CheeseIsGood Interview: Better Know a Grinder - A Duck for All Seasons
As mentioned quite often, one of the great things about the Grinders Party in Las Vegas is that you get to meet great people in the community. I got a chance at the Saturday night event to meet the one and only Dave Potts, aka CheeseIsGood, aka world champion at DFS. Right away I said to myself, “I need to get an interview.” This is what I do for you; I think about the readers.
So, without further ado, let’s get to the task at hand. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s bring out the cheese!
INTERVIEW WITH DAVE POTTS
1. You have had an incredible amount of success in DFS. What would you equate your success to most?
Time. I have spent the better part of the last decade doing nothing but looking at baseball stats and watching games. I am not a computer expert or mathematician, I just know baseball. I’ve spent a tremendous of time figuring out how to translate that baseball knowledge into DFS success. It is a constant learning process.
2. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given regarding DFS, and what’s something you tend to give players?
The best advice I’ve gotten over the years is to keep great records to analyze results. The RG bankroll tracker or something similar is crucial. It is not enough to know how much you’ve made or lost at different sites, but to track every type of contest at different entry levels across all sites and sports. I had played for years before I did an in depth analysis of my play, and it was eye opening, and really helped me narrow down what contests to enter. I try to pass on to new players that this game is very psychological. It’s one thing to know the game or know the numbers, but dealing with the ups and downs can be very difficult.
3. What percentage of your money do you put toward GPPs and toward cash games?
It varies depending on the slate and what contests are available each day. Going hand in hand with what I said above about tracking results, there are certain games I play consistently, but others that I only enter in specific situations. With the way I play and the amount of time that lineup building takes me, I need to be flexible. The more I’ve gotten to understand game theory, the more I’ve learned when, where and how to attack GPP’s. There are some days that are more cash or more tournament. Overall, I end up around 70/30 cash/GPP.
4. Has writing for RotoGrinders changed the way you do research for games?
Yes, it has been very helpful to my own game to work with RG. I’ve gotten a more organized routine in order to make sure I’m putting out a good product every day. I have gotten my process more streamlined which has helped to make sure I don’t overlook anything. When you have to write your thoughts out on a player, it forces you to be sure you’re looking at the right things.
5. What is your favorite part of being in the RotoGrinders community? What was the highlight for you at the Grinders Party?
DFS can be a very lonely business, and the best part of being in the RG community is being in contact with people who understand the industry and can relate to what you’re doing. It’s pretty hard trying to explain to people outside the industry what it is that I do every day. The RG party was so great to get to meet everyone that I’ve only known from their writing or tweets or messages. It’s a wonderful group of people. The highlight, obviously, was meeting this guy named duckiesuccumbs.
6. While at the Grinders Party, your college football team, Auburn, had a huge scare from Jacksonville State, then got trounced by LSU. What’s your feeling on the state of Auburn football?
It’s been a rough start this year, especially with Jeremy Johnson, who we had high expectations for. It looks like Johnson will be on the bench for the next game, and we are rolling with a redshirt freshman QB. I have a lot of faith in the coaching staff and I’m sure we’ll get things turned around. But, it looks like we will have to wait till next year for another championship.
7. Before you began your DFS career, you were a musician. What was your experience in the music industry like?
I spent 15 years travelling around the country playing music, and it was awesome. I am so glad I had the chance to do that. I was able to see pretty close to every city and state in the country and meet all kinds of great people along the way.
8. If there was one album of yours you’d recommend to our readers, which one would you pick? We’d be happy to link it. Also, what other bands/singers do you consider to be influences?
My favorite record is called $12.99 (also can be found here). It was the last studio recording I did, back in 2006. There’s even a baseball song on there, ‘If I Broke The Record’. The most common comparison I hear is that I sound like James Taylor, although my first influence was John Denver. I listen to a lot of country music and a lot of independent singer/songwriters.
9. Is there a difference between on-stage Dave and off-stage Dave?
Yes, there is a huge difference between how I am in real life and what I am like on stage. Those who have met me at the RG party or a live final know I am very quiet and low key. On stage I am outgoing and more like a stand-up comedian. I tell a lot of stories and joke around with the audience. But, as soon as I’m done performing I’m back to boring old Dave.
10. If you had a choice between winning the $5-million championship in football or the Grammy for Album of the Year, which one would you take?
Hmmm…. That’s a good question! I think I would have to take the Grammy. While I’m no longer a full-time musician, I spent the majority of my life as a songwriter, and to be recognized in that way would beat the money. And, I suppose winning a Grammy would probably help sell a few records!
Thanks, Dave, and let’s do the guy a favor and pick up a few of his albums!
Also, just as a reminder, we’re looking for people in the chat to appear on Night Sweats. See my last article to find out.