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Casino strategy: Understanding the Hollandish betting system

17 Jan | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Casino strategy: Understanding the Hollandish betting system

Looking for a fun new staking plan at the casino? Discover how the Hollandish betting system can help improve your even-money roulette wins.

The Hollandish system is a neat negative progressive plan that gives the player a few chances to lose and still come out a winner.

How does the system do that? Well, instead of one bet per ’round’, you place three wagers on every round of betting. Your stakes only increase if you lose the majority of bets.

Let’s take a closer look at this intriguing roulette system.

How the Hollandish roulette system works

The Hollandish system works like a negative progression plan such as the Martingale. If you lose bets, your stakes increase. If you win, your bet resets to a base unit stake.

The difference with the Hollandish plan is that three separate bets are made per round. Bets are made on even-money areas like Red/Black or Odd/Even. If two out of three bets come in (or three out for three for a clean sweep) your stake resets to the original amount.

If you lose two or three bets, you increase your stakes. The stakes in the Hollandish system increase by two every time you lose. So, the units would start at one, then go three, five, seven, nine, eleven, and so on. If you decide to bet, say, £5 per wager, simply multiply the number in the sequence by five.

Playing the Hollandish staking plan at the table

Let’s use a standard European Roulette table, typical of one you will find in when playing online roulette.

We start at units of £1. So, our first bet would be £3 – three spins worth £1 bets. We pick Red, which pays even money. Unfortunately, all three bets in the round lose and your unit now increases to three. That means you are now betting £9 – three bets worth £3 each.

If you then lost two or three of your next bets, the stakes would increase to five, or three bets at £5 each. That makes a total of £15.

If you finally won your next bets, your base unit would reset to one and you start the process again.

You can see an illustration of how the Hollandish system might work in our table below.

As you can see from our table, even after six losing rounds out of 10, we still make a small profit overall, of 24 units.

But even when we lose a round, as in round #3, we still make a small return as we hit one correct colour.   

Advantages and disadvantages of the Hollandish plan

The benefit of the Hollandish system is that you can still make a return even on a losing round. A round featuring two losing spins and one winning spin will still return some of the stake to the player. Only on a terrible round of bets do the stakes increase.

The Hollandish system is a good way of managing your bankroll. Because you are bunching together spins in groups of three you have a better handle on when your stakes go up or down.  

Like all negative progression systems, however, there are risks to the Hollandish betting system. If you go on a long losing streak your stakes will keep going up and up. You are then relying on a big win to put yourself back in the black again.

Test out the Hollandish system at Betway Casino

The Hollandish system is a fun staking plan to try if you don’t like the risks of a Martingale or d’Alembert system. And because you have a two-out-of-three chance to win your rounds the player is able to adjust the odds in their favour.