What Strategies to Use When Playing Roulette

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What Strategies to Use When Playing Roulette

Throughout the years, some of the world’s greatest minds have tried to devise a foolproof, mathematical system to beat roulette. Albert Einstein himself studied the game and tried to devise a strategy that would yield constant positive results, but he ultimately concluded that it could not be done and he was quoted as saying, “The only way to beat roulette is to steal the money when the dealer’s not looking.” Although there is no betting strategy or system that can change the house edge, many players like to employ a set betting pattern when they play roulette. A few of the most popular are the Martingale Strategy, the Double Street Quad Strategy, and the Five Quad Strategy.

Martingale Strategy

The Martingale Strategy is probably also the oldest betting system ever devised to beat the casinos (even though it doesn’t). The basic strategy is that you double the size of your next bet following a losing bet. It is based on the assumption that if you keep doubling your bet after every loss, at the very least, you will eventually win and recoup your losses plus end up with a 1 unit profit. For example, say you bet $5 on red and a black number wins. You would lose the $5 wagered, but then your next bet is doubled to $10. If a black number won again, you would bet $20. At this point in the progression you are down $15 ($5 + $10). If you win the third bet, you win $20, which is enough to cover the $15 lost on the previous two spins plus a profit of $5. It sounds decent enough in theory, but as Einstein figured out, this is all assuming eventually luck will be on your side. That’s not how statistic works, unfortunately.

Double Street Quad Strategy

By strategically choosing 17 numbers on the wheel, this strategy ensures there won’t be more than five adjacent slots on the wheel that are not covered by your bet. You bet a total of six chips with this distribution:

  • Two chips to cover 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
  • Two chips to cover 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33
  • One chip to cover 17, 18, 20, 21
  • One chip to cover any other number of your choosing (but one that isn’t already being covered by your previous bets).

The 10-15 and 28-33 progressions are called “streets” (“double streets” because they’re two of them) — these pay out at 5 to 1. 17, 18, 20, 21 is called a corner, or a “quad” — this pays out at 8 to 1. Your single number bet is called a “straight up” and pays out at 35 to 1. So if you were following that math, the ball landing on any of the 12 numbers in the double streets will net you six chip (win 10, lose four). The ball landing in the quad will net you three chips (win eight, lose five). If the ball lands on your straight up number, you will net 30 chips (win 35, lose five).

Of course, there is still a whole other half of the wheel the ball could land in and you lose all your chips. But the idea is, like the Martingale, if you keep employing this strategy, you’ll eventually end up on top.

Five Quad Strategy

This strategy requires five quad bets along with one straight up bet. Using six chips again, bet one in each location:

  • The 5, 6, 8, 9 quad
  • The 10, 11, 13, 14 quad
  • The 17, 18, 20, 21 quad
  • The 25, 26, 28, 29 quad
  • The 32, 33, 35, 36 quad
  • Any other number you like

This results in 21 numbers being covered. As you know, quads pay 8 to 1 and will net you three chips if the ball lands in any of those 20 numbers. Straight up pays 35 to 1 and nets 30. As with all of these strategies, you will not get rich, but rather, you will churn out a small profit on each winning spin and extend your time at the wheel.

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