After spending a decade playing professional poker successfully, Brett Richey has now shifted focus to Daily Fantasy Sports(DFS) but not as player. In the past year, Richey has created and launched a DFS helper app called BlitzPick along with Eric Liu who is a Las Vegas based sports bettor and a high-roller.
The app BlitzPick helps FanDuel and DraftKings users to build and optimize lineups as well as get real-time updates on players.
Richey got his first big win playing poker professionally in 2005 when he came third in the 2005 New England Poker Classic, cashing $44,520. During the course of the next ten years, he managed to rack up $1,379,172 in lifetime earnings and finish as runner-up in two World Series of Poker(WSOP) events. Richey has not been seen on the poker scene since the 2014 WSOP Main Event, where he finished with $33,734.
He did not participate in the 2015 WSOP due to the fact that he was busy with developing and launching his new app. Speaking on the decision to quit professional poker, Richey said that he loves the game but it was not something he wanted to do as a long term career.
In a statement, Richey said, “I’m definitely done playing poker at a professional level. Playing live poker for a living is not enjoyable or mentally stimulating for me and when you factor in the travel and late hours it’s something I’ll never do again. I really enjoyed playing online professionally but I haven’t played in over four years and it’s banned in the U.S. so I feel pretty comfortable saying that ship has sailed as well.”
In time he sees himself playing poker recreationally on occasion. Richey said he got interested in the idea of creating an app for DFS when he realized that there were no helper apps for the casual mobile DFS user. Most available resources were web-based and directed at serious players. He said that he could not find anything that would give regular player updates as well as build and analyze player lineups. This inspired him to create a customizable app that offers a multitude of features for users of DFS sites and saves them the hassle of having to look up multiple sources for data or information.
The app currently offers NFL games and is scheduled to release NBA games as well, after which it will concentrate on the MLB. The development team will then be concentrating on PGA and college games, both football and basketball. Richey aims to release all games that FanDuel and DraftKings offer but the immediate priority will be for the most popular ones.