Understanding the 'Dutching Theory' of betting

The origin of this word is somewhat shrouded in the mists of time; the most popular theory is that the strategy was first created by Al Capone's accountant, Arthur Flegenheimer, who was commonly known as Dutchy Schultz!


Dutching is a method used to spread your stake over a number of selections in such a way that you win the same amount regardless of which of your selection wins.


It is most commonly used when betting in large fields of competitors, such as a horse race or a golf tournament, but can equally be applied to football betting.


In football betting, one common application of Dutching to a single match is ‘Pick-the-Score’. With this bet type there will be as many as 36 scores on which to bet and it is common for a smart bettor to ‘dutch’ a number of them.


For example,  let’s assume you have 100 you are willing to risk, and your team Arsenal is playing at home to Chelsea. You are convinced that Arsenal will win and probably keep Chelsea scoreless. So, you might Dutch scores of 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1  just in case Chelsea sneaks a goal! If you are correct, your profit will be far higher than simply backing Arsenal at 1.30 to win!


Score

Price

Stake

Payout

1-0

6.00

37.16

222.96

2-0

5.50

40.54

222.97

2-1

10.00

22.30

223.00


As you can see, your total outlay is 100 and your payout almost 223, a profit of 123 if one of your score predictions is correct. Professionals will Dutch more than three score predictions, exchanging a smaller profit for a greater likelihood of winning on each match.


Here is a different example of Dutching. Let’s assume you have 100 you are willing to risk and you want to bet it on four underdog football teams. Using a Dutching calculator to allocate your stake of 100 across your four teams, your stakes and potential payouts are as tabulated below:


Team

Price

Stake

Payout

Aston Villa

3.00

35.09

105.27

Sunderland

4.00

26.32

105.26

Bournemouth

5.00

21.05

105.25

Burnley

6.00

17.54

105.24


As can be seen, your total investment is 100 and if any one of your teams wins your payout will be over 105. If two win, you will receive 210 and so on.


Dutching is a handy tool to help you invest in a disciplined manner, especially important if you aspire to join that elite group of sports bettors who make a regular profit from their betting activities!


The Dutching math does not have to be worked out manually; simply type 'dutching calculator' into a search engine, and you'll easily find a calculator that will work out the stakes for you.


This one is user-friendly: http://www.oddschecker.com/betting-tools/dutching-calculator


Remember, always bet responsibly