Like most casino games, roulette is a game of chance and luck. However, there are strategies that one can take to increase the chances of winning or at least minimise their losses.
Below are three commonly used strategies that are older than me, you and our parents. There’s a reason why they have lasted so long and continue to be popular today. Let’s take a look:
1. The Martingale System
Arguably the most common strategy out there for roulette and many other casino games and betting in general. In simple terms, this system relies on doubling your bet after a loss in a 50/50 chance game.
This means that your first win recoups all of the previous losses. Consecutive wins mean you are in profit.
For roulette, the 50/50 bets such as black/red, odd/even is essentially the same playing a coin flip game. If you have chosen to back the number being in a red pocket each time, you simply double your losing bets each time until the ball lands in a red pocket.
That’s assuming you can afford to keep doubling your bet. Keep in mind the gambler’s fallacy: just because red has won the last 10 times in a row does not mean black is any more likely to win on the next spin. The chances continue to remain at a 50/50 split. Actually, it’s slightly lower in roulette with the zero pocket. So be sure you have enough funds to double up each time.
You can practice the Martingale System on a free version of roulette to get the hang of it. Many online casinos offer free versions of their casino games, such as: https://casino.betfair.com/c/roulette
2. The D'Alembert System
A safer approach than the Martingale System is to go with the D’Alembert Strategy. This involves increasing and decreasing your bets by arithmetic factors. So, instead of doubling your bet when you lose like you would using the Martingale, you increase your bet by 1 instead. And when you win you decrease them by 1.
For example, if your opening bet was £10 on red and you lost, your next bet would be £11 on red. And if you lose again your next bet would be £12 on red. Should you win on the next spin you decrease your next bet to £11. You win again and you can leave the table with a profit.
Using the approach above, you won as many games as you lost but still made a profit. Here’s how:
-10 -11 +12 +11 = +2
3. The Fibonacci System
Devised by a famous Italian mathematician after he discovered an interesting sequence of numbers which are now named after him: Fibonacci.
His sequence is generated by adding the last two digits together like so:
1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 5 - 8 - 13 - 21 - 34 - 55 - 89 - 144 - 233 - 377 - 610
The big advantage of this system is that you can come out with a profit even after losing more games than you won. The big disadvantage being that the further down the line you go, the higher the money you have to stake to recoup.