Dutching What and How
Dutching is the name given to betting 2 or more horses in a single race (or any selections in any type of win market) to improve your chances of finding the winner. The parameters of the bets are adjusted so that no matter which of those horses wins, you will earn an equal profit.
Dutching can be of two basic types: Back-Dutching and Lay-Dutching. The first one places back bets on the potential winners. The second one places lay bets on the horses that you think may lose.
Surprisingly enough, it does not matter what type of bets you place – back or lay. In the end you will still get equal profit if one of the selections in the “green zone” wins.
Usually bettors use all kinds of Dutching calculators to figure out the amounts of the bets depending on the current odds in the market. With MarketFeeder Pro you don’t need to do this – the program will do this automatically. You only need to key in some parameters like:
- the fixed amount you want to win or alternatively
- the maximum fixed amount you are prepared to lose
- the selections you want to bet on
- the type of Dutching (back or lay)
The rest of the work will be done by the program. Below you can see the examples of different combinations of these parameters.
1. Back-Dutching to win 5 points.
2. Back-Dutching to lose maximum 5 points.
You may notice that the figures are slightly different from what they should be, i.e. 5.01 instead of 5.0, or 4.99 instead of 5.0. This is due to the fact that the size of the bet can be specified to two digits after the decimal point. So the program has to round numbers after making the necessary calculations. This may result in slight inaccuracy.
3. Lay-Dutching to win 5 points – this looks exactly like the picture from “Back-Dutching to win 5 points”, only the goal is achieved by laying on the other four horses.
4. Lay-Dutching to lose 5 points – looks exactly like “Back-Dutching to lose 5 points”, only the program will lay on the four bottom horses.
Sometimes there are situations, so-called arbitrages, when it is possible to back or lay on all horses in the field, securing equal profit on ALL of them, no matter who wins. This kind of situation is sometimes called a “book”, derived from the term “book percentage” which is basically a sum of horses’ chances to win.
To create an opportunity for a back arbitrage, the back book percentage MUST BE LESS than 100%. It’s the opposite with lay Dutching – lay book percentage MUST BE GREATER than 100%.
In the screenshots you see on this page book percentages do not satisfy this condition. But sometimes they do, especially when a market is in-play. That’s when the following trade is possible.
This moment usually lasts for no longer than a couple of seconds, as other bettors are eager to take advantage of it. So there is always a risk of one or more of your bets staying unmatched.
Also, if there is not enough money offered in the market, part of one or more of your bets may not be matched. To tackle this problem MF Pro offers a setting called “Adjust bets”. It allows you to automatically reduce the size of your bets to fit the smallest offer in the market.
So, to sum up, the opportunities for Dutching are quite diverse with MF Pro, and you can focus on strategic planning rather than sitting with a sheet of paper and a calculator in your hand. And what is more convenient, you can experiment with Dutching in Test Mode, as many times as you want, without spending actual money.