Thursday, May 12, 2016

Conscious Mind

The conscious mind is such a delicate state that a bit of alcohol, drugs, or physical trauma, can alter our state of mind causing what we refer to as a blackout. Yet we choose to believe once our body has ceased living that somehow this consciousness continues on in some form - either through resurrection, spirit, a supreme presence, or reincarnation. The mind is a data processor, storage, and control system, tasked with the function of ensuring adaptation and survival. Human society has taken this mechanism and has built up illusions and distractions for the masses to ensure control and perpetuation of select organisms within this social construct. We are just organisms crawling about a floating rock, squirming around trying to do what is needed to be done to continue movement and to want to continue movement. Everything around you is fake, but we enjoy it because we are weak. We enjoy the distractions to give us a sense of satisfaction because the truth is other like organisms control and take our essential resources and we are too weak to do anything about it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bad Beats

So you hit a bad beat. No, you're betting stupid. The problem isn't the luck of the world. You're betting stupid. You spent all that time building your bankroll and last night you just tossed it all away on some lineups you didn't even like in the first place. Betting stupid.

Now that we've established that the problem IS you it's time for damage control. Your sources crapped out. Your brain crapped out. You bet lazy and you bet big. And your bankroll crapped out. Get back to basics. Most nights your sources are pretty reliable. Most nights you can see the angles. Most nights you're not so lazy. So now we be SMALL.

Take a look at your bets. It's not even afternoon yet and you likely already have $100+ on the line already for tonight's match-ups. Withdrawal about half of your bets right now. Pull out of the tournament bets completely - we've already established that you're not that lucky right now, so pull out. Get back to the small 50/50 bets. Pull out of ALL high dollar 50/50 and double-up bets you just made this morning. On DraftKings you need at least 270 points in the NBA just to barely make most 50/50 and double-up contests. If you're not consistently hitting that mark lately...PULL OUT!

Keep BALANCE. Ok, so you didn't pull out of the tournament bets like I just told you to. At least establish enough 50/50 bets to cover the tournament bets you're about to lose. If you DO pull in double on your tournament bets, your 50/50's should do just fine on average. I use the 25 cent bets as a mark on the likelihood of my 50/50's pulling through...but that can be a very inefficient way to measure your night's success.

Balance your lineups! Again, this can be very wasteful, and now you're about double the risk, but sometimes a backup lineup to your "perfect" lineup is the way to go. I don't know how many times my awesome lineup has crapped out and my backup crap lineup has done awesome. Sure, most times you'll still be down for the night going about it this way, but it's less likely you'll be down huge that night...unless they both crap out, then you're screwed.

Until you have something fully reliable, bet at a MINIMUM level! Look, you're chasing the dollar. You're chasing your losses. And as a result you're betting STUPID, and you're betting, you're betting HUGE! STOP! It's better to win 80 cents tonight than it is to lose $100. BET SMALL! Bet MICROSCOPIC! Get back on a roll, start thinking again. Maybe your brain has just been off...because you're chasing the loses, chasing that high. BET MICROSCOPIC!! "OH MAN! I bet small like Uncle Tony said and my lineup did AWESOME! THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE WIN I NEEDED TO GET BACK ON TOP!" Yeah, you got lucky. Now do EXACTLY the same setup the next night. Keep betting MICROSCOPIC until you've doubled what you have in your bankroll RIGHT NOW...or if your bankroll is EXTREMELY small, make sure you have at least $100 of THEIR money in your account now before you take the next SMALL step up in your bets. We're looking to win at least 80% of the time on our bets. Until that happens for several weeks of daily keep at that microscopic betting level until you figure out something that does. Everybody has a bad night...which is the same night somebody has their shining moment. Until you're ruling the world, BET MICROSCOPIC, and ALWAYS bet with BALANCE!

Each day is a new day. It's a new day to win, and it's a new day to lose. Right now we're looking for ok wins, and minimal losses. Good luck.

If you don't already have a DraftKings account, you can sign up here.

Now it's time to take my own advice.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Anthony Davis Gets Injured

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Anthony Davis gets injured!

I'm not sayin' "The Brow" doesn't score big points for his team, but at Davis' price his ceiling is too low and his floor arrives too frequent. Having Anthony Davis in your lineup is like going 7-2 all-in in Vegas. CAN it pay off? Sure. WILL it pay off? Sure...likely for your opponent.

