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  • MoMo662

    On a full slate how do you pick your tournament entries?

    Buy-in $$$
    Prize pool $$$
    Entries
    Pay outs
    ???????????

    Assuming your not loaded and playing every tourney available.
    What’s your main priority???

  • mabrla

    Tournament with highest prize to first. $3-$100.
    One lineup.
    Also put said lineup in $12 or $25 single entry, and WFBC if buy-in isn’t too high.

    Break even over course of season until big hit. Be happy about that. Repeat process through MLB season. Repeat process next MLB season. Buy various cool things with winnings.

  • wolfpack8181

    I used to look at the biggest payouts and they tended to have the highest entries. I have switched my theory and try to stay away from them. I usually go in tourneys under 20000 people for lower stakes or mid stakes at around 5000 or less people. It has started turning around for me lately. Nothing huge yet but I am getting close.
    I only play tourneys as well.

  • cburg74

    Most nights (FD only) I enter the $2, $5, and $10 single entry tourneys with three separate lineups using the same batting core and the same pitcher. I will also enter those games in the large field $3 or $6 game. If I really like the slate and have time to dig into it, then I will play 5 lineups in the $12 (5 max) tourney and the $25 single entry and also add all those lineups to the big $3 or $6 game. In the past I have won a few large field gpps, but I am focusing on limited entry tourneys with a thousand or less people in them. You have a realistic chance of winning those type of tournaments a few times a years, as opposed to trying to win a monster payout by beating 25k other lineups.

  • thedude404

    • 2015 FanDuel NBA Playboy Mansion Finalist

    The first thing I look at is what is the average score it usually takes to cash and look at the ones with the lowest average. This information can be found on the internet in an easy to read format (maybe Rotogrinders should look into providing this). Since I dont max enter contests, I look for single entry or 3 max entry. My guess is if you play low dollar tournaments, you’ll find the lowest scoring average to cash among the single entry and 3 max GPP’s anyway.

    Next I look at the payout structure. I try to find the tournament that has a payout ratio that pays to 10th place at least 10% of 1st prize, or somewhere close to that.

    Size of the tourny does come into play as with a small bankroll, you obviously have a better chance of winning from a pool of 1,000 players rather than 100,000. So I try to stick to the under 10k entry and prefer somewhere less than 2000 entry.

    Of course every once in a while I break those rules if I’m feeling particularly good about my lineup and might put it in a $4 100k entry GPP that pays $100k to first and $2k to 10th, but I really try my best to avoid those situations unless I feel I have a big edge. Minimizing this “leak” is key though and so far this MLB season, I’ve really stuck to the formula I’ve listed above as I pretty much have found my go to MLB tourny on a daily basis. The days they arent running the tourny or are not offering a 3 max entry or single entry in my price range, I have found DK will put up such a tourny if you tweet them. Now with weekend PGA that is different story as with the weekend PGA tournaments I feel right now I have a huge edge due to a simple strategy reason which I will not go into (it hasnt paid off yet) but who knows how long that might last. So with PGA I’ll single enter a 150 max entry weekend contest simply because I think I have a significant edge that both outweighs the 150 max entry and 18k total entries.

    That being said, I have come to the conclusion that unless you can put up at least 1/3 of the total max entries in a contest ie 50 entries in a 150 entry contest, it is for the most part pointless to enter those contests. You used to be able to get away with it, but now there are so many high quality entries, it really makes it pointless for the most part to enter those contests unless you can put in a high volume of quality entries. Like I said, I still do it once in a while (or if I have the rare edge advantage) with 1 entry, but really try to limit myself.

  • KindGuy

    My strategy is simple and very similar to Mabrla’s.

    1. Find the GPP offering the most money to first on either FD or DK.

    2. See if it’s within my bankroll. For instance, if my bankroll is $40, I’m not playing a $33 contest.

    3. Enter as many times as I can within my bankroll and only do so with a single lineup,

    4. Pray

    5. Rinse and repeat.

  • KindGuy

    @mabrla said...

    Tournament with highest prize to first. $3-$100.
    One lineup.
    Also put said lineup in $12 or $25 single entry, and WFBC if buy-in isn’t too high.

    Break even over course of season until big hit. Be happy about that. Repeat process through MLB season. Repeat process next MLB season. Buy various cool things with winnings.

    Single lineup crew for life!!!

  • MoMo662

    Thanks for all the input!!!

    Keep um coming!!!!

  • draped

    I’m mostly a cash player, but ive been playing more GPPs recently. I don’t really care for the 1st place price, I care more about payout structure as I prefer flatter payouts. I also generally target single entry gpps, 3 max, and low entry 100 mans. Although I do like the 20 max 4$ large field on DK when I do want to enter more than 3 lineups and im not on the chalk. I pretty much ignore any 150 entry limit GPPs as I don’t have any experience entering more than 20 lineups and don’t want to deal with it.

  • Thomas21

    I focus on the 3 entry tournaments on DraftKings. I much prefer those to the 20 entry $4 4 seamer as there’s less people and a better chance to finish #1. Payout is secondary to me and entry size and limit is #1 for me.

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    For me, every slate is different. I am a multi-entry player but certainly nowhere close to max entries. In baseball I may only play 2-3 entries per night. In the NFL, I can sometimes play upwards of 15-20 entries. But again, it all depends on the particular game slate. In baseball, how many stacks do I want exposure to? In NFL, how many QB/WR combos do I want exposure to? And so on…

    Once that has been established, I typically look for the best combination of top prize and payout structure based on my bankroll/risk tolerance. If I am willing to play up to $100 per night in baseball, a lot of times the $33 buy-in makes the most sense if I want to play 2-3 lineups. If I want more lineups or the $4-8 contest is large that night, maybe I’ll play 8-10 lineups in one of those. Same thing in NFL fluctuating between 5-20 entries in the $4, $9, $20, or $33 GPP’s.

  • ldmariodl28

    • Blogger of the Month

    I play one lineup a night because it helps me focus on building the best possible team, and I enter it into multiple GPPs, usually looking for ones that pay out 21% or higher. Im OK with entering them into a large field tournament because I feel my well thought out team still have a chance vs a bunch of teams that were generated via a script.

  • Roma315

    Find the best tournaments. Entry price depends on best prize pool and how I feel about the slate, run various stacks with various pitchers, run 20-80 lineups.

  • ATL_Gunner

    I’m a low bankroll player – I generally play around $10 per night per site. On Fanduel I have recently taken to playing one lineup in a big field GPP and the same lineup in a 100 player tourney. I won a 100 man with a 168 score on Saturday, and the same lineup did fine, but nothing remarkable in the squeeze.

    The 100 players have a higher cash line but a much more realistic chance to pay you something that moves the needle a little bit with regards to the bankroll you are playing with. I always enter a bigger tournament though, because if I ever put up a GPP winning score and only won a 100 man I’m not even sure what I would do.

    I will sometimes alter this and enter more if I feel I’m on a pitcher that will be unpopular.

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