RIddle Me This...Can I Max Enter With a Small Bankroll?

A lot of times the small bankroll player tends to feel a bit overwhelmed by other players that enter multiple lineups in GPP contests. They believe their one or two entries versus 100 lineups or more are simply at a disadvantage. While this is mostly true, I believe there are ways for small bankroll players to get some equal footing until they can build their resources. It just has to be done a bit differently and with a little more discipline and expectation. The goal is to stay in the game as long as you can until you get a chance to hit it big. Let’s take a look at how I think a smaller player can have multiple lineups and not destroy their limited bankroll. We will operate here with a budget of $20 or less per night.

Why do I want to Multi-enter?
The main reason for multi-entering tournaments is to give yourself as many possible outcomes as you can. In MLB especially, there are so many possible combos it can sometimes be hard to narrow your lineup down to just 8 hitters that you like. So, just like investing, we need to diversify our resources to give us the biggest range of outcomes and not just throw all our eggs into one basket. But, one thing to be careful about here is to not spread yourself too thin when we make multiple lineups. If we make 20-30 lineups but try to cover all bases, the chances of really making it pay off are pretty slim. We need to have a good solid core that we believe in to use for the basis of our play on that slate. If we hit on our basic core, it will give a number of our lineups the possibility of making money. For me, I like to find 3 or 4 pitchers I believe in and use 2-3 offenses that I really like. For instance, if I like the Dodgers, Rockies and Yankees, I make as many combos as I can with those teams and then fill in with other plays I think could succeed.

Game Selection
Now, here is where discipline and tempered expectation come into play. As small bankroll players, we will not be able to max enter the huge prize pool tournaments. We simply do not have the funds to enter 150 lineups into these GPP. We have to stay in our lane, put our ego aside and be patient. I have found a way to make a number of lineups on a small budget and still have the max number of entries allowed and be on equal footing with the field.

Quarter Jukebox – The first and most basic way to get a bunch of lineups on the cheap on DK is to max enter the Quarter Jukebox. Put your ego and away and ignore the ribbing you take from “better” players because we are playing basement stakes here. We can build 20 lineups here for only $5 and if we ONLY min cash just half of them, we have broken even. If we have built good lineups we still have a shot at the $200-$250 top prize, which would be a great ROI on our investment. Not to mention, this GPP is a great spot to hone our skills for mass entering that we can use for bigger GPP as our bankroll grows.

Strike 3 {3 entry Max} – This GPP has a buy-in of only $1 and allows us to max enter once again for a low price of $3. This tournament usually has a top prize of $500-$1000 depending on the slate.

Pick Off (Single Entry) – Here we spend $3 for a single entry tournament with around only 4500 entries. The payoff for the top prize is once again around $500-$1000.

Single Entry $5 Double Up – Here we can have a little bit of a safety net and double our investment while only finishing slightly above mid-pack. If we cash in this one, we can only lose $10 for the night if we happen to really stink in the other tournaments.

MLB Tablesetter – After playing those other tournaments, we have about $4 left. Here we can make two lineups to chase a bit bigger prize. We still cant max enter this one yet, but it does have a 20 max entry limit so we aren’t at such a big disadvantage. It usually has a top prize of around $2000.

With these 5 tournaments, we have spent only $20 and have been able to diversify ourselves with 27 different lineups.We also have the same number of lineups as every other person we are competing against, We won’t get rich (yet), but we could continue to build our bankroll. To me, this is a better option than just using our funds on four $5 large field GPP where other players can enter up to 150 lineups. Also, even if we manage to min cash half of those four lineups, we have still lost 25% of our funds for the night. We won’t last long in the game at that rate.

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  • slickcowboy

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    good article

  • TnRiddles

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    @slickcowboy said...

    good article

    Thank you, I appreciate it

  • Ronboogie6

    Great stuff gonna try this out today.

  • TnRiddles

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    thanks for reading. I appreciate it

  • wscooby

    You wrote you like to find 2-3 offenses, do you like to go with what you think would be low owned or take that into consideration at all. Also, do you use the vegas projected totals to get to these offenses?

  • TnRiddles

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    @wscooby said...

    You wrote you like to find 2-3 offenses, do you like to go with what you think would be low owned or take that into consideration at all. Also, do you use the vegas projected totals to get to these offenses?

    For me, low owned isnt a priority. In MLB there are so many ways to differ and chalk is usually not all that crazy anyway. As far as choosing my offenses , I first go through all the games with plate IQ and see what stands out…..then I go to weather, park factor , maybe some bvp, etc

  • Capone1233

    Good stuff Tn. Keep it up.

  • TnRiddles

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    @Capone1233 said...

    Good stuff Tn. Keep it up.

    Thank you very much

  • panters

    I don’t play FD or DK anymore but this is still a good read. Thank you.

  • TnRiddles

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    @panters said...

    I don’t play FD or DK anymore but this is still a good read. Thank you.

    I appreciate the feedback

  • Alvy76

    So you said 27 different lineups. So you don’t try to find that optimal lineup and enter the same lineup in multiple contests? I personally make one lineup for single entry tourneys and 50/50s. I use kind of a cash/tourney approach where I’m not simply stacking but use 2 or 3 correlations in my lineup. What are your thoughts on that approach?

  • billfrdm58

    Thank you for helping us feel our wallets. We all want to cash in for our efforts and this really helps. “ Steady plodding brings prosperity.” ….. God bless us all ….. and good luck, and always enjoy the process. Bill H.

  • TnRiddles

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    @Alvy76 said...

    So you said 27 different lineups. So you don’t try to find that optimal lineup and enter the same lineup in multiple contests? I personally make one lineup for single entry tourneys and 50/50s. I use kind of a cash/tourney approach where I’m not simply stacking but use 2 or 3 correlations in my lineup. What are your thoughts on that approach?

    no , the point of mass multi enter is to give yourself the most options possible. If I was just running one lineup , there would be no point in multi entering. I would prefer to find a core then diversify around it and give myself more chances

  • bdawg22

    Very imformative

  • TnRiddles

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    @billfrdm58 said...

    Thank you for helping us feel our wallets. We all want to cash in for our efforts and this really helps. “ Steady plodding brings prosperity.” ….. God bless us all ….. and good luck, and always enjoy the process. Bill H.

    Thanks for reading and I appreciate the feedback

  • TnRiddles

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    @bdawg22 said...

    Very imformative

    Thank you

  • scorer79

    So given proper bankroll management techniques, I’d assume your stack is $200-$300 if you’re play $20 per night. What about players that can’t even afford this? Do you suggest to max enter in the quarter arcade with a $50 stack?

  • TnRiddles

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    @scorer79 said...

    So given proper bankroll management techniques, I’d assume your stack is $200-$300 if you’re play $20 per night. What about players that can’t even afford this? Do you suggest to max enter in the quarter arcade with a $50 stack?

    I would probably max the arcade and do a $1 SE or double up

  • divusjulius

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    great choice of subject matter!

  • TnRiddles

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    @divusjulius said...

    great choice of subject matter!

    Thank you

  • britdevine

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    Your best bet is to play all the 20 max on DK, make X amount of lineups, randomize the order of those lineups in excel then upload them into the 20 max’s if trying to MME on a small bankroll

    or do the 25 cent game on FD, just enter it early

  • Bailey01

    Nice article Riddles, really enjoy all of your stuff, have been a big fan for a long time

  • TnRiddles

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    @Bailey01 said...

    Nice article Riddles, really enjoy all of your stuff, have been a big fan for a long time

    Thank you. I really appreciate that a lot.

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