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  • AssaniFisher

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    “My first video blog, topics include DraftKings’ Boston/Miami vacation, the worst day of my career, RayOfHope’s recent tweet, & the upcoming FanDuel $26.5K.”

    https://vimeo.com/139825263

    Have never tried anything like this before. Hoping people enjoy it. Would welcome any criticism or feedback.

  • fishcakeking

    FCK

    Hey man,

    I just watched the blog. Thank you for doing this and being honest. In my opinion a large majority of players don’t understand the mindset that you bring to the game. Being ignorant to the swings/effort of a professional gambler is easier.

    Should mention that one big player who “sat” from $1-$10k lost a huge bankroll. So whether you do or don’t play every level doesn’t guarantee an end result. Also I would add that your brutal honesty reinforces the idea that players won’t police themselves.

    Although I do agree with the sentiment of what Ray and Cory do, the goal of the best players is to win the maximum dollars possible. To expect them to act in contrary to this goal is naive.

    Again good job on the blog and appreciate it.

    Fck

  • jimmyrad

    Good blog. I get where you’re coming from in regards to the tweet, I squandered 2003-2006 myself. That said it kind of rings hollow when you’re playing $70K a weekend against possibly the two best golf DFSers in the world to see who’s the best or whatever.

    If you fail I doubt you’ll look back in ten years and think your lack of mining $50 a week out of the micros is the big leak there.

  • grinder_vinny

    great blog it was great hearing similar outlooks on the comparison of the online poker world that use to be and dfs now. I use to be a poker pro as well.

  • thehazyone

    RG Contributor

    • Blogger of the Month

    Excellent vlog Assani – thanks for sharing.

    The one question I have is how you go from $600 to playing a $25K – that doesn’t just happen overnight and requires some type of run… what was that run and how did you go about achieving it?

  • MrFantasy

    Really enjoyed this, hope you continue to post videos

  • tgowen

    • Blogger of the Month

    I greatly enjoyed the vlog.

    I will admit to never fully understanding the rational of high stakes players going hunting in small $0.25 leagues or $1 H2H games. It’s easy to understand why players like yourself, Condia and other high stakes players would play in the larger GPP’s at low stakes levels. However, hearing about you playing in $1 H2H games and seeing Condia enter into a 470 man $0.25 contest on DK is nothing but greed in my opinion.

    One thing I will add though, is that it is probably easy for players like myself to be frustrated about those things since it is a decision we will likely never have to make, and once we have to make that decision about balancing high stakes with competition level it may not be as simple as we would like to think it is.

    Again, thanks for sharing and I appreciate hearing the thought process a high stakes player like yourself goes through.

  • bhdevault

    • Lead Moderator

    • Blogger of the Month

    I really enjoyed it, thanks for doing this. I actually liked hearing your thoughts on why you play small stakes games and can appreciate it and understand where you are coming from.

    In the future I would love to hear you get more into game selection and roster selection. Not so much WHO you are playing, but how many different lineups you do and what sites you play on, etc..

    Thanks!

  • shocae

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  • huitcinq

    A high stakes player trolling $1 H2H games is like an investment banker going to a soup kitchen

    Sure it’s not against the rules, sure it’s +EV… but I mean come on

    That being said I think the blame lies sorely on the shoulders of the sites since it’s such a simple and easy issue to fix

  • AssaniFisher

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    @huitcinq said...

    A high stakes player trolling $1 H2H games is like an investment banker going to a soup kitchen

    Sure it’s not against the rules, sure it’s +EV… but I mean come on

    1. You’re comparing somewhere around $50 in EV to soup. $50 is a lot of real world money. Soup is very cheap.

    2. A main point of my mine was that you don’t actually know who the high stakes players are because tons more people than you think are being staked.

    3. In your analogy, the investment banker has seemingly great job security. In our industry, we know that things are going to get worse and worse and we will not have these jobs in the near future.

    Anyway, I don’t even necessarily disagree with you here. And I could definitely be convinced to stop grinding low stakes- as I pointed out in the blog, this is honestly the first time the thought of not playing them has ever crossed my mind. But it feels like you were set in this opinion before seeing my vlog, didn’t really consider any points I raised, and then just re-stated your opinion again. At least hear out the points I“m making and lets have a nuanced discussion about a complicated issue.

  • AssaniFisher

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    @thehazyone said...

    Excellent vlog Assani – thanks for sharing.

    The one question I have is how you go from $600 to playing a $25K – that doesn’t just happen overnight and requires some type of run… what was that run and how did you go about achieving it?

    Short answer is that I ran it up playing NBA, but I’ll dive deeper into this in a future vlog.

    Thanks for all the feedback, everyone…was a bit nervous to put it out, and its really nice to see that people are enjoying it.

  • AssaniFisher

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    @bhdevault said...