Look, I like the guy. Something says to me he's an awesome dude I wish I knew, but I also like my cats...and I don't see them raking in the money for me either. (On the odd chance that the latter COULD happen, check out Dexter Cat on Facebook - after last night I could use the fame and endorsements. HE LOVES PRINGLES! EH? Eh Pringles shout-out!!!) Um...anyway...

Whenever my lineups, or my sources, end up with Davis I cringe a little. Too many times he's been pulled out with an injury. And too many times he's done average for a big man in DFS points. On a crowded night like last night, you've got too many options in front of you to rely on The Brow. If you're gonna go for it, treat it like a punt play.

Disclaimer: I know JACK about sports. And I'm a complete noob fish at DFS. I'm just tellin' how I see it.


Monday, December 14, 2015

The Number 23 Strikes the Golden State Warriors

It didn't matter who the Golden State Warriors were up against on December 12, 2015, they were going to lose that night and here's why:

Going into the match the Warriors were 24-0.

This would be their 25th match-up of the season.

25 / 5 = 5

5 = 2 + 3

2 and 3 is 23


The Warriors had 24 wins, 0 losses.

Take 24 wins and bring in 1 loss.

24 - 1 = 23


The match was on December 12, 2015 (12/12/2015).

12 - 12 = 0

20 - 15 = 5

5 = 2 + 3

2 and 3 is 23


The final score that night was 95 to 108.

9 + 5 + 1 + 0 + 8 = 23



9 + 5 + 10 + 8 = 32

32 (23 reversed)

The Warriors never stood a chance.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

151209 DraftKings NBA 10 Game Lineup

I'm basically all caught up in Daily Fantasy Sports. The problem is I've got two things working against me (I don't know, maybe they actually work for me):

  1. I know nothing about playing daily fantasy sports.
  2. I know even less about the actual sports themselves. (Seriously, there's field goals in basketball? I thought that was just a football thing.)

Take those two faults (or possible unbiased qualities) and add in an ocean of average people who know a thing or two, professionals, and sharks, and you've got a great mix of hope and inevitable failure at winning daily fantasy sports (DFS).

I've tried about a dozen sites for tips and education. I've taken recommendations. Hell, I'm a HUGE fan of those Lineup Optimizers (both free and paid). None of this stuff has worked out to a point of consistent winning (not even on a grinding out level), and it seems so far most times my own "guess and choose" method has at least brought in more points than most of the other methods I've sought out. Maybe I've been going to the wrong sources. Or maybe I just have zero idea of what I'm reading from those sources and therefore have no idea what to do with their information. But hey, I'm completely green in all aspects of this stuff in the first place.

So, what I'm gonna do from time to time, in addition to my usual lineups, is I'm gonna post a free-roll contest on DraftKings under Username: ninbroken52. I'll create a lineup which I came up with on my own and enter it into that contest. Then I'll post that lineup here on my blog for everyone to critique. That night we'll see what really happens with the numbers. I'm telling myself I'm not trying to beat out any competition with this lineup (especially since I'm laying out all my players right on the table). What I'm trying for here is consistent bigger numbers. Feel free to join my contests with your own experiments!

Criticism to my lineups is welcomed in the comments below (but try to keep it productive and clean - I know this is the internet and that's hard to do here, but hey, maybe this stuff will help out others as well).


PG Zach LaVine LAL@Min 25.7 $5,200
SG Kyle Korver Atl@Dal 21.0 $4,500
SF Thabo Sefolosha Atl@Dal 20.8 $4,900
PF Paul Millsap Atl@Dal 41.4 $8,300
C Andre Drummond Mem@Det 46.8 $9,400
G K. Caldwell-Pope Mem@Det 23.4 $4,600
F Derrick Favors NY@Uta 37.0 $7,900
UTIL O.J. Mayo LAC@Mil 20.2 $5,200

USE THIS LINEUP AT YOUR OWN RISK! LIKE I SAID, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING...and obviously with this lineup being put right out there in the open I'm sure tens of DOZENS of people will be clambering about to use exactly THIS lineup, so keep that in mind as well.

