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Roulette Strategies and How to Win

Roulette is a great game for developing betting strategies.Source: Wikimedia

Whether you are playing at a real casino table or enjoying a game of online roulette, there are a number of tactical methods you can employ that will help you to win. Of course, you could rely on sheer luck. After all, many people do so and placing your bets almost at random can result in success. However, people who take roulette a little more seriously often choose to follow a strategy, especially if they are going to be at the table for a prolonged period rather than placing just one or two bets. Read on to find out about some of the most commonly used techniques for winning at roulette.

Martingale

When you compare the various roulette strategies, Martingale often wins out for simplicity so long as you are not seeking a short-term tactical approach. Under the Martingale strategy, you place a similar bet every time the wheel is spun. Make sure you choose an even money bet which gives you a 50:50 chance of winning, not taking into account the house advantage, of course. Place a small wager on red, black, evens, odds, high numbers or low numbers. If you win, then great – you have made a modest profit. Carry on as before with the same level of stake on the same – or another – evens bet. On the other hand, if you lose, then you continue to bet in the same manner but with double your stake. That way, if you win, then you will make back the losses of the previously unsuccessful spin. That’s it. The advantage is that you can play for a long time with this technique. Disadvantages include the fact that you may end up on a losing streak and end up having to place high stakes which could mean you reach your limit sooner than you’d like.

Paroli

With the Paroli method for winning at roulette, you make evens bets in the same manner as the Martingale strategy. As before, whichever one you like is allowed and you can switch between red, black, low numbers, high numbers, evens or odds as you see fit. With Paroli, however, you double your stake in a different way which means that it is a bit riskier than Martingale. Essentially, you place a relatively low stake bet and stick with that for the next spin if you lose. On the other hand, a winning bet means that you double your stake next time. On the next spin, you return to your original stake if you lose or, alternatively, double once more if you win. So, if you bet £5 and win, then the next time you bet £10. If that wins, too, then you bet £20 next time. After three successful spins in a row you return to your original stake level, just as you would if one of the bets in the sequence were to have been losing ones. This way, you protect your winnings and don’t hit your limit by continually doubling. On the pro side, this method means you can continue to play at tables with relatively low betting limits since you don’t need to keep upping your stake if you have a few losing spins. On the other hand, there is no guarantee of consecutive wins so it relies a great deal on sheer luck to be successful.

The casino in Montenegro used as a setting for the James Bond filmSource: Wikimedia

James Bond

This 007-inspired approach to roulette is simple but, unlike the Martingale system, it offers a short-term, rather than a long-term, advantage. Again, it involves making the same type of bet, doubling your stake if you lose. This time, however, you increase your chances of winning by splitting your stake three ways. With a £20 overall stake, for instance, you’d place £14 on the higher numbers from 19 through to 36. £5 is then placed on the sixth line of the table which will result in a win if any of the middle numbers from 13 through to 18 come up. Finally, you place a single £1 on the zero. The system can be scaled with ease so it suits most players. Under the James Bond method, a winning bet will result in variable profits with the most made if a zero spin comes up. The main advantage is that you will be more likely to win than lose each spin with this strategy. On the downside, it is a little repetitive to stick to faithfully and, like the Martingale system, you may run out of money if you have to continue to double your stake to cover any losing spins.

D’Alembert

Named after a French mathematician, the D’Alembert strategy offers a low-risk approach which also limits your ability to win big. For it to work, you alter your bets no matter whether you have won or lost on the previous spin, so you need to be conscientious to get it right. Use an evens bet every time so place your wager on black or red, evens or odds, or 1 to18 or 19 to 36, as you prefer. If you win, then you subtract from your next bet. However, if you lose, then you add more to your next bet. For example, if you bet £20 on red and black comes up, then you’ll need to bet £22 on your subsequent bet. If you win that one, then you need to adjust your third bet to £20 once more. Stop betting if your stake amount reaches zero or, conversely, hits your limit. A big plus point about this approach to roulette is that it is easy to put into practice and it suits players who want to be at the table for a long time. However, a major con is that few people have ever got rich by employing the D’Alembert method.

Fibonacci

Another maths-based strategy is the Fibonacci system which relies on the famous Fibonacci sequence. This set of numbers is made up by establishing a sequence where the next number is the total of the previous two. The sequence is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, and so on. With this roulette strategy, you operate in just the same way as the Martingale system. However, instead of doubling your bet when you lose, you move along the sequence instead. With a losing stake of £3, for example, your next bet would need to be for £5. If you win, however, you move back two numbers in the sequence so that you don’t end up reaching your limit too quickly. There is a great profit potential with the method but, on the downside, you won’t see any short-term big winnings. Equally, there is the potential to spend quite a lot of money if you hit a streak of losing spins.

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