Roulette Strategy

In this article, I will dive into Roulette Strategy, also known as Roulette Systems. Many people think that Roulette Systems are a guaranteed way to beat Roulette or that Roulette Systems are all false. The fact is, a Roulette System is simply a Roulette Strategy (a way to play Roulette). No Roulette Strategy is fool-proof, but using a good Roulette Strategy can greatly increase the number of winning Roulette sessions you have. Reading a UK roulette bonus guide will also help you find a great bonus which will help you test these two roulette strategies mentioned below. If you know of a Roulette strategy not listed here, use the contact form to let me know about it.

Martingale System

This is one of the most popular systems known to man.

The Martingale Roulette System dates back about 300 years, according to my research. It is simply a progression system for even-money bets and is used in casinos, in some form or another, every day of the year all over the world. The Martingale betting system is a progression chain. You have to decide, according to your bankroll, how long that chain is going to be. Most casino players limit the Martingale Roulette progression chain to eight bets. Let’s take a look at what those eight bets would look like if you were a £1 player.

Bet Number One £1
Bet Number Two £2
Bet Number Three £
Bet Number Four £
Bet Number Five £16
Bet Number Six £32
Bet Number Seven £64
Bet Number Eight £128

As you can see from the chart, your total bankroll would need to be at least £255 for the session to run this Martingale chain. If you were a £5 bettor, you would need £1,275 to run the Martingale Roulette progression chain.

If your even-money bet hits anywhere from the first bet to the eighth, you win one unit. In the table above, you would win £1. The first question that pops into one’s mind is why in the world would someone bet £128 to win $1. The answer for most Martingale players is that the probability of losing nine times in a row is somewhat minimal and therefore, you are not just winning £1, you are winning back all of your money.

Just how safe is the Martingale system? Well, no system is safe in Roulette, but let’s look at the probability of you losing with an eight step Martingale Roulette system approach. It’s important to remember there are two kinds of Roulette (American and European). As you will see in the chart below, the European version of Roulette is better for using the Martingale Roulette system.

Action American Version European Version
Probability of winning even-money bet. 47.3% 48.6%
Probability of losing even-money bet. 52.7% 51.4%
A. Probability of losing 9 consecutive bets. .00313 .0025
B. Loss probability in number of spins 1 in 320 spins 1 in 400 spins

The European version of Roulette is approximately, all things being equal, 20% safer than the American version of Roulette. The probability of losing nine consecutive even money bets exists all the time, but over the long run, it should happen about as often as stated in point (B) in the table. If you are going to use the Martingale system for Roulette, you should limit your playing sessions. Remember, the ONE in (B) can happen at any point during those spins.

However, if you were able to achieve the mathematical accuracy represented here, the Martingale system would prove to be a profitable one, even on the American version of Roulette. Out of 320 spins, 311 would be winners (9 lost). For the $1 bettor, this would be a intake of £311. The Martingale chain, with eight steps, costs £255. Therefore, you would end up with £56 per spin cycle (£311-£255).

If you are tight with money and scared of losing it, the Martingale system for Roulette is not for you. Martingale players would be wise to have amble bankroll to sustain losses and to limit playing time. Knowing that your ultimate expectancy per cycle is £55, for the £1 bettor, it would be wise to leave the table once you have a portion of that in hand to start with.

The Patient Player

As the name implies, you must be a patient player to use this system. Also, you need to play at a table that allows you to watch spins without participating. If you are playing online, this may not be an option. Some online casinos force you to bet before they spin the wheel. If you really want to use this system, you can bet odd and even (minimum bet each) and then bet a couple times the minimum bet (at least) when you play the system. This will allow you to facilitate the Roulette action and be at a minimal loss for doing so.

This Roulette system is very easy for anyone to do and is pretty short to example. As usual, this Roulette system will play of the probability of action. We are only looking at even-money bets on the Roulette table, so that includes: odd and even, red and black and high and low. You could expand it out to the dozens and columns if desired, but that would require more modification than what will be presented. For this system, we are going to use a modified progression chain and it will contain four steps. Below is a chart that shows the steps for a £1 and £5 bettor.

Bet Number £1 Bettor £5 Bettor
Bet Number One £1 £5
Bet Number Two £3 £15
Bet Number Three £7 £35
Bet Number Four £16 £80

According to this betting pattern, the £1 bettor will need at least £27 for the progression chain and the £5 bettor will need £135. You will probably notice that this progression system is not a typical double up chain. The £1 bettor has four profit levels: £1, £2, £3, £5. The £5 bettor has four profit levels: £5, £10, £15, £25. Therefore, the deeper you get into the chain, the more profit you will have when you bet hits.


In the event that your chain gets busted, you do not continue on with bet five, six and so on. If you wish to continue, simply start over at bet number one again. Since the last bet would have been a consecutive loser, you will get right back on the horse and bet the same wager for the next spin. Here’s a table that shows how you would play five consecutive ODD losses.

Bet Number £1 Bettor Result
Bet Number One £1 Lost £1
Bet Number Two £3 Lost £3
Bet Number Three £7 Lost £7
Bet Number Four £16 Lost £16 (busted)
Bet Number Five £1 Started Chain Again.

While you might be tempted to at least double up for bet number five, it’s not advised. OK, let’s talk about the system.

Roulette System

Each even-money bet has a 47.3% probability to show up on any spin in American Roulette and 48.6% in European Roulette. This equates to a 52.7% and a 51.4% probability of losing respectively.

The probability of losing four times consecutively, if you place the same bet, is 7.7% (American) and 6.9% (European). This is when the system starts. You will monitor the following outcomes: Odd and Even, Red and Black and High and Low. Once one of those comes up a certain way for four consecutive times, you bet the opposite. Pretty simple right?

On your first bet, you have a running winning probability of 96% (American) and 96.5% (European). Why? Well, the probability of an even-money bet winning five consecutive times is only 4% (American) and 3.5% (European). By waiting for four consecutive winners, you have dramatically increased your probability of winning.

However, because you have to wait for four consecutive winners, it can take a little time to reach that point. You are watching three separate bets and this will speed up the wait time. If you are on a fast table, or online, the wait time will be minimal.

That’s all there is to the system. To give you an example, I am going to print out a quick listing of numbers from actual Roulette play.

Spins: 7,23,10,10,22,36

At this point, I can see that evens have come out four times in a row. Therefore, I now place my ODD bet. Next roll is: 9 red (winner).

Spins after winner: 5,20,21,7,24,11,14,1,5

At this point, I can see that LOW (1-18) has come out four consecutive times. I now place my bet on HIGH (19-36). The next roll is 12 RED. This means I need to step up to progression bet number two and bet black, because Reds have come out four consecutive times.

Next Roll: 10 Black (winner for Red/Black line). Loser on HIGH bet, so going to bet number three.

Next Roll: 11 Black. Loser on HIGH bet, so going to fourth and final bet.

Next Roll: 27 Red. Winner!

In the span of a handful of rolls, I have won three bets. Two came on the first roll. If I was a £5 player, I would be up £35.

Next time you are in a casino, look at the Roulette board (if they have one) and see how you would have done.