I had been playing "Beat The Streak" and "Streak For the Cash" for about a year and had some success, but knew that I would never win either game using the strategies I was using at the time. I decided to start capturing data, studying it and using the results to identify tools that would be helpful to making picks. I put together a number of tools using Windows Desktop Applications.
I’m still researching ways to improve and will continue that process, but I decided that I’d like to expand my technical knowledge to website development, so I made the decision to launch this website. In addition to giving me access to my tools when I’m out of town, I thought it would be nice to share with others. I figure the next best thing to winning is helping someone else achieve success.
There are a number of websites out there that provide recommendations on picks. As a service, I track them all and provide a scorecard of how well they do, along with some helpful linking type features. At this point, I don’t intend to offer that service. It would take up too much of my time and in addition based on reviewing my results against theirs, I feel I would provide only marginally better results. I am toying with the idea of creating a "computer pick" function that would analyze the data and provide recommendations. I think that would be a lot of fun from a technology perspective. If I decide to do that, they I made add a "human disagrees" perspective where I would provide a few picks.
My current plans are to focus on the website through the end of the year at which point I’ll evaluate the website’s usage and my desire to continue to improve it. If the number of folks using the website is sufficient I’ll consider turning the website into more of a community, with forum type features.
I realize I’m not going to get rich with this website, but it would be nice to not lose money, so I will have ads on the website and may possibly add a donation function at some point.
I appreciate feedback, so if you’d like to share some suggestions or find a problem, please use the "Contact" features of the menu to let me know. If the website is providing you value, then please let others know, as this will only grow if the number of people using it grows.