Roulette remains one of the most popular of casino games enjoyed by many worldwide. Not every roulette wheel and layout is the same, which means that rules and options differ. For example different casinos will have a different table limit so it’s best to check what the limits are for each casino you visit.
This, however, should not be taken as a negative as historically there have been those that were actually banned from various casinos because of their winning streaks, (wouldn’t it be good to know which roulette strategy they used) even though roulette is considered to be one of those games with a big house edge. This bigger house edge is set because the game is one of the easiest to understand, and it is usual that the easier a game is to understand and play, the greater the house edge will be.
The continuing popularity of the game has led to many roulette systems or strategies evolving over the years with some proving themselves whilst others are not so much up to the mark. Whatever your particular roulette system choice, be aware that everyone has one whether you are playing at a bricks and mortar venue or at one of the top-class online casino sites available today, you will be using a roulette system of some type.
This is because most people actually use their favourite roulette number or colour, a combination of both or just on a single number, most playing will have a reason for choosing their numbers, it may be a special birthday or the day that someone got married (or divorced!) We all have a reason for having a preference when enjoying our roulette game, and this becomes our system whether we realise it or not.
However today we are going to be looking at a few of the tried and tested strategies, which you might be interested in trying out. One of these strategies will hopefully assist you with that all-important win at roulette, and with a little luck will keep your win streak going on for some time.
The strategies we are going to discuss will work whether you are playing online roulette or enjoying a spin of the wheel at a bricks and mortar casino so no matter what your preference is you can make use of any of them during your play.
One tip that might prove of use is that many online casinos offer free roulette to try before you commit any of your own money in wagers and this means you can try the different variations with no outlay, finding your own perfect game. It is common knowledge that any roulette player can is as varied as the games on offer. Some sites will suit one but not another, and there is no point playing at an online casino that is aesthetically unpleasing or that simply does not ‘float your boat’.
The Main Differences of the Roulette Table
• The US roulette wheel has 38 numbered slots with the numbers 1-36, a zero and a double zero.
• Those that play roulette at a European table use a 37 numbered wheel which only has one zero. The payouts are the same as American roulette but because of the single zero the house edge is cut to 1/37, or 2.70% on all of the bets.
(Although single zero games are called European roulette you can find the game all over the world and is the standard roulette table outside of the US, even in the US there are European tables although they are usually in high-limit rooms.)
• French roulette is played on a single wheel (and again the game is played outside of Europe.) The big difference with the French game is the rule La Partage and En Prison. La Partage means the divide and it is an option is automatically offered on most French roulette tables. If the ball lands on a zero all even money bets are divided into two with half being returned to the player. This reduces the house edge down to 1.35% (on even money bets.)
• The French version also has the En Prison rule. When a zero is spun the deal will place a marker over each even money bet which places all of those wagers ‘in prison’ for the next spin of the wheel. This effectively means that the player is betting on the same wager but with this rule if the player wins only the original bet is returned. The En Prison rule does not win any extra bet in fact it means that the player has already lost half of their bet and must win on the next spin to get their original back. In some casinos (thankfully very few) the En Prison rule is made even more complicated by a ‘second spin zero’ rule. The way this works is if a zero spin is followed by a second zero spin, the bet could be lost, won or even left for additional spins.
• La Partage and En Prison have no effect on the inside bets, section or column bets, with the La Partage rule works very well with those using the Martingale Strategy (see below.)
When we are talking about strategies and roulette systems we must remember that the whole point of one is that you manage your bankroll besides increasing the odds of a win over a short period of time. The aim is to bet big to win small with quite a few systems asking you to increase you bet after a loss until you hit a win streak.
The Martingale Roulette Strategy
Also known as the Mayer roulette strategy, the Martingale betting strategy asks the gamer to double the bet after every loss. The reasoning behind this is that the first win made would recover all of the previous losses besides winning a profit, which would be equal to the original bet. One of the major problems with the Martingale is that any past results at the roulette table do not affect any future results. It is very possible that the player could lose so many times and would have to double and then re-double the bet can easily run out of money or even hits the table limit. With this is mind it is reasonable to conclude that if the player continued to employ the Martingale strategy then they would be setting themselves up for a large financial loss.
The Reverse Martingale Roulette Strategy
This strategy is also known as ‘Paroli’ and is a positive progression strategy which means that you increase your bets after having a win riding that win streak whilst you keep those losses to a very minimum if you find you are on a losing run.
The Labouchere Roulette Strategy
This betting system is a progression betting strategy rather like the Martingale but the Labouchere does not ask the player to risk his stake quite as quickly as those double-ups, which can be quite dramatic.
This system works by involving using a series of numbers in a line to chose the betting amount following either a win or a loss.
Usually, this works by the player adding up the numbers at the front and end of the line to find the size of the next bet to be placed. When the player wins he crosses out numbers and continues working with the now smaller line.
If the player happens to lose then he will add the previous bet to the end of the line, continuing to work the longer line. The Labouchere system is far more flexible than the Martingale with more room for the player to make his initial line to suit their own playing preference.
This system is also designed so when the player wins in excess of a third of his bets he will win.
The Fibonacci Roulette Strategy
This next strategy which users a slower rate of progression than the Martingale. The Fibonacci wins back any losses over a few several winning spins rather than one. This system allows players to have far more losing spins but still manage to come out on top.
The Reverse Fibonacci Roulette Strategy
This roulette strategy flips the rules of the above creating a reverse version which some players prefer although it is not as popular as the Fibonacci roulette strategy, possibly because the Fibonacci lets the player have more losing spins.