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  • pimpbotlove

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    Hello!

    This is Dan Barbarisi, author of Dueling with Kings, the recently-released book about the world of DFS. In DFS itself, I’m known as Pimpbotlove. The nice people at Rotogrinders have asked me to do an AMA here, so if anyone has questions on the book itself, the book writing process, the industry, my journey, my time covering professional baseball, or whatever, fire away, and I’ll do my best to answer them over the week!

    A few basics about me:
    -Born NYC, raised Rye Brook, NY. Undergrad Tufts U., Grad school Brown U.
    -Spent 2001-2008 as political & crime reporter in Providence, RI, at the Providence Journal
    -Started covering the Boston Red Sox in the fall of 2008
    -Covered the NY Yankees for the Wall St. Journal from 2010-2015
    -Quit the WSJ in Dec. 2015 to work on Dueling with Kings full time.
    -DWK covers the period from May of 2015 thru the announcement of the DK/FD merger, Nov. 2016. Buy it here: https://t.co/Q5iI7nnDOy
    -Born July 2, 1979, the very same day as Jumbo Joe Thornton, though he looks like he could be my dad.

    We will randomly select 10 people (who ask a question) to receive a copy of ‘Dueling with Kings’, so ask away!

  • Frankthetank1084

    What’s up next for you now that the book is done since you said you quit your job to write this book not to play dfs full-time?

  • pimpbotlove

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    @supaflix said...

    Over past couple years DFS user base has grown exponentially. The overall amount of money placed on lineups everyday is staggering and continuing to grow. FD/DK were the two biggest players in the DFS market and have now merged.

    If FD/DK were a publicly traded company, what would their market capitalization, revenue, and profit margin be?

    I think that’s something of a summer-2015 characterization of the industry… but as to your question, I was a WSJ sportswriter, not a financial one! I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess at their various figures under a different set of conditions, I’d be doing everyone a disservice with idle speculation.

  • pimpbotlove

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    @osieczanek said...

    As someone who worked in the newspaper industry for 10+ years at the Rocky Mountain News until we closed about eight years ago I know how bad things are at paper across the country. Did the state of the industry help lead to your decision to quit the WSJ and go on this quest? Are you glad you did it? Haven’t got the book yet, but would love to read it. Thanks for doing this!

    Aww, miss the Rocky Mountain News! Always knew that to be a great paper.

    The state of the industry did play something of a role in that decision, yes. I wasn’t in any immediate danger, but I didn’t believe I had some sort of job for life at the WSJ, either. And if I had, that might have made me less likely to look-and-leap.

    Very glad I did it. Got to tell a crazy story about a world that needed its story told, and was able to have an incredible experience along the way. Go buy the book! Help a (now-unemployed) fellow former Journo out!

  • pimpbotlove

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    @Dcb2i said...

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VS. The Power Rangers: who ya got? Can I have a book? :)

    I was an early-90’s Ninja Turtles kid, for sure. Power Rangers are more my sister’s era, or later. I can still beat the 1992 TMNT arcade game at a BarCade or equivalent with a not-outrageous number of quarters using Donatello and his way Overpowered Jump Attack; I definitely can’t name a single power ranger.

    I don’t know who is determining who actually wins a book — that’s an RG thing — but I guarantee you you can buy one RIGHT NOW at the link posted at the top! ;)

  • pimpbotlove

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    @gskellert said...

    In the book you talked about finding a mentor to help you in the DFS world. Would you be someone who would want to be a mentor to someone? The student becomes the master so-to-speak? If you are, I’m ready to learn! Thanks!!

    I am definitely not in the mentor business, sorry to say. Beep was wonderful to do what he did for me, and I think (hope?) we both got a lot out of the experience. But I don’t think that’s for me. I tried to help a friend recently (admittedly it was with NBA, just trying to apply good concepts of bankroll management etc, not game/stat specific stuff since I don’t know NBA for squat) and it didn’t go terribly well. That should probably be it for my short-lived mentoring career.

  • yuda

    Who’s been your favorite NHL players to roster this year?

  • thuha28491

    Throughout the process were there any times where you seriously considered giving up on the book and/or DFS?

  • tmarohl

    Who do you think has the advantage with FD’s new decision to implement late swap in MLB this year? The pros or the shmoes?

  • pimpbotlove

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    @bc8844 said...

    Hey Dan, I haven’t read the book yet but as soon as the school year is over and I have time I was planning on getting a hold of a copy. Which DFS sport do you find most difficult to consistently win at and what would you attribute that mostly to? When the playing time becomes so difficult to predict at this time of the season in NBA do you play a lot less or not at all? Thanks for the time. Looking forward to the read.

