A lot has been said about roulette strategy over the years. There have been many varied opinions on what works, how it works and if it works.
Many great men and women have tried their hand at creating the perfect roulette betting system but all have failed.
There's no such thing as a perfect roulette strategy. Some have come close and have been able to win for a small period of time but eventually they were all unable to overcome the odds of the mighty house edge.
- Where possible always play European roulette over American roulette.
- Play roulette games where you can surrender or leave your bet on the table when a 0 comes up (called en prison). This reduces the house edge to 1.35% but is hard to find online.
- The lowest house edges are on even money bets. Inside bets have higher house edges.
- If you really fancy that big payout, spread your bets on single number bets called straight up bets.
- You can hedge your losses to some extent by nesting single straight up bets with splits, orders and street bets.
- Forget about roulette strategies – they don't work!
But despite the lack of a working roulette strategy that guarantees you big wins, there are still a few things that you can do in order to increase your chances of winning.
Popular Roulette Strategies
Rather than being advice about where to actually bet, most roulette strategies that have been created are simply money management systems. Below are a few of the more popular, but still unsuccessful, ones.
The Martingale betting system is by far the most well known roulette strategy. In order to implement it correctly you must be betting on an even money bet such as red or black, or odds or even. The theory is that when you lose a bet you have to double the next one in order to recoup your losses. So if you lose a £5 bet then you bet £10 the next time.
If you win your bet then you continue to bet the same amount. This theory may actually work if a player had an infinite bank roll - unfortunately we don't know anyone who does. Once you lose multiple hands in a row then the amount being bet starts to pile up and soon enough you'll have run out of money.
This roulette system is very similar to the Martingale system except that players aren't required to increase their bets quite so dramatically after a loss. Rather than doubling your wager, a series of numbers are used to determine the amount wagered.
The system requires the player to write down a series of numbers dependant on the amount you're willing to bet. When you lose a bet you must cross off one of the numbers and this determines how much you place on your next bet.
This roulette system was primarily championed by Norman Leigh and his use of it is described in his book titled ‘Thirteen Against the Bank'. As the name suggests it works using the same system as the Labouchere roulette system but with one major difference.
This difference is that rather than increasing your bet when you lost, you did so when you won instead. Leigh's argument was that when using his system a large winning streak or a number of small ones would lead to huge profits whereas the Labouchere system lead to huge losses should you have a losing streak.