Some of these questions are redundant, but then again, often so are the questions sent in. So, I posted the most frequent questions, in all their forms, and my answers below…
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) –
What is the LJP or an LJP 1U, 1D, 2U, 2OPEN, etc.??
ANSWER: It stands for Little John Protocol and details can be found at TheSharpPlays.com/the-little-john-protocol/.
What is a Book Need?
ANSWER: A Book Need is simply a wager the book would like to win because it would bring a high profit result for the book. So, it typically means there is a lot of money on the other side of the wager.
What is Sharp Consensus?
ANSWER: You can get all the details on the Sharp Consensus by visiting… TheSharpPlays.com/sharp-consensus.
What is TSP Live?
You can get all the details on TSP Live by visiting… TheSharpPlays.com/tsp-live.
What is a “known” bettor?
ANSWER: A “known” bettor is someone considered sharp by the sportsbook. What I will do is classify “known” bettors as “X” or “Y”. Unless otherwise listed, “known” bettors are “X” type. For information on what that means, visit Classifying Sharp Action – The Meaning of “X” and “Y” Known Bettors.
What if my line is different from what you post for one of your algorithms?
ANSWER: First, I always advise you to shop around for the best line possible. Anything but the optimum line always opens the risk of a loss, even with just a half a point difference on a spread. However, from a value calculation standpoint…if the algorithm is playing a moneyline, the play is good up to a 20 cent difference from what I post. If playing a point spread, the play is good to a half point difference. If playing a total, the play is good to a half point/run difference or up to 20 cents of juice difference. The only caveat to these rules are tennis and soccer. A half game on a tennis handicap is a dramatic difference given the nature of the game, as is a half goal in soccer. I DO NOT advise taking a worse spread for tennis or soccer than what I list. On the moneyline for tennis and soccer, 20 cents from what I post will still provide calculated value in the play.
What sports do you have algorithms on?
ANSWER: I have developed over 500 different algorithms over the past 20 years. Currently, I have just over 200 that I consider valid for current use. I have algorithms covering various angles in all the major sports: football (soccer), American football (NFL/NCAA), basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, golf, auto racing, horse racing, boxing, MMA, cricket, rugby, volleyball among several others including special events like the Home Run Derby. I also have algorithms I have designed for the financial markets, voting predictions and a lot more. I love finding ways to use math to predict future events, whether sports related or not.
What book do you get your lines from?
ANSWER: If I am reporting sharp action, I will use the line the sharp money is betting regardless of whether the line is still available. My goal for sharp money coverage is to let you know the line they bet so you can see how that compares to the current market. When I have an algorithm play I will primarily use Pinnacle, Bookmaker/CRIS, BetOnline. Those are my top 3 options for line shopping and wager offerings. I will typically use the best line out of the three.
What book do these figures come from? Where does your information come from? How do you get your information? Why do you get the information? Who is this “known” bettor for such and such play?
ANSWER TO ALL THOSE QUESTIONS: No offense, I do not answer any of those questions nor questions asking for identifying information of the book or the bettors. Anyone who knows the offshore betting industry knows this is the standard procedure for this type of in-depth data. If the books wanted to be connected to the information I provide, they would put it out themselves. Offshore books like anonymity and privacy in their financial and client dealings. Information on who a customer is, where they live, what they do for a living, etc. is protected for the customer’s privacy as well. I have first hand direct access to data from multiple shops and may use that data with the caveat that I do not identify the book, bettor or provide any other identifying or sensitive information. Fine by me. If you are reading this and that isn’t good enough, sorry, don’t follow me. I’ll live.
Why do you spend the time to do this?
ANSWER: Read the About and you will see that the business of betting has been in my blood for a long time. I enjoy following and discussing the markets and the action. Social media and now this website allow me to have an enjoyable hobby doing it. The conversations that develop from the things I post on Twitter are educational and entertaining to me as well. Laughing with all of you about Mr. Poison, for example, is quite enjoyable. I am the type of person who needs a project. I love using mathematics to solve life’s little mysteries. Developing an algorithm to assess the 1st Inning Yes/No Run Scored prop came about 100% because of my interactions on Twitter. The Sharp Plays Betting Index is another idea I came upon because of my Twitter interaction. In the end, I share my time & information in the hopes it helps you in your wagering. When it does, many will kindly support things important in my life through their subscription purchases and gratuities! I sincerely appreciate the support and continuing a mutually beneficial relationship with all of you! Thank You!
I like this team or this bet, what do you think? I need a bailout, what do you have for me? What’s your Best Bet today? Is there sharp buying on ______________________?
ANSWER: Unfortunately, I do not provide individualized advice on specific games. I also do not believe in the idea of a “bailout” or “Best Bet” play. Not to mention, I simply would never have enough time in the day to address all the requests I get on these questions every day. Also, I do not provide specific advice for your personal betting. If you send me a list of games or a bet you are thinking about and ask me what I think, I’ll tell you good luck. I do not want to talk you into or out of a bet…that’s up to you. I will post information I have that I find of value, and you can then use that information in your handicapping, however you see fit. My posts are not intended to put you on or off a team, but to be a part of your overall handicapping.
I wanted to hire you to write an algorithm for something I am working on. Would you be willing to do it?
ANSWER: I truly appreciate you trusting in me with your project! However, I am under contract with a company and may not work with anyone else on algorithms while the contract is active. To avoid any conflict of interest issues, I would not, and in some ways cannot accept another project. Although I appreciate your interest and trust in looking to me to handle a project for you!
I want to purchase your information. How much?
