If you entered 'roulette betting strategies' into Google, it will kick out almost 300,000 results though not all are relevant. So, let’s start with a definition:
“A betting strategy or betting system is a highly organized methodology adopted by gamblers who are attempting to beat the game or the casino to make a profit. Most betting strategies are based on analysis of game statistics.”
There are many critics of betting strategies and betting systems and they all make similar statements such as this example:
“No matter what system to use, it is impossible to overcome the house edge and therefore you can never beat the <game>” - where <game> can be any game.
The above statement is downright wrong. Let me explain!
It is not the game that cannot be beaten – actually, it is the casino itself. What do I mean by that?
Let’s take roulette as the <game> to beat. If there were no restrictions placed on the game itself or on the player in any way, roulette is easily beaten by simply using the Martingale i.e. the simple double-up as you lose system.
So, let’s all get this right – all games, in fact, can be beaten if it was a level playing field. If the games can never be beaten, then the casinos will not need to impose betting limits for the games.
Games themselves do not have such rules – all betting limit rules are set by the casino otherwise, anyone with sufficient bankroll would be able to kick their butt every time they play.
So, what casinos have done by imposing betting limits is to make it more difficult to beat the game. However, our purpose, when we hit the tables is NOT to beat the game. Our primary purpose is to make a profit and leave with the profit!
If that is not your objective, then you might want to think through your primary purpose before your next visit to the casino.
It is because of table limits that gamblers have had to resort to creative betting strategies to try and win consistently on each casino visit. Most betting strategies are simply a sequence of bets as dictated by the system and take absolutely no consideration of bet selection and that’s where the danger lies.
Are Roulette Betting Strategies Necessary?
That depends on what your primary objective is when you go to the casino. If you are going there just for some fun with a small wager, then you have no real need of a betting strategy – just go try your luck and have fun!
On the other hand, if you are going to the casino to win some money and you plan to do this regularly, then absolutely, YES! - you should learn about betting strategies and see how they can be adapted to suit your own game plan.
7 Roulette Betting Strategies Decoded
The most popular and well-known roulette betting strategies include the following:
- Martingale / Grand Martingale / Reverse Martingale
- Labouchere / Reverse Labouchere
- D’Alembert / Reverse D’Alembert
- Oscar’s Grind
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