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Set stake Dutch Betting explained


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Set stake Dutching is perhaps the best introduction to Dutch betting for players who are new to the concept. Whereas a practice like set profit Dutching targets specific profit margins, set stake Dutch betting helps punters manage their bankroll and stay within their limits.

In this guide we’ll take you through the art of set stake Dutching. We’ve already discussed in our guide to basic Dutch betting the principle of splitting your stake across two selections in order to target profit, regardless of which selection wins.

Dutching is most commonly found in horse racing betting, where punters back two horses to win the same race but at different odds and stakes. So long as one of them wins, you make a profit.

That’s the idea anyway. In practice it’s not always as simple as sticking a few quid on one horse and a few more on another. So, let’s take a look at how set stake Dutch betting works…

What is set stake Dutch betting?

Set stake Dutch betting requires bettors to decide how much they want to risk on two bets, and tweak their individual stakes so both bets deliver the same outcome.

It is the best way of Dutching without exceeding your limits because, by nature, set stake Dutch betting imposes a cap on your risk.

Here’s how set stake Dutching works:

You want to bet £20 on horse racing and no more. You’re keen to target a fixed return so decide to Dutch bet and back two horses to win. Your horses are:

  • Probablygoingtowin at 3/1
  • Might Be A Winner at 9/1

If you split your £20 in half and bet on each horse evenly, then you’d win £30 profit on Probablygoingtowin and £90 profit on Might Be A Winner.

However, you also lose the tenner spent on the losing horse. Therefore, you only win £20 and £80 respectively.

Now, that’s a big difference in your profit potential and not ideal if you’re planning to use your profits to fund further bets. Many punters prefer the certainty of knowing how much they can yield per race, so as to steadily build a profit pot.

In this instance, then, you decide to tweak your stakes to generate the same profit potential regardless of which horse wins. Instead of £10 on each horse, you go for:

  • £15 on Probablygoingtowin at 3/1 = £45 profit
  • £5 on Might Be A Winner at 9/1 = £45 profit

By adjusting your individual stakes, you can now target a middle-ground profit of £45 without exceeding your original outlay of £20. Of course, the only difference between the two bets is Probablygoingtowin carries a £15 stake, so if it wins you get a bigger overall return (£45 + £15) than if Might Be A Winner (£45 + £5) wins.

Problem with set stake Dutching

Set stake Dutching is ideal for bettors who want to cap their risk and not exceed their per-bet spend limits. However, the restriction makes the method less profitable for players who set higher targets.

It’s a conservative-first approach that looks at the stake, not the returns. Many horse racing bettors prefer, instead, to use set profit Dutch betting and map out their returns before focusing on the stake.


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