and hounding some friends to give it a try I am sitting on the sidelines, not playing, and even contemplating cashing out entirely – that’s not how it should be.

  • derekio

    I dont get it. Why not use the same interface as your yearly games. The one people know and like. I will use up my initial deposit and maybe revisit them in a month or so and see if they have figured anything out. til then, caveat emptor

  • kratochvil88

    @ObiWanBonogi said...

    Beyond all the other bugs and blundered features: I really can’t believe they were so scared of the overlay in the opening days that they scaled back their tournaments to mini size. I thought I might wake up today and they would have more options – but nope. They went from $50k gtd to $1k gtd! On a Friday no less!

    They are launching a product worth potentially hundreds of millions of dollars and they are freaking out about losing a few thousand. When in reality them losing a few thousand, that overlay, was the ONLY exciting thing about their platform so far. So after only one day playing, where I came out a decent winner, instead of being enthusiastic about Yahoo and hounding some friends to give it a try I am sitting on the sidelines, not playing, and even contemplating cashing out entirely – that’s not how it should be.

    Exactly. What Yahoo may fail to understand is that DFS doesn’t NEED Yahoo. They can’t just say “hey we are Yahoo, play here” and everyone will flood over because of name recognition. They offer an inferior product to DK, FD and probably others, and take away the 1 advantage (overlay)…what is there left?

    And I don’t think there is some huge market of full-season pay leagues at Yahoo. I could be wrong, but I don’t know anyone who pays to play full-season fantasy baseball at Yahoo, and of those that do, is it really going to be that much easier to transfer money to Yahoo DFS vs using paypal for one of the other sites that offer better games, bigger prizes, better software, and 1st time deposit bonuses? I highly doubt it.

  • winsome

    As we suspected….http://www.legalsportsreport.com/2212/yahoo-daily-fantasy-sports-beta-test/

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