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Casino-Gaming :: Horse Race Handicapping: Dutching

Dutching is the professional handicapper’s equivalent to portfolio diversification. Since dutching allows us to bet on three or four runners, obviously we have a better chance of cashing Xtra Winners. Although the value assigned is entirely at each individual handicapper’s discretion, it MUST be the same for each horse. By placing a varying win bet on each of the three horses, the dollar amounts being dictated by the odds, you will realize a profit no matter which of the three wins. With a total outlay of fifty-five dollars, we would expect a profit of forty-five dollars whether Pisces Pleasure, Nostalgic Moment, or Trubble won. For this example, I assigned a unit value of one dollar to each percentage point. This tell us what the market or pool says the real-time percentage chance each horse has of winning the race. However; even when we win while dutching, we will always have some losing tickets with this method.

Just print the following chart:


Nostalgic Moment4-120$20.00$100.00

Here is how it works: Assume that through applying a long-shot angle, you have eliminated the non-contenders and are left with three horses. You are confident that one of the three will be victorious but have no particular bias toward any of them. It is not at all uncommon to see sizable fluctuations in the odds, especially at smaller tracks. The math for this is simple, but, in the interest of brevity, I am going to omit it here. Adequate diversification will include an increased number of investments, allowing those with upward price movements to offset those with downward price movements.


As with the stock market, there is a certain degree of volatility in the betting pool. It is covered in detail in my book, Handicapping the Wall Street Way: Picking Xtra Winners at the Track.

In handicapping, dutching allows a bettor to wager on two or more runners, at different odds, in the same race. To negate these fluctuations, one should endeavor to wait until the last possible second to place his or her wagers.

So, how do we know how much to wager on each horse in order to guarantee a profit? First, we need to convert the horses’ current odds into a percentage. One of the greatest mistakes an investor can make is not properly diversifying his or her portfolio. The bets are made in proportion to each horse’s chances of winning, so that no matter which runner prevails, the payoff will be the same. In addition, the profit will be approximately the same for each outcome, and you can predetermine it.

Pisces Pleasure3-125$25.00$100.00