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Roulette System

Ah, so you’re one of the many

souls looking to make some money at the game of roulette. Well, you’ve come to the right page then. Unfortunately, it isn’t the right page for any good reason – indeed, I’m sure you’ll find the reason to be very disheartening indeed, since I’m about to tell you what you might have heard already, only I intend to prove it. What I’m going to tell you is that there is no winning roulette system. But wait! Don’t go! Before you go off looking at another site and maybe wasting your money on someone else’s so called winning roulette system, hear me out so that at least I can help you make up your mind and give you an idea of what systems definitely won’t work.

First of all, let me draw your attention to the fact that if you look for any winning gambling system on the Internet, you are sure to come across a very similar looking series of websites, almost as if it’s the same people putting up the same type of information, all claiming to be experts at the game in question. Indeed, there are people who advertise themselves as having many years of experience at roulette and as having systems that have been tested over many years. Let me ask you this then: What the hell are they doing selling books or pamphlets online if they have systems that could make them millionaires if they spent their time playing the casinos worldwide? Some of them will say “I have enough money and just want to share the secret now!” Unlikely. There are a lot better things that someone could do with their life if they really wanted to help people, and building a business publishing print material is not something someone does simply because they are nice. They do it for the money. If it wasn’t about the money, why wouldn’t they give their information away for free?

One of the most common ways that people are convinced a roulette system will work is by presenting “proof” in the way of demonstrating that there are losing streaks and winning streaks. Some systems claim to take advantage of these streaks. I don’t claim to know all of the secrets of the universe and I’m not going to say for sure that there aren’t periods when certain energies may influence the outcome of roulette spins. Heck, scientists are starting to look at clairvoyance and telekinesis a little more closely now, so who knows? The fact is, though, that certain streaks will occur at any given point, but these streaks are only apparent after they’ve happened. Just because the wheel turned up a red number five times in a row it doesn’t mean it is more likely to turn up a red or a black number next. You can only define the length of a streak after the streak is over, and thus, this form of roulette system is useless unless you are able to see into the future.

Another important thing to consider that helps to debunk roulette systems is the payoff. The house advantage comes from the fact that when you win a particular bet, the payoff is less than the odds that you beat in winning the bet.


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The Martingale System

So what’s this Martingale system you’ve heard so much about? Does it really work? It may seem intuitively simple, but the fact is, it can drain your bankroll a lot faster than it can build it. This system “works” in roulette by having you bet on even money outside bets that have close to a 50% chance of winning. You bet once, and if you lose, you place a bet for twice the amount on the same bet. If you lose again, you double the previous amount once again. The theory is, your bet must win at some point and when you do win, since you kept doubling your money the last bet will win you back everything you lost plus add an even money payout onto the original wager.

Sounds good on the surface, until you try it out for the first time and lose miserably. First of all, you don’t even have a 50% chance of winning due to the 0 and 00. Even so, the casinos have already guarded against this system. It was a simple matter of placing table limits on bets. If you follow the Martingale system, you’ll keep doubling your bets on each loss and you’ll quickly see that your bet becomes very large very quickly. A simple $10 bet goes to $20, $40, $80, $160, $320, and then WHAM, you’ve suddenly hit the table limit. On the last bet of your series, you’re putting down 320 big ones in an attempt to make your measly $10 back. If you lose the last bet you’re out $630, while if you win you’re up $10. Odds are, you won’t win. This system simply doesn’t add up well if you’re going to be playing a game with an upper table limit. If you do try out the strategy, however, make sure to try it only on tables that have as high of a table limit as possible.

To learn about what you really CAN do to increase your odds when playing roulette, check out our Roulette Strategy section.