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*The Sharp Stakes Calculator helps bettors optimise their stake size based on the odds available while ensuring that the maximum stake amount is never exceeded. By using this calculator, you can calculate your stake for any bet, depending on whether the odds are below or above even-money (2.00). This strategy reduces volatility compared to flat-staking.*

## Detailed Instructions for Using the Sharp Stakes Calculator

- Enter Max Stake: In the "Max Stake" field, input the maximum amount you are willing to bet on a single selection. This amount represents your total unit stake for even-money bets (e.g., 2.00 odds).
- Input the Odds: Enter the decimal odds for the bet you're considering in the "Decimal Odds" field. The odds could be above or below 2.00, and the calculator will adjust accordingly.
- View Suggested Stake: The calculator will automatically suggest the optimal stake based on the odds. If the odds are 2.00 or lower, the suggested stake will be equal to your full max stake. If the odds are above 2.00, the stake will be calculated to win one unit, keeping your risk consistent regardless of the odds.

## What are Sharp Stakes?

Sharp Stakes are designed to provide a more intelligent and calculated approach to staking than flat-staking. Instead of placing the same amount on every bet, Sharp Stakes vary the bet amount depending on the odds. This method allows bettors to manage their risk better and smooth out profits and losses over time.

### The Mathematics Behind Sharp Stakes

The logic is simple:

- For odds at or below 2.00: You bet your full maximum stake, as these bets are generally safer but provide a lower payout.
- For odds above 2.00: You bet an amount that, if the bet wins, will give you a profit of one unit. The formula for calculating this stake is:

\[ \text{Sharp Stake} = \frac{1}{\text{Odds} - 1} \times \text{Max Stake} \]

For example, if your max stake is £10 and the odds are 3.50 (as in the case of Chelsea beating Real Madrid), your suggested stake would be calculated as:

\[ \text{Stake} = \frac{1}{3.50 - 1} \times 10 = £4.00 \]

This means a £4 bet on Chelsea would result in a £10 profit if they win.

The strategy is flexible, and you can round up or down the stake to a neat number to avoid awkward figures, especially in manual betting situations.

### Real-World Example

Suppose a bettor sets a max stake of £10:

- Liverpool vs. West Ham (odds 1.75): Since the odds are below 2.00, the full £10 would be staked.
- Chelsea vs. Real Madrid (odds 3.50): Since the odds are above 2.00, the suggested stake would be £4, allowing for a £10 profit if Chelsea wins.

This method ensures that you’re not over-risking on high-odds bets but still maximising your returns when the odds are favourable.

Read more about Sharp Stakes here.