Online Roulette Systems

Before we take a look at any specific betting systems, we should make one thing clear: In the long run, even a European (or French) Roulette table gives the house an edge. In a traditional, brick-and-mortar setting, you could make like Jagger and several later roulette masters and attempt to “clock” the casino’s wheels (i.e., determine if they’re biased). But online roulette wheels are not mechanical objects. This means that, unlike Jagger and his men, over time you can expect to lose money because, no matter what system you’re using, online roulette wheels do not experience mechanical wear. However, many people find that betting systems make the game more enjoyable, and this is especially true in the case of roulette. More importantly, if you use these systems correctly and know when to quit, you can make a nice profit in the short run.

The Martingale System

The Martingale system can be used with any even-money casino game (i.e., games in which you stand to win the same amount that you bet – or a 1:1 payoff). In both European and American Roulette, even-money bets are made by betting on groups of 18 numbers, such as black-red, low-high (1-18 or 19-36) and even-odd. These are all bets that would have a 50 percent chance of winning if not for the 0 slot (as well as the 00 in American Roulette).

The technique is simple: You start your betting at a certain amount, and double you bet after every loss. For example, start by betting £2. If you win, pocket your winnings (£2) and bet £2 again. If you lose, bet £4 on the next spin. By doing this, your first win will cover all previous losses and still net you a profit equal to your initial bet.

The Martingale is exciting and fun, its mathematics are simple, and it can yield a nice profit in the short run. However, doubling your bet with every loss means that your bet will reach big numbers very quickly. After all, your bet does grow exponentially every time you lose. For example, an initial bet of £2 will become an astonishing £1,024 after just one ten-loss streak. And you will only stand to win £2 after covering your losses. Moreover, because all casinos – be they land-based or Web-based – set a limit on how much you can bet at one time, inevitably the Martingale will run into trouble. Simply put, you’ll eventually lose so much that you can’t bet a larger amount to win back your losses. Most casinos set these limits at about 100 times the table minimum, so if you’re betting in £2 increments, you’ll stand to lose about £200 every time you hit a slump.

Still, all things considered, the Martingale is the best system to use when playing roulette online. The key to using it successfully is just knowing a few choice tricks. A typical Martingale sequence on any given even-money proposition would be as follows: £2, £4, £8, £16, £32, £64, £128, £256. The final bet, £256, is impossible to make because, as we said before, it’s over 100 times the table minimum (presumably £2). So by the seventh spin, you would have already lost so much you couldn’t recover it. Meanwhile, the probability of losing seven times in a row on a European Roulette wheel works out to about once every 106 spins. So, if a roulette wheel averages 105 spins per hour, you’ll have racked up a total unrecoverable loss of approximately £1,280 over ten hours of play. Why are we using such a random amount of time and such a randomly large number? Well, because the Law of Large Numbers (that is, the actual name for the “Law of Averages”) states that the number of times an outcome occurs will only reflect its statistical probability when the amount of samples approaches an extremely large number. For this reason, 1,050 spins (or ten hours of play) is more or less the magic number at which a 49 percent probability of winning will actually work out to around 490 wins.

By keeping this “magic number” in mind, we can begin devising ways to tweak the Martingale to our advantage. If, for instance, you implement “null betting” – that is, waiting a given number of consecutive losses before making your first money bet – you can actually force the house to beat you more times than is probable and not lose nearly as much of your bankroll as a result. Anything that probably won’t occur every 1,000 spins is, more than likely, out of the question for a 10-hour session. What doesn’t occur every 1,000 spins? Well, believe it or not, 11 straight losses doesn’t. This means that, if the maximum number of times you can lose before suffering an unrecoverable loss is seven, you will almost never suffer an unrecoverable loss in 10 hours of play as long as you wager nothing on each series of bets until the even-money proposition you intend to bet loses four times in a row. This is the secret to all great Martingale players’ success, and since you can only use a placement system like the Martingale on online wheels, it’s also the best strategy any online-roulette player could learn.

The “Betting On Red” System

This system isn’t really a winning system per se. But it does give you the chance to play for an extremely long time – and, possibly, to get out of the game when you’re in the black. To use it, simply choose a fixed amount and keep betting it on red (or any other even-money bet – i.e., black, odds, etc.) for 37 consecutive spins. For example, in a European Roulette game you’ll bet £2 on red over and over again until the spin count reaches 37. This way, you’ll only need the ball to land on red 18.5 times European (or 19 for American) to get slightly ahead. Any more, you win; any less, you lose. But, in either case, your winnings and losses will be relatively minor. Once you reach 37 spins, you’ll cut your losses or pocket your winnings and start over. Continue doing this until you lose your bankroll, win enough to satisfy yourself or simply get tired of playing.

Betting on Red is slow and safe, and it’s considered by many to be the Martingale’s opposite. Still, it’s a good way to make your money last at a roulette table if you’re just in it for the enjoyment of the game. What’s more, it’s one of the few land-based roulette systems that carries over into online roulette well.