Roulette Strategy

The first thing to make sure you do is select the correct form of roulette. Apologies for stating the obvious, but never play US Roulette for the simple reason that it includes a 0 and 00. Be sure you are playing European Roulette, where you are up against only one 0 and the house edge is less.

There are many famous roulette strategies that have been devised over the years – if they are new to you they should give you a better understanding of the game and enable you to choose a style of play that suits you and your online roulette game. Be warned though, there is no sure fire strategy in roulette – the house edge in European Roulette is around 2.7% which makes it a much higher hold game than Blackjack. Albert Einstein once said: “You can’t beat a roulette table unless you steal from it!” … But what did he know?! Here’s our pick of the strategies…

Martingale Strategy

This is the oldest strategy in the book and does have some truth to it if the betting limits were limitless. The strategy, is to keep betting on a single colour and then double up each time you lose. This way you recover your financial loss and win your original stake.

It is a dangerous strategy, as I found out to my cost as a young, naïve boy in a Brisbane casino after getting a run of 14 reds (and a 0) in a row! Of course if the tables did not have limits, it would be a good strategy, but they don’t and it isn’t! You’ll find nowadays that many online casinos have really tightened up their bet limits on particular tables, if you want to keep doubling up, you are going to have to keep changing tables and eventually you will run into a limit – so make sure you know your bet limits before getting involved in this one.

D’Alembert System

This is a system that is also sometimes known as a pyramid system. It is based on a mathematical theory that the French mathematician D’Alembert came up with. It is essentially a system that looks to maximize winnings and minimise losses which obviously can’t be a bad thing… It applies, once again, to the bigger 50/50 outside bets – the player, when winning a bet should minus one unit to his next bet and when losing should add a unit from their next bet. It’s very simple and of course it means that when your wins equal your losses you are exactly even.

Labouchere System

Once again this is progressive betting, but unlike the Martingale strategy, you don’t have to risk your bank roll quite so quickly.

Basically the player uses a series of numbers in a line and then uses these to determine the bet amount after a win or loss. Each number represents a unit that the player bets.

It’s essentially a cancellation system – once you have eliminated numbers from your ‘series’ they are gone for good.

If you have the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 you would bet 1 and 6 for 7 units and if you win, you’d move to the next inside pairing (2 and 5) for 7 units, if you win again you bet on the next two inside (3 and 4), if you were to win again you would have completed a ‘set’.

If you were to lose your bet you would add anoth number to the end – in this case 7 and bet 8 units on this.

You will notice that whenever you complete a ‘set’ you will have made a profit. The down side, once again is that you could end up betting a rather large sum of money getting there.