    In the future I would love to hear you get more into game selection and roster selection. Not so much WHO you are playing, but how many different lineups you do and what sites you play on, etc..

    Ok cool, will try to address this as well…although its changing a lot, as this is my first time playing big stakes NFL so I’m kinda just learning as I go tbh

  • YoungFischer

    A few thoughts.

    Everyone thinks they run bad. You run good too but we tend to take that for granted and focus on the bad beats instead. I’d flush this out of your thought process entirely as focusing on things outside of your control is counter-productive to improving

    You use the reason of game selection to justify sitting $1 games. Yet you never consider the foolishness of game selection sitting 60k worth of the top H2H PGA players.

    IMO there is no problem with pros sitting $1 games. No one is forcing anyone to take those games. You are simply making an offer and providing liquidity in the process. It’s totally different if you are taking low limit games that others post.

  • huitcinq

    @AssaniFisher said...

    At least hear out the points I“m making and lets have a nuanced discussion about a complicated issue.

    I do get what you’re saying, but in the end it amounts what is a margin of error in your (and players like you) bankroll to potentially pushing hundreds of not thousands of new and casual players out of DFS altogether

    but like I said earlier, sustainability is the responsibility of the regulator (in this case the sites themselves), just like logging companies need the EPA or equivalent to force them into taking the long view at the expense of short term profits

  • huitcinq

    I’m not necessarily judging is what I mean

    I just think that from the perspective of the DFS market as whole it’s a bad practice

  • ssmfour

    Insightful, honest, and generally pretty amusing to listen to. Well done! DK having their own suite at Gillette…talk about making it big time

  • soulstealer

    If you saw a Ulysses Grant laying on the sidewalk would you pick it up? I bet so. This is a job for some and a business. Screw worrying about the decorum that does not exist in the DFS realm. This is not a gentleman’s game whatsoever and the nonsense about it being “bush league” to play $1 games when you can afford to play much more is complete garbage. GET IN WHERE YOU FIT IN.

  • huitcinq

    You know what I agree, if anything guys like Assani are innocent bystanders of frustrations that should be directed at the sites themselves who just let it happen.

  • Ross
    @AssaniFisher said...

    Have never tried anything like this before. Hoping people enjoy it

    This is great. Thanks for posting it.

  • Frickman81

    Ton of respect you risk 70k on golf and don’t know what wd stands for I love it! Thanks for the blog it was very interesting

  • table41a

    In before Assani busts given the contests he’s playing (no way he’s won enough to justify the entry fees) and the fact he’s mentioned on here before that he was a lifetime loser up until around the time his ran began around the beginning of 2015.

  • kaetorade

    • 2013 DraftStreet DSBBC Finalist

    First of all, thanks for doing the video blog. I found it to be refreshing and I love your shoot-from-the-hip style. Here are some of my thoughts on the subjects you covered:

    -The Miami Kickoff was great. Unfortunately, I kept to myself and didn’t mingle nearly as much as I had planned. To say DK is a first class site would be a gross understatement.

    -High stakes players sitting/scooping low stakes has been a polarizing topic. Ideally, low stakes leagues would be made up primarily of low stakes players. However, that’s obviously not the case. I don’t know of a viable solution(players should never be expected to police themselves), but an understanding will go a long ways in avoiding potential conflicts.

    For what it’s worth, I don’t have a problem with high stakes players sitting low stakes leagues. Whether it’s affiliates, touts, dfs sites, content sites, authors, players, etc., we’re all trying to ‘get it while the getting is good.’ We shouldn’t have to apologize for that. You admitted as much and I really respect the transparency.

    -Dealing with disappointment is a crucial life skill that everyone would be well served to develop. Rather than focusing on an ideal way of handling bad beats, I take comfort in KNOWING that I’m playing a game(DFS) for a living. However, if your coping mechanism isn’t broke, don’t fix it. :)

    -I love that the industry is able to support such huge buy-in leagues. Soon, I hope to be a fixture in those leagues. For now, however, I’m comfortable being slow and steady. ‘Grats to your DFS success and good luck moving forward!

  • kaetorade

    • 2013 DraftStreet DSBBC Finalist

    @YoungFischer said...

    You use the reason of game selection to justify sitting $1 games. Yet you never consider the foolishness of game selection sitting 60k worth of the top H2H PGA players.

    I can only assume that it’s due to Assani’s competitive drive. I’m sure he knows it’s neither smart or ‘easy’ money, but there’s something to be said for always wanting to play against the best…logic be damned! Either that, or he really does like to gamble. :)

  • YoungFischer

    An ego driven game selection process seems sub-optimal.

  • bbbomb

    • Blogger of the Month

    I really enjoyed this as well. I never had a problem with pros taking some of my games at the low stakes, it always made me work harder tbh.

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