What is Dutching in sports betting and why should we 'Dutch' as punters?


What is dutching?


Dutching is a method used to divide your stake over a combination of selections in an event so that the same amount is won regardless of which selection wins. This technique is useful when there are two or more outcomes you wish to back.


A working example of dutching


Imagine you are placing a bet on the football tonight on Marseille v Montpellier and like myself you look at the statistics and fancy Marseille to win. You look at the odds and back 1.72 Marseille.

You might not look at it this way, but essentially you have backed 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, 2-1, 3-1, 4-1, 5-1, 3-2, 4-3, 4-2 etc Marseille to win. When you put all these bets together, the price should come out at 1.72.

So when we are looking for value as a punter, why not take some of the selections out that seem unlikely. In the case above, Marseille have kept 8 clean sheets at home and are a bit more defensive minded under Marcelo Biesla. Likewise Montpellier have failed to score in 3 of their last 4 away games.

Looking at the Marseille to nil price it’s currently 2.82 on betfair? Can we get better than that.




Let’s look at the correct score market and see if we can get some better value. If we dutch 1-0, 2-0 and 3-0 at 7.6, 9.4 and 15.5 respectively, the to nil price shoots up to 3.3. Add 4-0 for extra insurance and using the calculator below it comes out at 3.01.


So we can see that by dutching our correct score selections, we are getting better value than just taking the win to nil price. Obviousy 5 nil could happen, but in the long term we should be ahead by dutching. 


What other markets are good for dutching?

The best markets are where there are multiple outcomes but we want to narrow down the options. Correct score markets work well as well as first goalscorer markets, first touchdown in NFL etc and horse racing.

Why is it called Dutching?


Firstly, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Dutch!

The name comes from the Prohibition Era in the United States by Al Capone's accountant, "Dutchy" Schultz as a technique in order to lay horses. The beauty of the system was that he backed multiple horses to win in the same race.  The amount he bet on each horse was calculated so that the same amount of profit was achieved if any of his horses won the race. Essentially, Dutchy Schultz was laying the horse (or horses) he didn't expect to win, by backing others in the same race which he thought had a better chance of coming home first.


Nowadays, we can you this system to find greater value with our sports betting.


Good luck. 




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