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A Rich Fantasy Life: Sports Fans Dream of Making a Living Off Games — Mr. Dinkmeyer Leaves Investing, Bets He Can Put Together Winners; Studying Stats

Daily-fantasy games, which condense full-length seasons into nightly competitions, were responsible for $492 million of the $1.7 billion spent on fantasy sports in 2012, according to a Fantasy Sports Trade Association study. Every night during baseball season, Mr. Keur studied variables such as performance against right-handed and left-handed pitchers, umpires, stadium dimensions and even the weather.