Brett Richey has been a successful poker player, having earned $1,379,172 in the course of his poker career. He has been playing poker for the past 10 years and has been the runner-up of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) two times. In April 2005, he finished in the cash for the first time when he finished third in the New England Poker Classic and took home a prize of $44,520. However, he has decided to leave poker for daily fantasy sports (DFS).
Richey did not leave poker to play DFS at the professional level. He left professional poker because he wants to focus on a mobile app for users of DraftKings and FanDuel. Called BlitzPick, this mobile app features player news, lineup optimizer, real-time alerts, and stats.
Richey quit poker shortly after finishing 323rd in the WSOP 2014 Main Event and taking home a prize of $33,734. He then moved to Las Vegas to launch BlitzPick in collaboration with a sports bettor and high-stakes poker player called Eric Liu.
Recently PokerNews spoke to Richey about BlitzPick. Giving his reasons for creating BlitzPick, the former poker player said: “I created BlitzPick because 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.” He said that he aimed to create an app that would enable users to generate high-quality, diverse lineups while tracking the news continuously to save them the bother of checking their phone for news of sports injuries. They created a proprietary algorithm that gives diversity to the lineups. He said: “We generally include only high value players and then filter them through our unique lens where we include upside, consistency, and overall value compared to the salary cap.”
Currently, the app covers National Football League (NFL) games although the developers plan to launch a National Basketball Association (NBA) product soon. The Major League Baseball (MLB) product is ready and the focus is currently on providing college basketball, college football, and PGA games. The ultimate aim is to cover almost every sport that DraftKings and FanDuel offer although only the most popular sports are available right now.
As for poker, Richey will definitely not play poker at the professional level again. However, he will play recreationally from time to time. He said that he loves poker, but never planned to make a career out of it.