Roulette Strategies

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Published: 08/04/2012

Roulette players have developed many approaches to betting, with guesswork seemingly being the main method of selecting where to wager and how much to bet. Many rely on a random process, feeling their way through the field of numbers and dropping a chip or two on whatever ones seem right. Others will wager on the same numbers again and again, patiently waiting for their picks to turn up winners.

Some players believe in betting only on numbers that have already appeared, assuming that Roulette wheels are imperfect and will necessarily favour some numbers over others. There are also conservative players who never bet inside the field and stick only to the “safety” of outside bets. Their belief is that little risked means little lost, even if it also means little gained.

Luck can be a useful ally in winning at Roulette, but the players who have consistent success rarely rely on good fortune alone. They know the wheel has no memory; every spin is an independent event. Because nothing that has occurred in the past can predict future outcomes, guesswork is doomed to fail.

Instead, experienced players follow a strategy or use a system that is based upon mathematical probabilities. They make their wagers on the most likely results for every spin of the wheel and employ money management as a key component of their approach to betting.

One very common Roulette strategy is called a “betting progression.” It involves a sequence of wagers designed to generate wins and recover losses over the course of a number of spins. Among the oldest and most widely known of these is the Martingale Roulette Betting System.

Martingale is designed to be used for betting at even-money odds, such as Red, Black, Odd, Even, Low (1~18) and High (19~36). Whatever amount is wagered and lost is simply doubled and bet on the same outcome again, hence the system’s alternative description “Doubling Up on a Loss.” Following any win, all of the previous losses are recovered plus a small profit, and then the progression begins again. The one big drawback, of course, is that a losing streak can quickly force huge bets to be made, as one unit lost becomes two bet, then two lost becomes four bet and so through bets of 8-16-32-54-128, etc.

Other popular progressive betting systems include Labouchere (the cancellation system), d’Alembert (the law of equilibrium) and Fibonacci (named after a well-known mathematical sequence). Those seek a winning Roulette strategy would do well to become familiar with all of these systems, learning their benefits and drawbacks, in order to be able to move from one to another as the situation demands.

Of course, using progressive betting systems is certainly not the only aspect of developing a good Roulette strategy. Another important factor is knowing where to bet in addition to how much. For this reason, betting patterns are quite popular, some of which focus on certain sections of the table layout, while other center on particular sectors of the wheel.

There are a number of ways to target areas of the table. Statistics indicate that randomly generated winners should occur in equal quantities throughout the field of 37 or 38 numbers. There is absolutely no reason to think that any given area is more likely to attract the next winner than another. Nonetheless, many players bet on the premise that a specific section or group of numbers is “overdue” whenever it has not produced a winner in a given number of spins.

Ironically, as false as this premise may be, believing that an area is “due to win” is not harmful in any way. That’s because every number has an equal chance of winning each spin anyway. Arrangement of the chips and how many numbers are covered are considerably more important than the specific numbers that they cover. No choice is better than any other, overdue or not.

Players who target sectors of the wheel reflect a similar thinking: certain groups of numbers will be more likely to attract a winner than others. There could even be some truth to that if the wheel turns out to be broken or unbalanced. However, a fair wheel will always deliver winners in a random and unpredictable manner.

Once more, there is reason not to focus on a specific set of numbers grouped together. The wheel pays no attention to where bets are placed. In fact, in Great Britain, France and other areas, special names have been given to sectors of the wheel, like Voisins du Zero (neighbors of zero), which describes the 17 numbers having Zero in the middle.

Published on: 08/04/2012

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