How to execute winning strategies in roulette?

If you have ever stepped into a casino, watched a film (starring James Bond) or just are basically interested in gambling as an entertainment, you must know roulette or the little wheel. However, being familiar with the game does not make your time spent on roulette profitable.

In this article, we break down the most common strategies on roulette and continue the series we already started with slot & Blackjack strategies.

Basic rules of roulette

Roulette is a rather simple game if you understand the basics of all the possible bets you can make.

  1. Odd/even number – pays evens.
  2. Red/ black – pays evens.
  3. Low (1-18) or high (19-36) bet – pays evens.
  4. First, middle or last dozen – pays 2 to 1.
  5. Column bet – bet 12 numbers, pays 2 to 1.
  6. Line bet – bet 6 numbers, pays 5 to 1.
  7. Corner bet – bet 4 numbers, pays 8 to 1.
  8. Street bet – bet on a row of 3 numbers. Pays 11 to 1.
  9. Split bet – bet on a pair of numbers. Pays 17 to 1.
  10. Straight up – bet on a single number, so the Jackpot bet. Pays 35 to 1.

Once you understand all the bets you can place, roulette is truly an easy game to play. Once the bets have been placed, the croupier halts betting and spins the tilted roulette wheel (if it’s not already spinning) and the ball in the opposite direction around the tilted circular track surrounding the wheel.

When the ball comes to a halt, croupier announces the result, deals out winnings and collects losses.

Roulette strategies

As for all other casino games, people have been trying to find a way to get an advantage on the house. Here are a few of the most common strategies you might want to try out.

The Martingale Strategy

The most common of them all, The Martingale Strategy relies on doubling your bet after losses. In this strategy, you only place bets that pay out even money. Basically, this mimics a coin toss situation, where you have theoretically a 50 percent chance of winning. If you lose, double your stake on the same bet until you eventually win and gain a small profit.

The key to this strategy is to have a deep starting stack and small enough minimum stakes on the table.

The D’Alembert Strategy

The D’Alembert Strategy is relatively similar to the Martingale Strategy but uses a system where the stakes don’t get as ridiculously high as fast as they do in the Martingale Strategy. Here’s how it works.

  1. Choose a base unit for your stake (preferably no more than 2 % of your total roll).
  2. Stake exactly one base unit to a bet that pays even money (odd/even, red/black, high/low).
  3. If you lose, add one unit to your stake. Keep doing this until you win – remember, increase each bet with only one base unit.
  4. When you win, decrease your bet with one base unit. Keep decreasing your bets after wins with one base unit.
  5. When you have as many wins as losses (or more), walk away.

Can You Beat the Casino in Slots?

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Coalescent Systems breaks down all the facets of gamblers strategies. The hardest games to beat are the games hosted by casino’s, as all of the slots and table games have a computer system which keeps the return on invest for an average player under 100%. However, on occasion, you can play even slot machines

Progressive Jackpots Are the Key

We need to make a differentiation between standard video slots and progressive jackpot slots. In progressive jackpot games, the expected value can turn positive when the large prize sum is large enough.

However, there is no way for a regular player to tell when the expected value turns positive. At Coalescent Systems we have concluded the sum is somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 million dollars in Mega Fortune and for Hall of Gods, it’s at 3-4 million. However, as a disclaimer, we must state that the research is not conclusive, as no one outside of the slots’ creators knows the sophisticated algorithms well enough.

In traditional video slots, you’ll be playing in a financially disadvantageous situation. But casino bonuses can change that.

Make Sure to Use Casino Bonuses

When you play slots for fun, you should look to lose as less money as possible. This can be accomplished by using casino bonuses offered by different online casino outfits, and also their continuing campaigns.

The competition among online casinos is fierce, so the players always profit from the one-upping. Especially players in Canada can benefit greatly from the bonuses, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of such lavish offers.

In later articles, we will dive deeper into the casino bonus world and recommend the most trustworthy sources for casino bonuses.

Blackjack Strategy

blackjack strategy

The most played casino table game in the world is Blackjack. In the game, the player doesn’t compete against other players but against the dealer. The game is played with a standard 52 card playing card deck. Although, usually there is more than one deck of cards e.g. four or eight. This is done to prevent card counting and other cheating when playing live Blackjack.

Basic rules of Blackjack

In the game, aces are worth one or eleven, face cards ten and other cards their nominal value. The aim is to beat the dealer and this you can do in one of the following ways:

  • Get a Blackjack, which is 21 points on the first two cards, without the dealer getting a blackjack
  • Get a higher score than the dealer without getting score over 21
  • Get the dealer to draw cards until his hand is over 21

Strategy chart for blackjack

There are various strategies in the game which vary depending on the rules and such. Here is a good basic strategy chart which you should follow if you want to get the best returns possible while playing Blackjack:
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It is important to understand that you should never make choices depending on your gut feeling or such. By following the basic strategy chart, you will maximize your winnings. If you want to go for big money with low stakes, the key is to go for the maximum variance which is available by using as high stakes as possible, not by changing the decisions the chart is giving to you with your gut feeling.

In the future, you will find more in-depth analysis of the game on our site. Good luck to the games!