La Bouchere

The Labouchere staking plan was originally developed for the Roulette tables.

The Roulette Formula is based on Even money shots, Red/Black, Odd/Even or High/Low, it has been developed over the years and is of interest to followers of Horse Racing.

Before we go onto other versions of the Labouchere staking formula, we shall deal with the most common form.

Numbers are written down from 1 to 7 and stakes are framed from the 2 outside numbers in the first and all subsequent bets.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

So the first bet is 8 points, if a loser is backed, add the 8 onto the sequence.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

The next bet is obtained from the new outer numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, the next stake being 9 points.

If a winner is backed, we cross off the 2 outer numbers 1 and 8 and the next stake is obtained from the new outside numbers 2 and 7

Backing Even money shots with the Labouchere staking plan, when all the numbers have been wiped off, your profit will be the sum of your starting numbers, in this case 28 points.

When converting this plan to horse racing, much care should be taken as to the quality of selections, Bookmakers are not in the habit of making too many mistakes and straying too far from Even money shots is a risky business.

Here is a typical sequence of bets showing the plan in action……

Lost Bet 8 points (1 2 3 4 5 6 7)

Win Evens Bet 9 points (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8)

Lost Bet 9 points (2 3 4 5 6 7)

Lost Bet 11 points (2 3 4 5 6 7 9)

Won Evens Bet 13 points (2 3 4 5 6 7 9 11)

Won Evens Bet 12 points (3 4 5 6 7 9)

Lost Bet 11 points (4 5 6 7)

Won Evens Bet 15 points (4 5 6 7 11)

Won Evens Bet 12 points (5 6 7)

Lost Bet 6 points (6)

Won Evens Bet 12 points (6 6)

Total Won 73 points

Total Lost 45 points

Balance + 28 points

All the numbers were cleared off and the predicted profit (backing Even money chances) of 28 points was made.

La Bouchere example 2

The next sequence shows the La bouchere staking plan in a more volatile mode.

Lost Bet 8 pts (1 2 3 4 5 6 7)

Won Evens Bet 9 pts (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8)

Lost Bet 9 pts (2 3 4 5 6 7)

Lost Bet 11 pts (2 3 4 5 6 7 9)

Lost Bet 13 pts (2 3 4 5 6 7 9 11)

Won Evens Bet 15 pts (2 3 4 5 6 7 9 11 13)

Lost Bet 14 pts (3 4 5 6 7 9 11)

Lost Bet 17 pts (3 4 5 6 7 9 11 14)

Won Evens Bet 20 pts (3 4 5 6 7 9 11 14 17)

Lost Bet 18 pts (4 5 6 7 9 11 14)

Lost Bet 22 pts (4 5 6 7 9 11 14 18)

Lost Bet 26 pts (4 5 6 7 9 11 14 18 22)

Won Evens Bet 30 pts (4 5 6 7 9 11 14 18 22 26)

Lost Bet 27 pts (5 6 7 9 11 14 18 22)

Lost Bet 32 pts (5 6 7 9 11 14 18 22 27)

Won Evens Bet 37 pts (5 6 7 9 11 14 18 22 27 32)

Won Evens Bet 33 pts (6 7 9 11 14 18 22 27)

Lost Bet 29 pts (7 9 11 14 18 22)

Won Evens Bet 36 pts (7 9 11 14 18 22 29)

Lost Bet 31 pts (9 11 14 18 22)

Lost Bet 40 pts (9 11 14 18 22 31)

Won Evens Bet 49 pts (9 11 14 18 22 31 40)

Lost Bet 42 pts (11 14 18 22 31)

Won Evens Bet 53 pts (11 14 18 22 31 42)

Won Evens Bet 45 pts (14 18 22 31)

It’s interesting to note that of the 25 bets so far in the sequence 10 were winners, which is a 10% drop in performance, this is by no means unusual but the stakes have risen from an initial 8 points to a maximum so far of 53 points.

If your commencing stake is 8 points and that represents 1% (800) of your money put aside solely for betting, then after just 24 bets your betting 53 points which is nearly 7% of your total bank.

A selection which rates a maximum confidence bet should command no more than 5% tops of your total funds, and maximum bets do not come round very often, certainly not on a daily bases.

The series above has not come to a finish and with stakes reaching near 7%, it could be that your betting fund becomes unstable, and with that prospect, stress could well cloud your judgement as you seek to close out the sequence.

You could experiment with this cancellation form of staking by using fewer initial numbers, say 1 2 3, where your first stake is 4 points, also, with odds that vary slightly in racing rather than Roulette, a betting sequence could be brought to a close once a profit has been made even though all the digits have not been cancelled out.

This version of La bouchere is a high risk strategy and requires an iron nerve and excellent judgement of selection.



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