Corey Albertson and Ray Coburn, the DFS pros who play under the handle “rayofhope,” are two of the most successful daily fantasy players in the world. Recently, Albertson weighed in on the current DFS controversy in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. He is of the opinion that daily fantasy operators should be regulated, and has become frustrated that they have not made changes which he believes will make for a healthier DFS ecosystem.
One of the main changes Albertson hopes DFS sites will make is to block professional players from playing $1 and $2 low limit contests. Albertson is an ex poker pro who made the switch over to daily fantasy and has profited millions of dollars from his success in the industry. While the two games share similarities, the difference between DFS and poker is that pro poker players must limit the amount of tables they play in order to focus only on the most profitable.
In DFS, players can buy multiple entries into a variety of contests, and while some sites put a cap on that number, grinders can still find their way into thousands of contests each week. Albertson believes that it’s time for professional players to sit out of lower limits in order to give amateur players breathing room so they can develop their game without tangling with the best and brightest right from the start.
“No professional winning six-figures at daily fantasy should be flooding $1 and $2 one-on-one contests against novices,” said Albertson. “Accordingly, Ray and I have opted out of playing daily fantasy contests that are below a $25 entry fee and with five or fewer participants on DraftKings and FanDuel.”
Albertson says that in lieu of improving their product, DFS operators have become too focused on trying to “get rich quick.” Therefore, he and Coburn have devised a short-term solution which they hope will bring attention to the issue. Now, when they see a well-known pro waiting for opponents in low stakes head-to-head games, they plan to enter all of those contests, taking away the grinders’ chance to play against a novice opponent.
The pair have ruffled feathers already with DFS pros like Assani Fisher, who plays both high-stakes and low-stakes games. Under the @rayofhope twitter handle, they have mocked the fact that Fisher still participates in micro stakes contests.
— rayofhope (@fantasysalary) October 10, 2015
On his vlog, Fisher stated that he is open to more discussion, but did not appreciate how Albertson and Coburn approached the issue with him. He countered by saying that he has stopped taking other people’s small stakes heads-ups, but will sit his own.
“I don’t see anything wrong with giving people the choice to play me,” he said. “I can’t wrap my head around me giving people the choice to play me is wrong in any way.”
As in the online poker industry, DFS operators will eventually have to face the fact that their sites cannot survive with pro players alone. Sooner or later they will need to devise strategies for keeping both amateurs and pros happy.