Roulette Strategy Guide

Roulette is one of the most popular and exciting games offered in the entire casino. Part of the reason for this popularity are some of the huge payoffs. Imagine getting a 35 to 1 payout for simply choosing the correct number?

On top of this, roulette is one of those gambling games that has long enjoyed the air of class and even royalty. The game has been immortalized in television and movies more times than you can count or remember. There are many stories about those who have played the game with kings and queens, famous politicians or even celebrities. No wonder James Bond was often featured playing roulette in those famous movies.

Overview Of Roulette Strategy:

As with every other gambling game, there is a negative expectation with roulette. This simply means that on every wager or combination of wager, the house has the edge. This means that in the long run, the player will lose.

Having said that, the long run is indeed a long, long way off. Most likely, it will require millions of spins of the wheel in order to approach what statisticians and odds-makers might call the long run—that mythical point where the reality of the game results perfectly equals the stated odds of the game. This means that players do have a number of strategy options to help them make a quick score in the short term. The key to this is knowing what strategies are available and then not playing too long should you be lucky enough to get ahead.

Three Step Martingale:

You may already be familiar with the original Martingale wagering system. This is the infamous double-up system, where you take an even money wager and then double your previous bet after each loss. After a win, you return to a single unit bet. The theory behind this one is simple enough: you can't lose every bet!

Sadly, the classic Martingale wagering system has fooled many people. Even the most sophisticated gamblers have probably tried this at least once in their careers. The problem comes, in the case of roulette anyway, once you realize that there are many times when the wheel can display a string of 10, 12, 15 or even more of the same color (with a few green zeros mixed in for good measure). If you were doubling your bet after each loss, you would soon be maxed out due to the table wagering limits. After you have already lost hundreds or thousands, it can be demoralizing to fight your way back. Plus, do you really want to be wagering 1,000 units (or more) just to break even or come out 1 unit ahead?

The three stage Martingale is a new strategy that has you focused only placing a wager at most three times in a series. Take any even money bet on roulette you like: red-black, odd-even, high-low. Wait for a string of three or four (you can decide how many) of one result and then wager on the opposite side for a single unit. If the bet wins, stop and wait until you have a new string of three or four. If the bet loses, then double your wager for the next spin. If it loses again, double up for your third bet. You are risking a maximum of seven units total for a profit of one unit (any winning wager returns a net profit of one unit).

Columns Plus Black:

On a single zero (European) roulette wheel, the first and third columns cover most of the red numbers. In fact, it covers all of them except the four reds in the middle column and the zero. This wager entails placing two units each on the first and third columns and another two units on black. The idea behind this system is essentially to lower your risk and be able to play for a longer period of time.

There are several possible results. A red number in the first or third column will lead to you breaking even. One of the four red numbers in the middle column or the zero will result in a loss of all six units. A black in the middle column means a loss of two units. However, a black number in the first or third column is a net win of four units.

Number Plus Neighbors:

This is an interesting bet that plays off the positioning of numbers on the wheel itself. With such a wager, you are basically observing that the dealer possibly has a tendency to come close to certain numbers on a more or less consistent basis. Of course, more or less consistent is pretty subjective and this is all really a lot of guesswork. But who knows, you might get lucky with such a system.

To put this into play, determine how many neighbors you want and then pick your desired target number. This could be a 5 unit bet using 0 and its two neighbors (on either side). In this case, you place your chips on the 3, 26, 0, 32, and 15.

There are also a number of variations on this. You could also choose to make the wager on 0 two units. Or include more neighbors, although this can get a bit tricky in terms of physically placing the bets in time. The bottom line to this method is to simply observe the wheel for a bit before placing your wagers and then decide which area of the wheel seems to be hitting more than the others.

Neighbors Of Zero:

This is a version of the last strategy, the most popular version in fact. It is also called voisins du zero and is given to the numbers which surround the single zero on the European roulette wheel: 25, 2, 21, 4, 19, 15, 32, 0, 26, 3, 35, 12, 28, 7, 29, 18, and 22. This is seven numbers on either side of zero, plus the zero itself.

You can place this wager in several ways. The most obvious is a single chip or unit on each number straight up. However, this can be a technical or physical challenge in terms of actually placing the bets in time. So, an alternate method is the following:

Bottom Line:

These are just a few of the possible roulette strategy ideas to consider. Be creative and maybe even come up with your own. This is a fun and exciting game with tons of different ways to be played. Just remember to follow sound playing advice and money management in order to give yourself the most fun for your gaming bankroll. See you at the tables!

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