The parallels between poker and daily fantasy are undeniable, so it’s no surprise that those who found success as card sharks have been dominating in the DFS industry as well. Players like Max Steinberg, who won his entry into this year’s WSOP Main Event on DraftKings, and former poker pro Matt “SamENole” Smith penis enlargement have carved out a new career for themselves in DFS contests. Brett Richey, a New York-based poker pro with $1.3 million in live cashes to his name, has also recently decided to leave the poker world, and will instead focus on his new DFS resource app, BlitzPick.
In with PokerNews, Richey explained how he teamed up with high-stakes poker pro Eric Liu to create, what at first would be, a mobile app which could better report on injuries, a crucial aspect to consider when drafting a team.
“When I surveyed the landscape of helper tools for DFS users they were almost all web-based tools geared toward serious users — there really wasn’t anything for the casual mobile user,” Richey said. “There were nights I would be going to a poker game or out with my girlfriend and I didn’t have time to spend hours on my computer researching, but I still wanted to play DFS that night.”
BlitzPick allows players to access real-time alerts, stats and player news with relative ease. It serves as a resource to be utilized in conjunction with and , and currently only works with NFL, although the developers will soon launch an NBA and MLB product. “We eventually plan to cover every sport FanDuel and DraftKings offer but for now we are focusing on the most popular sports,” Richey said.
According to the BlitzPick’s cofounders, the app complies with the terms of service of both the aforementioned sites and runs little risk of being banned. In fact, BlitzPick makes its money by sending a traffic to FanDuel and DraftKings in exchange for an affiliate commission.
Richey has been working so hard on the app that he skipped the 2015 WSOP entirely, choosing instead to promote BlitzPick during the series. “I was busy every day with meetings and a lot of other tasks so it didn’t make sense to shift my focus and play a tournament where I may be distracted from my business for three days,” he said.
While he’s had considerable success in poker, Richie says that he has grown bored of the game and will likely not return to playing professionally. “Playing live poker for a living is not enjoyable or mentally stimulating for me and when you factor in the travel and late hours it’s something I’ll never do again,” he said. “I really enjoyed playing online professionally but I haven’t played in over four years and it’s banned in the U.S. so I feel pretty comfortable saying that ship has sailed as well.”