Introduction
Hi itg_321, and welcome to Cumulus Stratus' Food Club Guide! So what is this petpage for exactly? A guide to one of the oldest, and most profitable games in Neopia, the Food Club! After reading this guide, you will learn everything you will need to know about the Food Club like betting strategies, foods, pirates, and so much more!
Food Club F.A.Q
What is the Food Club?
The Food Club is a luck based game, where you guess who among a bunch of glutinous pirates will win in a food eating contest.

What are the benefits of playing Food Club?
The Food Club can turn into a very profitable way of earning NP. I recommend playing it everyday once you have at least 250,000 NP, so if you end up losing, it won't affect your budget for other things too much.

Why are the pirates/food items badly drawn?
As I said, Food Club is one of the oldest games in Neopets (Game ID=77, the newest game has a game ID of 1100+). TNT hasn't updated it in a long time. :(


*sobs*


Why can I only bet *insert amount of low NP here* while when I checked on the forums, some people could bet 1000NP+?
The maximum amount you can bet is 50+2n (with n being the number of days you've been playing Neopets).

Help! I keep on losing and don't know how to play Food Club. Give me NP pls!!!!1!!11!
Don't worry, this is what the guide is all about. After reading it, you'll be a pro at Food Club and won't have to beg for NP. :D
How To Play
So now you're wondering how to play, right? What are all those numbers listed in the Food Club game? What does 2:1 mean? Well, this is the section of the guide that will help you become a pro.


Ok, here's a step by step guide to playing Food Club.

1. Make sure you have enough NP for betting. Depending on your max bet rate, this can be as low as 1000NP to as high as 100,000NP+!
2. Go HERE!
3. Click HERE!
4. In a new tab/window, go HERE!
5a. Using the table listed below, fill it up with the pirates/courses for the current round.
5b. Use the lists here of Food and Pirates for easier reference.
6. Repeat this for the other 4 Arenas.
7. For each arena, bet for the pirate you think will win in the betting page. (If odds are too close or if you don't like the fact that there's not one clear winner for a paricular arena, feel free to skip it.)
8a. Since you have a maximum of 10 bets a day, make a combination of bets for MAXIMUM payout. (THIS IS THE SECRET TO MAKING FAST NP IN FOOD CLUB!) Ex: You bet for Gooblah in Shipwreck, Buck in Lagoon and Scurvy Dan in Treasure Island. Make another bet, betting this time for only Gooblah and Buck. Then, make one for Gooblah and Scurvy Dan. Then, one for Scurvy Dan and Buck. Then, one for Gooblah only, one for Scurvy Dan only and finally, one for Buck only.
8b. This strategy works because if you win, you win all your bets. If you happen to lose one or two of the 5 rounds, you still gain NP in the bets where you got everyone correct. It's like putting extra layers of netting when you're falling, so, in case a few don't work, you're still guranteed safety. (In this case, your money back.)
9a.Come back at around 2:30PM NST or whenever you have free time again to claim your (hopefully) large winnings.
9b. WARNING! Make sure you claim your prizes in 7 days after the results for that particular round are posted, otherwise, your winnings are forfeited. :(
List of Food

There are forty (40) unique dishes in Food Club. Each dish can belong to one or more caegories, determining how each Pirate will eat for any given round. Here is each category of dishes. (Dishes belonging to more than 1 category will be listed in each category it belongs too. To search for a certain food, press Ctrl+F [without the +] then type the name of the food you're searching for. If it belongs to more than 1 category, your browser will highlight the food name, and all you have to do is see which category/ies it belongs to!)

