As one of the foremost names in the betting industry globally, Bet365 have long been associated with being one of the most progressive and forward-thinking of betting sites and now their UK customers can access the latest addition to the site; bet365 Fantasy Sports.

This new part of the site allows customers the chance to participate in a wide range of fantasy sports games, initially focusing on Fantasy Football (soccer), Fantasy Tennis and Fantasy Golf, where entrants pay an entry fee, which varies in size from just a few pence, up to considerably more for some of the higher prize pool events.

Once they have entered the tournament, they are then free to pick their fantasy team within the parameters of that tournament.

Then when the team has been selected they will battle against other customers with their own entries into the tournament to try and finish inside the paying positions for that event. The higher up the paying positions you finish then the more you can win in the tournament.

Fantasy Sports is one of the most exciting Bet365 games added to the site in recent times and we are going to delve into what it has to offer a bit more below.

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How Do Bet365’s Fantasy Sports Tournaments Work?

The first thing you need to do is log in to your bet365 account and head over to the Fantasy section of the site. This is accessible from within the bet365 Sports section, or it has its own dedicated tab right at the top of the page to take you to this part of the site.

Once there, you can select from two different types of tournaments, Official tournaments which are run by bet365, or there are a number of Draft ‘n’ go games, which have a limited number of entrants and which see you pit your wits against just one or a few more players.

My advice here is if you are new to Fantasy Sports, leave the Draft ‘n’ Go games alone initially until you are familiar with how fantasy sports work and how the points are allocated in the games and instead start your journey playing the Official tournaments.

  • Official Tournaments

For each official tournament listed you will see an entry fee shown, the total prize pool, and the number of entrants for that specific tournament.

If you then click on the box marked “Details”, this will bring up additional information on the tournament. Such as when the tournament will start, when it will finish, what fixtures the tournament covers, how many prizes will be awarded and what the ratio of prize money will be depending on the position you finish in the paying places.

Perhaps the most important section of the site, especially for new users or those who are not familiar with Fantasy Sports gaming, is the Rules section. Here you will find out the specific rules for your tournament, such as the maximum number of entries an individual is allowed into the event, what scoring system is in use, how a tie-breaker is used and much more.

I would always check out the Detail section of a tournament before deciding to enter to ensure that I am happy with the rules and regulations, as well as how the prize money will be split up between the competitors.

Once you have read through this and you are happy to proceed and play the tournament, click on the green “Participate” button to enter. This will then enter you into the tournament and deduct the entry fee from your balance.

Picking Your Fantasy Team

Once you have entered the tournament the next step in the process is picking your fantasy team and for this, we are going to use an example of an actual fantasy sports tournament I entered, the EPL Midweek Monster – GW5 tournament, which had a £1.70 entry fee.

Once you have entered the tournament, you are then presented with a screen from which you can make your team selection.

For this tournament you need to pick eleven players which must comprise of at least one goalkeeper, three defenders, two midfielders and one forward. You cannot select more than three players from any one team.

The remaining four players can be split between defence, midfield or attack as you see fit.

You also have a budget of £108m which you can use to populate your team with players from the list, with the most expensive players listed shown at the top of the list. You can scroll up and down the list to add other players, or use the search option to look for certain teams or players.

  • Captain And Vice Captain

Once you have selected your 11 players, you can then select your captain and vice captain. Your captain will earn 2x the number of points earned in the game for you, while your vice captain would earn 1.5x the number of points they earn in the game.

For example, if I selected Erling Haaland as my captain and Trent Alexander-Arnold as my vice captain and in the game Haaland scored 15 points and Alexander-Arnold scored 10 points, as captain and vice-captain, Haaland would score 2×15 points (30 points) and Alexander-Arnold 1.5×10 points (15 points) for my team.

Once the tournament is completed, the number of points earned by each team are collated and the leaderboard populated based on the points scored in that tournament. Finish high enough up the leaderboard and you can win a cash prize.

  • The Safety Net

Of course, one of the main features that can derail your Fantasy Sports game is if you select a player who does not start the game and thus is not likely to earn you any points.

Bet365 does have indicators on whether a player is likely to feature or not in the game, but this isn’t 100% accurate but the good news is that the game features a Safety Net.

If a player picks a player from a team and that player does not start, then they will be replaced by another player from the same team in the same position of the same or slightly lesser value that is playing.

For example, if I select Mo Salah (£13.4m) of Liverpool in my team,and for some reason he is not named in the team for the Liverpool game, then that selection would revert to the next best option from Liverpool who would be Luis Diaz (£12.8m) or if he was available Darwin Nunez (£13m) but Nunez is suspended at the time of writing.

The Safety Net ensures that your team always has a good chance of earning points by replacing n on-starting players with a next best alternative.

Are There Other Fantasy Sports Available at bet365?

Yes, bet365 is offering Fantasy games for Tennis and Golf too on the site. In addition, there are other types of fantasy games available on the site including Pursuits, One Bullet and Tiers games, information on which can be found on the bet365 Fantasy site.

With tournaments available to suit microstakes players right up to higher rollers, and a massive choice of tournaments available to play in, why not check out what Bet365 Fantasy has to offer right now!