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What is dutching in matched betting?

Dutching is betting on all possible outcomes of an event with different bookmakers.

However, we don’t typically use exchanges for dutch betting due to commission charges. Also, the exchange may not have a relevant market avalable, or there is insufficient liquidity to match your bet.

You can use dutching to find arbitrage bets. However, this is likely to lead to gubbing if you repeatedly arb a bookie.

2-way dutching

Dutching opportunities are available when bookmakers disagree on the outcome of an event and offer different prices for each outcome.

The most simple dutches are on sports with two possible outcomes like darts and snooker. Also consider football under/over markets.

This is known as a 2-way dutch.

Example of 2-way dutching

The above example is in the over/under 3.5 goals market for Gillingham vs Peterborough.

  1. Over 3.5 goals is 5/2 (3.5) at Unibet. A £28 bet returns £70 if over 3.5 goals wins.
  2. Under 3.5 goals is 2/5 (1.40) at Skybet. A £70 bet returns £28 if under 3.5 goals wins.

Regardless of whether over 3.5 or under 3.5 wins, this dutch results in no profit. The two bets cancel each other out.

You can also dutch a sporting event where there are three possible outcomes. See the 3-way dutching explanation below.

Dutching calculation

To find a risk-free dutch bet, the percentage odds of all possible outcomes must add up to less than 100.

To calculate the percentage odds of a bet: 

  • 100 divided by the decimal odds = odds percentage.

For example, to work out the percentage odds of a 2/1 (3.00) selection: 100 divided by 3.0 = 33.33%.

3-way dutching

Here’s an example of risk-free 3-way dutching on Wolfsberger versus Roma Match Odds.

1). Wolfsberger is 4.40. Bet £23 on Wolfsberger to win at Bwin.

2). The draw is 4.10. Bet £25.00 on the draw at Unibet.

3). Roma is 1.92. Bet £53 on Roma to win at Betsafe.

Use OddsMonkey Dutch Matcher or Trickybet 3-way dutch calculator  to work out how much to bet on each outcome.

3-way dutching matched betting
  • If Wolfsberger win: £101.2 total return (including £23 bet stake) minus losing stakes of £25 on the draw and £53 on Roma = £0.20 net profit.
  • The match result is a draw£102.50 total return (including £25 bet stake) minus losing stakes of £23 on Wolfsberger and £53 on Roma = £1.50 net profit.
  • If Roma win£101.76 total return (including £53 bet stake) minus losing stakes of £23 on Wolfsberger and £25 on the draw = £0.76 net profit.

It’s easiest to use decimal odds when dutching. You can input the odds in to a tool such as Trickybet 2-way dutch calculator.

Dutching free bets and bonuses 

You can dutch to qualify for free bets if your bankroll is small. Then you you don’t need money at the exchange for laying.

Qualify for free bets with dutching 

Assuming two different bookies offer a free bet if you bet with your own money first. So, simply back all outcomes with each bookie.

  1. Place a bet at bookie A,
  2. Then place a bet at bookie B on the same event.

You’ll qualify for free bets at both bookies.

Dutching a bonus rollover offer

You can use dutching to complete bonus rollover offers.

Placing bets with two different bookmakers minimises your qualifying losses, as you avoid paying commission at the exchange.

Dutching every horse in a race

The most advanced form of dutching is backing every horse in a race for extra place offers. Potential pitfalls include non-runners and rule 4 deductions.

Matched bettors dutched the Supreme Novices Hurdle race (Tuesday 12th March 2019) during Cheltenham festival 2019. William Hill paid 7 places at 1/5 the odds each-way in this 16 runner race.

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