Dutching Betting Term Meaning


Dutching, or Dutch betting, is a betting strategy that involves backing multiple selections from the same event. The name comes from Al Capone’s accountant, “Dutchy” Schultz, who developed the technique, and before the invention of betting exchanges, Dutching was a method punters could use to lay against the favourite.

The aim of Dutching is to split your stake and place your bets in such a way that no matter which selection wins, an equal profit is made. If none of your selections win, then your total stake is lost.

There are three main types of Dutch betting; simple, set amount and set profit. We’re going to use decimal odds in our examples below as they are much easier to understand than the complicated fractional odds. Don’t worry about learning the mathematics of Dutching; there are plenty of online Dutch betting calculators which will work it out for you.

Simple Dutching


This is Dutching in its most basic form. To improve your chances of making a profit in horse racing, you would place an equal stake or a reduced stake on each selection, depending on the odds:
 

Equal Stake Dutching


  • Horse A, odds 5.00
  • Stake £10, returns £50
  • Horse B, odds 5.00
  • Stake £10, returns £50
 
Total stake £20. If either horse wins, you still earn a profit of £30 (£50 winnings – £20 stake).
 

Reduced Stake Dutching


  • Horse A, odds 5.0
  • Stake £10, returns £50 
  • Horse B, odds 10.0
  • Stake £5, returns £50
 
Total stake £15. If either horse wins, you still earn a profit of £35 (£50 winnings – £15 stake).
 

Set Amount Dutching


This is when you have a set amount to bet with, so you must reduce the stake on each selection as more wagers are added. 
 
Let’s say your limit is £20:
 
  • Horse A, odds 5.0
  • Stake £13.33, returns £46.67 
  • Horse B, odds 10.0
  • Stake £6.67, returns £46.67
 
Total stake £13.33 + £6.67 = £20.00. If either horse wins, you still earn a profit of £26.67
(£46.67 winnings – £20 stake)
 

Set Profit Dutching


Used when you want to turn a certain profit. That means increasing the stake on each selection (which in turn increases your total stake) as more wagers are added.
 
Let’s say you’ve set your profit at £30:
 
Two selections

  • Horse A, odds 5.0
  • Stake £10, returns £50. 
  • Horse B, odds 5.0
  • Stake £10, returns £50.
 
Total stake = £20. If either horse wins, you still earn a profit of £30 (£50 winnings – £20 stake).
 
Three selections

  • Horse A, odds 5.0
  • Stake £15, returns £75 
  • Horse B, odds 5.0
  • Stake £15, returns £75 
  • Horse C, odds 5.0
  • Stake £15.00, returns £75
 
Total stake = £45.00. Whichever of the three horses win, you still earn a profit of £30.00 (£75 winnings – £45 stake).
 
Dutching is a useful strategy to know but it is by no means bullet-proof. You will often be betting against the favourite, and you are dependent on a selection you’ve picked to win. You need patience in waiting for the right betting opportunities to employ Dutching, not every horse race will be suited, so you must research carefully. Online bettors can take advantage of price boosts and different odds on different platforms. Both of these can help to improve your Dutch betting.

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