How DFS Became My Job

I have been wanting to write a blog post about my personal DFS journey for some time. Well with the blog program ending I guess its now or never.

First I will say the title of this post is maybe a little misleading. Actually I would consider myself first a full time stay at home dad. But I do spend whatever downtime I can get on DFS. And in the last couple years I have become a profitable player. Its not a lot of money but certainly works for my situation.

I have been a passionate sports fan since I was very young. I grew up in Cleveland and my fondest childhood memories are of going down to old Municipal Stadium to watch the Indians and the Browns. There were also be those little bit lengthier trips to Richfield, OH to watch the Cavs and the Force (indoor soccer team). I loved sports growing up and consumed as much as I could.

In 2002 I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in economics. I never did find that dream role in sports but settled for a nice little career in an accounting/finance role.

I got married in 2012 and two years later moved to Rochester, NY as my wife landed her dream job. Two years later in 2016 her job took us to Buffalo where we currently reside.

I had dabbled around in DFS in its early days but it was really during that first transition to Rochester that I began playing with some more regularity. Unfortunately the job I had in Cleveland would not allow me to work remote and I had some downtime when we moved to Rochester as I looked for a new career. It also just so happened to be when NFL season began and we didn’t get the NFL package the first year (so no Browns games at home for me). With some bias put aside (meaning I wasn’t selecting players from the Browns in all my contests) I began entering more and more DFS NFL contests and really began enjoying it.

I wrote a previous blog post about how I am not playing cash games anymore. Well in 2014 cash was my specialty and I did quite well in those contests. GPP’s not so much. As a matter of fact I don’t think I caught on to any stacking concepts until a year or two later. Anyway it was enjoyable to me and I slowly began to dabble in other sports like NHL, NBA and MLB.

Eventually I did find a job in Rochester and well my DFS time took a hit. I was the definition of an extremely casual player. At some point too I had to stop altogether when DFS was temporarily put on ice in NY.

During this time there was another transition in my life. My wife’s job took us to Buffalo. And right around this time too DFS was reinstated in NY. Again I was left with time and began playing more and more DFS as I searched for yet another job. This time though I made sure to take the time to read up more and more on the various strategies in all the sports. I also started to become much better at GPP’s but much less successful in cash. Looking back I think my mindset was always that of a GPP player and the early cash success was more a blip on the radar.

I would land a job toward the end of 2016 as an auditor. Man was it boring. I remember I would sit in my car at lunch on my phone researching and entering DFS contests. I started to run scenarios to see if it was possible to do this for a living. I ran thru many scenarios and the answer was always the same. No not full time as it was just too risky for me. Others may have a different opinion and I understand that but they also have a different level of risk tolerance.

However I did think that as a part time income stream it could be done. Thankfully my wife and I have some savings. We do invest it. And my investment strategy has always been about spreading out risk in solid highly rated mutual funds. I am not the person who for example would be jumping into crypto.

I bring this up because this is how I thought I could do DFS on a part time basis. Enter low dollar GPP’s and diversify your investments. Spread out risk while still taking my shots. It sounds simple but this strategy will endure long periods of losses in DFS. The hope is of course to get a couple big hits that will give you a long term positive ROI.

For two plus years I thought about doing it. But I never made the plunge and instead kept a very small bankroll playing on a very casual basis as strictly a fun hobby.

Late in 2018 I decided I needed a change. I just couldn’t do the auditor thing anymore. Well okay I could. I wanted to do it part time and yes go for DFS as the other part time income stream.

My company said no to the part time position. I left anyway. Just couldn’t do it full time anymore and didn’t need to. I had side gigs as a boxing writer (long story but boxing is another passion of mine) and could easily find a part time job.

Well then life happened. The pandemic hit and then we were also expecting twins. My wife encouraged me to become a full time stay at home dad and go for it part time playing DFS contests.

So that’s why I say the title is misleading. Here I am today when the kids are taking their naps focusing in on as much content as I can for the day’s DFS slate. It’s the dream “job” I always wanted.

And post pandemic my first year I did make some money. Again this was done by focusing in on smaller entry fee GPP’s. I was able to take a few down during the course of around a year’s timeframe which is what led to me being profitable. I am happy with that and will probably continue to focus on this strategy going forward. Sure I would love to win a million someday but usually only single bullet those contests. Winning is winning and while $1,000 may have a few less zeroes it still keeps me in my dream “job.”

The reason I picked the image of Viktor Hovland was his win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in December helped me take down my first large field PGA GPP.

And finally I am sad to see the blog program come to an end. I am really kicking myself for not having started a consistent blog on here. I had been thinking about documenting this journey of mine (and really should have last year) but if I do will have to find a new place for such a piece.

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