Roulette is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and entertaining games found both on the casino floor and its online counterpart. The thrill of placing a bet and spinning the wheel; the anticipation of waiting to see where the little ball will land; the highs of winning and the feeling of not wanting to give up when it doesn’t quite go to plan.
But with this guide, we’ll highlight three roulette strategies that’ll transform your game. Pick your favourite and give it a try next time you’re playing live roulette, and who knows, it may prove successful.
The Martingale Strategy
The Martingale Strategy is considered the best system to use and it’s very simple to understand and put into practise. This strategy is progressive, meaning you increase your bet proportionately to your playing style, to help recoup any losses made from previous bets.
The easiest way to apply the strategy is to place an even-money bet, either on red or black; odd or even; high or low. If you win, continue to make even-money bets, until you lose; and when you lose, simply bet double to cover your loss. For example, placing £1 on a spin until you lose and then double it to £2.
While the system is easy to use and easy to make a profit, it’s not a strategy to use if you want to get rich quick – you’ll need patience to build your bankroll but if you’re willing to stick with it, you’ll reap the rewards.
The James Bond Strategy
James Bond is synonymous with casinos and it’s no surprise that the author of the novels, Ian Fleming, devised a roulette strategy. The James Bond Strategy is non-progressive and is a flat betting system, which covers more than half of the table in bets. Unfortunately, you’ll probably need a 007-style bankroll to get it started – but of course you can scale it down (or up!) to be within your means!
For example, if you started with £100, you’d place £70 on numbers 19-36; £25 on number 13-18; and £5 on zero. Not only does this bet cover more numbers than an evens-bet would, it also slightly increases your chances of winning. Obviously, if you land on numbers 1-12, your bet is lost and you start again, doubling your bet in a similar style to the Martingale.
There is the potential of winning big, but this strategy is massively risky, meaning it’s best to try this one if you have the bankroll to cover multiple losses in a row.
The D’Alembert Strategy
If you’re new to roulette, or a low-risk gambler, the D’Alembert strategy would be a good one to try. Like the Martingale, it’s a progressive system which sees you cautiously increase or decrease your bet dependent on whether or not you’re winning. Similarly, it’s a system which requires a lot of patience.
The system is designed to work on even-money bets, so the same as the Martingale (betting on red/black, odd/even, high/low) and the logic behind is that the bets will eventually even out. Once you’ve picked a starting wager, you’ll increase your bets by one after a loss and decrease them by one after win.
Let’s run through an example, starting with £5. £5 and lose > £6 and lose > £7 and win > £6 and lose > £7 and win > £6 and win > £5 and lose > £6 and win. In this example, you’ll have made a £4 profit, despite four losses and four wins. Like we say, this strategy has a minimal risk factor, but also sees minimal profit, so it depends what kind of win you’re after and the amount of patience you have.