South Side man qualifies for 'biggest fantasy football event ever' this weekend in Vegas
By Bob Cohn
Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 10:03 p.m.
Nick Karlo will be in Las Vegas on Sunday hoping to grab a piece of the action, about a million dollars worth.
The 32-year-old South Side resident won't be there for blackjack or roulette, dice or the slots. He is one of 50 fantasy football players competing in a one-day competition run by the website, FanDuel.
The top prize is $1 million and the total purse $3 million. Everyone is guaranteed at least $6,000. FanDuel bills it as the “biggest fantasy football event ever.”
FanDuel is a popular website in an expanding field that enables fantasy players to compete on a one-day basis by putting up a buy-in fee for the chance to earn instant cash.
Karlo, a sales manager for a HVAC company, and the others will pick nine players for their fantasy teams. A $60,000 salary cap provides the major challenge. Like in the real NFL, you can't simply load up on high-priced stars.
Karlo, who has played in the same 10-team Pittsburgh-based league for the past decade, said he is a die-hard Steelers fan, but there is little room for sentiment in fantasy football, especially with a million bucks at stake.
“I've got to do my homework,” he said. “If I fail, it's not because I didn't prepare.”
Karlo qualified during Week 11 of the NFL season, the first time he played fantasy football on the website. His $200 entry fee was waived because he won a fantasy baseball competition one day last season.
Out of 6,360 who competed, the top 20 finishers in the “super qualifier” received the all-expenses paid trip to Vegas.
Led by receivers Antonio Brown and Vincent Jackson, Karlo finished 19th. But not before sweating out Sunday's final game, New England at Carolina, which ended when Panthers defenders appeared to mug Rob Gronkowski in the end zone, but no penalty was called.
“One more catch, one more yard (by Gronkowski), and I would have been out,” said Karlo, who still fretted about potential last-minute adjustments to the totals that might cause his elimination.
“I was just lying in bed thinking that there might be a point change or something,” he said. “You never know.”
One thing Karlo said he does know is that if he wins, the money will not change him. No matter what, he said, “I'll be back at work Tuesday.”
Bob Cohn is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter@BCohn_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kovacevic: Big Ben’s contract clock ticking
- Talented center Sutter is proving to be ‘pretty important’ for Penguins
- Analysis: Kesler still on Pens’ radar as Shero aims to bring back ‘Big 3’
- Penguins notebook: Beau Bennett returns to practice
- Western Pennsylvania engineer aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight
- Parking tickets in Downtown Pittsburgh spark outrage
- Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg to be featured in TV series
- Pirates reserve outfielder Dickerson is also at home on soccer pitch
- Taillon among 6 Pirates send to minor league camp
- Starkey: Steelers know when to say goodbye
- Pitt looking to enhance profile at ACC tourney