Roulette Strategies
The Roulette has attracted many players over the time, which have developed strategies in an attempt to beat the game.
Many of the roulette strategies are inspired around the Martingale Scale or Fibonacci Sequence. Nevertheless, strategies do not end here.
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Martingale Scale
In this strategy the player will start from a certain bet amount. The player doubles the bet after every loss, until he will win. Therefore, this win will cover all previous losses, plus brings a profit equal to the original bet. In order to use this strategy, the player must place only Outside bets that have even chances like Low / High bets, Red / Black bets, Odd / Even bets.
This betting strategy has its limitations. On long run, there are chances that the bets are all lost, and which doubling of the bet you get closer to greater financial lose. Also, some casinos might not allow the use of this strategy (however this is not the case for online casinos), or might have a bet limit that after a few lost bets the player will not be able to double enough in order to cover all previous bets.
Labouchere System
The Labouchere System is a progression betting strategy. Its is similar to the Martingale Scale, but without the need to ask the player to double up with each loss. This way, the player’s money will not be risked as quickly as in the Martingale situation. The Labouchere System involves using a series of numbers in a line to determine the bet amount, following a win or a loss. The idea of this strategy is for the player to add the numbers at the front and end of the line to determine the size of the next bet. This strategy is mainly effective for bets on 50/50 odds or anywhere close to this level. For that matter, the strategy can be successfully used on other games as well (blackjack, baccarat, sports betting), not only on roulette.
Let’s take an example. The player will choose to use a 1 2 3 4 line. The first bet will be the sum of the 2 outside numbers (1+4=5 units). If the player loses the first 5 units, he must add 5 at the end of the Labouchere line (we will get in this case a line like 1 2 3 4 5). The next bet would be of 6 units (1+5 – the sum of the outside numbers). Let’s say in this case the player wins. For this situation he will have to cross out the outside numbers used for getting the bet amount (we will get a new Labouchere line like x 2 3 4 x). Next bet amount is also 6 units (2+4 from the line). If the players win again, he must cross out the outside numbers (the new line is x x 3 x x). Next bet would be 3 units. Let’s say the player loses now. That means we will add at the end of the line the lost bet amount (new line is x x 3 x x 3). Next bet is 6 units (3+3), and if the bet is a winning one, the player can cross the numbers in the line (will get a x x x x x x line – in this situation, if the player prefers to continue playing, can start a new line).
For this simple example we have here, the player has a total bet amount of 26 units, and the final value is 36 units (10 units profit).
As rules to remember for this strategy is:
- design your Labouchere line
- bet an amount equal to the sum of outside numbers in your line
- each time you win a bet cross out the outside numbers
- each time you lose a bet add at the end of the line the lost stake
To remember that when creating the Labouchere line, the higher the numbers used, the faster will increase the bet stake when you face a losing bet. The Labouchere line does not have to be as in the example used above, it can also be something like 2 4 6 8 10 or 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1. Also, one other thing to keep in mind would be to create such a line in order for the outside numbers to form bets allowed by the casino limis (if the minimum casino bet is 20, than the above example would not work, we need a line created to form higher bet stakes; the same goes in the case the line forms bets that are above the maximum accepted limit by a casino).
Betting only on a color
Another Roulette strategy is betting only on a color (red or black). One way of doing that is by betting the ball will be landing on red for a certain number of spins. We will take in this example 38 spins (total possible outcomes on American Roulette).
On the roulette table there are 18 black spaces and 18 red spaces (+ the 2 green spaces). If we divide 18 by 38, we will be getting a probability of 47.37% winning chances using this strategy. As we can see, the player has less then half chances of winning. Using this strategy in accordance to bi-nominal distribution, we would be getting about 83% chances that in 38 spins the ball would land on the same color at least 15 times. By mixing this strategy with others we could improve the winning odds. Let’s say the player would play the 38 spins. If by the 19th spin he gets a small number of reds (in accordance to the 15 we’re hopping), in the next 19 spins the player could easily grow the bet amount in order to recover all losses.
