Clinton, NJ (PRWEB) May 16, 2008
The Fantasy Football Players Championship. For Players, By Players. It is the theme behind a ground-breaking high stakes fantasy football event launched by three veteran high stakes fantasy football players, Louis Tranquilli, David Gerczak and Alex Kaganovsky. With either a Live or an Online draft option, the $1375 entry fee offers players a shot at winning the $75,000 grand prize as well as $7,500 for each league prizes. Over $200,000 in prizes will be awarded. Prize structure will increase if entries excede 192 teams but the FFPC is limiting the amount of entrants to 300 teams for its inaugural season.
"We are taking high stakes fantasy football back to its grass roots beginning and returning it to the players with this event," said Tranquilli. "Our main focus while planning the FFPC was centered on what the high stakes fantasy player would want; a secured prize pool, a higher payout percentage, a message board community, more teams making the playoffs, more flexible rules, and a 5-star draft venue."
The Live Draft will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 6:00 pm Pacific and will consist of a minimum of 14 leagues each containing twelve teams. After the first eleven weeks of the NFL season, each FFPC league will have a two week playoff round, followed by a three week chase for the Championship, where one team owner will take home $75,000 and a custom-sculpted bronze trophy as the Fantasy Football Players Champion.
"We started our event by first securing our $75,000 grand prize using an independent Attorney Escrow Account prior to accepting a single entry - an industry first," said Gerczak. "Given what has occurred with AFFL & Turfwar defrauding their prize winners last season, we understand that players will now demand their prizes are secure. All funds will continue to be placed in this escrow account as entries are recieved." The Fantasy Football Players Championship has a number of unique features, including the Hybrid Draft Format. "We wanted to give all high stakes fantasy players a chance to compete in the inaugural Fantasy Football Players Championship, even if they are unable to travel. So if they can't be in Vegas - no problem - they can draft in online FFPC leagues, and compete in the main event," said Kaganovsky.
The FFPC will offer an interesting, yet easy to understand, combination of rules and scoring, including the unique Dual-Flex starting line up option instead of the more common single flex. "The Dual-Flex gives fantasy players more options in terms of draft strategy and weekly team management decisions, which will make for a better contest. For example, an owner could start 4 running backs one week and 3 tight ends the next." said Tranquilli. "Since we are scoring 1.5 points per reception for tight ends (all others 1 ppr), starting 2 or 3 TEs truly becomes a viable option in this format." The FFPC will allow for more teams in the playoffs and offer other player-friendly rules, including automatic Elias stat changes, extended waiver period for playoff teams as well as Action scoring for all touchdowns, which adds value to players like Leon Washington and Devin Hester. The FFPC will introduce a new & exciting way for the high stakes player to win - the FFPC Free-peat™ - a bonus system which will award 2-time league champions with a free entry the following year. The FFPC Free-peat™ will also apply to all 2008 & 2009 satellite league winners.
The FFPC has opted to eliminate co-manager fee in its inaugural season and invite all co-managers to participate in the Live draft and enjoy the event at no extra charge. There is a $125 Live draft event fee per team; none for Online drafters. Complimentary food and beverage will be served to all participants as well as 2 alcoholic drinks per team included. The FFPC has secured a Las Vegas landmark - the Caesars Palace - for its inaugural event. "Everything is based on what players have told us they prefer, including an upscale venue," said Gerczak. "We are excited about holding our inaugural event at the Caesars Palace and we anticipate a memorable experience for all participants. High stakes fantasy players have high expectations, and we plan to exceed those expectations," continued Gerczak.
After careful consideration the FFPC decided to work with a league management site that is well respected, well run and familiar to many fantasy football players. MyFantasyLeague.com will be the official league management site for the inaugural FFPC.
Tranquilli, Gerczak and Kaganovsky have over 30 years experience playing fantasy football and have embarked on this venture due to their passion for the hobby. Tranquilli is a financial advisor, and owner of BFDFantasyFootball.com, Kaganovsky owns his own medical management business, and Gerczak owns a number of retail stores along with an ecommerce site, WatchCo.com. All three have played in high stakes fantasy football events for years with much success. High stakes fantasy players may know them better by their team and message board names 3intboy, Leroy's Aces and Nag'.
Entry information, as well as complete rules and an FAQ can be found at http://www.theFFPC.com.