Roulette, by its very nature, is a game of chance. There is no telling where the ball will land, no matter how hard you practice your telekinetic skills! However, while there isn’t any magic formula for manipulating a roulette ball, there are several strategies which have been devised to help you manage your bankroll and increase your odds of winning over the short term.
But before you rush off to read all about these age-old roulette systems, we must emphasise that any sort of gambling carries an element of risk and there is no guarantee that you will win.
With that mind, take note of our top betting systems below and try testing them out next time you’re at the wheel!
The Martingale Strategy is the most popular betting system used in roulette. The method is fairly straight-forward: after a loss on an evens outside bet e.g. black or red, an increased bet is placed. This bet escalates until the player wins.
For instance, if a player loses their first bet of £5, they will then need to bet £10 in the next round. If that round is won, the player is then ahead by five units (1 unit = £1). While this is a good strategy for short-term wins, losing streaks can be troublesome for those using the Martingale Strategy.
The Reverse Martingale (also known as “Paroli”) is a positive progression roulette betting system. As the name suggests, this is the reverse of the traditional Martingale System, where a loss must occur for a bet to increase. In this strategy, the player increases their bets after a win. The idea is that losses are kept to a minimum during a losing streak.
For instance, if a player wins a 10 unit bet, the next bet should be 20 units. If a bet is lost, however, the next bet does not increase. In this system, players can increase with smaller units if they prefer, giving players greater flexibility than in the traditional Martingale System.
Fibonacci follows a similar system to the Martingale. However, in this strategy, increased bets only occur after several winning spins, rather than after every spin. This means the Fibonacci Strategy offers a much slower rate of progression than the Martingale. On the plus side, it also offers less damaging losses. In some instances, a player could use the Fibonacci System during a losing streak and still come out on top, providing that it isn’t an extended losing run.
Players get their strings of numbers by adding together the two numbers preceding it. For instance, starting with 1, the numbered string would be 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. This is decided by the calculations of 1+1 = 2, 2+1=3, etc.
An example of the Fibonacci System in roulette could be a bet of, say, 10 units. If a player lost this bet, another 10 units would need to be wagered. If this next bet was then lost, another 20 units would need to be placed (20 is the calculation of the previous two bets added together). The aim is to keep bets low by winning more often.
This is sometimes called the “cancellation method” because the player decides their own betting line, from which they then cancel numbers. This system helps players be mindful of their betting limits, rather than splurging when a winning streak comes around.
For instance, a player takes a section of numbers, say 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, which each represents 10 betting units. With each loss, the player adds a new bet to the end of the line. This new bet will be a calculation of the player’s biggest and smallest units, so in this case, the next unit would be 6 (1+5). If the next bet is won, the pot would progress by 1 unit to 7. Once this is done, the units the player has bet with (1 and 6) will need to be subtracted, or “cancelled”. If this next bet is lost, the player must add 7 to the end of their list.
The aim of the game is to cancel all of the numbers by incurring fewer losses than wins. Players usually prefer to keep betting units low for this method as a long losing streak can be difficult to bounce back from.
Also known as the ‘Gambler’s Fallacy’, this strategy is based on even-chance bets. What this means is players expect that, somewhere along the line, bets will even themselves out. For instance, if the ball lands on Red for 50 spins in a row, it is probable that on the next spin it will land on a Black.
However, roulette is not a game where probabilities are perfect. Roulette is a game of luck, and so there is no definite answer as to when the ball will land on either Red or Black.
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