Golfer Jim Furyk withdrew from a golf tournament in September, and Assani Fisher lost $70,000. Fisher, a professional daily fantasy sports player, has also made back nearly that much in National Football League games.
Fisher, 33, ranks among the elite in a booming industry where players buy into competitions and can make cash based on the performance of the athletic lineups they pick. Fisher, a former professional poker player, claims he turned $600 into $800,000 from February to September of this year playing games including golf, baseball and football. He put at least $150,000 on the line this past weekend alone.
Fisher and a select few others thrive in an industry that has become almost unavoidable for pro sports fans amid a barrage of ad spending and sponsorship from market leaders DraftKings and FanDuel. But the legally unique games now face a slew of criticism, sparked most recently by a New York Times story alleging that a DraftKings employee used nonpublic information to win $350,000 playing on FanDuel.