Know a bit about the martingale strategy. Probably the most common roulette strategy out there, the martingale relies on doubling bets after a loss in a ~50/~50 chance game. This way, the first win recoups all the previous losses, along with a small profit for the gambler.
The advantage of this strategy is intuitive. In basic roulette, you’re playing a coin-flip game. You bet on a color, and your color either wins out or it doesn’t. If you only bet on a single color, and you keep doubling your bet until you win, probability says that you increase your likelihood of winning. Provided you keep doubling losing bets, as soon as you win, you’ve recovered all your losses.
The are a couple disadvantages to this strategy. First, probability isn’t reality: just because you have a high statistical likelihood of hitting black after four consecutive red pockets doesn’t mean you will hit a black pocket.
Another disadvantage of this strategy is that, eventually, you may reach the maximum bet after several consecutive losses. As soon as this happens, you’re in the red, even if you win. You need to continue making larger bets — or winning out — in order to recoup your losses.
2Find a roulette table with a small minimum bet and a high maximum bet. You want to start small and have the opportunity to double your losing bets almost ad infinitum. Hence, a small minimum bet and a high maximum bet.
3Bet a small amount on black or red, even or odd, 1-18 or 19-36. American roulette tables have 37 pockets, including the 0, meaning that the ball has an equal probability of landing in either the black and red pockets, even or odd, and the small digits (1-18) or the larger digits (19-36).
For the sake of example, we’ll assume that your bet is going to be red or black, even though you could easily bet even or odd, 1-18 or 19-36.
4If you win, pocket your winnings and bet the same small amount. Alternately, you can leave the casino, although leaving with $2 instead of $1 isn’t very satisfying. It does beat leaving with $0, however.
5If you lose, double the amount you last wagered and place the bet on the same color again. In other words, if your losing bet was $1, you should now bet $2. If you bet on black, you should bet on black again.
6If you win on the second bet, collect your winnings and place the original small bet or leave the casino. If you win, you’ve made just as much money by winning on your second bet as you would have had you won on your first.
7If you lose again, double your bet and try again.
8Repeat these steps until you either lose all of your money or you hit the table maximum. Remember that this is not a sure-fire way to win money, it is just a way to maximize your odds at the table with the worst odds (for the gambler) in the casino.
The Reverse Martingale Strategy
1Know a bit about the reverse martingale strategy. The reverse martingale is increasing your bets when you win and decreasing your bets when you lose. The idea is that if you go on hot streaks, you’ll increase your earnings, and if you hit a dry patch, you’ll limit your losses.
2Find a roulette table with a small minimum bet and a high maximum bet. Again, the strategy is basically the same as the martingale, except reversed.
3Bet a small amount on black or red, even or odd, 1-18 or 19-36. For the sake of example, we’ll assume you made a red or black bet.
4Wait until you hit your color. If you keep losing, continue betting your very small amount.
5When you’ve hit your color and won a bet, double the bet on the same color for the next spin.
6If you win, continue doubling your bet. This is the amount that you might bet if you won 14 straight bets:
1 – 2 – 4 – 8 – 16 – 32 – 64 – 128 – 256 – 512 – 1024 – 2048 – 4096 – 8192
7If you lose, move back down to your original bet. Using the reverse martingale can be risky if you lose. As soon as you lose, you’ve lost your entire earnings. To make the reverse martingale successful, then, you need to ride a streak of wins and quit before you lose.
The D’Alembert Strategy
1Know a bit about the D’Alembert strategy. A bit safer than the martingale and reverse martingale strategies, the D’Alembert strategy involves ramping up and down by arithmetic factors instead of geometric factors. That means, instead of doubling your bet when you lose (i.e. martingale), you increase your bet by 1 when you lose using the D’Alembert strategy.
2Pick a small starting bet and a color. Alternately, because the D’Alembert is an even chance betting system, you can also place a bet on even or odd number, as well as 1-18 or 19-36.
3Increase your bets by one after a loss, and decrease them by one after a win. If you have as many wins as losses, using the D’Alembert will put you in the profit.
For example, you started off with a bet of $5 on black. You lose, so you bet $6 on black. You lose again, so you bet $7 on black. You win, so you decrease your bet to $6. You win and you walk away.
Using the above example, you won as many games as you lost and you came out with a profit: – 5 – 6 + 7 + 6 = +2.
4Walk away when you’ve had at least as many wins as losses. If you’re riding a losing streak, wait until your winning picks up and gets to your total number of losses. If you’re riding a winning streak, keep playing until the total amount of wins equals your total amount of losses.
The Fibonacci Strategy
1Know a bit about the Fibonacci strategy. Leonardo Pisano Bigollo, also known as Fibonacci, was a famous Italian mathematician who discovered an interesting sequence of numbers which are now named after him. The sequence goes as follows, with numbers generated by adding the last two digits together: 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 21 – 34 – 55 – 89 – 144 – 233 – 377 – 610.
The Fibonacci strategy involves betting by adding the last two bets together. One advantage of this is that you can come out with a profit by losing more games than you’ve won. But one serious disadvantage is that the further you go down the sequence, the more money you lose. In other words, strike quit or get out of the way.
2Start off with a small bet on either black or red. Alternately, because the Fibonacci strategy is an even chance betting system, you can also place a bet on even or odd number, as well as 1-18 or 19-36.
3If you lose, keep going down the sequence. If you started off with a bet of $1 and lose, bet another $1. If you lose that, bet $2 — $1 + $1 = $2.
4When you win, move back two bets in the sequence and bet that amount. Here’s an example of how you might bet — including winning and losing bets — using the Fibonacci strategy:
Bet black, $3 — lose
Bet black, $3 — lose
Bet black, $6 — lose
Bet black, $9 — lose
Bet black, $15 — win
Bet black, $6 — lose
Bet black, $9 — win
Bet black, $3 — win
Bet black, $3 — win
- 3 – 3 – 6 – 9 + 15 – 6 + 9 + 3 +3 = +3
You lost five bet and only won four, but you’re still ahead +3.
The James Bond Strategy
1Know a bit about the James Bond strategy. Ian Fleming, the famous author of the James Bond series, claimed that his “foolproof” system could get you the “price of a good dinner” if you used it every night. To use the James Bond strategy, you need at least $200. You’re going to be making what’s called a column bet.
2Place $140 on high numbers (19-36).
3Place $50 on six numbers 13-18.
4Place $10 on 0 for insurance.
5Know the possible outcomes. If you’re unlucky and any number between 1 and 12 pockets, you’ve lost your money and should begin employing the martingale strategy (see above). But otherwise, you’ve gained a handsome profit:
If 19-36 pockets, you’ve won $80
If 13-18 pockets, you’ve won $100
If 0 pockets, you’ve won $160
This strategy is a short-term winning strategy only. It is like all systems still an act of gambling – you are gambling that you will win a small amount before you lose a huge amount. Get out with your winnings (or losses) before you regret it.