Definition of play the percentages or the percentage game in English:
informal Choose a safe and methodical course of action when calculating the odds in favor of success.
[referring to the calculated percentage of success from statistics]
- I'm quite a percentage kind of person and I play the percentages in pretty much everything I do.
- Not for him playing the percentages, patting the ball round and favouring the cautious above the cavalier.
- Of course, not many people play the percentages as well as that so the casino still makes a nice profit at blackjack.