There are a lot of roulette systems floating around. Because the game is based on simple mathematics many roulette systems are born from playing around with probability and odds. If you actually look at the math yourself you’ll find that playing with the numbers doesn’t help much, but someone selling a roulette system can sure make it sound good. The fact is that a casino won’t usually care if you’re using a roulette system.
Why? Because they just don’t work. Like all casino games, the casino has the advantage in roulette. This is not to say that roulette systems are useless. Find a system that works for and that you enjoy, just don’t expect it to work all the time. There are roulette systems that can improve your roulette play, but understand that no system will remove the house edge of 2.70% for the English roulette wheel and 5.26% for the American wheel.
Having said this, here are a couple of roulette systems that can help to optimize your strategy. The following system is for a quick win. Pick seven numbers and bet one unit on each number. If they all lose then bet the numbers again up to a max of three times. If you don’t win in three spins then move on. If you do win, distribute the winnings over these same seven numbers. You will now have five units on each number. If you win again then distribute the winnings over the same numbers again. You should now have 35 units on each number. After this bet quit and walk away. The maximum possible loss is 21 units. The maximum possible win is 945 units.
If you’d rather spend some time at the table then you may want to try this slow win roulette system. The roulette table columns have a slight variation that provides the basis for this method. There are three columns on a roulette table each containing twelve numbers, one third of the field not counting zeros. The first column contains 6 Black and 6 Red numbers, the second column contains 4 Red and 8 Black, and the third column contains 4 Black and 8 Red.
Betting on either Red or Black is roughly a 50/50 odds bet. First pick to bet on Red or Black. If you bet on Red then also place an equal bet on the second column. If you bet on Black then also place an equal bet on the third column. If only your color comes up you will get an even return on your bet. When only the column hits you will make one unit profit. If both the color and column come up you will make three units profit. Keep this system going until you are ahead. The final bit of advice, quit while you are ahead. This is the only true winning roulette system.
The Martingale System
Many roulette systems are a variation of the popular Martingale system. This is a simple system that sounds good in theory. I’ve seen a lot of money lost to things that sound good in theory. The system works like this: on even money outside bets with a near 50-50 chance make a single bet. These bets are Red or Black, Even or Odd, and Low Numbers or High Numbers. If you lose the first bet then place a bet for twice as much on the same spot. If you lose again then double this amount. You simply continue in this fashion until you win.
For example: you originally bet $5 on Red, you lose and bet $10 on Red, lose again and bet $20 on Red, lose again and bet $40 on Red, and so on. The theory is that the bet has to win at some point and you will recoup all of your loses and add an even money win on the original wager.
The problem is that your odds aren’t actually 50-50. There are one or two green zero pockets that are waiting to destroy your system. The other problem is casino betting limits. Not surprisingly, casinos have guarded themselves against the Martingale system. They have done this by placing betting limits on roulette tables. It usually only takes a string of a few losses to hit the table limit when you’re doubling your wager. At this point you will no longer recoup your loses on a win and you stand to lose a significant amount of money. I would recommend avoiding the Martingale system all together.
The 1-3-2-6 system for roulette is similar to the Paroli gambling system. The basic premise is that you can win for times in a row. The name comes from the four bets that are made. The initial bet is 1 unit, the second is 3 units, the third is 2 units, and the fourth is 6 units.
To work through an example we’ll assume each unit is $5 and the bets are 1 to 1, even money. The initial bet is $5. If the first bet wins, $5 is added to the $10 already on the table for a second bet of $15. If the second bet wins you will have $30 on the table. Remove $20 from the table leaving $10 for the third bet. If the third bet wins then add $10 to the $20 on the table, $30 total for the forth bet. If the final bet wins you will have $60 on the table, which is all net profit. Remove the winnings and start the system again with the first bet of $5.
If you lose at any level then start the system over at the 1 unit, $5, level. Using the 1-3-2-6 system you only risk losing a maximum of 2 betting units at any level. A loss at the first bet is simply a 1 unit loss. A loss at the second level is 3 units minus 1 unit profit from the first win, a 2 unit total loss. A loss at the third level is 2 units minus the 4 units won from the two previous wins, a 2 unit profit! A loss at the forth level is 6 units minus the 6 units previously won, or a 0 loss.
Overall you have a chance of winning 12 units while only risking a maximum of 2. This means you can lose six times at the worst loss level for every one total win and still break even. All you need are a few good winning streaks to walk away a big winner. Remember, this system only works with the even money bets, Red/Black, Odd/Even, and Upper/Lower.