If we take it from the mathematicians, it is impossible to beat Roulette. There is no mathematical formula or strategy that can help reduce even by a little the inherent house edge. Still, many players like to use “a betting system” when playing Roulette, hoping to generate a continuous flow of small wins that will allow them to play longer. Here are some of the most popular Roulette betting systems.
This is one of the systems that has survived the longest. It is generally played with games with a 50% winning chance, such as Roulette even money bets, or pass/don’t pass bet in Craps.
To play the Martingale, you must double your bet after every loss. For example, lets say you start with a $5 bet. If you loose on the first spin, your next bet will be $10, and if you lose again your next bet will be $20. The idea is that the first time you win, the payout will cover all previous losses and will leave you with profit equal to your original bet. So, if you win with your $20 bet, your payout will be $40, and your profit will be $20, which will cover the $5 + $10 you lost and leave you with a profit of $5. After each win, you should go back you your original bet level.
This may sound good to you, win once and you have a profit. But, in truth, you run a serious risk of quickly coming up against the table maximum bet, in which case you will be unable to place the bet to recover your previous losses. For example, if you start with a bet of $5, it will take only 7 strait losses to go over a table maximum of $500. 7 looses in a row are more common than you may think. What’s more, you may exhaust all your betting money even faster and, again, will not be able to place the next bet to cover previous losses.
If you play the Grand Martingale variation you run an even greater risk of very quickly exhorting your financial resources or hitting the maximum bet. It is a variant of the Martingale strategy, in which instead of only doubling the bet after every loss, the player doubles the bet and adds another unit. Thus, if you start with a bet of $5 and loose, your next bet will be $15 and the next after that $35, and $75 after that.
This strategy is less risky but not more effective. It is also applied to even money bets.
You start by deciding what your betting budget is. Let’s say it is $20. Then divide your budget to betting unites, equal or above the table minimum bet, and write your units on a piece of paper. Let’s say you want to bet in units of is $2 – write a series of 10 2’s on your paper ($2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2). Your first bet will be the sum of the number on the right end of you line of numbers and the number on left end, that is $4 ($2+$2).
If you win, you cross off the numbers you already used ($2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2). If you lose, you add your bet to the series of number on the right end ($2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $4). Your next bet will be $6 ($2+$4). If you lose again you will add you bet again at the right end ($2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $4, $6). If you win, you will cross off the numbers you just used ($2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $4). You repeats these steps until you have crossed off all the numbers or until you exhausted your budget.
Double Street Quad Strategy
With this strategy you will make wagers on two double streets along with a quad or corner bet and one straight up number. This betting pattern covers 17 numbers on the layout and every five adjacent slots on the wheel.
You wager six chips per spin: two chips on each of the double streets and one chip on each the corner bet and straight number.
The payoff calculation is as follows. The double street pays 5 to 1. You have two chips on it, so you stand to collect ten chips if the ball lands on one of the numbers covered by your double street bet. You will have a profit of six chips (you will lose four chips; two from your other double street and one from your quad bet and one from your straight up bet.)
The Corner/Quad bet pays 8 to 1. If you win, you will have a profit of three chips. (You will lose four chips on the double street wagers and one chip on the straight number.)
The straight up number pays 35 to 1. If you win, you will have a profit of 30 chips. (You will lose four chips on the double street wagers and one chip on the corner bet.)
You stand to lose six chips if the ball lands on a number not covered by your betting.