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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Couple Jade and Tanner Accused of Cheating to Win $1 Million DraftKings Prize

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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Couple Jade and Tanner Accused of Cheating to Win $1 Million DraftKings Prize

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Read that title again.

That’s not something I ever thought I’d type, but then again World War 3 is on our doorstep and Ryan Tannehill is in the Divisional Round, so everything is topsy-turvy.

So basically here’s what happened. Former Bachelor contestant Jade Roper Tolbert, most famous for making Chris Soules’ head explode by revealing to him she had done Playboy, won last week’s Wild Card Weekend DraftKings Millionaire Maker contest. Jade entered 150 lineups, the maximum number of entries allowed per person for the $2.5 million dollar contest. That means she was risking $3,750 over two days.

Of the 105,000 entries into the contest, one of Jade’s 150 came out on top. Scoring a whopping 180.79 DraftKings points is nothing to shake a stick at. Trust me, I’ve placed first and third in much smaller MLB contests, it’s incredibly difficult to nail the winning lineup.

Which is why Jade’s win is drawing criticism.

Jade’s husband, Tanner Tolbert, who she met on Bachelor in Paradise, is a known high-volume daily fantasy sports player. What many have pointed out since Jade’s million-dollar win is how well her lineups pair up with her husbands.

By colluding together, the rose-wielding couple gained a mathematical advantage over other entrants. By playing 300 lineups all based upon each other, they doubled the number of entries allowed by a single entity. Together, Tanner and Jade were risking a collective $7,500. Not bad for a Wild Card Weekend.

What complicates this, even more, is that with this highly public victory, it’s possible that Tanner and Jade have been playing like this for a very long time. Like most schemes of this nature, the worst thing that could happen is that it goes extremely and very noticeably right.

Did they do it?

If Draftkings can see that it was Tanner and not Jade who created the lineups placed in her name, then that would mean that the Chris Harrison Lovebirds directly violated the DK Terms of Service.

“You may establish only one account per person to participate in the Services offered on the Website. In the event DraftKings discovers that you have opened more than one account per person, in addition to any other rights that DraftKings may have, DraftKings reserves the right to suspend or terminate any or all of your accounts and terminate, withhold or revoke the awarding of any prizes. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your login names and passwords and you accept responsibility for all activities, charges, and damages that occur under your account. It shall be a violation of these Terms of Use to allow any other person to use your account to participate in any contest. If you have reason to believe that someone is using your account without your permission, you should contact us immediately. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your failure to notify us of unauthorized use. If we request registration information from you, you must provide us with accurate and complete information and must update the information when it changes.”

-DraftKings TOS

DraftKings has since announced an investigation into the $1,000,000 win, and if there’s one party in all of this that stands to lose the most, it’s the popular daily sports site. DraftKings has fought the notion of a “lack of fairness” and “DFS Professionals gaming the system” since their beginning. It’s in DraftKings interests to keep the professional DFS players in the dark.

For a website who feeds the normal football fan to play their favorites and get lucky, there is nothing worse than a high-profile player getting caught gaming the system.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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