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Roulette is one of the oldest casino games still in play today; according to historians, we’ve been playing roulette in its most recognizable form for three centuries! Over the years that roulette has been in play, gamers, statisticians, and mathematicians have developed all manner of strategies to attempt to defeat the statistical probabilities of the game – some of which have been more successful than others.
Are they right, and is this how to play roulette?
The most successful roulette strategies in a nutshell
The numerous roulette betting systems that have emerged over the centuries have all differed in quality in both playability and the results they can produce.
If you’re new to playing at Wildz or casino gaming in general, there are a handful of roulette strategies to be aware of, which we’ll take a look at in greater detail below.
- Martingale System
- Reverse Martingale System
- Fibonacci System
- D’Alembert System
- Labouchère System
Deciding on which roulette strategy to implement depends on your style of play and your experience level. Before betting any money, it’s essential to understand how to play casino gameslike roulette. Luckily, you’ll find plenty of information about roulette rules, variants and payouts in our Casino Guide and Blog.
Martingale System - the most famous roulette strategy to beat casinos
The Martingale strategy is easily the most popular system for betting on roulette games in use around the world today. The theory itself was created by John Henry Martingale, himself a casino mogul, and was initially intended to help the house recoup its losses. However, by the late 1800s, casino players had taken control and transformed his theory into a system that would put them in charge of the stakes.
The strategy is straightforward: every time you place a wager and lose, you repeat the same bet with 2x the stakes. The theory behind it is that with just one winning bet, you’ll be able to break even and recoup your losses.
Let’s say, for example, that you stake $1 on an even-money bet (the Martingale only works with outside bets). If you lose, you double the bet to $2, then $4 if you lose again and so on until you hit a win.
Because it’s such a simple betting system, you may be eager to use it the next time you play roulette in the Wildz online casino. It’s important to remember that table limits can affect the efficacy and outcome of the strategy.
Table limits refer to the minimum and maximum bets you can place at any time in the game; the Martingale only works in games with the smallest starting bets.
And what is a reverse Martingale roulette strategy?
Aka the Anti-Martingale, the reverse strategy follows a similar theory to the Martingale, but instead of doubling your bet when you lose, you double your bet when you win. This would look something like:
- Bet $1 – Lose
- Bet $1 – Win
- Bet $2 – Win
- Bet $4 – Win
Fibonacci System - does the golden rule apply to casino games?
Leonardo’ Fibonacci’ Pisano was one of the greatest mathematical minds of 13th century Europe. After studying Indian and Arabic mathematical systems, he identified specific patterns present in everything from the spiral of a snail shell to the human hand.
To codify this golden rule, he defined a sequence of numbers in which the following number is the sum of the previous two:
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 and so on.
Enterprising gamers found a way to apply Fibonacci’s theory to roulette, creating the Fibonacci system. The betting system, like the Martingale, works with even-money (outside) bets and is a negative progression system. This means that each time you lose, you increase your wager to the next stake in the sequence. It can look something like this:
The advantage of the Fibonacci system is that you can also use it when you’re playing other casino games, not just roulette.
The D’Alembert system is named after Jean-Baptiste le Rond d’Alembert, an 18th century French mathematician. The strategy uses his ideas on equilibrium in numbers and works on even-money bets only like the two strategies mentioned above. However, instead of doubling your stake after a loss (Martingale), you add a unit to your next stake. Then, after a win, you decrease your next stake by a unit.
The Labouchere is the most complex betting strategy in this guide. Named after the 19th-century politician Henry Du Pré Labouchere, the system uses a sequence of numbers to calculate initial and subsequent bets (based on a win or loss).
There are no rules specifying the sequence, but bets are determined by the first and last numbers in the sequence, so the higher the numbers, the higher the bet.
For example, if your sequence was $1 - $2 - $3 - $4, your very first bet would be $5 (1+4). If you win, you scrub these two numbers from the sequence. If you lose, you add your stake to the end of the sequence.
- After a win: $2 - $3
- After a loss: $1 - $2 - $3 - $4 - $5
Why roulette strategies like these don’t work
The simplest reason why even the most mathematical roulette strategies don’t work is because they don’t affect the house edge. The house edge is the amount of profit a casino makes on each wager, and, as the old saying goes, the house always wins.
While you may be able to win money playing roulette, the casino RTP amount that’s returned to you is always less than your original stake.
You can improve casino RTP by playing roulette variants with a lower house edge, but you’ll never be able to eradicate it.
Are there some ways I can at least improve my odds in roulette?
Although there are no guaranteed ways to win at roulette, you can do a couple of things to improve your odds of winning. Firstly, always choose to play the European roulette variant (or the French variant, if it’s available). While you’ll find an array of roulette variants here at Wildz, as single zero games, the European and French roulette variant have the lowest house edge of 2.70% and 1.35%, respectively.
To improve your odds in roulette, you also need to play outside bets. Outside bets such as odd/even, red/black and high/low give you the highest chances to win. Each of these bets pays 1:1 and delivers an almost 50% chance of winning.