Typical Day of this Cash Game Player
A cash game player, is someone who focuses less on hitting the big lottery style tournaments, known as GPP’s, but instead grinds their way to success focusing more on ‘Head to Head’, ‘50/50’ and ‘Double Up’ contests.
That’s what I am. While I have hit a few decent paydays, I have mostly grinded my way up, slowly over a few year period from my original $20 deposit to where I have a very solid bankroll of $18,037.67. It would be higher, but I have treated myself and my wife to some gifts over the past year. That and I cannot stay away from our local casino’s Craps table! While some define their bankroll differently, my bankroll is simple. It’s everything I have in my ‘DFS’ bank account as well as everything I have available on multiple sites. I am lucky enough to have a wife that 100% supports this. It sure helps that I started with pretty much nothing, though!
So that’s why I have decided to let others understand what a typical day looks like for a cash game player, at least my way of playing DFS. For this blog, I will be focusing on Wednesday, December 16th, a 12 game NBA slate. For NBA, I only play on Fanduel, as focusing on more than one site for NBA is tough for me with my limited time. For NFL, I play on 5 sites.
Early Morning: After figuring out my results and updating my bankroll, I figure out what I have available to play for the day. I am VERY strict and never sway from my 5% of my BR on a NBA slate. So today I have $902 available. I will enter 40% of that in Head to Heads ($361), 25% in 50/50’s ($225), 10% in Double Ups ($90), 5% in Triple Ups, 2.5% in 3 man leagues ($23), 2.5% in 10 man leagues ($23) and lastly, I have 15% left for GPP’s ($135).
Some guys may throw out some head to heads the night before, but I generally wake up and the first thing I do is enter some H2H action. I normally begin by creating 10 x $1, 10 x $2, 10 x $5, 4 x $10 and 2 x $25 Head to Head contests. I will then, throughout the day, check back and see if any of the certain denominations have filled. Generally the $10 and $5 go the quickest, while the $25 are hit and miss. Being that I have over 19k total wins, and over 8k NBA wins, most of my action gets picked up by guys with low amount of wins, a big advantage for guys that play in high volume.
I will then enter all my Double & Triple ups for the slate, half of my 50/50 action and a few leagues. Throughout the day, I will continue to enter leagues when they are available, normally sticking to the $1 – $5 range. Most of my action sticks from the $1 – $25 range.
I then begin some of my research. I start my research by reading Notorious’ First Look. It’s such a fantastic article to get a quick idea at which games I will be targeting. On this particular slate, I decided almost right off the bat that my big decision would be either Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook in my lineup. While blowouts concern me, they were clearly the best 2 players going into the night, in my opinion.
Afternoon: I work a full time job, so after work, I usually get home to greet my 11 year old. I normally go for a run and listen to Dan Back’s podcast. After a run I turn on the Grinders Live shows. I simply HAVE to have background noise while I do my research for the day.
So on to the lineup. Last night here was my lineup that I decided on for the slate:
I decided on Westbrook over Curry, just simply because of the reduced price. I actually liked Curry better, but couldn’t fit him in comfortably. I was targeting the Philly defense, so Teague and Millsap were my first 2 players I looked at. I considered both Horford and Bazemore as well, but I really wanted Drummond in against a soft Boston front court. Drummond has treated me very nice this season so far, so I use him as much as I can. Afflalo was my sneaky pick. Own percentages never bother me as a cash game player, but I always like to get one player in if I can that will be low owned. I knew Afflalo would not be a popular pick, but I loved his matchup with Martin out for Minnesota. Sometimes when a player is out people tend to look for value on that particular team, however it’s always a good idea to see if value opens up on the opponent as they will be facing a backup, defensively!
At SG, Klay has been heating up and I loved his price. Hayward wasn’t my top option at SF, I really wanted Paul George, but again, his price was just too steep for me. The one person I really wanted in my lineup that I couldn’t fit was Draymond Green. He was 500 more than Millsap, so I had to stick with the Hawks forward.
Whenever I create a cash lineup, I look for consistency, high floors but a few guys with high ceilings. Tonight those guys with very high ceilings were Westbrook, Drummond, Millsap and Hayward. Green and Henson were my low floor guys, that I liked their matchups enough at their cheap price.
Lineup Lock: One of the main reasons I like NBA on Fanduel is once lineup lock hits, I can now spend time with my family. My wife and son are both very cool about leaving me alone from 5:30 – 7:00pm eastern while I focus on my lineups. Once that 7:00 hits though, it’s time to eat and watch some tv or help with homework, family time.
The lineup ended up scoring 280.8 and I won 80% of my cash games. On a night with some bigtime landmines, I was very thrilled doing well with such a low score. Normally I shoot for a 300 score to do well in cash. Overall, I profited $705.20 for the slate. A very good night.
Some nights are great, some nights are rough, but that’s something a cash game player has to get used to. Luckily for me, I have more good nights than bad, so I continue to increase my bankroll.
Thanks for reading and good luck!