Breads

Bacon Muffin
Bacon Muffin

Cheese and Tomato Sub
Cheese and Tomato Sub

Cinnamon Swirl
Cinnamon Swirl

Hot Cakes
Hot Cakes

Candy

Cinnamon Swirl
Cinnamon Swirl

Eye Candy
Eye Candy

Ice Chocolate Cake
Ice Chocolate Cake

Mallowicious Bar
Mallowicious Bar

Strochal
Strochal

Dairy

Blueberry Tomato Blend
Blueberry Tomato Blend

Broccoli and Cheese Pizza
Broccoli and Cheese Pizza

Cheese and Tomato Sub
Cheese and Tomato Sub

Lemon Blitz
Lemon Blitz

Mustard Ice Cream
Mustard Ice Cream

Rasmelon
Rasmelon

Wild Chocomato
Wild Chocomato

Fruits

Apple Onion Rings
Apple Onion Rings

Blueberry Tomato Blend
Blueberry Tomato Blend

Bubbling Blueberry Pizza
Bubbling Blueberry Pizza

Cheese and Tomato Sub
Cheese and Tomato Sub

Lemon Blitz
Lemon Blitz

Gross Foods

Apple Onion Rings
Apple Onion Rings

Eye Candy
Eye Candy

Fresh Seaweed Pie
Fresh Seaweed Pie

Fungi Pizza
Fungi Pizza

Mustard Ice Cream
Mustard Ice Cream

Worm and Leech Pizza
Worm and Leech Pizza

Wriggling Grub
Wriggling Grub

Meats

Anchovies
Anchovies

Bacon Muffin
Bacon Muffin

Hotfish
Hotfish

Joint of Ham
Joint of Ham

Spicy Wings
Spicy Wings

Streaky Bacon
Streaky Bacon

Sushi
Sushi

Ultimate Burger
Ultimate Burger

Neggs

Fish Negg
Fish Negg

Negg Stew
Negg Stew

Orange Negg
Orange Negg

Rainbow Negg
Rainbow Negg

Pizza

Broccoli and Cheese Pizza
Broccoli and Cheese Pizza

Bubbling Blueberry Pizza
Bubbling Blueberry Pizza

Flaming Fire Faerie Pizza
Flaming Fire Faerie Pizza

Fungi Pizza
Fungi Pizza

Worm and Leech Pizza
Worm and Leech Pizza

Salty Foods

Anchovies
Anchovies

Fresh Seaweed Pie
Fresh Seaweed Pie

Hotfish
Hotfish

Sushi
Sushi

Slushies

Grapity Slush
Grapity Slush

Rainborific Slush
Rainborific Slush

Super Lemon Grape Slush
Super Lemon Grape Slush

Tangy Tropic Slush
Tangy Tropic Slush

Smoothies

Blueberry Tomato Blend
Blueberry Tomato Blend

Lemon Blitz
Lemon Blitz

Rasmelon
Rasmelon

Wild Chocomato
Wild Chocomato

Spicy Foods

Flaming Burnumup
Flaming Burnumup

Flaming Fire Faerie Pizza
Flaming Fire Faerie Pizza

Hot Tyrannian Pepper
Hot Tyrannian Pepper

Spicy Wings
Spicy Wings

Vegetables

Asparagus Pie
Asparagus Pie

Broccoli
Broccoli

Broccoli and Cheese Pizza
Brocolli and Cheese Pizza

Flaming Burnumup
Flaming Burnumup

Flaming Fire Faerie Pizza
Flaming Fire Faerie Pizza

Hot Tyrannian Pepper
Hot Tyrannian Pepper

List of Pirates
Here are the competitors who fight it out every day. Each location (there are 5) has 4 competitors, so all 20 pirates fight it out everyday. Each pirate has his strength, weight, favorite foods and allergies/dislikes listed, so you can check here for easy reference whenever you start betting.

A note about the Favorites/Allergies of the Pirates: If a food is both likes and disliked by a pirate, it is considered neutral, and will neither help, nor hurt a pirate, so I subtract it from the Likes/Allergies of that Pirate.

