19.10.14 Release – Super Picks

For leagues that want a little more juice on certain number of picks, Sportpickr has introduced a new feature we call Super Picks. Super picks allow teams to make larger risk picks for a limited number of picks.

For example, let’s use a league that is currently set up to have a min units per pick to risk of 1 unit and a max number units per pick to risk at 2 units. If no super units are defined by admin, they would only be able to risk 2 units max per pick.

If admin sets Super Picks number of picks to 10 with max super picks units set to 5, teams will have 10 picks each week where they can risk 5 units. Once they have used all 3 super picks, the max units will only be 2 units in unit selector for pick.

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19.05.12 Release – Day-by-day net graphs

With all the action in Sportspickr, you will often encounter many net point swings throughout the week. Today, Sportspickr released a feature to allow you to graphically see these swings.

The Standings table now has a graph icon whenever you select a week time range (this week, last week, Tues-Mon custom range). Selecting it will show the net points you had/have by day. If you select “This Week” it will show the current day’s real-time net total. Negative totals will be shown in red below the axis line. Green will show positive net totals.

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19.3.1 Release – Game start alerts

Today Sportspickr released game start alerts. This feature will send you an alert – desktop or mobile notification (depending on your settings) – when a game you picked starts or when a game your opponent picked starts. Both are configurable in preferences page under League Settings.

When selected, a notification will be sent to let you know you how many picks you or your opponent has made when the game starts.

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19.2.19 Release – Line movement notifications and more units options

This week Sportspickr added two new features we are excited to roll out: line movement alerts and ability to risk quarter units for picks.

Alerts for line movements are now available for Premium Individual users. When selected, you will get an alert when lines move for point spreads, moneylines, and total points for games selected.

To receive alert, expand game and turn on alert. You can receive an alert for game, quarter, etc. and will receive alert when lines change. For point spreads and totals you will only receive alert when the points or total changes and not the price (for example, -110 to -115). For moneylines, you will receive alert when the line changes by 15 or more points (for example, -110 to +105).

As soon as you turn on the alert it automatically saves so you don’t need to hit save button. You will see a bell icon next to game showing you that you have alert on that game. If you decide you no longer want to receive this alert, simply turn it off and the icon will go away and you no longer will receive alerts for this game/duration.

When lines change, you will get alert on mobile app and/or desktop that show what movement recently happened.

In addition to line movement notifications, Premium League users will notice a couple more buttons next to “Unit Risk” – if you league uses this option. First, when pressing the plus and minus buttons, the risk now increments by .25 units instead of whole units. We also added “max” and “min” buttons for quicker navigation, too.

We hope you enjoy and use these new features and look for more coming soon.

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19.1.18 Release – Guess the Lines

“Guess the Lines” is a popular game many of us do either by ourselves or with our buddies.  The idea is to look at a matchup and guess either the point spread or totals for that matchup before looking at them.  If your line guess is considerably different than what is shown, there may be value in picking that line.  Today, Sportpickr added a feature to make that easy to do.

Premium individual users will now see a “Hide Lines” switch under the sports on Picks page.  By turning this on, the lines will no longer show on the listings page.  When going through each game, you can expand the matchup to see how close your guess was.  You can toggle back and forth and see update happen immediately without needing to refresh page.  By default, lines are still shown so you can quickly see the lines without needing to expand.

 

 

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19.1.14 Release – More league options

This week Sportspickr released a couple new features that gives admins a lot more flexibility when creating and running leagues.

First, in premium leagues, admins can now select what type of odd types to allow.  For example, you may want to only show game lines for a traditional bowl picks league.  Or, maybe your league wants to change it up one week and only allow NBA 1st quarter lines (so much fun!).  The combination of selecting odd types and line types can change anytime and allows for all kinds of contests to be created.

Second, we also added a feature that allows users to select a single pick for a game across all odd types.  This can be used, for example, if you create a Bowl Picks league and count wins as the winner for contest and want to allow users to select across point spreads and totals across all add types but only want to allow them to make a single pick for that game.  To do this, admin would create a Standard League, select NCAAF as only sport, uncheck moneyline line type and turn on option to “Only allow one pick per game”. If this option is selected the ability to select another pick for that game will be disabled as soon as first pick is made.

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18.11.15 Release – Weather Forecasts

This week Sportpickr released a feature for premium individual users that shows weather forecasts for NFL, NCAAF, and MLB games.  The weather forecast will include forecasted temperature, precipitation, and wind at the stadium when event starts.  This information, along with all the other individual premium insights, gives more insights into upcoming games to give an edge over the competition.

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18.9.27 Release – Admin notifications and Push update

This week we released two changes:

  • Admins can now get push notifications when a new member is added to league and when a member of league pauses or activates.  These alerts can help Admins manage schedules and proactively communicate changes to rest of league.  These controls can be found under preferences if user is Admin.

  • A small change was made in regards to events that get pushed.  If event is pushed, the points risked in that event will no longer count towards maximum points allowed for week but will count towards minimum. Note, matches that are postponed, suspended, etc are all pushed so those points are refunded, too.
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18.8.13 Release – More filters and admin controls

This week we release a few more new features to give more breakdowns on head-to-head matchups and scoreboard results.

Premium users can now filter head-to-head results by opponent.  This allows users to quickly see head-to-head results versus a particular opponent.   When you expand each row, results will show weekly results from that opponent only.

 

 

In scoreboard, premium individual users will see and advanced link like there is in Standings with same breakdown filters.  Now you can slice and dice your picks and see actual results.

 

 

Finally, we gave admins more control by allowing league admins to pause and activate users instead of needing to instruct users and waiting for them to do this if they go on vacation or want to come back when football starts.  Admins will now see a link in members page.

Just a reminder, pausing a team will prevent them making making anymore picks immediately and also remove them from upcoming/next week schedule.

 

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18.7.19 Release – No Vig Lines

Today Sportspickr added an option for Premium leagues to remove the vigorish (a.k.a “vig”) from all pick lines (moneylines, point spreads, and over/unders).  Vig is the spread sportsbooks add to lines above the probability line to give the house a margin.  Basically, it’s their margin for the cost of doing business.

Sportspickr’s lines from from a variety of sportsbooks so they all include this margin.  Since Sportspickr is not a sportsbook, we added the option to remove this vig and win/lose points based on just win probability.  If you want to used real Vegas lines that include the vig, use the default option and your league can continue to include it all lines to simulate a Vegas sportsbook.

Matchups with lines with vig (default setting):

Same matchups lines with vig removed (premium setting):

 

Regardless of what setting you use, the line history will always show the real line with vig.  This way leagues that remove vig can see what that line looks like in Vegas.

 

Below is a common example of what a vig line vs. non-vig line looks like.

Default line with vig shows:

ATL +8 (-110)  at DAL -8 (-110) where a 10 point pick wins 9 points.

When option to remove vig is checked, the lines will change to:

ATL +8 (+100)  at DAL -8 (+100) where a 10 point picks wins 10 points.

If you want to see more examples or understand how the vig is removed, this site has a great calculator and explanation.

If you are league admin, you can update this in advanced settings and change anytime.  Changing this setting takes effect immediately but any picks made prior to change will have previous line settings.  Below is setting found on admin page.

 

Note: Individual sports (PGA) do not have option to remove vig.

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