play the percentage game


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play the percentage game

To make a decision or choose an action thought to have the likeliest chance of success based on data or past experience. I decided to play the percentage game and put in a right-handed pinch-hitter against the left-handed pitcher. It just seems like their business plan is simply playing the percentage game, lacking any real passion or intuition behind what they're selling.
See also: game, percentage, play
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"In the first half, we didn't play the percentage game enough.
However, after rain had wiped out almost half this game, both Smith and his opposite number, Vince Wells, opted to play the percentage game rather than try to contrive a result.
It may well be players are taking drugs because they know only a handful are tested every season and are happy to play the percentage game.
In the first-half we didn't play the percentage game enough.
"We are going to play the percentage game," he revealed.