This article is about using betting systems when playing roulette. Playing roulette is entertaining, especially if you are winning. However, like all casino games, it incorporates a house edge that means in the long run the casino always wins. On occasion, thanks to natural variance you may hit a winning streak and beat the house against the odds, winning a significant amount of money. However, in the long run it is impossible to overcome the house edge in roulette (or any other casino game for that matter) as has been proven time and time again. Most of the successful ones did it through observing biased roulette wheels.

Wheel bias

When it comes to online roulette, wheel bias no longer exists; the odds that determine the winning number and colour are programmed into computer algorithms and these are responsible for deciding the outcome of each spin of the wheel. The online roulette system consistently maintains the same odds in every spin. Internet casino roulette players often use various betting systems in order to provide some sort of structure and organisation to their game. Roulette players have been using systems as a way of controlling their betting since the game’s early days. If you are playing roulette for fun (and, let’s face it, that is the only reason you should be playing it – it’s not a viable way to make money), then using a betting system will allow you to get the most entertainment out of your bankroll. Remember though, that’s all it will do, you are not going to be able to earn a living from playing roulette professionally – remember the house edge.

Betting systems are easy to learn

What’s great about betting systems is that they are quite simple and therefore easy to learn. However no betting method is guaranteed to beat the house edge, in fact the only thing you can say with any certainty is that the house edge will always prevail over the course of time. Every inside bet in American casino roulette online has only a one in thirty eight chance of winning but every time you win it will only pay you at odds of thirty five times the bet (that’s the house edge in full effect). Betting systems don’t really improve your chances of winning, they are simply way of organising the way you bet to cover your losses.

The Martingale system

If you do any research on this topic you will almost certainly encounter the Martingale betting strategy and we have put together a free pdf for you to download that details that particular strategy. All other well known betting strategies are based on this system. The Martingale system is based on this simple premise: you only ever bet on red or black and if you lose, you must double your following bet. If the player wins for the first time, he will gain back all his previous losses and profit an amount equivalent to the initial bet. The two main problems with this system are:

  1. It is entirely possible that you will reach the limit of your bankroll before you win. Even if you start with very small stakes, doubling your bet each time means the bet increases exponentially.
  2. The other concern is that you reach the bet limit for the table you are playing on that will prevent you from placing further bets. You can end up losing a lot of money this way.

Another similar system that can be somewhat successful is as follows: you should bet the same amount on the same number, or black roulette or red roulette for thirty five times consecutively. It is still possible to lose all your money but you get a lot of game time out of your money.

Small wins, big losses

This video shows a system being used that advocates betting on the numbers 1 – 33 each time. The video only shows a few turns and on each turn, the player wins. However, what the video neglects to show is that a single loss would wipe out not only all of those wins but also a significant part of the player’s bankroll as well.