Roulette - Winning Strategies

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Some time ago we explored the history of roulette and some peculiarities of this gambling entertainment. We literally made it through every stage of its creation and development, and it means that today we will concentrate on not just how to play it, but will teach you how to win. To be honest, it’s not that easy! 

There exist several methods and winning strategies. Overall, they can be divided into two groups: progressive strategies and strategies for winning “on the spot” (non-progressive strategies). 

Let’s take a closer look at the first group of strategies. And it’s worth mentioning that some of them have a long history and were developed practically at the same time as the roulette itself – in the middle of the 17th century. Here are the most well known ones:


1. Martingale system.

This method is not just the most popular one for winning in a casino or roulette, but it’s very long-lasting – it was developed more than 200 years ago. The main idea of the Martingale system is a simple rule: gambling lovers need to keep their bets unchangeable if they win and redouble them in case they lose. 

Experienced roulette players use this strategy if they encounter a sequence of financial losses, because in most cases it turns to be the most effective one. For this reason lots of online and real casinos set a limit for minimum as well as maximum bet sizes. This is the way for owners of gambling venues to resist Martingale strategy. To try this system and to really “feel” what it’s like is possible free of charge in any of online casinos (with the help of a virtual account). 

Example: we made a $1 bet on red (50% chance for winning) and lose; we redouble the bet and make it $2 on the same colour and through the whole session. In case of a win, we get $4 and will be in the black for $1; if the winning colour is black – we will redouble the bet and bet $8 and so on. 


2. D'Alembert method

This is one of the leading roulette winning methods. A French mathematician Rond d'Alembert  studied statistics theories and the theory of chances throwing the dice or coins and was able to create his own betting method. 

This method is based on the theory of mutual balance that states: “Following a long period of time a possibility to win becomes higher after a run of defeats, and vice versa”. Thus, the method is simple to use and easy to comprehend. Its essence is to increase the bet (for example, by $1) after a loss and to decrease it for the same amount after a win.   

The advantages of D’Alembert method are its simplicity and smooth process of increasing and decreasing the bets without any spikes. And same can be taken as its drawback – it’s impossible to make a large scoop and leave the table, because the system implies a long and tiresome game. 

Example: a gamer starts by betting $1 and loses, so his next bet will be $2, and he loses again. He increases the bet up to $3. In case of a win he will decrease the bet up to $2, and so on. 


3. Whittaker strategy 

The main peculiarity of the system is a specific numerical progression applied during a game session: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34… In other words, every following bet will be equal to the sum of the two preceding ones. In case of a win a gambler needs to move down by two levels; in case of a loss – he needs to increase the bet by one level. This system works well until the positive result and is better to be used for “dozen bet”.  The advantage is a possibility to get a quick profit. The disadvantage is the necessity to have a significant initial capital. 

Example: Your first $10 bet us unsuccessful, and with your next $20 bet you lose as well. The strategy requires that your next bet should be $30, and then $50. In case of a win after spending $110 you get $150 with the net profit of $40. After that we go two levels down and bet $20, and so on. 


4. Oscar Grind strategy

This system is well known among gamblers and is applied for playing roulette and dicing. It was named after a legend from the 50s – Oscar Grind who practically robbed every casino of that time. 

This strategy – pretty unusual in its essence – is good for small bets and brings little but guaranteed profit. Its followers state that it’s hard not to win using it, but let’s not take that for granted. 

The main goal of this strategy is to receive the prize money equal to your initial bet. To achieve this goal one needs to follow three main rules: 

  • In case of a win increase the bet by “1”
  • In case you lose the next bet should be the same as the previous one
  • It’s necessary to have the bank good enough for 8 bets.

Example: we bet $1 for even/odd (or red/black) and win. Then we bet $2 (1+1) and win again. The next bet will be $3 (2+1) and so on. If the next spin doesn’t bring luck, the fourth bet will be the same as the third one, i.e. $3. 


