Shark infested waters
Poker players, the ones who really play, play to win. They dream of being the only shark in a blue ocean.
They dream of coming across huge schools of blind fish to devour. They dream that no other sharks get scent of their territory.
Unfortunately these dreams are short lived. Just like real sharks, the best poker players can usually smell out fresh opportunities from far.
Those blue oceans suddenly become bloody & red: full of competition.
Not only that, but the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act(UIGEA) regulated online gambling in the huge US market & stopped poker players using their skills to win big. They’ve been looking for somewhere to apply those skills & win for a while now…
Time for change
The huge online poker competitions that do exist like Poker Stars are so full of competition it’s tough to make any real money.
Poker players who want to play for fun but still win a healthy amount have been looking to apply their skills elsewhere.
Not only this, but the UIGEA in the US left one activity out of it’s far reaching umbrella: fantasy sports. In big football markets like the UK, the regulation has existed for a while & is much more relaxed.
Imagine you could take the same core skills of bankroll management, game selection, logic over emotion, strategy in building your lineup to a brand new game where your competitors don’t yet exist.
“Every facet of daily fantasy sports has some tie to poker.” Pokernews.com
In other words, it’s easy for a poker player to transition to daily fantasy sports & start winning straight away. As one user on this discussion thread says, “both are games of skill involving math. But don’t tell your government that.”
A clear blue ocean to roam around & feed in.
Fool me twice…
All this is great for poker players, but the same problem can exist in Daily Fantasy Sports. Too many sharks kills the game. Take FanDuel & DraftKings. As soon as most users realise they actually stand no chance of winning against the super-skilled 1%, they don’t come back.
Games like Dribble level the playing field. I wrote this article on how all cash game players on Dribble win often & win more, with an average of 40 bets won per user since the start of the Premier League Season. This is great for poker & non-poker players alike!
See for yourself
In 2015, PokerStar’s parent company Amaya bought acquired daily fantasy sport site Victiv as PokerStar’s daily fantasy sports platform to enter the market. Clearly, poker & daily fantasy sports have strong synergies.
Christopher Keenan, a successful poker and DFS player, writer, and consultant (views are his own not those of any sites) tells me “you have competitive guys with a chance to prove how smart they are, with spare cash, doing what they would be doing anyway: playing on their phone.”
Because of this:
“DFS emerged as a great, healthy environment for us poker players to exercise these aspects of our personality.”
I want to hear your thoughts on the similarities or or differences between Daily Fantasy Sports & poker. Tweet me @seffa121.