2014 DFBC Finalist: Royalpain Knows How to Celebrate

June 27 11:00am
Nick Sharp

It takes a special sort of confidence to admit that you screamed like a happy, little lady the night you won your DFBC Qualifier. But then again, winning a luxury trip to Vegas and a 1/70 shot at $1,000,000 could have that effect on just about anyone. Read on to find out more about DFBC Finalist royalpain’s big night and his interesting plans for the money.

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How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?

I’ve only played for the past 4-5 years and started with Fantasy baseball. I started playing for free with random players online and then found out that most of my friends had been playing for years… they just forgot to include me in on the fun.


I have played daily fantasy for a couple of years off and on. I saw it on a commercial and thought that I would give it a try for football since my season-long team was horrible that year. I won 25 dollars on a dollar game and was hooked. I know it’s not a lot, but I had fun with it.


In your opinion, how does daily fantasy compare to season-long?

I have started enjoying it more and more as it has instant results – plus I don’t have guys sending me trades at all hours of the night.


It has actually affected my season long fantasy games because I watch all the streaky players and end up making too many trades on my team. But, with a win on FanDuel for the DFBC I don’t mind so much that my baseball squad is crap this year.


How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

I still have not found a strategy that works consistently since I am still new to this. I rely heavily on pitching match ups that don’t cost an arm and a leg. I feel that every time I go all-in on a pitcher, I end up having to scrape the barrel for position players. I like looking for a pitcher who has his ups and downs, but lines up with a team that is off for the week.


That is why I was surprised when Kluber took off against the Rockies that night. I actually thought that my other team that night had a better shot at it. Boy, was I wrong! I would normally pick Wainwright over Kluber any day off the week… but not that day.


Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.

Well, I don’t like to watch the score on FanDuel usually. Instead, I went out to dinner and was having a nice evening until someone changed the TV over to MLB TV. I looked up in time to see Gordon hit a two run shot at the beginning of the game. I just looked at my wife and said that was a good start. The next highlight was Plouffe joining him with a homerun and then Kluber going lights-out for three innings. That’s when I started to get a little itchy, but I still didn’t want to score watch. By the time we were on our way home, I told my wife that I just had to check, and when I did I was sitting in ninth. I just smirked at her and said “This could get interesting.”


I got home, put the phone down and started watching again. When I turned on the TV Mesoraco had just hit his first home run for the night and I got real excited. My wife’s mother was looking at me like I was crazy for yelling at the TV for a baseball game between Cinncinati and Arizona in May. I was well in the lead and had only one other guy chasing me. However, he still had Brandon Moss. I’m staring at the other guy’s score and it didn’t move for well over 40 minutes… until out of nowhere his score jumps ten points. My heart sank.


That’s when I realized that he also had Mesoraco in and he had hit his second homer of the night. Then found out that Brandon Moss had left the game. I just quietly got up without saying a word and walked outside to celebrate.


I think my mother-in-law still heard my little girlish screams. I would have loved to see her face.

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What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

Just the experience of partying with other fantasy geeks like myself and of course getting a shot at a million. If I can get lucky once I can do it again.


What would you do with the $1,000,000 if you did win?

I would invite everyone from my fantasy football league back to Vegas to hold a live draft as we are now scattered all over the country. Then I’d buy a boat and start sailing around the world. (Probably just end up in the Virgin Islands before the money ran out, but we will see.)

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