5. Parlay system.

Experts consider this strategy totally opposite to the Martingale system, although it is based on the same belief in “chances”. It’s main peculiarity is that in case of an unsuccessful bet the next one should be the same; in case of a successful one – the next one should be doubled. 

Everything is easy! This system creators state that while playing roulette there are special combination sessions (for example, “red” or “even”). If someone is lucky to catch the combination, the prize money will be truly fantastic. Once during the last century one of the Monte Carlo Casino players bet 100 franks on “even” and started to sort out his relationship with another gambler at the table. While he was doing it his bet was doubled 9 times in a row and brought him 50,000.00 franks. 


6. Biarritz system

This is one of the most contradictory roulette systems. Regardless of its simplicity, it’s pretty risky. The essence of this method is that the gambler needs to bet a specific amount of money on the same number (excluding “zero”). The “zero” bet has 0,37% chance.  

So, the sooner the sacramental number falls out, the larger the win will be. The main disadvantage of this system is the necessity to have a significant bankroll as well as luck, because it’s hard to predict how many bets one will have to make to win.  


7. System «Progression 31»

The name of the strategy speaks for itself: summary of turn-based bets is equal to number 31. Here they are: 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 4, 4, 8, 8. It is based on very simple acts at the gaming table: red/black, even/odd, more/less. From the beginning the first bet is 1; after three turns – 2, and then they are doubled up to 4 and 8 (based on the system). If there are two winning bets in a row, it’s recommended to start the game with the first number of the system – “1”. 

So, we have analysed all the methods based on mathematical progression. Now let’s take a look at the most popular non-progressive systems – so called stable winning at roulette. 


 8. Strategy “Double-six” or 666.

Don’t be scared – there is no supernatural implication here. Number 6 will identify the monetary bet for a one time spin. The main advantage of this system is that there are only three no-win sectors on the table. The rest are full with bets. 

Example: we bet $36 on red and then bet $4 at two black numbers at the same time: 0+2, 8+11, 10+13, 17+20, 26+29, 28+31 with the total $24. From the remaining black sectors we select random three and bet $2 on each. The final bet turns to be $66. The chance to lose is extremely low – in this case the roulette ball will need to get onto one of the four numbers left without any bets. In any case, the win will turn to be $66 + 6 (profit).  


9. “Dozen” strategy.

The method is very simple. There are only three dozens on the gaming table: the first one (numbers 1 through 12), the second one (13-24), and the third one (25-36). The chance of their fall is 3 to 1 (let’s not forget about “zero”). So, we need to select the dozen to bet on (for example, the one that has not yet fallen out 2 or 3 times). The first bet will be $1, and in case of a loss it will be necessary to double the bet ($2, $4, $8, etc.). If we win, the bet will remain the same. 


10. “Red/Black” system.

At the beginning of the game chances for the ball to fall on red are 48,6%, and on “zero” – 2,7%. In case black colour falls out, theory of chances state that during the next spin chances of the red sector to fall out will increase up to 73,6%. So, it means that it’s necessary to bet on it. 

So, it’s pretty easy to decide on which colour to bet during the next spin. But even if black falls out 10 times in a row, chances of the red to fall out remain 99,93%, but never 100% (again, let’s not forget about “zero”). 

A very interesting story took place in Las Vegas. A gambler Ashley Revell sold all of his property and went to this Mecca of gambling. In one of the casinos he bet everything on red and won $135,000.00. No one explains why the red sector was the only one he chose “doubling everything by 2 or none”, but for certain, it was not for nothing. 


Which of these methods is the most profitable and reliable one for lining pockets? Most of the gambling specialists think that the most effective methods are the ones combining different strategies taking advantages of two or three systems minimising their drawbacks. 

These strategies allow experienced frequenters quickly and surely drain the casinos, although to achieve these skills this may take years or even decades. Though if your goal is to enjoy yourself and to earn just a little bit, try all these methods and decide which one works best. 

Good luck in summiting new gambling ascents! 


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