Donald Stanley of Newton, N.C., had more than one reason to cheer as Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., won the 2010 FLW Tour event presented by National Guard on Lake Norman on March 27. Stanley won $5,000 by playing the FLW Fantasy Fishing game held in conjunction with the Lake Norman event. Stanley’s Fantasy Fishing team was led by Thrift and earned him 12,567 valuable points that will continue to accumulate throughout the season. Stanley, an FLW Outdoors and Player’s Advantage member, has put himself in great position with only three FLW Tour stops remaining to win the $50,000 grand prize.
“This feels great,” Stanley said. “It’s not the money … It’s just knowing how good I did. I know that having five out of the top 10 is pretty unheard of.”
Stanley, who works in the furniture business, is an avid fisherman familiar with Lake Norman who has fished against Thrift in previous competitions.
“That’s why I picked him to win,” Stanley said.
Fantasy Fishing players are also eligible to register to win a new 2011 Chevy Silverado HD when they sign up to play or sign in to their account at FantasyFishing.com . FLW Fantasy Fishing offers some of the richest prizes in fantasy sports while continuing to grow awareness of the sport of professional fishing.
Fantasy Fishing winners will be announced after each of the five qualifying FLW Tour stops in the 2010 season. Finishing in second place on the fantasy side for the Lake Norman event was Rob Middleton of Huntersville, N.C., $500, and in third was Shawn Malcom of Monroe, Ga., $100. Several other winners from Arizona to Illinois to New York took home prizes ranging from $50 to $25.
Fantasy Fishing players are vying for an overall first place prize of $50,000. Second place will take home $25,000, while the third-place finisher will walk away with Cabela’s Ultimate Fishing Trip, which includes a trip to Lake El Salto in Mexico and a $5,000 Cabela’s gift card. The fourth-place finisher will win a Can-Am ATV valued at $9,699. All the prizes for 2010 are guaranteed and will be announced at the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup, Aug. 7, in Atlanta, Ga.
FLW Outdoors offers a unique tool, Player’s Advantage, for armchair anglers who would like to take the plunge into the fantasy sports world. Through this tool you are able to garner additional information including history on the anglers, weather conditions and information regarding the fisheries. In 2008 and 2009, players that had Player’s Advantage won at a rate of 4-to-1 over players that did not access this tool.
In 2010, Fantasy Fishing offers a new and simplified scoring system and selection process. Participants choose the anglers they anticipate having the highest finish in no particular order. Players receive Angler of the Year points as well as bonus points for each angler they have selected in the top 10. Of the 10 selected anglers, each player must choose the angler they anticipate winning the tournament. For a tiebreaker, participants choose the total weight for the winning angler. For a complete list of rules, visit FantasyFishing.com.
In a continued effort for players to earn thousands of dollars in cash, Fantasy Fishing offers a referral program allowing participants to earn $2 in cash for every FLW Outdoors membership, highlighted by Player’s Advantage, they are responsible for referring and signing up. There are no limits to the amount one can earn in recruiting FLW Outdoors members.
ABOUT FLW OUTDOORS FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 189 tournaments in 2010. FLW Outdoors has also taken fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing awarding the largest prizes in the history of fantasy sports. FLW Outdoors memberships are available featuring numerous benefits including Player’s Advantage. For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FantasyFishing.com. FLWOutdoors.com