The Kelly Criterion - Laying


This staking plan is based on the Kelly Criterion - a method of calculating your stake size based on the size of the bank, the current price and the projected strike rate of the selection with the chosen rank.

While the classic Kelly staking plan is described for backing, this trigger example focuses on laying.

The Kelly Criterion allows you to calculate the fraction of your bank that you are supposed to lay on the selection with the given rank. The formula is below:

bet_size = (1 - strike_rate)*(1 - commission) - strike_rate*(price - 1)/((price-1)*(1 - commission)


If the price and/or the strike rate are too high, meaning that your liability will be disproportionate to the number of times you'll be losing, the bet will not be placed, as the Kelly criterion will be negative. 


Right-click here to download a trigger file

You can adjust the trigger settings using the following constants in the file:

divisor Divisor (number by which the bet size is divided). Use this constant to reduce the size of each bet (with divisor > 1) or increase it (with divisor < 1).
avg_odds Initial average odds (based on your own estimation)
s_rate Initial strike rate (based on your own estimation)
fav_rank Rank of the favourite to lay on. The triggers can be easily converted to lay on a selection with the predefined index rather than rank. To that end, check Selection's Index instead of Selection's Rank in the trigger conditions.
mins_before_start When to place the bet (minutes before the off)
track_wl 1 - track wins and losses and adjust average odds and strike rate, 0 - do not keep track, always use the initial values.
min_depth Min. win/lose history depth to start adjusting average odds and strike rate. Use this to prevent an unnecessary statistical error in the calculation of the strike rate and average odds, where their values are based on a handful of events.
max_deviation Maximum deviation from average odds, %. The triggers will not lay if the selection's price is too different from the average odds.

How this works

At the beginning, you must key in a projected strike rate of the chosen favourite. You may get this rate by simply counting the number of times that favourite has won in a given number of events, for example, if the 3rd favourite has won twice in the recent 25 events, its strike rate is 8%. You can also get this number from statistics websites, forums, tipsters, etc.

The triggers then keep track of your winnings automatically, adjusting the average odds of this favourite and its strike rate as you go forward. Note: if you restart the triggers or the program, this history will be reset.

If the current price and strike rate suggest that it makes sense to lay on that selection, the triggers do so, with an automatically calculated stake size.

Below is an account statement from testing the triggers on horse racing markets in Time Machine, with divisor = 5, starting bank = £1,000, fav_rank = 3, avg_odds = 8.5, s_rate = 4.

Lay Kelly Criterion

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