# Dutching

Dutching is a betting strategy where you back every selection and no matter who wins, you are guaranteed the same return.

Bettors like the dutching method when there are at least two outcomes you want to bet on and have the ‘correct’ amount to invest on both selections.

Before betting exchanges became popular, dutching was a method used to bet against (lay) a selection.

## Dutching Methods

There are three ways to use the dutching strategy:

### Simple Dutching

Simple dutching uses the same stake across all selections to ensure a profit.

It can be used with equal stakes or reduced stakes as the odds lengthen.

Here are some examples.

For equal stakes:

Stake (\$)SelectionOddsPAYOUT (\$)
20Horse 1+20060
20Horse 2+20060

Total stake = \$20 + \$20 = \$40.

No matter if Horse 1 or Horse 2 wins, you profit remains the same at \$20 (\$60 payout – \$40 stake).

For reduced stakes:

Stake (\$)SelectionOddsPAYOUT (\$)
20Horse 1+20060
10Horse 2+50060

Total stake = \$20 + \$10 = \$30.

No matter if Horse 1 or Horse 2 wins, you profit remains the same at \$30 (\$60 payout – \$30 stake).

### Stakes Limit Dutching

Stakes limit dutching spreads the same stake over the total number of selections to ensure the same profit.

Here’s an example when your stake is \$40:

Stake (\$)SelectionOddsPAYOUT (\$)
26.66Horse 1+400133.30
13.33Horse 2+900133.30

Total stake = \$26.66 + \$13.33 = \$40.

No matter if Horse 1 or Horse 2 wins, you profit remains the same at \$93.30 (\$133.30 payout – \$40 stake).

### Set Profit Dutching

Profit dutching involves increasing the total stake as the number of selections increases to achieve the desired profit outcome.

Here’s an example when your set profit is set to \$60.

For two selections:

Stake (\$)SelectionOddsPAYOUT (\$)
20Horse 1+400100
20Horse 2+400100

Total stake = \$20 + \$20 = \$40.

No matter if Horse 1 or Horse 2 wins, you profit remains the same at \$60 (\$100 payout – \$40 stake).

For three selections:

Stake (\$)SelectionOddsPAYOUT (\$)
30Horse 1+400150
30Horse 2+400150
30Horse 3+400150

Total stake = \$30 + \$30 +\$30 = \$90.

No matter if Horse 1, Horse 2 or Horse 3 wins, you profit remains the same at \$60 (\$150 payout – \$90 stake).

## Is Dutching Profitable

Dutch betting requires patience.

You need the right conditions to make it work.

If you can find the opportunity, dutching can make you money, albeit with smaller winnings.

As suggested by Church of Betting, mixing arb betting with a value bets could also be a profitable dutching strategy.

It requires finding the balance between the two.

Most dutchers are risk-adverse, resulting in smaller wins.

Mixing in value can increase profit margins.

It’s worth noting though that dutching isn’t guaranteed to return a profit.

The only way to guarantee profits is by creating data-driven strategies.

This is because the results are driven by factual information.

Head over to our picks page to see how we guarantee profits from our sports bets.

## Summary

Dutching is a betting method involves backing of multiple selections in the same event. While it can make you money, the winnings are small and there are more profitable strategies available.

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