DraftKings Awards $1 Million Top Prize at Fantasy Basketball World Championship

Adam Goulet Wins $1 Million at DraftKings' Fantasy Basketball World Championship

The best players in Daily Fantasy Sports flocked to Las Vegas over the weekend to compete in DraftKings' first-ever combined live finals for basketball and hockey. The luxurious Aria Resort & Casino hosted the Daily Fantasy Basketball World Championship (FBWC), which boasted a record-setting $1,000,000 prize for first place, as well as the Daily Fantasy Hockey World Championship (FHWC), which awarded $100,000 to the winner.

After a few days of excursions and parties with fellow contestants in Sin City, the championships kicked off Saturday with the $200,000 FHWC and continued with the $2 Million FBWC on Sunday. Here's a recap of how both events went down:

Fantasy Basketball World Championship

The newest millionaire in daily fantasy sports was crowned Sunday evening when Adam "GOULET" Goulet bested a field of 40 entries in the FBWC. Riding monster performances from Russell Westbrook and Andre Drummond, Goulet barely edged out former poker pro Andrew "Makisupa" Wiggins for the top prize. Wiggins collected $250,000 for his runner-up finish.


Among the others who qualified for the event were DraftKings Pros Peter "CSURAM88" Jennings, Al "Al_Smizzle" Ziedenfield, million-dollar King of the Beach champion Ayton Jankowitz, and even former baseball star Vernon Wells, who started playing on DraftKings during football season and has found some success here during the NBA season. Wells finished in the middle of the pack, placing 20th for $10,000.

It was Goulet who stole the show on Sunday. It came down to the final tense moments, with Goulet's Jae Crowder trying to hold off Wiggins' Danillo Gallinari. While Gallinari ended with a monster line that totaled 67.25 fantasy points, Crowder finished strong in overtime agianst the Pistons to give Goulet the win.

FantasyWired was there to catch Goulet's winner interview, where he had revealed his plans on what he'd be doing with the money. You can view it here: Video

Fantasy Hockey World Championship

While it wasn't the headliner of the weekend, the FHWC brought together many of the top players in daily fantasy hockey who competed for a $100,000 top prize. The field consisted of 25 total entries, and after the final goal horn sounded it was "LSPhila" who claimed the top prize and the six-figure payday.

LSPhila had a big advantage going into the contest as the only qualifier with three entries, and he was able to take one of them to the Promised Land. His winning lineup was anchored by New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak, who shut out the New Jersey Devils for 10.2 fantasy points. The roster also included Kyle Turris, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec and Mike Fisher, all of whom scored at least one goal.

"JayWilly83" also rode Halak and Turris to a big finish. He finished second in the event for $25,000, while Peter "dandydon" Feldman, Tommy "tommyg1979" Gelati and "I_Slewfoot_U" rounded out the top five.


Be the Next DraftKings Millionaire

It won't be long before another millionaire is crowned at DraftKings. The Fantasy Golf Millionaire Maker is only two weeks away, and golf fans will have the opportunity to turn $0.25 into $1 million! For more on this contest, check out this article with all of the details.

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Brett Collson

Brett Collson

Brett Collson is the editor-in-chief of FantasyWired.com. Formerly the managing editor of PokerNews.com, Collson made the transition to daily fantasy sports full time in 2015. He's an avid and successful DFS player, earning more than $350,000 in DFS tournament cashes under the name "bertminatti" on DraftKings and FanDuel.