1st & 3rd column
1st and 3rd column strategy is specific to roulette bets. This works like this: 2 units bet placed on 1st column, 2 units bet placed on 3rd column, and 2 units bet on black. The first 2 column bets would cover most red number (except 4 reds from the 2nd column and 0). The bet on black works as an insurance for the middle column.
What happens:
- in the event the player hits a red number on the 1st or 3rd column, he breaks even (gets back the stake);
- if the player hits red on the middle column or green he loses 6 units;
- if the player hits black on the 1st or 3rd column he get a 4 units profit
- if the player hits black on the middle column he gets only 4 units back from a 6 units bet (loses 2 units)
This strategy gives the player about 66.6% chances to win.
Mechanical strategies
Some roulette strategies take a more technical approach. As roulette wheels were hand made my people in the past, it was possible for the wheel to have some fine deviations that would make the ball land more often on specific numbers. This way this strategy was based on the idea that the roulette wheel was not perfect and some numbers would occur more often than others. Betting only on these specific numbers would offer the player an advantage over the casino.
As in present the roulette wheels are manufactured at a higher level, the use of this strategy became more difficult to use. Nevertheless, it is still an option as Gonzalo Garcia-Pelayo proved in the early 1990s. He used a computer to model the tendencies of the roulette wheels at the Casino de Madrid, Spain. Betting the most likely numbers, he and his family were able to win over a million dollars over a period of several years. Other cases involves players using laser devices that scans the roulette wheel to look for such manufacturing deviance that could be used against the casino. However these practices are not legal.
D’Alembert System
D’Alembert System is a progressive betting system, used for even money bets. D’Alembert System strategy is less volatile than the Martingale Scale, but in the same time it is slower in recovering loses and building winnings.
How does D’Alembert System works? The player will start with an initial bet, and after each winning bet he will decrease the bet with one unit, and after each loss he will increase the stake with 1 unit. Let’s say that you start playing with a $10 bet at the Red/Black on Roulette. If you win, your next bet should be $9, or if you lose the next bet should be $11. When you hit 0 (zero), you should end your betting session or start all over again from the initial bet.
The advantages of D’Alembert strategy is that the player can sustain a much longer string of losses (before losing his bankroll). Also, there is little risk of hitting the table limits using this betting system.
Dopey Experiment
Andres Martinez, a Los Angeles Times editor came with a fun strategy in one of his books. This strategy was called dopey experiment. The idea behind this Roulette play is to take someone’s bankroll and divide it to 35 units. Each unit is to be bet on a particular number for 35 consecutive times. If the number hits during those spins, the player wins back the original bankroll and can continue playing on the house money. This strategy lack the chances of win, as there is only 60.68% probability the player would hit the number during the 35 planed spins.
French bets (Segment bets strategy)
The French bets are basically segment bets. There are 3 traditional such bets: The Tiers du Cylindre, Voisins du Zero, Les Orphelins. As all these are segment bets, they target a specific segment of the roulette wheel.
The Tiers du Cylindre or “the Third” is made with 6 split bets covering 12 numbers. The Tiers du Cylindre targets the segment between 27 and 33 on the roulette wheel (numbers covered in this segment: 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33). You make the Tiers du Cylindre with 6 split bets; on the 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30 and 33/36.
The Voisins du Zero or “Neighbours of Zero” is made with 9 betting chips. It targets the segment between 22 and 25 on the roulette wheel (numbers covered in this segment: 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25). You make the Voisins du Zero with 9 chips; 2 chips on the trio 0,2,3, 2 chips on the corner 25/26/28/29, 5 split bets (1 chip on each split) on 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22 and 32/35.
The Les Orphelins or “Orphans” is made with a straight up bet on 1 and 4 split bets (1 chip on each split) 6/9, 14/17, 17/20 and 31/34. The Orphans segments cover the areas not covered by the Tiers du Cylindre or Voisins du Zero; these segments are 17, 34, 6 and 1, 20, 14, 31, 9.