RotoGrinders – the leading online community for daily fantasy sports (DFS) and player ranking platform – has expanded to form the RG Network.
Upon launching October 8, the new RG Network consists of the primary RotoGrinders site, along with newly acquired online poker community and rankings site Pocket Fives, previously acquired fantasy football platform Fantasy Insiders, and an in-house sports bettor rankings app called SharpSide.
Cal Spears – who serves as chief executive officer for RotoGrinders – explained the expansion plans in a press release:
“With legalized sports betting and online gaming set to rapidly expand across the U.S., RotoGrinders is thrilled to announce this strategic investment in our future.
RG Network will offer sports bettors more of the high-quality media and tools that the RotoGrinders community has come to expect, but most importantly we will focus on ranking and identifying the best sports bettors.”
RotoGrinders was launched in 2010 as a first mover in the DFS space, well before the “boom” days of 2015. The site connects DFS players through community forums, while culling results from industry leaders like DraftKings and FanDuel to create accurate player performance rankings.
With the American market for legal sports betting expanding on a state by state basis – Delaware, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Mississippi have joined Nevada since the federal ban was repealed in May – the RotoGrinders team built its SharpSide app to connect bettors within a centralized community.
The RG Network press release described SharpSide as a new way to track and rank wagers alongside likeminded bettors:
“Created from the ground up by the RotoGrinders team, SharpSide is RG Network’s sports betting property for the regulated US market.
SharpSide’s App allows community members to track picks, read or contribute crowd-sourced advice, and get insight from top ranked sports bettors.
The company will source picks made in its app to create a variety of leaderboards ranging from ‘Best NBA Spread Bettors’ all the way to ‘Best Tom Brady Yardage Prop Bettors.’”
Along with the main website, the SharpSide is now available on iOS, and an Android version is expected to be released in the near future.
Working in conjunction with fellow RotoGrinders co-founder Riley Bryant and Adam Small, Spears helped to create the PocketFives online poker community in 2005.
The site has since been passed around between various parent companies, but as part of the RG Network launch, Spears revealed that PocketFives was acquired and integrated into the new platform:
“We’re also thrilled to bring PocketFives, which our group founded during the online poker boom 13 years ago, into the RG Network fold.
Online poker is positioned to make a comeback as regulated states pool liquidity and tournament prize pools become more attractive.”
In addition to its popular community forums, PocketFives tracks online tournament poker results to create up to date rankings based on earnings, volume, and other metrics.
Small – who was brought on as director of business development for RG Network – offered a statement on behalf of PocketFives:
“The PocketFives team is excited to join the RotoGrinders family and help launch RG Network.
With its unique combination of online platforms, RG Network is poised to become the leading online gaming community in the United States.
We look forward to bringing PocketFives strengths and community to this new venture.”
Since 2013, states like Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware have launched legal online poker industries, while Pennsylvania passed similar legislation last year.