• jholle

    I’ve been playing NBA DFS for a couple years, not high stakes or anything, but I’m holding my own and have kept my bankroll around the $200, without having to refill. I’m the type of guy who just makes one single lineup, due to time constraints and for simplicities sake. In the past, I’ve tried doing the whole 80/20 Cash/GPP thing, but I’ve noticed in NBA that the scores needed to payout in 50/50’s are very similar to what is needed to payout in a GPP. As a result I’ve mostly stuck with GPP’s. Is this the right strategy? I’d like to play cash games if it means making a little more money, but it doesn’t seem worth it when I need to have just as a high a score in order to payout a smaller amount. I’d love some thoughts on this from more experienced players. Thanks!

  • zpruitt3

    use bankroll tracker to compare your winrate in cash vs gpp and play whatever you are better at. (relative to the cash line ofc)

  • TheRyanFlaherty

    I’ve given up cash games for that reason.
    It doesn’t seem worth the risk at this point. I also admittedly fell below the 56% or whatever it is to be profitable, so it was an easy choice.
    That’s the good thing about cash though, as the above list suggested, you can track results and profitability isn’t a theoretical, it can be pretty cut and dry whether it’s worth it or not. I’m my case it made more sense to stick to GPP ‘s.

  • bucherpsu08

    Pay attention to the GPP payout structures too. They seem to fluctuate every night. For instance, in the $12 pick and roll you have to finish in the top 11% before you make double your entry back. Compare that to the $1 And One where you only need to finish in the top 26% to win double back. IMO it makes more sense just to run a 12 lineup train in the $1 contest in that scenario.

  • TheRyanFlaherty

    Good advice

    I know personally, The smaller min payouts and fluctuating structures have have had a big effect on me. As a smaller stakes player, .50 here a dollar there, can be the difference between turning a small profit and being a losing player.
    I miss the x2.5 minimum payouts, sometimes even x3 at around an %18 payout. That definitely made it better than cash.

  • jholle

    Good stuff everybody! This seems to confirm that GPP’s are the way to go for me. I’ll definitely keep an eye on the payout structures though.

  • TheDataDetective

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    Speaking as an amateur casual player, I have also found that in most sports I’ve had more success (measured as overall ROI) playing only GPP’s. I don’t cash as frequently, but the occasional “big” win (i.e. $20-30 in the small $1 GPP’s I play) more than compensates for my losing entries.

    Plus, given that DFS is merely entertainment for me, I find it a lot more exciting trying to chase the big GPP wins than grinding for $0.80 profit per $1 entry. If I’m going to put in the time, I want it to be worthwhile.

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