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March 28, 2014

Daily League Strategy

Managing Your Bankroll

by Paul Sporer


Earlier this week, I covered some of the basics of daily gaming—four of the first things I would tell anyone playing their first daily match. Let’s dive a little deeper and discuss bankroll management today. This is obviously a very important aspect of daily gaming, too; perhaps even more than stats you should look at when picking a roster. Heck, you’d be better off throwing darts for your player picks or sticking with only your favorite players than mismanaging your bankroll. Your bankroll should dictate the kinds of contests you’re entering on a nightly basis (or however frequently you decide to play).

Large-Entry Guaranteed Prizes

These bigger contests are the most enticing because of their high payouts. Those four tournaments featured above from DraftStreet offer 27, 55, 272, and 350 times your buy-in as the top prize. Of course you also have remarkably long odds of winning that top prize whether you enter just once or take advantage of the full complement of allotted entries (10, 20, 25, and 10, respectively for those tourneys). Now, don’t take that to mean that you shouldn’t play them, but I would frown upon playing them exclusively, particularly if you don’t have a massive bankroll.

50/50 Double Ups

I call these “bankroll managers.” These are simple pools in which the top-half scorers double-up by winning the bottom half’s money. Say your lineup was solid-but-unspectacular for the night and you bubble (finish in the first spot that doesn’t get money) in the big $20,000 Guaranteed (it pays 300 spots, you finish 301), but you also joined the $22 Double-Up and that same score easily puts you in the top 40, you haven’t come out ahead for the night, but you didn’t hemorrhage any money, either. Playing the 50/50s can be a means to keep you funded to continue to take the big shot in the larger tourneys.

Others may opt to leverage the 50/50s as a more deliberate means of building your bankroll by regularly playing a handful of entries (either with the same lineup or mixing it up) in these while taking more calculated shots at the big hit in the larger guaranteed pools. It can be fun to go H2H against your best buddy in a matchup, but it’s more profitable to essentially go H2H against a large pool and only have to thwart half of them to double your money. Speaking of…

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