# The Little John Protocol –

If you have followed me for any length of time you’ve probably heard me discuss my plans for a multi-faceted algorithm. I am calling this algorithm, the Little John Protocol (Robin Hood’s sidekick was “Little John”). The L.J.P. runs multiple algorithms that I’ve created and which apply to the active sports for that particular day. The L.J.P. then takes those sides and totals which show value in my algorithms and analyzes them in conjunction with The Sharp Plays Index. The L.J.P. uses The Sharp Plays Index to dictate the level of value needed to be achieved for a qualified selection. If the Index is low, it would require a high qualifying value. If the Index is high, the qualifying value threshold would be lower. At this point, the wagers that showed value in the algorithms, and made it through the Index value assessment, now move to the final step. The final step takes those filtered down wagers and assess them against sharp betting going on in the markets. Wagers that make it all the way through the three step assessment/filtering process would be given an LJP Score of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. These LJP Scores are not units, but what I expect to be a value scale. If there is no material value for a wager, both sides of a wager can have an LJP Score of “0”. However, if one side of a wager has a positive LJP Score (1-5), the other side MUST be “0”. You cannot have two positive LJP Scores (1-5) on both sides of the same wager (i.e. if the OVER has an LJP Score of 1 thru 5, the UNDER MUST be 0). The Little John Protocol, while sounding like the title of a Mission Impossible movie, is something I am not aware that anyone has attempted to do in one calculation. When I launched the LJP in 2019 I knew it could be a rousing success or an epic failure. You never know until you try…

“Show me someone who has never failed, and I will show you a coward.” ~ TSP

The “OPEN”, “U” and “D” LJP Scores –  Since launching the LJP, I have added a feature of “OPEN”, “U” and “D” appearing after the score (i.e. LJP 3U, LJP 2D, LJP 4OPEN). The “U” means the current score has moved UP from the previous score (not up from the opening LJP Score…just up the previous LJP Score achieved by the angle). The “D” means the current score has moved DOWN from the previous LJP Score achieved. The “U” and “D” are intended to provide you a look at which way the sharp money is trending. The “D’s” or “Down Moves” illustrate that sharp money is arriving on the other side as the event is approaching. Based on the records below, the LJP “D’s” have been shown to be decent fades. The “U” or “Up Moves” illustrates that sharp money is continuing to support the current wager as the event is approaching. The “OPEN” is simply the LJP Score when the event achieved the key level of betting volume to be considered for LJP assessment.

Be aware, just because these betting angles have shown positive performance does not mean you should bet every single one of them, and every time they appear. Sometimes, seeing one of the angles in play is a good reason to just pass the event. Maybe you like Team A. Team A currently has an LJP Score of 2U. About 10 minutes before the start of the match, Team A drops to a 1D. Team A still has a positive LJP Score, but maybe you don’t like the idea of betting against the small late money that came in on Team B. In such a situation perhaps you take a pass. So, while people are often hungry for any action to bet, sometimes the best thing an LJP Score will help you do is to decide to pass on a bet. Passing is not winning, but passing is always better than losing!

The LJP is more than just a selection algorithm using the LJP Score itself. The LJP is a means to view the action in the markets, which is visually illustrated by the LJP Scores. Most of you can’t look into what’s really going on behind the scenes in the betting markets. The goal of the LJP is to give you that insider’s view regarding the action at two global books. The LJP gives you a much clearer view than anything you can get from ticket and money percentages!

##### LJP Performance by Score –

All plays are tracked as 1 unit in the table for standardization in review. Flat betting is always advised for most bettors. Flat betting typically means 1 unit whether an angle is an LJP 5U or an LJP 1OPEN. You may choose to wager differently, but that’s your choice…not necessarily what I’d advise. The records below are for plays which appear either publicly on Twitter or privately in any paid content. If a selection was not posted for others to see (either paid or free), it is not included in the tracking below.

Records below are updated within minutes of wagers being graded in the TSP Content Tracking Log.

LJP Score Performance Based on UP/OPEN/DOWN Moves