What is Dutching?

Dutching is sharing the risk of losing across a number or runners by backing more than one selection in a race or event. The process calculates the correct stake to place on each selection so that the return is the same if any of them wins. Although not fool proof, because handicapping is still involved, there have been successful betters throughout history that have applied this system.



How does it work in matched betting?

So far we have backed with a bookmaker and then layed the bet with Betfair exchange, dutching is different in that instead of laying the bet with Betfair we dutch (or place an opposing back bet) with another bookmaker.

Example – Over/Under

Betting over 1.5 goals with Ladbrokes and under 1.5 goals with William Hill.  If you get the right odds and work out the stake for both you could place bets on both outcomes to cover yourself regardless of the result.

Example – Match Result

Betting on Team A winning with Ladbrokes, Team B winning with William Hill and the draw with Coral.  Again, if you get the right odds and work out the stake for both you could place bets on all outcomes to cover yourself regardless of the result.

Below is an English Premier League match taking place tomorrow between Crystal Palace and West Ham which has 3 possible results, win, lose and draw.  As always in matched betting, we do not really care about the result, we just want to make some cash.  So because we can find favourable odds with Unibet, Apollobet and Tonybet we can make a profit of between £1.30 and £2.40 simply by dutching the bookmakers odds against each other.



So why do it?  There are 3 main reasons as to why I dutch.

  1. Mug betting – It is a good way of mug betting to keep your accounts healthy without losing money.
  2. Profit – You can dutch bets simply to make money but be careful not to be taking large arbs as bookmakers do tend to limit accounts which take a lot of arbs.
  3. Reload offers – The only way to make a profit from certain bookmaker reload offers is to dutch with another bookmaker.


Dutch 2-Way – http://www.trickybet.net/dutch-2-way
Dutch 3-Way – http://www.trickybet.net/dutch-3-way

Tricky bet to the rescue again.  You can use the links above to “Dutch” your bets instead of backing and laying.

When searching for matches simply compare the odds on the bookmaker(s) websites and add the data in to the calculator to determine if the qualifying loss is acceptable or you are making enough profit.

More Information

Another good guide with more information can be found on the Betfair website but they do go into quite a bit of detail which can be confusing if you are fairly new to matched betting.



Dutching tennis matches can be tricky as the retirement rules differ between bookmakers so be sure to read the  Tennis Retirement Rules Guide before dutching these bookmaker offers.