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freeplay suggestions
i haven't had to deal with freeplay in a while.. for the past year or so i have been using it for my straight wagers but i have taken a break from those and i'm just trying to arb my $125 freeplay out of betjoint. i know there is a calculation that you can come out with about 50% of the freeplay but i hate giving up that 50%.. so i thought i would ask for some suggestions on what to do with it.
so.. any suggestions? what do you guys do with your freeplays?

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I always seem to struggle with this one as well. No matter what I do, I never feel like I get the maximum out of free plays.
My usual strategy is betting the free play on big dogs and taking the opposite favorite at another book trying to kind of "arb" it over to another book. It never seems to fail though that some of these dogs win, hence ruining part of my free play. Whenever I get done betting a free play is always seems that I'd have done just as well just taking the 50%.
Another strategy that is only allowed at some books gets you like a 65% return (depending on the books parlay payouts). Basically, you take 2 different games (sides or totals usually) where the juice is usually 110 on each bet. You then split your free play into 4 amounts. Then you bet 4 2team parlays with every possible combination of the 2 games. One will win and it will give you 65% of your free play. Note that some books will take away your freeplay for betting both sides of a game, so you have to check the book's terms of use.

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Just read the "House Rules" at BetJoint and they DON'T allow betting on both sides of a game using a free play, so my 2nd suggestion is out.

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Originally Posted by Gman
I always seem to struggle with this one as well. No matter what I do, I never feel like I get the maximum out of free plays.
My usual strategy is betting the free play on big dogs and taking the opposite favorite at another book trying to kind of "arb" it over to another book. It never seems to fail though that some of these dogs win, hence ruining part of my free play. Whenever I get done betting a free play is always seems that I'd have done just as well just taking the 50%.
Another strategy that is only allowed at some books gets you like a 65% return (depending on the books parlay payouts). Basically, you take 2 different games (sides or totals usually) where the juice is usually 110 on each bet. You then split your free play into 4 amounts. Then you bet 4 2team parlays with every possible combination of the 2 games. One will win and it will give you 65% of your free play. Note that some books will take away your freeplay for betting both sides of a game, so you have to check the book's terms of use.
thanks for the input gman
i've gotta run but i'm going to mull that over when i get home.

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Here's another possible approach that I saw posted by someone at another place. This one works better with sides or picks that have lower juice:
Pick 5 games that you feel confident about
Bet them into 10 possible 3game parlays
If you go 32, you hit one
41 wins four
50 wins 10.
So, for example, if you have $100 freeplay and like 5 sides that are 110 each, you would then bet the 10 different 3team parlays at $10 each:
You go 32, then you'd win $60 (60% of your free play, obviously).
You go 41, then you'd win $240 (240%)
You go 50, then you'd win $600 (600%)
I think, assuming each game has 50% chance of winning, using lines with half points if it's a spread so there is no chance of pushing, you'd have a 50% chance of cashing at least one ticket.
05 or 50 = 3.125% chance ( on each)
14 or 41 = 15.625% chance
23 or 32 = 31.25% chance
Obviously, you could go 23 and win nothing. It's more of a risk/reward option.

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During this time of year you are limited on finding some big dogs. keep an eye out for tennis ,ufc and boxing and u could get lucky enough to get 7080% value either way. Football will be here before you blink your eyes! Sometimes I do the all or nothing strategy when I find a really big dog and get upwards of 90% if the fav hits but you are putting yourself at a little more risk with that approach.

If you can use it to bet on Futures markets thats a very good way to get it out if using betfair. Lots of long odds there onwho will win the SuperBowl, etc etc. Drawback is it will tie up a lot of funds in betfair for a long time, but you can combine all your freeplays there in that market which will reduce liability.
Have a plan and stick to it

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when i was turning and burning i never got the full value of my freeplays but i did not care cos i was knocking so many out.
these days i would take more time.

THat parlay thing looks interesting, but have never dabbling in that kind of thing. I am a big fan of just looking at over night lines from betjoint and the reduced lines at 5dimes. You can find at least one 130 +130 a night between the two books or pretty dam close to that. Bad thing is max bet of 500 over night lines at each. But since you can get 1 a night almost, you could bust out or meet rollovers hitting back and forth easily.
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Originally Posted by kidpoker
THat parlay thing looks interesting, but have never dabbling in that kind of thing. I am a big fan of just looking at over night lines from betjoint and the reduced lines at 5dimes. You can find at least one 130 +130 a night between the two books or pretty dam close to that. Bad thing is max bet of 500 over night lines at each. But since you can get 1 a night almost, you could bust out or meet rollovers hitting back and forth easily.
Kid, with lines of 130 like in your example you will only profit 55% no matter who wins as with 130 lines it is a coinflip who will win the game so i wouldnt put it all on the fave and end up with nothing. I hold out for at least 70% and usually try for 75 which can be had but rarely with baseball. With low lines too there is a greater chance that the dog will win and the $$ go into the wrong book. Also for those who have not done this, you have to play the dog with the fp, never the fave. fave should always be in the book you want the money to go to and that is never the book the fp is in.
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