Tell me what you think I did wrong here! And thanks for any help.

...And if you're NOT on DraftKings click here to join!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Online Sports Betting

IF you're going to try your hand at online sports betting keep some of this stuff in mind:

I'm setup through DraftKings. Pretty cool site. Lots of action. Lots of opportunity. Lots of little details you'll want to pay attention to when starting out.

The first contests (AND ONLY CONTESTS) you'll want to start out on for each sport are the "Beginner" contests. Beginner 50/50 and Beginner Double-Up Single Entry are your best odds. They're not sexy, but they're your best chances to earn money. MAKE SURE YOU GET IN ON THE BEGINNER CONTESTS FOR EACH SPORT WHILE YOU CAN! Because you only get a shot at those for your first 50 contests! After that you're in with the sharks.

Ok, I'm not gonna be another post that yet again explains all the nuances in detail, there are plenty of posts out there that do that, but I will mention some basics:

In DraftKings you MUST choose players for AT LEAST TWO DIFFERENT GAMES - not just two different teams, TWO DIFFERENT GAMES, in each contest. Now you can still stack the hell out of one game or one team if you want, but you MUST chose at least one person from another game in order for your bet to be valid!!!

In DraftKings you have a $50,000 salary cap for each sport. You will NOT be able to draft every top player for your lineups. That's just how it is. The easy part after a few plays is to figure out that the highest priced players are "expected" to perform the best (that's not always the case but just keep that in mind). Paying for several high-priced players means you WILL have to add a few cheap guys to your lineup - and that's where things get wonky because those are the guys you're never sure if they'll actually do phenomenal that night or if they're even gonna see time on the field. Honestly, I'm still never sure.

Now, from what I've been reading online a lot of the pros out there actually have several lineups in play for each sport to cover possibilities. Hey, do with that what you want, just don't feed them too much of your money on a single night while chasing a few dollars. Personally I usually have at least a couple lineups in each sport.

In sports, big names are usually big names for a reason - because they're used often and usually perform. THIS IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE, but we're just starting out, and if you know nothing about sports (just like me) then if even YOU recognize a name then so far it's safe to guess that they'll at least play that night.

Ok, so some of the players have this RED letter next to their name. What's up with that? Well, a red "Q" means it's "QUESTIONABLE" whether or not they'll play that night. "P" is "PROBABLE". "O" is "OUT"! DO NOT ADD THE "O" PEOPLE TO YOUR LINEUP!!!! Questionable seems to often at least have the guy available to play. Probable seems to be a better chance that they'll play. But really, there are even times a guy is perfectly available for play and he doesn't even get off the bench. So, we'll keep figuring that stuff out.

Points Per Game is ALL that matters in DraftKings. The more total points per game the more likely you'll do well in a contest. When you're picking somebody you'll see what their average points per game is. You can click on each player's name and go into their card and see more stats. You'd be surprised, sometimes a guy has a really low PPG, but it turns out he wasn't being used much before, or he got traded, and now he's doing well. Or maybe he got injured a few times and that has brought down his total average, but in general he does alright.

So, I've tried a few sites (through their free services) such as RotoWire, FantasyPros, FantasySP, RotoWorld, RotoGrinders, Daily Fantasy Fuel, and a few other sites. Honestly, I'm not seeing anything reliable or consistent with lineup optimizers - at least not on my level of playing. These sites certainly have a ton of information on them, but I have no idea what to do with it.

A few websites I find very useful are OddsShark, CBS Sports, Bleacher ReportFantasy Alarm, UFC, Tapology, Sherdog.

OddsShark seems to be linked to Vegas betting and will give you an idea of the odds (clever huh).

CBS Sports features match-ups for each sport and will show you recent depth charts for each team when you click on the match, then on each team. You know how many times I've gone on there and realized one of my players shares the same position as another? That can be like paying for two players and getting one (again CAN BE).

Bleacher Report!!!! Download the freakin' app! You'll get updates and alerts to latest news on a sport, team, and player. OMG! You know how many times I've had someone in my lineup then suddenly I get an update on my Bleacher Report app alerting me that the person isn't even playing that night??? Check out the website, sign up, and download the app!!!

