How to Choose a Roulette Strategy?

With so many different roulette strategies available to use it can be difficult to choose the correct one to suit you. While we'll explain how different strategies will require a certain level of funds, experience or mathematical know-how, it's important you understand your limitations as well. We've broken down three considerations you should make before trailing a roulette strategy.

Budget: Can I afford this?

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Many of the strategies account for losses but require persistent betting to eventually see success. Knowing your own budget is incredibly important to avoid spending your bankroll before the strategy end goal has come to fruition.

Understanding: Do I know the rules?

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Whether you're new to the game or not, brushing up on roulette rules is important. You don't want to ruin an effective strategy by making a basic mistake or missing your turn. Know the game's step-by-step process and plan your approach.

Experience: Have I played enough?

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Some roulette strategies are complicated and require experience at the table to know when and where to bet. Play some free roulette first and trial some strategies in practice to learn without risking money.

Best Roulette Strategies

Unlike other casino games such as blackjack or poker, roulette relies entirely on luck. That's what makes roulette so appealing for newcomers to online casinos. Ultimately, roulette strategy offer very little returns for their promises of winning real money, but they can help bettors take a considered approach to their bankroll management and the game's payout odds. These are the most popular roulette strategies:

The Martingale Strategy

This popular strategy relies on a gambler doubling their bets after a loss. The theory behind this roulette strategy is a player will eventually win and regain all their losses but does require a large bankroll to execute effectively. When using this strategy, make sure to always gamble responsibly – it is easy to reach the maximum bet or even run out of money soon after starting a roulette game.

Your bet Outcome
  • $2 on Even
    lose
  • $4 on Even
    lose
  • $8 on Even
    win

$2 Profit

The Reverse Martingale Strategy

As the name implies, the Reverse is the opposite of the previous strategy. The Reverse Martingale Strategy is when a gambler doubles their bet after each win and decreases their wagers to the minimum amount again when they lose. This is based around the idea that if a bettor is on a winning streak, they'll increase their bets or if they're feeling unlucky, they'll limit their losses.

Your bet Outcome
  • $5 on Red
    win
  • $10 on Red
    win
  • $20 on Red
    lose
  • $5 on Red
    win
  • $10 on Red
    win

$10 Profit

The D'Alembert Strategy

Another progression bet which is much less aggressive than the Martingale Strategy. Instead of doubling your wager when you lose, with The D'Alembert Startegy you will just increase it by one. This is a much safer way to make incremental gain and works best on even bets like red or black and even or odd.

The D'Alembert Roulette Strategy
Your bet Outcome
  • $10 on Even
    lose
  • $11 on Even
    lose
  • $12 on Even
    win
  • $11 on Even
    win
  • $10 on Even
    win

$12 Profit

The Fibonacci Strategy

The Fibonacci Strategy works by a player betting the same amount as the first number in the mathematical sequence. Whenever the bettor loses, they move to the next number in the sequence and bet the corresponding amount. A win on a number moves them back down the sequence 2 numbers, with the strategy ending when back at the first number.

Fibonacci Sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144.
The Fibonacci Roulette Strategy
Your bet Outcome
  • $1 on Black
    lose
  • $1 on Black
    lose
  • $2 on Black
    lose
  • $3 on Black
    lose
  • $5 on Black
    win
  • $2 on Black
    lose
  • $3 on Black
    lose
  • $5 on Black
    lose
  • $8 on Black
    win
  • $5 on Black
    win

$1 Profit

Pro tip

For the Fibonacci Strategy to be effective, players ideally need unlimited bankroll and no limits. As a result, the Fibonacci Strategy is not recommended as a long-term or profitable tactic for a majority of casino players.

The James Bond Strategy

The James Bond Strategy involves a column bet and, traditionally, a minimum of $200, but this can be iterated to either $20 or $2000 as long as the proportion remains the same. The strategy consists of splitting your total across bets on 19-36, 13-18 and 0 for insurance purposes. This covers over a third of the table but will lose if the ball lands on numbers 1 to 12.

$140 on 19-36
$50 Line Bet on 13-18
$10 on 0
The James Bond Roulette Strategy European Roulette

Labouchere

The labouchere strategy can be complicated at first but is easy to pick up and can be a great alternative to the aggressive Martingale technique. It works by choosing how much you'd like to win and dividing that number into a range of numbers which add up to the total; we recommend using even numbers to start. The first bet is the total of the furthest left number and the furthers right total added together. If the bet wins, you cross off both numbers and move inwards on the sequence. If the bet loses, you add the first bet total to the furthest right of the sequence and start again.

Total goal: $20 Sequence: 2-2-2-4-4-4-2
Sequence Your bet Profit
  • 2-2-2-4-4-4-2
    $4
    win
  • 2-2-4-4-4
    $6
    lose
  • 2-2-4-4-4-6
    repeat
    repeat

Paroli

Similar to the reverse martingale strategy, the paroli system sees players doubling their bet after each win, but until they win three consecutive bets. When they do reach three consecutive wins, they will return to the original stake, looking to repeat the process again. The process also returns to the original stake when a bet is lost at any stage.

Paroli Roulette Strategy
Your bet Outcome
  • $2 on Odd
    win
  • $4 on Odd
    win
  • $8 on Odd
    win
  • $2 on Odd
    win

How to Win at Roulette

Look at any searches for 'how to play roulette and win' and most will include theories on biased roulette wheels, dealer signatures, and defective random number generators. Some bettors dedicate hours searching for these faults in casinos. Find out why we won't recommend these mythical 'roulette winning techniques', and put our tips to the test instead:

Biased roulette wheels:

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Some gamblers swear that casinos have roulette wheels with a tilt, or deeper pockets on specific numbers. To find these, bettors must record thousands of roulette wheel spins to find the bias before they can exploit it to their benefit.

Dealer Signatures:

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According to some gamblers, experienced croupiers can throw the ball in the roulette wheel so that it lands on the exact number of their choosing.

Defective Random Number Generators.

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Online roulette games operate on random number generators. Some gamblers will search for a game that has a glitch in its software, in hopes of manipulating it to pay out large winnings.

Roulette Tips

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    Know the Edges

    If you can, we recommend playing European Roulette as it has the lowest house edge, helping you to maximize your potential payout.

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    Play Outside Bets

    These may have lower payouts in real money roulette, but they have higher odds of winning. We recommend new gamblers make these bets more often in roulette to make their bankroll last longer. Visit our roulette bets page to learn more.

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    Take Advantage of Bonuses

    Online casinos offer welcome bonuses for new sign-ups and frequent offers for regular gamblers. Essentially, these act like free credit for real money roulette. Find an online casino that fits your gameplay, and then search for all the extra casino bonuses they offer.

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    Take Your Losses

    Losing is part of playing roulette. As a game of luck which has a higher house edge than other casino games, learning to accept losses and not chase them will help you enjoy it more, as well as keeping your bankroll healthy

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    A Common Mistake

    "A common mistake is when the player bets on both Red and Black at the same time. They don't realize that the only thing that is going to happen is they'll either push or lose, they'll never win playing like this".

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Heather Ferris CEO & Founder - Vegas Aces

Heather has over 15 years of experience in the casino industry teaching core games as an adjunct professor at UNLV and through her website - www.vegas-aces.com