Dutching Definition

Dutching is a betting system used to cover several contenders in an event, making sure each and every one of those bets guarantees the same profit, while eliminating major underdogs.

This ensures the same profit regardless of which bet wins, obviously provided one of the backed contenders do win the event.

This kind of strategy is usually used in horse racing betting, but can also be applied to football outright bets, where a punter can cover several teams and still be in for a nice profit. To make sure you know exactly how much money need to be placed on every contender, we recommend using a dutching calculator.


You want to place an outright bet on the winner of French Ligue 1. Odds on winners are as follows: PSG 3.00, Lyon 3.50, Marseille 5.00 and Lille 6.50. Now you need to calculate how much needs to be staked on every market to win £1,028.

PSG need to be backed with £342, Lyon with £293, Marseille with £205 and Lille with £158. You don’t like how PSG look like this season and decide to place bets on every other team but the Saints. This means that your profit will be £1,028 – £656 (£293+£205+£158) = £372 if Lyon, Marseille or Lille win the title. You will obviously lose all money if PSG wins.

Dutching Pros and Cons
  • You can cover several contenders and still earn nice profit
  • Good strategy for horse racing
  • It helps with outright bets
  • All money is lost if the contender you failed to back wins
  • Big risk involved