Roulette strategies are popular, but are they simply a myth?

Do you believe in strategies? Sun Tzu surely did, but we’re not talking of those kind of strategies. We’re referring to Roulette strategies. And we have a theory. For a Roulette strategy to be believable, it must have a cool name such as Martingale, Labouchere or Fibonacci. We said believable, not effective. The truth is that Roulette is a game of chance and no matter which strategy you plan to use, it won’t guarantee that you’ll win.

Nevertheless. We’ve gathered 5 of the most popular strategies with cool names in one big blog post, if you wanna have a look at how they’re supposed to work.

What you need to know about these 5 Roulette strategies

What these 5 systems give are just tips and nothing more, even if some of them may seem to have a solid background. Although many of these strategies sound cool and claim they work for real, we wouldn’t recommend using them. Remember that Roulette is a game you play for fun. No mathematical formula or complex systems will be able to defeat the house. The odds of the game remain exactly the same irrespective of which system you use.

The Martingale Strategy

The Martingale is one of the oldest betting methods that has been applied to games such as Roulette. To describe it simply, to use this Roulette strategy you would make an even-money bet, like for example betting your money on the red. If you win, you place the same bet for the next round. If you lose, you double your bet for the next round.

In theory, when using this strategy, if you could always double your bet, you should always be up by the amount you originally wagered, regardless of past losses. But in reality you can’t always double your bet. And there are two main reasons for this:

Firstly, you’ll probably run out of money quickly (Say you start with a €5 bet and lose twelve bets in a row–you’ll have to place €20,480 for your next bet).

Secondly, most Roulette tables limit the maximum bets to €10,000 and sometimes even less, so you wouldn’t be able to wager such an amount anyway.

The risk of the Martingale is that if you lose enough times in a row, you’ll go broke and not have enough money to make the next bet, or you won’t be able to make the next bet because of the table limit.

The Fibonacci system

The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers where the next number you get equals the sum of the previous two, starting with 1, like this:

1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 21 – 34 – 55 – 89 – 144 – 233 – 377 – 610 – 987

This sequence is used by some players to bet on Roulette and is used exclusively for even-money bets, or those which have roughly 50% chance of winning. These include Odd/Even, Black/Red, and 1-18/19-36.

The numbers in the sequence determine how much you should bet on every round. You start with the first one and work your way through the sequence until you manage to win a bet. This means that if you don’t win the first bet it will be very difficult to get even. It also means that the amount you lose gets bigger and bigger further through the sequence.

Same as the Martingale, the risk of the Fibonacci system is that you could go broke and not have enough money to make the next bet, or you won’t be able to make the next bet because of the table limit.

The Reverse Martingale

Put simply, to use the Reverse Martingale Strategy you would need to double your bet after each win. This is an aggressive betting strategy where you start by wagering the lowest amount possible on an even bet. You keep placing the same bet until you grab a win – after that, you double the size of your bet for the next game round. When you lose, you start all over by betting the smallest possible amount again.

This system is built on the belief that there are losing and winning streaks in a game. But winning streaks are just a perception. They don’t really exist and you should be aware that it takes only one loss to wipe away all your profits.

A variation of this strategy is called 3-Step Reverse Martingale where you limit the progression of your betting to 3 consecutive games. After the 3rd round, you restart playing with the lowest bet again.

If you decide to try the Reverse Martingale strategy, make sure you know when to stop playing and that you don’t take an overly aggressive approach.

The Labouchere system

The Labouchere system is a cancellation type of system intended for even-money bets such as Red/Black, Even/Odd, and 1-18/19-36.

To use this system, decide how much you would want to win. Divide that amount into smaller amounts. For example, if you want to win €10, divide it as follows:

1 – 2 – 1 – 2 –1 – 2 – 1

The way you write down your numbers is totally up to you.

Now add the leftmost and rightmost numbers in your sequence. This is the amount of your bet for the first game round. If you win the bet, cross out the numbers you just used. For the next round, add once again the leftmost and rightmost numbers, in this case 2 + 2 = 4.

You repeat the whole process until you cross out all numbers.

If you lose the bet, instead of crossing out the numbers, you add the amount you lost to the rightmost side of the sequence.

The risk with this system is that if you lose a number of times, your sequence can become really, really long and eventually you won’t be able to keep up with the losses.

The D’Alembert system

The D’Alembert system is usually used on even money bets. These include Red/Black, Even/Odd, and 1-18/19-36.

The strategy consists of gradually increasing your bet when losing games and gradually decreasing it when winning. You start by deciding on the value of 1 bet unit (for example this can be €1).

This bet unit is the main focus of this strategy. It can be as small or as big as you wish, but keep in mind that you might end up wagering several units at a time.

By keeping the value of your units very low, you can use this Roulette system with a relatively small budget. This also prevents you from reaching absurdly high stakes and from hitting the table limit.

For example, if you bet 2 units (€2) and win, your next bet will be €1. If you lose, you bet €3 on the next round.

Don’t play strategically. Play responsibly.

Although many players believe they have found the ultimate Roulette strategy to increase their chances of winning, this simply cannot be true, no matter how long they play, how much they spend or at which live Roulette table they sit.

So the truth is, the only thing you can do is to try and predict where the ball will stop next.

Don’t forget the most important thing. Hope for the best, expect the worst. You should never use money you can’t afford to lose and make sure you always enjoy yourself. Gambling should be entertaining after all!

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