Martingale Strategy

Explaining the Martingale Strategy

The Martingale strategy originated in 18th century France. Most of us have flipped a coin and bet on heads or tails, doubling up each time we lose, and this is basically what this strategy asks the player to do, to double up his bet after each loss, with the aim that after the first win all previous losses will be wiped, plus the player will make a small profit. This strategy has been applied to roulette throughout the ages.

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Everyone who plays roulette has a strategy even if they don’t realise it. Of course, the game is a game of chance as we cannot actually predict the future, but many people place their hopes of a win on a favourite date or number/colour combination when betting at the roulette table. In the game of roulette the odds vary on the type of bets you place, with inside bets paying out better than outside bets, and so this has to be taken into consideration when using any strategy, no matter what it is.

The Martingale strategy can be applied when playing at an online casino or at a bricks and mortar casino.

How do you Apply the Martingale Strategy to Roulette?

This is possibly the most common system that roulette players use, with the idea being the same as when we used to bet on a flip of a coin, and that is doubling up each time we lose so that when a win comes our way we can grab back those losses, plus make a profit.

The majority of players use the strategy on the even chance bets and it can be called the ‘double up method’ because bets are doubled up after each consecutive loss until there is a win.  When there is a win then the betting can go back to the original amount.

The Martingale Strategy is great for increasing your chances of winning over the short-term, and to do this you will need to bet bigger amounts in order to win small amounts, as the odds are that you will have more winning sessions than losing sessions. Remember though your wins will be smaller than your losses, and although less frequent, this can put some less risky players off.

The above fact is why it is so important to set your limits when using any strategy, set your bankroll and keep to it, use self-discipline and common sense and remember that the game is there (just like any other games) for entertainment and excitement.  Enjoying a win is on top of everything else, the icing on the cake!

What are the Different Types of Bets for the Martingale Strategy?

First, we will look at the progressions a player needs to make using the Martingale on the outside bets.

Even Chance Betting


This is the most common progression that a player would use for bets of Red/Black, Odds/Evens, and also 1-18/19-36 bets. Of course, you don’t have to stay with the above progression, but what you need t o remember is to stick with the rule of doubling up your last bet when you lose. Below is another progression that could be followed instead of the one above.

3-6-12-2-48-96-192   or maybe this: 5-10-20-40-80-160-320

It is also wise not to start off on a higher number as the higher your starting figure, the faster your bets become too risky and you might not stick to your limits, so as a rule of thumb, if you are new to the Martingale then begin low on the £1 then double to £2 and then £4, and carry on it that fashion.

So keep on doubling those bets until you have a win, then once that has happened to go back to the £1 bet. There is no need to stick to wagering on the same colour that is up to you, so long as you remember to double up you will be keeping to the rule of the strategy.

What are the Chances of Losing 10 Spins one After the Other?

Some players feel that the losses that they suffer outweigh the small profits that they make, whilst other players feel that achieving 10 Reds or 10 Blacks in a row is going to be pretty difficult to get.

If we look at the odds and choose Black as an example, here are the odds for Black not hitting for 10 spins in a row (for both American and European games) The numbers apply to any of the even money bets, Red/Black, Odd/Even and also 1-18-19-36.

For European Roulette (19/37)

  • 10 = 0.1275% – this is therefore a 1 in 784 chance

For American Roulette (20/38)

  • 10 = 1.1631% – this is therefore a 1 in 613 chance

The above figures also take into account the Zeros, as you could conceivably have 5 Reds in a row then a zero, the another 4 Reds in a row which would result in Black not hitting for 10 spins in a row.

*All the numbers above relate to the START of the event, and not during.  This mean that when you are at the roulette wheel and spin the wheel there is a 1 in 784 chance that you will begin a run of your colour not hitting for 10 spins.  After say 5 spins of your colour not hitting, the odds of that getting to 10 are no longer 1 in 784 (in European games) as you have already have 5 of them, and this mean the odds therefore reduce dramatically.

What is The Martingale on the Dozens?

The Martingale strategy can be used on the Dozens and Column bets which are the other two outside bets, if the numbers are altered. Each covers 12 numbers and the payout is 2-1, so if you bet say 1 you would therefore get 3 back. Below is the progression needed for the bet.

  • 1-1-2-3-4-6-9-14-21-31-47-70-105-158-23-355

The maths on this version is not as clean as that for the even payout bets, and the profit will jump up and down between 1 and 2. You also cover less of the table, so the numbers will go up slower than they do with the even chance bets.

What are Double Dozen or Column Bets on the Roulette Table?

This is where the player bets on either two Dozens at the same time or two Columns at the same time using the progression below.

  • 1-3-8-27-81-243

This means that the bet would be 243 on the 1st Dozen and 243 on the 2nd Dozen as an example, and with this style of betting over half the table is covered. Because so much of the table is covered you will win more than half of all bets, and as long as you have a bankroll big enough to cover the bets then this is a good strategy.

Can you use This Strategy on Inside Bets?

Yes, the Martingale strategy can be used on the inside bets too and below are the progressions you would use:

Line Bet, 6 numbers at the same time

  • 1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-12-14-21-25-30

Corner Bet, 4 numbers on a square of numbers on the table

  • 1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-3-3-4-4-5-5-6—8-9-10-12-14-16-18-20-23

Three Number Bet which include the Streets, the 0-1-2 bet and the 0-2-3

  • 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-3-4-4-4-5-5-6-6-7-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16

The Split Bet.There are numerous split bets on the roulette table being two number bets that are next to each other, the progression is below.

  • 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-3-3-4-4-4-4-5-5-56-6-6-7-7-8-8-9-9-10-10-11

The Single Number Bet and its Progression. Be careful with this one as if your number is not coming up on the roulette wheel it can become pretty expensive.

  • 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-6-6-6-6-6

Are there Any Limits With the Martingale Strategy?

All Players must be aware of the roulette table limits, as once you hit those limits you will not be allowed to increase your bets and stick to the strategy. Most outside bets are limited to £500 a spin or thereabouts.

Check-out what the limits are at the table you are considering playing at as some casinos, online casinos included, have a higher minimum bet as well.

There are also roulette games that have seriously high limits for the High Roller players, which can have maximum bets of up to £250,000.

Other restrictions are the usual ones of age and validation before you can play at any casino. If you remember that you are primarily playing for fun and set yourself that limit and walk away whether you win or lose then you will enjoy incorporating this popular roulette strategy into your game.