Understanding Flat Stake in sports betting

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In any segment of our lives, it is important to understand what way we approach the situations. In sports betting, it is not different, and we need to define a management model, in order to form a pattern for ourselves.

Flat Stake in sports betting: What is it?

One of the examples is the Flat Stake model, and below I will explain a bit more and showcase some common situations, as well as give my opinion on the subject.

Defining a bankroll management style is one of the main aspects to consider for those who are just starting on this betting world.

Knowing how to manage your investment is essential, for several reasons, but especially to be able to create an acting strategy and also having good conditions to maintain a portion of your money safe in case of a bad run of form.

The idea behind this model is always using the same unit when you bet, with that unit being previously defined according a division that’s comfortable for you.

When you setup your bankroll management, and you start using units, you should then define how you will divide your bankroll.

Example

If you have a bankroll of 1000€, you have to divide it in a way that is comfortable for you in case a bet ends up not working out well. A lot of people divide their bankroll into 30, 40 or even 50 units.

With an example of 50 units, each stake utilized would have a value of 20€. If you divided by 40 units, the value would be 25€ and so on and so forth.

The idea here is maintaining a fixed condition where your stake doesn’t change, not even in case of losses, nor if you start having a good streak of wins and your bankroll increases.

The stake that was defined as a unit remains the same until the time where you will make a new assessment of your bankroll, and with the value obtained, you will make another division and once again define your standard unit.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Flat Stake

Flat Stake is a bankroll management alternative that has no variation, like when people utilize a percentage of their total bankroll.

Utilizing the same amount of bankroll as an example, on a variable stake, if I always decide to bet 5% of my total bankroll, if I have 1000€, the stake would be 50€. If the bankroll increases to 1100€, the stake increases to 55€ and
if the bankroll goes down to 900€, the stake also decreases to 45€.

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Considering advantages and disadvantages of each method is really up to each person’s personal taste.

In my opinion, as the bigger advantages of this model we have practicality and stability. Practicality of not having to calculate our stake and especially when betting on sports with quick odds’ variation, the process becomes more
efficient.

In terms of stability, I also believe that it is very good, because on a poor streak, it won’t affect a large portion of your bankroll, in case you don’t have an absurd streak of mistakes.

In this case, those that bet on a percentage model end up letting their psychological state affect them

Since in this situation you would reduce your stake, and without emotional stability you end up betting higher amounts, increasing your betting volume and that would lead to total chaos.

In this case, the bettor that maintains a standard unit would always win the same amount of money per bet on average, and he wouldn’t feel the effects of a poor streak as much.

As a disadvantage, I understand that sometimes it doesn’t take into consideration the value on each market, not allowing for a variation on the invested amount.

For exemple, if I believe I found a really valuable line on a bookmaker, such as 1XBet or Bet365, I should bet the same standard unit and not double my stake (using the amount of 2 units).

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This ends up protecting the bankroll but limiting your scope of action, not allowing you to be more aggressive on extremely valuable situations, on your analysis as bettor.

I believe that each bettor has its own method and none of the already established ones can be right or wrong. Each person should manage their money the way they feel more comfortable doing so.

According to my understanding, the big problem is if the individual doesn’t define his method and ends up switching models according to his state of mind.

That makes it a lot harder to control the balance between profits and losses, and a natural trend suggests that, in the case of a strong negative streak, the emotional control is put aside, and the bankroll gets severely punished.

I like the Flat stake model, but I believe that with success and consequent bankroll evolution, the bettor can be more aggressive and look for other ways to act.

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