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The Food Club: How to Bet Efficiently

by stinger_mr

When the Food Club opened on Krawk Island, maybe you did the same as I did: tried a few quick bets, lost and left. After those quick losses, I gave it some thought for a few days and then tried again. Hereís what I learned: to win, you must thoroughly analyze the competition.

How it works: For starters, the Food Club is a food-eating contest that is held everyday at 2pm NST. There are 20 pirates who get split evenly into 5 different arenas. You can choose to bet on the winner of a single arena or on as many as all 5.

Each contestant gets odds based on how many people are betting on him. The more people betting on him, the lower the payoff if he does win. In the case of single arena bets, a winning bet gets you your wager multiplied by the winnerís corresponding odds. That means if the winner had odds of 5:1, you just won 5 times your wager.

Where it gets interesting is multiple arena matches. If you win your bet, your earnings will be your wager multiplied by each of the winnersí odds. That means if you win a three-arena bet where the winnersí odds were 2:1, 3:1 and 5:1, with a wager of 100 NP, you get (100*2*3*5), which is 3000 NP, 30 times your wager! The downside is that if you miss one arena, your whole bet is void.

Choosing who you think will win: There are many factors that can change the outcome of a match. First of all, each competitor has weight and strength values. For both strength and weight, a higher number means a better chance to win. Itís important to remember that strength is more important than weight: the stronger eaters usually win a higher share of their competitions than the heavier ones. A combination of both makes for a very strong eater indeed.

Aside from those two values, each competitor has foods they like and foods they are allergic to. If you go to Next Round, you will be shown the 10 foods that could be served in a given arena; I believe only one of them is served. That means that even pirates who arenít very strong still sometimes get a chance to win.

When trying to choose whom to bet for, I suggest writing down strength, weight and the number of courses liked/disliked (along with the name of course). I usually use a simple format: +2 Ė1 182-82 would mean 2 courses liked, one disliked, weight of 182 and strength of 82.

When choosing my bets, I give most importance to strength and least importance to weight, food types having average importance.

Betting: Hereís how betting works: you can wager anything up to 50 + (2*number of days youíve been on Neopets). That means if you began 75 days ago, your maximum is (50+75*2) or 200 (Donít worry, it will tell you what your maximum is). You can put up to 10 bets a day.

I have a betting strategy which has been working very well for me. Its aim is winning a 5-arena bet; so far, Iíve won 5 out of 13 times with it, for a total of more than 3 times my total bets.

The first thing to do is to find out the number of courses liked/disliked for all 20 contestants. Make sure you group them by the arena they will eat in; write it down along with name, strength and weight. Once youíve done that, find the 2 arenas where you are most confident with who will win.

If youíre not sure how to choose, remember that strength is the most important stat, but it can still be offset, especially when the number of courses liked (for the other eaters) or disliked (for the eater with high strength) gets high (4 or more). When in doubt, you can check weight too, but unless thereís a big difference I usually donít think much of it.

Once youíve chosen the winner for the two arenas you feel the best about, you can choose two winners for each of the other three; after that, place a bet on all possible matches of these competitors; that should give 8 different bets.

If youíre lucky, youíll get a pleasant surprise when you click on Collect Winnings after the competition.

Feel free to make up your own method if you think it works best for you, and remember: no matter how good the chances of a contestant are, heís never certain to win. Donít let that stop you; keep trying and youíll start winning!

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