First, just a bit of background. Been playing DFS for just over a year—low dollar—mostly .25 to an occasional $3. My accounts seldom amount to more than $25 in them, but I love DFS and play daily. Hope someday to win a nice GPP, but have never cashed for more than $40. Retired, so not overflowing with money to burn, but not destitute either, so cashing is always nice and that’s basically what my hope is every day. With prizes top heavy in Gpp’s, no matter how much research I seem to do, I can still not get over the hump!
My frustration in writing this thread was brought about by a contest I was in last night—a ten player league with a $2 entry! Low dollar with a top prize of $9. At the time I entered there were, I believe, maybe four or five other entrants, some with “badges” and a couple not. While following the NBA games and my contest later I realized to my horror (well, not horror, but disappointment) that there were not one, but four top 50 TPOY grinders, and 3 regular Rotogrinders “podcasters” in my lil bitty $2 league! Now, it’s not that I mind losing $2, but rather why are guys like this(not necessarily these particular guys), most of which have thousands of dollars in site accounts, playing in a $2 contest!? I know one of them recently won a HUGE amount of money in a GPP, more than I’ve ever made in my life in one years work! And I don’t begrudge any of them doing that, but do you have to come down to the low dollar levels and clean us “fish” out too!? Winning $9 is a big night for me, most nights! Anyway, enough of the rant. Here is a possible solution.
With all the technology available, wouldn’t it simply be possible to link player account $$$ levels to contests available to enter?? Just as very elementary examples:
up to $100, any contest
$101-$500, no multi entry contest under $3
$501-$1000 no contest under $5
$1000 or more no contest under $10
This would eliminate high dollar players praying on the “fish” who are just trying to survive in their shallow end of the pond, yet doesn’t hinder anyone from playing high dollar contests, or keep “sharks” from continuing winning their huge prizes. Of course the above example is not an actual suggestion of values to be used, only a general format. Badges and shields obviously don’t work. I know others will argue that it will keep prize pools down, but in my above example the top prize was only $9, yet players with thousands of dollars in their accounts were still trying to take that home!
In almost all sports you have separation of talent levels competing. Divisions in high school and college football, minor league baseball(A,AA,AAA,majors)——why not DFS. Make it fair for everyone, and as your skill level increases, and your bank roll grows, so does the level of competition you’re going against. Or do the “sharks” not want that, and want to get richer any way possible? I hope as somebody who really loves DFS, and truly believe it is skill based, that this isn’t the case, or am I just being naive?
Love to hear everyones thoughts—-especially the “podcast” grinders out there, who I listen to, and enjoy everyday!