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  • Boooooourns

    • 2016 DraftKings FHWC Finalist

    Thought I would start a thread about how you go about discussing your love for DFS with people you see out in the real world.

    Personally, I have a difficult time explaining to someone who has never heard of DFS without having the conversation boil down to them feeling underwhelmed and uninterested, meanwhile I am super excited and want to keep talking about it.

    What has your experience been in your discussions? Do you have any go to topics you like to throw in that seem to make people more involved? Do you just not talk about it with anyone else because most people don’t seem to get it?

    Please share any stories or tips you have when it comes to these everyday conversations.

  • Ndepompei

    @Boooooourns said...

    Thought I would start a thread about how you go about discussing your love for DFS with people you see out in the real world.

    Personally, I have a difficult time explaining to someone who has never heard of DFS without having the conversation boil down to them feeling underwhelmed and uninterested, meanwhile I am super excited and want to keep talking about it.

    What has your experience been in your discussions? Do you have any go to topics you like to throw in that seem to make people more involved? Do you just not talk about it with anyone else because most people don’t seem to get it?

    Please share any stories or tips you have when it comes to these everyday conversations.

    i think it’s like talking about your fantasy football team…nobody really cares not worth talking about

  • sochoice

    • 2017 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    • 2017 FanDuel WFFC Champion

    Interesting topic. People who don’t play DFS don’t understand anything about DFS, so the conversation usually lasts about four sentences and then we move on to how stupid Star Wars is unless you are under the age of 16.

  • flip4flop

    @sochoice said...

    we move on to how stupid Star Wars is unless you are under the age of 16.

  • ASalvaro

    I used to think everybody knew about Draftkings then I noticed not one of my Facebook friends has a dfs account and when I post something about DFS nobody responds lol

  • walkoff9

    I don’t really talk about it. Seems like most of my friends and stuff are just into friendly season long stuff so I feel like id come off as a douche bag to start taking about what I play on draftkings.

  • escot4

    • x2

      $2M Prize Winner

    • 2016 DraftKings FFWC Champion

    These conversations come up a lot for me in the real world. I try to tailor my approach to the level of interest that the people I’m talking to show. First off, I try not to ever be the one to bring it up. It usually comes up when people ask me what I do. I always start off with a pretty vague answer, then either the conversation changes to another topic or they ask some follow-up questions and I explain more thoroughly.

    It always surprises people when I tell them how DFS has gone for me, and I can typically convince about 19 out of every 20 people that it’s a game of skill. I don’t think it comes off as arrogance either because I won’t actually tell them how much money I’ve made unless they ask, or sometimes another person will jump into the conversation and mention it.

    My biggest tip: If somebody doesn’t seem interested, don’t talk about it. If they do seem interested, try to give them a good picture of what you do and why.

    Go-to topic: Something along the lines of how I approach it as if it’s my own business because when it comes down to it I’m solely responsible for whether I make money or lose money.

  • joonbae

    • Blogger of the Month

    I just say that it’s fantasy sports with money involved. A couple folks I spoke to kept referring to it as “sports betting.” I try to explain the differences but in the end they both continued referring to it as “sports betting.” As in, “yeah, I do some sports betting too when in Vegas.”

  • Houseman

    If you love fantasy sports – as I do – you will encourage sites like FD or DK – to stop offering contests in preseason games. Talk about nothing but gambling – and that is what got fantasy sports banned in some states. You might also put some restraints on the former pokerstars players that are now dominating the game – not to mention most of the prize money.

  • escot4

    • x2

      $2M Prize Winner

    • 2016 DraftKings FFWC Champion

    @Houseman said...

    If you love fantasy sports – as I do – you will encourage sites like FD or DK – to stop offering contests in preseason games. Talk about nothing but gambling – and that is what got fantasy sports banned in some states. You might also put some restraints on the former pokerstars players that are now dominating the game – not to mention most of the prize money.

    Preseason has more edge than regular season. It’s only like gambling if you don’t research.

  • Houseman

    and I have a bridge you might be interested in.

  • ChaosM83

    • 555

      RG Overall Ranking

    I was laughing so hard at a joke told on the “On the Ball” podcast, then got sad when I realized I couldn’t tell anybody as they would never get the referances.

  • yountingly

    • 441

      RG Overall Ranking

    • Ranked #44

      RG Tiered Ranking

    2 of my good friends have a chat thread where talk about DFS picks, strategy a lot but not for all sports and not every day. We all have families, jobs, etc but definitely about football and about hockey, since hockey is our favorite sport. Our DFS interests last few years has waned our interests in our long time season long leagues together, except for football since it’s weekly.

    It has kept us close since we live several hours apart.

  • jstevens2k11

    Its a pretty interesting and funny conversation with me….when I have my spreadsheet up at work and someone asks what it is, I simply say…“do you know fantasy football? well i play fantasy golf” , normally gets a laugh out of them and then a “wait, serious?”.

    The last time I had a real good laugh I got to sneak away to watch the PGA Championship and the bartender was talking me up about DK and how I should play to keep myself interested since I watch golf every weekend. When asked who my favorite golfer was he went off about how many points he scores.

  • TheRyanFlaherty

    From my experience the general reaction seems to be “that’s still a thing?”.
    It’s depressing because it goes to show how far these sites have fell and how much of a minority a site like this represents.

    Other than that, as others were getting at, it seems people discuss fantasy on a real basic/surface level so I end up just smiling and nodding for a few minutes playing along before just ditching the subject.
    The only time I’d really ft passionate is is the whole “it’s just gambling” argument comes up, then I’d want to explain it a bit better to someone misinformed.

  • wolfjb1

    My favorite thing was when one of the DFS analysts/hosts on a podcast (not an RG podcast) said he tells relatives that he works in “predictive analytics” because it makes him sounds so much than telling grandma that he works in fantasy football.

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