PIRATES


Admiral Blackbeard
Favourite Foods: Vegetables,Fruits
Allergies: Dairy
Likes: 7/40, Allergies: 3/40
Strength:76, Weight:171

Bonnie Pip Culliford
Favourite Foods: Candy,Smoothies
Allergies: Spicy Food
Likes: 9/40, Allergies: 4/40
Strength:76, Weight:116

Buck Cutlass
Favourite Foods: Candy
Allergies: Vegetables
Likes: 5/40, Allergies: 6/40
Strength:89, Weight:189

Captain Crossblades
Favourite Foods: Pizza, Slushies
Allergies: Salty Foods
Likes: 9/40, Allergies: 4/40
Strength:66, Weight:185

Fairfax the Deckhand
Favourite Foods: Vegetables,Fruits
Allergies: Salty Foods
Likes: 11/40, Allergies: 4/40
Strength:71, Weight:151

Federismo Corvallio
Favourite Foods: Gross Foods,Pizza
Allergies: Smoothies
Likes: 12/40, Allergies: 4/40
Strength:81, Weight:166

Franchisco Corvallio
Favourite Foods: Spicy Foods,Meats
Allergies: Candy
Likes: 12/40, Allergies: 5/40
Strength:81, Weight:165

Gooblah the Grarrl
Favourite Foods: Meats
Allergies: Slushies
Likes: 8/40, Allergies: 4/40
Strength:93, Weight:199

Lucky McKyriggan
Favourite Foods: Gross Foods
Allergies: Pizza
Likes: 5/40, Allergies: 3/40
Strength:82, Weight:182

Ned the Skipper
Favourite Foods: Meats
Allergies: Dairy
Likes: 8/40, Allergies: 7/40
Strength:79, Weight:169

Ol Stripey
Favourite Foods: Meats,Slushies
Allergies: Breads
Likes: 11/40, Allergies: 3/40
Strength:74, Weight:189

Orvinn the First Mate
Favourite Foods: Candy,Slushies,Pizza
Allergies: Fruits
Likes: 13/40, Allergies: 4/40
Strength:52, Weight:221

Peg Leg Percival
Favourite Foods: Spicy Food
Allergies: Smoothies
Likes: 4/40, Allergies: 4/40
Strength:73, Weight:202

Puffo the Waister
Favourite Foods: Candy,Smoothies,Slushies
Allergies: Meats
Likes: 13/40, Allergies: 8/40
Strength:68, Weight:180

Scrurvy Dan the Blade
Favourite Foods: Salty Foods,Meats
Allergies: Candy
Likes: 12/40, Allergies: 5/40
Strength:87, Weight:186

Sir Edmund Ogletree
Favourite Foods: Dairy
Allergies: Breads
Likes: 6/40, Allergies: 3/40
Strength:79, Weight:177

Squire Venable
Favourite Foods: Breads
Allergies: Fruits
Likes: 3/40, Allergies: 4/40
Strength:61, Weight:213

Stuff-A-Roo
Favourite Foods: Pizza
Allergies: Neggs
Likes: 5/40, Allergies: 4/40
Strength:59, Weight:211

The Tailhook Kid
Favourite Foods: Vegetables
Allergies: Neggs
Likes: 6/40, Allergies: 4/40
Strength:81, Weight:207

Young Sproggie
Favourite Foods: Meats,Neggs
Allergies: Gross Foods
Likes: 12/40, Allergies: 7/40
Strength:73, Weight:112
Betting Strategies
So how DO you win in Food Club?

Simple. You know who to bet for. Everytime there is a new round at the Food Club and you go to the betting page, the Old Kacheek will give you the odds of winning for each arena. 2:1 are the highest/best, while 13:1 are the lowest/worst odds. Easy right? Just bet on everyone 2:1 and watch the NP become bigger and bigger with your winnings. Wrong. If you simply look at the odds, you'll end up losing. You need to see who the 2:1 person is facing.

Generally, it's safe to bet if all other opponents have odds lower than 5:1. That's the general guideline. If you wanna gamble more, feel free to go bet on a 2:1 person even when his closest competitor is someone 3:1. If you wanna play safe though, you can also only bet on someone who is against pirates with nothing better than 7:1 odds. Again, all a matter of taste.

