Roulette Betting Systems
To lower the house edge, gamblers have devised betting systems to inform their bets on the roulette table. There are several types of betting systems including progressive and regression systems. Some of the most well-known systems are the Martingale system, the Labouchère system, the Fibonacci system and the D’Alembert system. Some of these systems assume that previous events will influence future ones, so it is possible to predict what will happen next. This belief that previous game results affect future outcomes is known as the “gambler’s fallacy.”
The Martingale system is a popular progressive betting strategy in which players double the amount of their bet after every loss. The player doubles their bet to make up for the money previously lost. For example, if a player bets $1 on red and then loses, then the player would bet $2 on the next spin on the black. This strategy is very dangerous because the player can eventually run out of money by doubling their bets after every loss.
Another betting system called the Fibonacci system uses a mathematical formula to determine how a player should bet. The Fibonacci sequence is a famous sequence in which each number is equal to the sum of the 2 previous numbers. For example, the sequence would start as follows: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21. The theory can be applied using outside bets—red/black, odd/even and 1-18/19-36—and raising the bet by the next number if one loses and cutting the last 2 bets if one wins.
The Labouchère system, also known as the Split Martingale or Cancellation system, attempts to recover losses through multiple wins. The system works by first selecting a set of numbers and a bet increment or unit. For example, a player can use the set 1-2-3-4-5-6 and a bet increment of $10. To make a bet, add the first and last numbers in the set and multiply the sum by the bet increment. If you win, cross off the numbers and pick the next two outside numbers. If you lose, don’t cross off any numbers and add the previous bet (the sum) to the series. The player is expected to profit when one-third of the bets are won.
The D'Alembert system is one of the simplest betting systems and very similar to the Martingale system. The only difference is that the bets are increased at a smaller rate. To use this method, a player should pick a starting bet. After ever loss, the bet is increased by one. After ever win, the bet is decreased by one. According to this method, a player will profit, as soon as the wins equal the losses.
Some gamblers believe that betting systems improve betting returns. However, trials have shown that none of these methods significantly improve a player’s win ratio. Gambler’s should think carefully about roulette strategies and remember that previous results cannot predict future outcomes.