Even though there’s no fool-proof way to defeat the house in roulette, some strategies have made people very rich to win slots jackpot. So, let’s look at three of the most widely used betting systems in the game today.

1.  The Martingale

The Martingale,  the world’s oldest and most famous betting system, is based on negative progression principle (raise your bet when you lose, lower it when you win). Its widespread use probably boils down to its simplicity – in fact, it can be learned in a matter of seconds. To start using this system, all you need to do is select a slot. Then, double your bet each time (steep progression) you lose so that you can recover your losses when you win. After each victory,  bet your original stake once more and the cycle starts again. The Martingale can be costly, though, because when you go on a long losing streak, your betting stakes increase dramatically. Thus, when using this strategy, always start off with the minimum bet possible and only make outside bets (red or black, odd or even, or high or low numbers).



2.  The  Paroli

Another easy-to-use betting system is the Paroli (also known as the ‘Reverse Martingale’).  Despite being similar to the Martingale in many ways, this strategy’s based on positive progression as you have to double your bets after each win (and decrease them after each loss). Therefore, it’s a little safer than its predecessor. Nevertheless, since it’s also a steep progression system (with doubling), the Paroli works best when probability is close to 50% as you don’t want to be waiting too long for the ball to land where you want it to. Therefore, you should also only use this method with outside bets (you’ve a 48.6% chance of success with some of these). The Paroli helps you capitalize on hot streaks and limits your losses when your luck runs dry. Yet it’s also really risky as when the ball doesn’t land on your slot, you lose all your winnings. (Ouch!) Thus, the trick is knowing when to stop (easier said than done, no doubt).

3.  The D’Alembert

Designed by French mathematician Jean Baptiste le Rond D’Alembert, the D’Alembert is another hugely popular betting system in roulette. Although it’s a negative progression system like the Martingale, the D’Alembert is a little safer because it uses flat progression (stakes rise slowly). To begin using this system, simply select a pocket and increase your stake by one (e.g., £1) every time you lose. And when the ball lands on your slot, decrease your bet by one. Losses don’t rise quickly with the D’Alembert so it tends to appeal to more cautious players; nevertheless, you can’t earn much money with it on outside bets. Thus,  try this strategy with inside bets. 

Final Thoughts

We’ve looked at three different betting systems for roulette players and discussed their advantages and disadvantages. So why don’t you start using them in a free game online right now?