However, odds aren't the only thing you need to look at. A pirate's strength, weight, likes and dislikes in food will all affect the outcome.

Generally, looking at the tables, pirates with high strength (85+) have better records than pirates with low strength (less than 70).

Finally, the last factor plays in when betting: The Food! To have an even higher rate of success in Food Club, you need to be meticulous, and pay attention to details. Each round, for every arena, there are 10 courses. With the help of my Food List above, list how many types of food there are for each type of food. (How many meats? What about vegetables? smoothies?, etc.) Once you list down all the 10 foods, check to see the likes and dislikes of the competing pirates. (If a food is categorized for more than 1 category, count it for each category it is in.) As a general rule of thumb, bet on the pirate with the most favorites and the least allergies/dislikes. It is better (in my opinion) to bet on a pirate with only 1 favorite and no allergies, than to bet on one with 3 favorites and 1 allergy. Take note of the winner and the number of foods he likes/is allergic to on the round he won if you want, so you have reference for future rounds.

Of course, being a gambling game, there are times that the pirate with the highest odds doesn't win. So how do you make sure you're guaranteed profit? Make safety bets!

So what IS a safety bet? Well, I'll give you an example:

Shipwreck:
Gooblah the Grarrl 2:1
Stuff-a-Roo 13:1
Puffo the Waister 13:1
Bonnie Pip Culliford 13:1

Lagoon
Buck Cutlass 2:1
Orvinn the First Mate 13:1
Squire Venable 13:1
Young Sproggie 13:1

Now, 99% of the time, a person will include both Gooblah and Buck in almost all of his bets. With these odds, it's almost a guarantee both Gooblah and Buck will win their matches. BUT, what IF one of the other pirates won? That would mean you'd lose all your money, since you included Buck/Gooblah in your bets. The best way to remedy this is to make a safety bet. If 8 of your 10 bets have Gooblah and Buck, make 1 bet for Gooblah and Sproggie AND one for Bonnie and Buck. (Since Sproggie and Bonnie are the next best pirates, bet for them. This WILL vary for every match, so always check the courses and bet accordingly.) With these safety bets, you'll guarantee that you won't lose as much money. If Buck and Gooblah win, you still gain NP from some/all of the 8 bets (and gain back lost NP). If Bonnie/Sproggie win, you still get a profit of 18:1 for your NP. ALWAYS include safety bets, otherwise, you might end up throwing away NP everyday!
Now your chances of winning are even higher! Just remember all these guidelines, and you should now be a pro at Food Club!
Tables and Charts



Save this table, and print it out or copy it on Microsoft Word so you can have an organized way of picking which pirate wins each round. It's usually safe to bet if the pirate with the highest food adjustment has +2 or more. High strength pirates (80+) will usually win when they have at least +1 or +2. Mid strength pirates (high 60s-high 70s) will usually win when they have +3 or better. Low strength pirates (low 50s-low 60s) need +4 or better to win against mid strength pirates, and even +4 will still not be enough for a win against the very best. (Gooblah, Scurvy Dan, Buck) Always take note of the courses for each arena to be able to bet on the best pirate.
Food Club Fun Facts, Trivia and Oddities

  • The 3 pirates with the lowest strength are also the 3 heaviest. (Orvinn, Stuff-a-Roo and Squire Venable)
  • Captain Crossblades (a Bruce) is allergic to Salty Foods, yet 3/4 of the Salty Foods are fish!
  • Why are all the Pizzas NOT considered Bread?
  • Ol Stripey (who has no teeth) likes Meats and is allergic to Bread. (Yet Meats are hard to chew...)
  • The dish "Sushi" is now called "Baked Fish".
  • Ironically, Gooblah the Grarrl, the overall best pirate, is the one who looks least like one. (He looks more like a cowboy.)
  • For someone who likes Vegetables, The Tailhook Kid is kinda hefty.
  • The Food Club, like the Stock Market, is one of the games TNT has forgotten, and still has old unupdated art.
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