I didn’t think I would have a Frequently Asked Questions page but then I launched the site and got a bunch of the same questions so here’s my FAQ’s. Some of these are redundant but then again, often the questions are. So, I posted the most frequent questions, in all their forms, and my answers below…
Answers to even more questions sent to me can be found in my article “Random Questions“.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) –
What if my line is different from what you post for one of your algorithms?
ANSWER: I always advise 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 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: I primarily use Pinnacle as I find they have the sharpest lines and the best prices. If a bet is unavailable at Pinnacle, I will quote the line from Bookmaker/CRIS. If the bet is unavailable at Bookmaker/CRIS, I then go with 5Dimes. Those are my top 3 options for line shopping and wager offerings.
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 my background and you will see that the offshore betting business has been in my blood for a long time. While I call myself semi-retired now, I am a bit too young to read a book and nap all day. 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 Sharp Plays is a great stress reliever and keeps my mind quite active!
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?
ANSWER: I do not provide individualized advice on specific games. I also do not believe in the idea of a “bailout” game. Not to mention I would never have enough time in the day to address all the requests I get on these questions. 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.
Can you pull some information on a game for me?
ANSWER: It’s nothing personal but I get this request constantly throughout the day. I simply do not have the time to respond to and provide the information on these requests. I totally understand your desire for the data and I am not trying to be nasty but I would be on Twitter all day if I responded to these requests. Sorry!
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! I am however 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 of this nature. Again, thank you for your interest in having me handle a project for you!
I want to purchase your information. How much?
ANSWER: As I said earlier, 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). However I have ABSOLUTELY ZERO interest in operating a daily sports selection service, 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 daily hustle at this point.
Thanks so much for the win due to your information. Do you accept gratuities?
ANSWER: People regularly Direct Message me on Twitter 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, instead of gratuities, I’ll offer an information tidbit/selection/product usually once or twice a week. If you really want to thank me, when I post one of these selections available for purchase, feel free to give it a buy. You are thanking me and getting something extra for yourself too! Thank you!
Do you accept advertising?
ANSWER: No, it’s a hassle I do not want to engage in. I may however give a shout out to 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.
What is a Robin Hood Selection? What is a Premium Play?
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 it 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, 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.
I need help! Does this game, team, total, etc. Have value? Any sharp or public action on ___________? What do you think about betting _______?
If you asked for personal betting advice, for me to pull information on a specific game, if my algorithm has value on a game you are interested in, where the sharp action is on a specific game or to give you my opinion on one of your bets… I apologize but I don’t do any of that stuff. First, I don’t do it because I do not want to be in a position to be telling you how to bet your money… even if you want me to be. The main reason I don’t do it is that there just is not enough time for me to handle all the requests that come in. So, I just have to pass across the board on doing it at all and for anyone. Most of the time you are messaging me I am not sitting at a computer. I am tweeting from my phone while out and about. I apologize that I do not want to break away from what I am doing to head to the computer or login on my phone to run an algorithm, pull up the data on the game you need, etc. I completely understand your interest in it but while I may seem like a robot, I am not. LOL! If there is something of interest or value I will post it to Twitter. If I don’t post anything on a game to Twitter, either I am not around to do it or there is nothing good. Either way, asking me over direct messages will not change the information available or my availability at the time. Thank you for understanding and good luck in your action!
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. Just a tip.
I have A TON of fun operating The Sharp Plays. It’s a blast to share information with all of you and celebrate the wins and share the anguish in the losses. You also help me with ideas and in building the algorithms that I love putting together. Please understand, I do my best to help but I am one person who enjoys the free time I have achieved at this point in my life. While I often respond to questions posted to the comments on my tweets, when I am available, it’s just not possible to respond to everything. As for Direct Messages, I usually check those once or twice a day. Same goes for email. You may have “just one question” but so do dozens of others. I apologize, I simply cannot address all the requests that arrive each day in a timely manner. I do however respond to legitimate email and DM inquiries… eventually. I also use a mail service to sort my email. The service is a human that responds to customer service needs, deletes spam and the vast array of hater mail that arrives daily. Everything else is set aside for me to address. I usually review those messages once or twice a day which the service sets aside for me. Thanks for your understanding!