WPFH to purchase fantasy sportsbook Picking Duck

25 May 2018

World Poker Fund Holdings (WPFH) has signed a definitive agreement to buy fantasy sportsbook Picking Duck.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it was confirmed that WPFH plans to bring back Picking Duck’s ‘Handicapper Marketplace’.

The service allows punters to ‘buy sports picks’ from professional handicappers and sports betting professionals.

WPFH will also acquire the rights to both develop and produce ‘Beat the Bookie’, which will initially launch as a podcast and video blog.

In addition, after last week’s US Supreme Court ruling, WPFH has agreed to develop a sports wagering education program along with Picking Duck’s platform.

Picking Duck had been making preparations for the anticipated ruling and WPFH will support this work.

Entitled ‘Beat the Bookie’, the new program will feature bookies, handicappers and professional sports commentators discussing sports and betting from the perspective of the bookmaker.

“Picking Duck’s gaming platform provides a crucial educational component; we believe our community should be comfortable making sports bets and encourage responsible betting,” QPFH chairman and chief executive Travis Kasper said.

“Whether you are new to sports betting or a seasoned veteran, you can learn how to sports bet or test your strategies.

“By tracking your stats, following hot players, and competing in weekly contests, you’re able to hone your skills and understand that there may be more than just picking a random team to win the game.

“What distinguishes Picking Duck from others out there is our commitment to redefining what it means to be a sports bettor.”

Kenneth Manubay, chief executive of Picking Duck, added: “Now that sports betting is legal, we expect many novice players to become highly interested in the game.

“And with our educational risk-free sports betting platform, it makes a great starting point for every sports fan to learn the ropes.”

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