ANSWER: I do “The Sharp Plays” stuff as a hobby. I enjoy tweeting out the various information and discussing gambling topics, strategies, “known” & recreational bets, messing around with algorithms, betting angles, sharp information, etc. I realize that the information for which I have access is very valuable. I also have been given permission by the books themselves to monetize the information (provided I adhere to some basic criteria). While I will have paid content in the form of TSP Live, I have ABSOLUTELY ZERO interest in being some sort of personal betting consultant, being a part of your betting group or other such endeavor. I appreciate the offer, but it is just too much commitment, time, headache and hassle. I thankfully do not need to nor want to engage in the hustle at this point.
Thanks so much for the win due to your information! Do you accept gratuities?
ANSWER: People regularly email and message me offering to send me monetary “tips” as a thank you for the profits they gained using the information I post/tweet. I am honored and flattered for you to ask. I thank you for the support! Personally, I prefer to provide you something special in exchange for your support. So, I offer paid content in the form of TSP Live and the Financial Market Analytics, and I appreciate your support through those subscriptions! If you just prefer to send a gratuity, thank you! You can submit a payment by visiting TheSharpPlays.com/support which will redirect you to my payment processor. Your support is what makes everything The Sharp Plays work…from content to technology, so thank you for your generosity!
Do you accept advertising?
ANSWER: No, it’s a hassle I do not want to engage in. However, I may give a shout out to people or companies I work with, people/businesses I partner with or simply people/businesses I like personally. I also like to give a shout out as a thank you for something someone assisted me on or simply because I like what they are doing. I will not accept money for promotion or marketing of any product, service, etc. I also find it comical when websites that purport to help bettors, advertise sportsbooks. Where does their loyalty lie? To helping you beat the books or the books to beat you because it is the books who pay their bills???
How can I get access to the sharp/public data you have access to?
ANSWER: Work with a sportsbook. I do not get my information from line service providers, from Twitter or from websites. My information is direct from the databases of the sportsbooks I work with. It is not for sale nor is it publicly available through some other provider. There is no way for you to get access aside from working for a book yourself and being granted access to their data. If you are following ticket and money percentages and think it is the same thing, I would advise you to give a read to my article, “Why Ticket/Money Percentages Don’t Tell The Whole Story“.
Who is Mr. Freeze, who is Mr. Poison?
ANSWER: Mr. Poison and Mr. Freeze are bettors who bet offshore with the books I work with and I post their action. I post their action because they are uniquely bad in their long-term ROI and winning percentage. To my knowledge, they are not on Twitter nor otherwise publicly available. When Mr. Poison was on his epic losing streak in 2019, there were many “sightings” of Mr. Poison and many people claimed they knew who he was. However, aside from myself and the GM at the book where he bets, nobody knows Poison’s or Freeze’s real identities.
If you have a question about a bet type, wager, team, line, books, etc….
Sometimes the fastest response you can get will come from simply commenting on the tweet that created your question. Often someone in the thread or following me will respond to your question a lot faster than I will be able.
Why should I not just blindly follow the “known” bettor or sharp information that you post?
ANSWER: I can say that 98% of casual bettors have no grasp on betting realities. No offense. Most casual bettors think a sharp player must hit 60-65%+ of their bets to be extremely profitable. Such a belief is why the books make a ton of money. It’s because most bettors are chasing a dream. No sharp bettor hits 60%+ on their plays over the long term. For short stretches like a few weeks or a month or two, absolutely. However, over the long term, the best sharps I have ever witnessed hit approx. 58%. At 58% though, your edge against the house (assuming a high 10% vig) is +10.7%. If we are talking reduced juice, the 10.7% ROI only increases! What that means is for every dollar you put into action, you get 10.7 cents back. What this further means is if you are a 58% long term sharp, betting 200 games at $1100 per game ($220,000 in action) then you are expected to get a return of $23,540. That is AMAZING! When you have a 10.7% edge against the house… you are printing money! What do these figures look like for win percentages of 55%, 56%, 57%? Here you go…
55% = 5.0% means $220K in action returns $11.0K
56% = 6.9% means $220K in action returns $15.2K
57% = 8.8% means $220K in action returns $19.4K
Back to the point of this question. Most casual gamblers have no clue how to manage their bankrolls! I’ll give you an example…for the 4-5 weeks prior to posting this question on my FAQ page, the “known” bettor action I posted on Twitter was WHITE HOT! It was an excellent run which finished on March 17th, 2019 with a great Sunday performance. From March 18th through the 22nd, “known” bettor action that I posted had 11 wins and 13 losses. Not exactly an awful run, however it was a losing run. Despite only two net losses in this five day period, there were followers I saw on Twitter who are beside themselves at the losses. Beside themselves at an 11-13 record after “known” bettor action printed money for weeks from February 1st through to March 17th. It is for this reason that even when a casual gambler gets good information, they don’t use it properly. Even if you didn’t experience that 4-5 week white hot run, but you just started following on Monday the 18th, an 11-13 record should not have you on the verge of bankruptcy. If it does, you have SEVERE bankroll management issues!!! I don’t mean that as a joke either. If following an 11-13 record has destroyed you, there is little even the sharpest bettor can do to help you. It is also why I advise to use the information/content I post as a part of your handicapping…not as a supplement to your handicapping. Every gambler can handle a winning streak, few gamblers can handle a losing streak. The losing streak and your management of it is what separates a sharp bettor from a casual bettor. Even those 58% sharp bettors I talk about will have runs where they hit only 20, 30, 40% of their bets. The sharps just know how to manage it. They know how to maximize their hot runs and minimize damage when they will undoubtedly run cold. You want to become a sharp? The first key is learning to bet disciplined and to manage your bankroll. The next key is to understand that no matter how good you are, you are going to have your share of bad/cold runs too. It’s just that sharps realize their hot streaks will always be longer and better than what they give back during the cold runs. Patience young grasshopper!
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