Choosing to host your draft in Atlantic City may be the best or worst decision you could ever make. Personally I think its the only way to go. Well not the only way, but one of the best options if you're currently living on the East coast. It means your night will be filled with league mates, people getting extremely drunk and draft picks that you would never make sober. Oh, there could be a few other surprises mixed in as well.
I know that planning to have your draft in AC may seem like a daunting task, however I've got a feeling that all of the work and planning that goes into it will be worth every dime you spend. That's why I wanted to share some of the key things I believe are important to consider when planning your fantasy draft and making the decision to host it in AC.
Little fun fact about AC: The board game Monopoly was originally created based off inspiration of AC.
The Important Fantasy Details
1. Location, Location, Location
There are so many different hotels you can choose to stay at for your fantasy draft in AC. I've yet to personally draft in one, but I will be this coming summer (2014). Based on my experiences in AC here are some of the hotels I'd recommend:
- And many more.
I'll make some personal recommendations in later posts, however I'd start with that list. They each offer some unique opportunities in relation to their location, their clubs and pools. However you can travel easily in AC, so don't overthink which hotel you want to use.
2. Suites vs. Conference Rooms
While looking to choose a hotel to stay at you need to decide if you'd prefer to get individual rooms for your league and rent a conference room for several hours or if you'd like to get a big suite and do your draft in there. They both offer their advantages and one may end up being more cost efficient than the other depending on the dates of your draft. We recommend calling several hotels and getting rates for both suites and conference rooms for the dates of your drafts. It's the only way to truly know which is your best bet.
3. The Draft Board
So you've made the commitment to draft in AC, now make sure you do it right. Don't require everyone to bring their laptop to draft electronically. You need to invest in a high quality fantasy football draft board.
In all honesty, I don't care which provider you choose to buy one from. Just make sure they give you all the essentials and that you have it on draft day. There's no experience like drafting live with friends and an actual draft board. Don't ruin the experience by skimping out on this.
Unless your league mates have vowed to remain sober for health reasons, there should be alcohol everywhere. I understand that those of you under 21 can't drink (wink, wink), but in that case you probably shouldn't be drafting in AC anyway.
Come prepared with alcohol for the pre-draft and during the draft. It'll make some of your league mates look like fools and they make terrible picks. Plus it always adds to the fun before, during and after the draft.
Just make sure you can make it through the draft, there's nothing worse than having to deal with the kid that's blacked out making picks.
I'm not talking about the cost of the hotel room and the experience. You already know that it's going to cost you a pretty penny if you intend to do this. I'm talking about coming prepared to spend on all of the other items. You'll need to buy alcohol, pay your league dues and of course gamble. That's why you're in AC after-all. To draft a championship team and win some money (or at least that's the plan).
This can be taken a ton of different ways. Drinking with your buddies while drafting will be a great start to the entertainment. In fact, I've even heard of leagues that have strippers attend their drafts in AC. Some of those league members described it as their worst draft (statistically) ever while still being the best one they've ever had.
You also have the option to visit the pool, hit up clubs and gamble the night away. There's always things to do in Atlantic City, and I assure you that you and your league will have a blast playing with the different options that you have available to you.
Holding Your Fantasy Football Draft in AC
Choosing to host your fantasy football draft in Atlantic City is a big decision, however it's a step that every league should take at some point. If you're serious about your league you'll have to move on from drafting online, whether that's at someone's house or in Atlantic City.
I recommend doing extensive fantasy research prior to going as your mind is going to be wandering once you get there. Know your fantasy rankings and stick to your gut when drafting. Save the shenanigans for after the draft.
You can thank me later.
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For the record, I never actually played football. I have no doubt that I would get crushed running across the middle for a pass, every single time.
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