What are Fixed Matches?
Another system that’s similar to Martingale but has a little more success in reality is the Labouchere System. Based on mathematical principles, this system can also be used for even money bets in the football betting area.
To put this system into action, you first need to decide how many units you want to win (a unit is a value equal to your initial bet). For example, if you want to make a £50 profit, you would then need to break this down into units (for example, £5). Once you’ve defined how much you’d like to win, you then need note this down in a linear form: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 (ten total units of £5 equates to £50 in profit).
Using this line of numbers, you then take the far left number and the far right number and add them together to form the amount you need to bet on a single match. If this bet wins then you cross-off both numbers. However, if you lose then you place the sum of the two numbers on the right-hand side of the number line.
Looking at this system in practice, you get the following if you’re aiming to make a £50 profit with £5 bets.
• You start with: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.
• Then wager two units and win, cross off the 1 on the left and right, leaving 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.
• You then wager another two units and lose, adding a 2 to the right, leaving 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2.
• Wager three units (1+2) and lose again, adding a 3 to the right, leaving 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3.
• Four units (1+3) and win, crossing off the 1 on the left and the 3 on the right, leaving 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2.
Of course, winning and losing will have an impact on your bankroll and if you can’t cover a bet, then one of two processes must be adhered to:
• If you can cover the number on the left-hand side, then you must risk that amount. If you win then you should cross off that number. Conversely, if you lose this bet then you add that number to the right-hand side of the line.
• If you can’t cover any bet, then you should wager what you can and if you win then subtract that amount from number on the left. Finally, if you lose this bet, then you must quit the game.
Although the Labouchere system makes certain concessions for different bankrolls, the system is still one that can be extremely expensive if results don’t go your way. The mathematics behind this system certainly hold up; however, if your bankroll isn’t robust enough, then this isn’t a football betting strategy you should try.
What are Fixed Matches?