    I hardly touched NBA — focused on MLB and NHL, with enough NFL to make it legit — but from everyone I talk to, NBA is tough, and certainly, all the sports are hardest later in the season when the stats are ironed out and the lesser competition has been weeded out. Let me know what you think when you read the book!

  • pimpbotlove

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    Generally, additions of things like Late Swap give an edge to the more serious players, so in this case, the pros. But the counter is they now have to spend more time waiting on lineups and changes etc, so they do pay a price for that edge.

  • pimpbotlove

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    @yuda said...

    Who’s been your favorite NHL players to roster this year?

    I’d say that the players I’ve rostered more often than other people include the Carter/Pearson/Toffoli group, and the various combinations of Minnesota Wild players. Haven’t played enough NSH1 (Johanssen line) and same goes for Kucherov, whoever he’s playing with.

  • pimpbotlove

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    @thuha28491 said...

    Throughout the process were there any times where you seriously considered giving up on the book and/or DFS?

    Not really — once I quit my job, I was kinda in this thing, no matter what happened. At that point, I was mostly hoping DFS didn’t disappear underneath my feet due to some legal/regulatory/punitive disaster.

  • tmarohl

    I highly recommend everyone here read the book. It was very good and it gives you very good insight into the growing pains and learning curve that Daniel went through. I couldn’t put it down. it’s about 350 pages and I read it over the course of a weekend.

  • pimpbotlove

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    @tmarohl said...

    I highly recommend everyone here read the book. It was very good and it gives you very good insight into the growing pains and learning curve that Daniel went through. I couldn’t put it down. it’s about 350 pages and I read it over the course of a weekend.

    I echo everything this wise, learned, and (I presume) well-dressed man said!

  • ageict

    Great book! Couldn’t put it down.
    Hope your sales are great.

  • crshamo

    About half way through the book, Awesome so far! Loving it!

    Being from Rye Brook, How much Sal’s Pizza and Walter’s hot dogs did you eat growing up?

    Seriously, hope your book gets widespread notoriety, so this great community can continue to flourish in a positive way!

    Great job!

  • BDholla89

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    Did you meet Hef at the Mansion?

  • pimpbotlove

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    @crshamo said...

    About half way through the book, Awesome so far! Loving it!

    Being from Rye Brook, How much Sal’s Pizza and Walter’s hot dogs did you eat growing up?

    Seriously, hope your book gets widespread notoriety, so this great community can continue to flourish in a positive way!

    Great job!

    I ate a lot of Sal’s — almost went there yesterday when I was in Larchmont for a book event — but didn’t do the walter’s thing really. To be honest, my real pizza place was P&D’s, in Port Chester, which back in the 1990’s was just primo, kinda New Haven style pizza but in NY. There’s another joint in its place now, and it’s fine, but truly not the same. Thanks for picking up the book, lemme know what you think when you finish!

  • pimpbotlove

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    I did not. But I talked to the official Playboy event photographer when I was there (lovely older woman named Elaine/Eileen/something like that) who photographs many of the playboy events and has for decades, and she pointed out Hef lurking in one of the windows at one point. Apparently he very rarely ventured out in recent years, and now that the mansion’s been sold, I think we all missed our chance.

  • tristanwolf

    Are you still playing dfs full time? Is the goal now to make it your permanent occupation? How much would you need to make a year to continue your similar (including wife’s income) lifestyle? 40k, 60k, 100k plus? Is that feasible in your mind vs the odds of keeping up your pretty amazing run?

  • pimpbotlove

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    @tristanwolf said...

    Are you still playing dfs full time? Is the goal now to make it your permanent occupation? How much would you need to make a year to continue your similar (including wife’s income) lifestyle? 40k, 60k, 100k plus? Is that feasible in your mind vs the odds of keeping up your pretty amazing run?

    I’m playing heavily, but definitely not full time, and I have no desire to make it a permanent occupation. I really enjoy the game, but I did this in order to tell the story of DFS, not the other way around. If I WERE to be able to essentially guarantee myself 100k+ annually by doing this, yeah, I’d probably make a go of it. But I’m not good enough to be sure of making that, so… (and to answer some previous questions as well) I’m basically casting about for the next cool story to tell right now, and am not 100% certain yet of what that is!

  • BleechDaddy

    Dan, Have not read the book. Which DFS site do you prefer, and are you a data/analytical guy or a feel player?

  • randlan

    I heard on an RG podcast that you landed BeepBeep as your mentor. Did you ask anyone else? Which DFS players were on your mentor wishlist?

  • tgowen

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    I’ve always had the desire to write a book (albeit a fictional one about obscure superheroes that my son would enjoy). So my question for you is what advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing this dream and what is one of the biggest challenges from start to finish in getting your book completed?

  • chacha59

    What do you miss more The Fan Duel Chat Room or Daily Joust?

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