Martingale Roulette System
I saw more than one roulette system in the years I ran the
tables in a Northern Michigan casino. Only one worked consistently
(more on that in a moment), but that doesn't mean that the others
were without value. One in particular was fun to watch; it is
called the "martingale betting system."
The idea behind the martingale system is very simple, and
it is commonly used on games that pay out the amount bet (bet
a dollar and you win a dollar), such as blackjack and roulette.
If you lose you just keep doubling your bet until you win. Any
time you win you start again with your original bet. For example,
if you start with a one dollar bet and lose, you bet two dollars.
Lose that and you bet four dollars and so on. Once you finally
win you go back to a dollar bet and start the next series.
For each of these "series" of bets you will be one
dollar ahead, because your final winning wager is always a dollar
more than the total of the sum of the previous losing bets. For
example, if you lost bets of $1, $2, $4, $8, and $16, you would
have lost a total of $31, and your next bet would be $32. Win
that and you are a dollar ahead for that series.
With no limits to your bet and if you have unlimited money,
you could always win using this system. But in practice an unlimited
bankroll isn't likely, and this system is the reason most casino
games have a "spread" between the minimum and maximum
bets that only allows for six or seven doublings. You rarely
go a day without losing that many times in a row, whether playing
blackjack or betting on "red"on a roulette wheel. Flip
a coin a thousand times and you'll see that it isn't that uncommon
for seven heads (or tails) in a row to appear.
This means that you are likely to lose at some point - or
several times - exactly when your bet is the largest it will
be. For example, if you start at a two dollar blackjack table
the limit might be $100. This allows you to bet $2, $4, $8, $16,
$32, and $64. At that point you can't double again to recover
your losses, and you have just lost a total of $126 on the series.
Since you are only winning $2 per series, it takes you 64 series
to win that much. As you can see, this system produces long stretches
with small wins followed by big losses in a short time.
Note: Some people play the martingale system at online
gambling sites, but these websites are also a good place to play
poker, because by playing other platers rather than the "house"
you can put the odds in your favor (assuming you know and play
the game well).
The Roulette System
What is different about roulette is that many tables allow
for as many as ten doublings if you know how to bet right. You
can bet on red (or black) all day long and not see eleven times
in a row when a red number doesn't come up. That means that you
can often leave the casino hundreds of dollars ahead for the
Let's look at how this is done, using the table I used to
run. At the time it had a fifty-cent minimum per bet, and a $25
maximum. These limits applied to any particular bet, though,
so you could bet $25 on red, plus $25 on each red number (there
are 18 of them). Now you'll probably have to look at a roulette
wheel to understand the rest of this, but if you bet a dollar
on each individual red number, it's the same as betting $18 on
red. If one comes in, you lose 17 of your bets and win $35 (numbers
pay 35-to-1), so you are $18 ahead - the same as if you just
bet $18 on red.
What this means is that your effective spread for a bet on
red was from fifty cents to $475. That allowed for ten doublings
of your bet if you started at the minimum. ($0.50, $1, $2, $4,
$8, $16, $32, $64, $128, $256). Of course, if the wheel went
twelve times without a red number, you would lose $511.50, and
you only won fifty-cents per series, or about $10 to $20 per
hour depending on the speed of play. Still, many people used
a system like this to win regularly, with the occasional big
To bet this way, you start with your first several wagers
in the series on the "red" space ($0.50, $1, $2, $4,
$8, $16). Once the $25 limit prevents going further there, you
put an even amount on each red number and then the rest on red.
For example, for a $32 bet, you put a dollar on each of the 18
red numbers and place the other $14 on the red space. For a $256
bet you put $14 on each red number and $4 on the red space. You
might need to practice this or have notes with you.
You can increase the the win-per-series by modifying this
roulette system slightly. For example, you might bet like this:
$0.50, $2, $4, $8, $16, $32, $64, $128, $256. That still gets
you nine doublings, but you win about twice as much per series
($0.50 on some, $1.50 on others), effectively doubling your hourly
Of course in the end you will lose for one of three reasons.
You will either get bored and start ignoring the rules of the
system, or you will have too small of a bankroll, or you'll finally
hit that ten or eleven in a row that go against you, possibly
wiping out several day's profits.
There is one system that has nothing to do with doubling or
even changing your bets. It is the only one I saw that worked
consistently for the one man I witnessed using it (and he used
it for many months). But that is another story.
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