Do Roulette Strategies Work?

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For many years people have been trying to beat the casino and improve their chances of winning some ‘big bucks’. We’re not necessarily talking about out-and-out cheaters, these aren’t people trying to use sly of hand to claim a chip that wasn’t theirs, these are mathematical solutions to winning money. There are methods for all sorts of casino games, as well as online ones that can be played at home, such as online live roulette. First of all, let’s take a look at the different roulette strategies and see if they really work.

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Martingale strategy

This strategy is one of the most common and can be perfect for people who are beginners at the roulette wheel. Whilst you may not walk away with thousands of pounds in one spin with this strategy, it’s a case of slow and steady wins the race.

If you find a table with a low minimum bet and a high maximum bet this strategy will work perfectly. Place a low bet, preferably on something that has good returns such as odd, even, or one of the thirds. If you win your bet, you keep your winnings and place the same bet again. If your bet loses, you double it. By doubling a losing bet, not only will you recuperate your losses when it eventually cashes in, but you’ll make a small profit. After a bet wins, you go back to the original bet.

With this method, you need to be prepared for a losing streak. Make sure you have deep pockets, by doubling a bet you could go from betting 10p to over £50 very quickly. The key is to place a relatively safe bet to ensure a win sooner rather than later.

Reverse Martingale strategy

As you can imagine the reverse of the Martingale strategy is fairly simple to follow once you understand the original. This strategy could leave you walking away with a larger winning pot but you would need a fairly deep one in the first place.

The difference is as titled, the reverse. Make sure you are still placing a simple bet that has good returns, for example on the red or black. When your bet wins, you are to lower your bet as in theory your chances of winning again have lowered, and then when your bet loses, you need to increase your bet as your chances of winning have just increased.

You’ll need to be at a table that has a high maximum bet and a low minimum bet to see the benefits of this method. Your first bet shouldn’t be too low though, start with a bet that is above your average and you should see some success. Although, as with everything in the casino – that can’t be guaranteed.

The D’Alembert Strategy

The D’Alembert strategy is definitely a safer strategy for roulette than the previously mentioned, although the premise of it is fairly similar. With this method, you place a fairly safe bet with a small starting wager. You then raise by one or decrease by one depending on your previous win/loss. If you begin by betting £5 and win, you would then place the next bet with £6, if you lose, then you’d go down to £4. 

The idea of this strategy is to keep you in the game for longer so you have a better chance of winning big, it’s not something that is built for longevity. If you have a long losing streak, the aim would be to recuperate your losses, but big wins could see you buying in the rounds for your friends!

The Fibonacci Strategy

As previously mentioned, a lot of the roulette strategies were devised from mathematicians, and the Fibonacci strategy comes from a 19th-century mathematician. The sequence of numbers was created before Fibonacci, he didn’t create them himself or the strategy, but he was named after it.

Again, you should use a fairly safe bet with good returns for this method. The sequences is all about adding the last two bets. If starting from 1, the sequences will always go as follows: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 and so on. If you start from another number, for example 2, it would lead as follows 2, 2, 4, 6, 10, 16, 26, 42 and so on. Winning or losing does not affect the next one you place.

By using this method you can still win, even if you lose a lot of rounds, but the risks get higher and higher and they happen fairly quickly. The further into the sequence the greater the win and the greater the loss.

James Bond Strategy

This method was titled as such because it was Ian Fleming himself who created this strategy. The method is certainly in James Bond style as you need at least £200 to use it. This strategy really is a ‘put all your eggs into one basket and hope for the best’ type of method. Definitely one for the big spenders!

Place £140 on the high numbers (19-36) and bet £50 on the low numbers (13-18) and £10 on 0. If a number between 1 and 12 comes in, you just lost your entire bet, but if any other number comes in you’ve potentially won between £80 and £160. 

Obviously, there is a huge risk with this strategy, and if you lose, you should probably stick to some of the slow money grabbers like the Martingale strategy. It’s the strategy with the highest stakes, perfect for our casino loving character, James Bond.

So from these strategies you can see that they work, in essence. With each of them you can win, and with each you can lose, it all depends how the wheel works in your favour on the night, which is basically the premise of the game altogether. There is no concrete way to win at roulette, but these strategies can certainly increase your chances!

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