Footstock 101: The Art of Roulette
In this article, community legend Girty tells us how to master the subtle art of Roulette Tournaments on Footstock. A must read for anyone who wants to maximise their win percentages on the roulette table. Which, we’re assuming, must be everyone.
Roulette is effectively top trumps. A random stat is selected and players are won and lost depending on whether they score better for that stat than their opponent (a fellow Footstock user).
The prize up for grabs is your opponent’s card. There are 23 possible stats for outfield players. It’s worth noting that some of the possible stats for outfield players are excluded, depending on the position of the players in question. For example: Forwards cannot draw the “Last Man Tackle” stat.
Players from different positions can be drawn against one another: in this instance, only stats in which both positions are eligible for are drawn.
If one of the cards competing is a Goalkeeper, Goalkeeper stats are included too. The stat is selected at random and the highest card wins. The winner in a tie is determined by a random coin flip.
More than a game of luck
At first this may sound like pure luck, but you couldn’t be more wrong. This is exactly the type of game where you can give yourself an edge purely by looking into the numbers. As the Roulette metrics are based on real life stats (known as PPG – Points Per Game – an average of the players previous scores, max 19 games history) the meta will be constantly changing throughout the season. Throughout the last 12 months we have seen Jean Seri, McTominay, Almiron and, most recently, Fred (currently known as kings of the roulette) make great Roulette assets.
This may be surprising to a newcomer, but you’ll soon understand exactly why this is.
One thing to remember is that you shouldn’t assume a player is good for roulette solely because their PPG is high. The reason for this is because different stats have different weightings. For example, a goal scored grants 20 points, whereas a tackle scores just 1 point. Even though a goal will give a player’s PPG a big boost, it will still only improve the strength of one Roulette stat. Given we know there are 23 stats that could be chosen, that makes banking on “goals scored” a naive move.
When looking at roulette, it’s better to focus on “lower-value” stats, like high passes, clearances, crosses and interceptions as opposed to a high PPG purely because something like goals scored is dragging it up.
Fees and Rakes
Tournaments with 4 or less entrants cost 2p to enter and all cards will be won by the winner.
Tournaments with 8 or more players are free to enter, however the house will rake some of the cards. Card rake varies depending on the number of entries but Footstock will never take the best card.
Roulette Tournament Rakes
8 Player – 1 Card Rake
16 Player – 2 Card Rake
32 Player – 4 Card Rake
The common strategy is to pick players with lots of good stats rather than a couple of great stats. The reason for this is because, as discussed, there are 23 stats which can be drawn, and if you pick a player who only has 3 high stats you need a lot of luck that those stats are drawn. This luck-factor is only compounded for tournaments with multiple rounds.
Another thing to consider is the price of the cards you’re willing to risk. It’s better to risk a £1 player 5 times than a £5 player once, especially when the £5 player is highly unlikely to be 5x more likely to win. Fortunately, the players who have lots of ‘good’ scores on various stats are generally cheaper on the market, as they’re mostly central midfielders or defenders with high stats such as: passes, touches, ball recoveries and interceptions.
Plus, if they play for a good team they may also have high wins and clean sheets.
Occasionally Footstock will run special promotional Roulette Tournaments. These are announced by the official Twitter account and are usually free to enter. Some examples in the past have been 64 player tournaments (winner takes all), or even tournaments where your cards are not at risk with cash prizes up for grabs. As with all Roulette Tournaments, they automatically start once full, so keep your notifications on to avoid missing out.
So there we have it. Roulette is a game of luck, but it is so much more than that too. By examining the stats we can give ourselves a fighting chance of not only beating our fellow Footstock players, but beating the house too. Isn’t that what everyone wants?