2014 DFBC Finalist: Vegas Veteran mrhaha Goes All-In for the DFBC
Mrhaha was in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker during the night of his DFBC Qualifier victory. As the night went on and his chances of returning to Vegas got higher with every inning, the poker pro had to pull himself away from the card tables to sweat out the final stretch.
How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?
On and off since I was probably 12-13, but I only played season long NFL leagues with my friends. This is the first time I have ever played fantasy baseball in any form.
A real good buddy of mine introduced me to FanDuel around the second or third week of the 2013 NFL season. I know him through poker, so he knows all about my love for action and thought it would be something I would be real interested in. He was right. I majored in Mathematical Economics which is basically short for game theory, and games like poker, daily fantasy sports, any “game” of incomplete information really appeal to me.
In your opinion, how does daily fantasy compare to season-long?
I think daily without question is a much more complicated game, which makes it all the more interesting. I never played season long fantasy baseball, but I can only imagine that the strategies are much more limited. For example, in a season long league you probably wouldn’t want to waste a spot on your roster for a guy who may only appear in 30-50 games that season, but in daily fantasy every player who is in a lineup is somebody to consider. On any given day a platoon player can be just as important as a guy making 20 million a year. It’s a much more dynamic game because of that factor in my opinion.
How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?
Well, I think pitching is really important so I usually start out my day focusing on picking my pitcher. From there, there are tons of different approaches, such as looking for value guys, guys who have been hot or cold the last week or so, and seeing how you can make the most balanced team. I try to avoid guys who are more likely to go out there and drop a negative score, but that means I don’t usually have money to spend on top tier players either so finding those middle guys are very important for me.
Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.
I had gotten to Vegas the night before and after making my lineups for the day, I headed over to Bellagio to play some cards. I had a bunch of guys from Arizona on my team that day, and the game was on the TV right across from me in the poker room. As the night went on everyone else in the room was watching the heat/pacers game 5–which was a great game–I was like the only guy who cared about the baseball game. I was actually in the middle of a somewhat big hand and considering making a big bluff when I looked up and saw Paul Goldschmidt rounding first and knew he must have gone long which would put me in first. I forgot all about bluffing, folded my hand and then headed to the sports book to watch the rest of the game with my buddies. It was a great sweat, there were a lot of guys who had players who could pass me. I was fading a ton, watching Chase Headley strike out with the bases loaded pretty much sealed it for me, but if he had done anything there I wouldn’t have won.
What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?
Actually yeah. I come to Vegas every summer and it’s a lot of fun but the poker grind can be very draining after a while. I’m looking forward to coming and not playing any poker at all and just enjoying the great food and a hopefully a real big sweat in the final.
What would you do with the $1,000,000 if you did win?
Well, I know I am not going to take it to the craps tables. I don’t think I would do anything all that interesting, but winning something like that in Vegas would be a ton of fun, the party wouldn’t stop for quite a while.