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.
- Odd/even number – pays evens.
- Red/ black – pays evens.
- Low (1-18) or high (19-36) bet – pays evens.
- First, middle or last dozen – pays 2 to 1.
- Column bet – bet 12 numbers, pays 2 to 1.
- Line bet – bet 6 numbers, pays 5 to 1.
- Corner bet – bet 4 numbers, pays 8 to 1.
- Street bet – bet on a row of 3 numbers. Pays 11 to 1.
- Split bet – bet on a pair of numbers. Pays 17 to 1.
- 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.
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.
- Choose a base unit for your stake (preferably no more than 2 % of your total roll).
- Stake exactly one base unit to a bet that pays even money (odd/even, red/black, high/low).
- If you lose, add one unit to your stake. Keep doing this until you win – remember, increase each bet with only one base unit.
- When you win, decrease your bet with one base unit. Keep decreasing your bets after wins with one base unit.
- When you have as many wins as losses (or more), walk away.