DFS is not gambling. You want to know why? I heard it on Dan Back’s podcast today and it is SUCH a perfect analogy. The bottom line is, look at it this way –
say that myself, ehafner, tvsfrink, bcalicore, maxdalury, ect ect…..say that we all have 1 entry into a 50 person GPP. All of us sitting there creating lineups to try to win is skill/investing, but imagine if people could place BETS on which one of us would win – THAT would be gambling. Gambling is betting one 1 specific performance based outcome, and if you are placing bets and put $20 on Ehafner to win it all at 10 to 1 odds, you are gambling. Ehafner himself is not gambling, he is simply playing a contest that is made up of skill, strategy, investments, and yes in the end some luck.
See what I’m getting at??
I read articles. I listen to podcasts/live shows (for entertainment). So many people giving out their advice to help others. But then they go and play in the same contests as the people that they are giving advice to, and they possibly take their money by beating them. It’s such a CLASSIC catch-22, because obviously you don’t want the people giving you advice to compete against you and potentially take the money that you put in….but at the same time, you don’t want someone giving you advice that doesn’t even play DFS.
It’s a complete stale-mate/catch-22 scenario, because there isn’t really a good way to go about it. I have always been about keeping DFS advice to a minimum, because after all, we are all competition to each other. But honestly, tuning in to GrindersLive and hearing BigT or someone like that tell you who is good to play and who isn’t, and then they are RIGHT THERE in your contest – it just rubs me the wrong way. I am really hopeful that eventual regulation takes care of all of this anyway.
In the end, DFS is becoming less fun to play on a nightly basis.