What Is 3 Way Betting?


Three-way betting, sometimes called a Dutch auction, is a type of wagering where three or more individuals, known as “participants,” each make a bet on the outcome of an event. The pot – or pool of money – is shared evenly by the participants, and the person who ends up making the most successful bets wins the pot and also pockets the individual bets.

In three-way betting, two of the participants act as a moderator and judge who will make the final call on the outcome of the bet. The other participants each place a bet either agreeing with or disagreeing with the decision of the moderator. If the moderator decides in favor of one of the participants, that person wins the entire pot; if the moderator decides in favor of the other two participants, they split the pot according to a pre-determined agreement. This type of wagering is often used in sports betting, where the participants are also known as “betsters.”


Three-way betting dates back centuries, with Amsterdam being the first city to introduce it as a form of wagering. During that time, betting establishments were generally open only to men and only in the afternoons, so as to prevent women and children from gadding about and getting into mischief. In the early 16th century, England began to implement policies that allowed for the establishment of taverns and coffeehouses, which led to a proliferation of betting shops and an increase in the popularity of three-way betting. For those interested, the town of Limerick in Ireland holds an annual three-way-betting festival where participants from around the world come together to engage in this interesting form of wagering.

It was in the early 1700s when the first official bookmakers evolved, providing services to the military and aristocrats who could still not enter taverns and coffeehouses due to the patronage of the English crown. These bookmakers began offering services to the general public, setting up shop in locations such as London and Dublin and creating an industry in the process.

While the practice of three-way betting continues to be popular throughout Europe, North America, and Australia, it is mostly unknown in the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa, where it is viewed as a form of gambling or an indication of Western decadence.

Types Of 3 Way Betting

Depending on how the bet is set up and how it is administered, there are several different types of three-way betting. The most basic form is simply called “three-way betting.” In this type of bet, the participants each put up a certain amount of money and then make consecutive bets of that amount on the outcome of an event. For instance, if Sam bets Jack $200 that he can jump over the bar, then John and Liz each bet Jack $100 that he cannot jump over the bar, the pot would be $300 (Sam’s $200 + the two $100’s from John and Liz).

Another form of three-way betting is commonly known as “Dutch auction.” In this type, the participants each put up an amount of money, and then the winning bidder proposes a bet that will determine who wins the pot. For example, if Bob bids $200 that he can swim faster than Jack, and Jack decides to match him, the pot would be $400 (Bob’s $200 + Jack’s $200). Once the bet is made, the next highest bidder may propose a bet, and so on until someone wins the pot. This form of betting can be extremely competitive, and the stakes are always high because someone is bound to lose. The advantage of Dutch auction is that it can be used to determine the winner of an event without the need for a third party moderator. In the event of a tie, however, the Dutch auction may eventually run its course and someone will emerge the winner, because there is always someone ready to make the next highest bid.

How Do I Place A Three Way Bet?

To place a three way bet, you will need to visit a bookmaker’s website or open an account with a reputable wagering establishment. A bookmaker will then provide you with a separate account for three way betting or allow you to use your existing account for this purpose. You must then select the type of bet you want to make and enter the appropriate amounts. Make sure to read the rules and regulations carefully before you start placing bets, and remember to keep your account information and personal information secure at all times.

Is There A Limit On The Number Of Three Way Bets I Can Place?

There is no limit on the number of three-way bets you can make per day, but most bookmakers do have a limit on the amount of money you can deposit into your account per day. Check with the bookmaker for this information.

How Do I Cancel A Three Way Bet?

If you want to cancel a three-way bet, you must notify the bookmaker in advance so they can remove you from the pool of participants. You can also ask the bookmaker to delete your bet if you win or you want to change your mind about the bet you made. In either case, you will need to contact the bookmaker and cancel the bet.

Advantages Of Three Way Betting

Three-way betting has several advantages over other types of wagering. One advantage of this type of wagering is the ability for each participant to review the bet and proposal sheets before placing their bets, a feature which greatly reduces the chance of errors and collusion. Another advantage of three-way betting is that it allows everyone to participate, regardless of betting experience, knowledge of sports, or familiarity with the rules of the game. Since everyone is engaged in the bidding process, less likelyhood of mistakes during the moderation process. And lastly, the fact that the pot is shared by all participants reduces the chance of one person dominating the conversation and determining the outcome of the bet.

Disadvantages Of Three Way Betting

Although there are many advantages to three-way betting, there are also disadvantages. One disadvantage of this type of wagering is the competitive nature of the practice. Since everyone is participating and there is always the possibility that someone could win the entire pot, it can lead to very heated debates and even physical confrontations between participants. Another disadvantage of three-way betting is the possibility of human error due to the two-person moderation process. Since the stakes are usually high and the fact that there are two people in the middle making the ruling on the outcome of the bet, there is always the possibility that someone could inadvertently make an error. Lastly, in instances where the game is stopped due to time or weather conditions, three-way betting can become meaningless since there is no guarantee that the bet will be settled at that particular point in time. In these types of situations, only the initial bet would be honored.

When Is The Best Time To Place A Three Way Bet?

The best time to place a three-way bet is immediately after the event at which you want to bet, since odds are always most favorable then. If you are participating in an event and want to make a bet, but have not yet placed your wagers, this is the perfect opportunity to place a three-way bet and get the best odds possible. If you want to place a three-way bet on an event that has already started, the best option may be to wait until the outcome of that event is determined and then place your bet. This is also a good option if you want to bet on more than one event, and can reduce the risk of your bets being disqualified because of external influences.

What Is The Difference Between 3 Way And 4 Way Betting?

When you are participating in 3 way betting, the amount of money you are allowed to bet on each event is generally set by the bookmaker. In 4 way betting, on the other hand, the amount of money you can bet on each event is predetermined and cannot be changed by the participant. In this situation, the person who made the highest bid on an event may choose to bet a lesser amount than what they are allowed to, or even refuse to participate in the wagering process altogether.