Fantasy Alarm. I actually kinda forgot about this website. I get alerts from them through Twitter. I gotta check this site out more again because there is a TON of info here and I'm probably really stupid for not checking it out more.

UFC has a ton of info about previous and upcoming fights.

Tapology is a community-based site where people can weigh in on who they think will win, how, and by how much. Honestly, I've been tracking the predictions on my own contests and I'm finding the results are about 50/50. But still, awesome website with a ton of info!

Sherdog. Honestly, I forgot about this website (I haven't really concentrated too much on MMA), but from the looks of it it looks like there is a ton of info here as well.

So, you need "X" amount of points if you're gonna hope to do well in [CONTEST TYPE]. I think after a bit this gets all out of whack. More and more pros are turning toward 50/50 and Double-Up contests for stability and steady income. Smart for them, sucks for us. Tournaments seem to be high risk and huge chance. And then you gotta factor in someone like Anthony Davis messing up his shoulder at the beginning of a game then being out for the rest of the night - bye-bye $10,600 you could have split between other people.

It's a game and there is always somebody better or luckier than you. Don't ever risk more than you care to lose. No, really, that awesome lineup can crap out at any moment. DON'T EVER RISK MORE THAN YOU CARE TO LOSE!! ...ESPECIALLY on just ONE lineup.

Honestly, I don't really care what team is awesome, what team sucks, or what somebody's average is. What matters in online sports contests is PPG for each person that night. Sometimes the big names have a crap night, sometimes a reserve steps in and punches up huge numbers. It all depends on that contest that night.

Yeah, these online sports betting sites, such as DraftKings, CAN make you money - IF your lineup does better than most of the other lineups. For a while I was waking up to an extra $60.00 - $100.00 in my account from contests the night before. Lately I have yet to rake in $5.00. But if you're good, you can win, and win big. If you're lucky, you can win sometimes, and win big sometimes. After your Beginner Contests run out, I'm thinking it's best to stick mostly to the free contests, and maybe a few quarter contests here and there, until you can consistently rack up huge numbers. I mean, like in the Beginner NBA Contests you wanna try for at least 260 points in 50/50 and Double-Up contests to try to get your money back. So far since being kicked out of the Beginner Contests, 260 points hasn't gotten me a thing. Once you're out of the pool and in the ocean you wanna be pretty consistent on 280 to 320 points per lineup for the NBA. It's all there, you just gotta know who to choose or be really freakin' lucky.

Now, another way to make some money is by taking advantage of DraftKings' referral program! On DraftKings, each player has a referral link. That referral link makes you money! You'll notice I've scattered mine throughout this post, hoping somebody clicks it and signs up through my link. The link can be found by clicking the drop menu under your name at the top right of the screen. Click "Refer-A-Friend" and the site will take you to your referral link and let you know what rewards are available at that moment. Right now the current rate is 20% of the referred person's contest entry fees. NICE! And there's currently a limited time offer where we both get a free ticket into the NFL Millionaire Maker Contest ($20 VALUE!) (EXPIRES 1:00PM ET 12/6/2015).

While you really want to play conservatively while you're learning the ins and outs of online sports betting, YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR FIRST DEPOSIT COUNT! Most times there's an offer to double your very first deposit on DraftKings. Now, they're not gonna just give you all that extra money at once, you earn it by playing contests - each contest earns you Frequent Player Points, and each time you earn another 100 Frequent Player Points they deposit another bonus dollar from your first deposit into your account. It really takes time to earn this bonus money, and there IS a time limit on the offer! I'm guessing from all my activity that a lot of people spend more than they earn back from that bonus, and I'm almost certain that a lot of people never cash in on the full amount before it expires, but if you see yourself playing a lot anyway you really might as well get in on that Bonus Deposit Offer. After all, money is money.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Gentle Morning's Thought

The NeverEnding Story can be likened to the realization of one's actual death. The "Nothing" is the absolute non-existence which occurs upon one's death - there is no before; there is no after. Before birth there is no consciousness to associate events. The same exists for after death. We compile resolute scenarios, meanings, definitions, explain one's eternal existence. If we are truly unable to explain our "before" we will never discover an "after" - this is likely because for the individual consciousness there is its absolute form.

P.S. The title of this post makes it sound so fake, "artsy", and hokey. It's pissing me off.