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Roulette strategies

This page is about strategies. Let’s start to say that there is no full proof system in roulette. Does it make roulette strategies redundant? No, it doesn’t. I’ll explain why. Part of the fun of playing roulette is finding a strategy which works. At least for the short term. ‘The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run, we are all dead,’ to quote Keynes. I’m not a much interested in a full proof roulette system as in a roulette strategy that makes me win in the hour and a half that I play.  And for that, you need some mathematical insight, creativity and patience. There are many strategies to choose from and you have to figure out what works.  You are not getting experienced without putting your money on the table. The proof is in the pudding and translated to roulette: the proof is in our bank account. By my definition, you are a roulette master if you make a decent profit over a period of month’s and can replicate that.

To understand the importance of strategies, you need to know the difference between a system and a strategy. A system in roulette are fixed rules what to do, you follow the rules despite what’s happening on the wheel. A strategy is a different thing: you use a strategy in order to reach your win goal.

The way to play roulette is the look what’s happening in the game and choose the strategies to play with.

Some things which are good the have in the back of your mind.

Martingale Variations

The most common and well-known strategy is the Martingale. You play the outside bets red or black, even or odd, high or low. For example, you play red, you lose and you double up. You keep this up until you win and you have one 1 time your original bet. The common remark on this strategy is that it can take twelve times or more before you win.

1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048. When that happens you have to invest more then 4000 to win one.

You can play the martingale on the opposite colour. What I do is: go with the flow. You don’t know how long a streak is going to be, so better ride the wave.

For example 1 on red, black wins (red loses), I put 2 on black. Sometimes It can take a while before your colour is up. What I will do is bet 2 on black and one on red. Red win I win 1 Lose 2. Next bet I put 4 on red and one on black. When the martingale wins for example after five times, normally you have won one time your bet. In this case you win 3 times your original bet.


I have used strategies to play and sometimes it did and the game really fast. 12 times the wrong number and my bankroll was gone. It wasn’t the Martingale by the way. It was the Fibonacci. You can play one dozen, but why don’t play three at once and use the Fibonacci to play progressive. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144. The beauty of this reeks is that the next number is the sum of the previous two, 1+1=2, 2+1=3, 3+2=5 and so on and so on. The problem is that some dozens take 20 times before the come up and that is a problem. But is you wait till 8 times it didn’t come up the problem is much smaller and you can cover it.

The gamblers fallacy

You can say that a number is due to coming up because of for each individual spin the changes are the same. BUT I DON’T BET ON AN INDIVIDUAL SPIN. I bet on patterns, series, and I don’t have the win an individual spin, if it is the next : second or third or in the neighbourhood it’s good. That was calculated in the probability. When I play with a probability of 0,64, the second or third time is also good. I increase with a factor 3 so 1, 3, 9. And you can multiply that with the size or your betting unit.

A bankroll buys you options

You need at least to kind a strategies applied at the same time. The first takes care of the part of the wheel that you want to have covered, for example a dozen numbers, the second takes part of the progression. So if a single bet looses you know what you can do the next, and most times you have  about 15 seconds to decided so thinking in advance, like a chess game might come in handy.

Do you still have money when your number comes up?

What works for me is that a bankroll gives me options. When you play smart a bankroll of a thousand buys you a lot of options. How I play isn’t a fixed strategy. I look carefully what is happening on the WHEEL and on the TABLE. That are two totally different things. One time a player had bet on 21. The winning number was 20. He said: Aye, close… The numbers couldn’t be further apart on the wheel.

Why is Roulette such a fascinating game: the rules are simple but the options are enormous! And it’s fun to figure out how to make a win at roulette.

When I’m playing, I don’t play every spin. I’m not hung up to a system that makes me bet. I choose when I want to play and the circumstances dictate which strategy I use. A progression strategy in combination with another strategy make me a winner.

How it works for me: Each month I have a goal and I’m playing to reach that goal. The circumstances dictate the size of my bet, three times lost the fourth is higher than the first. And my bankroll gives me that option. Winning isn’t a straight line. But winning is inevitable.