Writing about roulette strategy is always such a pleasure because the systems that can be used with roulette really work. There are many casino games in which the strategies are very much hit or miss, but there's no such thing in roulette: roulette is a fantastically approachable and easy to play game, and the strategies used for it are fittingly easy, approachable, and best of all reliable. There are a number of roulette strategies around, but the martingale and the super martingale, are the classics, and quite frankly the best.
The Martingale System
The Martingale system is quite literally a system that you can't loose at, so long as you understand how it works. The Martingale system put very simply goes on the basis that if you bet on the same thing for long enough you are bound to win. With this rule of math in mind all you need to do is bet in such a way that when you do win it turns a profit for you. Thus this system is very simple to follow, all you have to do is pick an even number bet to bet on, for example red or black. Let's say you picked black. You then lay the lowest bet possible on this black – you will see soon enough why you must start with the lowest denomination bet.
You've laid your bet and there are now one of two possibilities that will happen. Either black will come up or black will not come up. If black does come up, you've won, and you've doubled your money; if you don't win, don't worry this is where the system kicks in. Should you loose, you simply bet on the same thing again, but you double your previous bet. Thus, if you bet $5 on the first bet, you must now bet $10. If you win this bet, great, you've won $20 which recoups for you the $5 you bet in the first round and the $10 you bet in the second round, and you have made $5. If you don't win the $10 bet, then you must bet again on black, again doubling your bet, which therefore this time must be $20. The purpose of doubling the bet each time is that when you win, and you will win, you will always make back the money you have wagered in the whole course of the session plus the value of the original bet.
Now, you might be thinking that this is a lot to go through for a $5 profit, and why not start your betting with $50, thus you will always be guaranteed a $50 profit. This is good thinking, but there is one problem with this. The only draw back to the martingale system is that there are limits – and in this case there are two very important limits. The first important limit is the amount of money you have to wager with; the second is the maximum bet limit of the table. Whilst you are always guaranteed to win if you keep betting on the same thing for an endless amount of spins, it is rare that you get to have an endless amount of spins due to these two limits. Let's say for example you did start with a $50 bet; if you lost your first bet you would have to wager $100, and if you lost that one you would have to bet $200; a third loss would require a $400 bet – for just four spins you would require $750 if you were to start with $50. Of course it may be the case that if you have thousands of dollars to play with, and thus this wouldn't be a problem. However, what about the table limit? In the above example a fifth bet would be to the value of $1,500, and a sixth would therefore be $3,000. You can see how table limits could be reached without getting a win, and if this happens it spells disaster.
Therefore the martingale should be started off small so that you have enough space between the original bet and your bankroll amount or the table limit to make 12-15 doubles. It must be said, that even allowing for 15 doubles there is no absolute guarantee that you would win; the chances of 15 reds coming up consecutively is unlikely but not theoretically impossible, and you must be aware of this if you're planning to use this system.
The Super Martingale Strategy
The super martingale is a nice way to increase the income from a martingale bet but without running as high a risk as starting with high figures. The super martingale is kind of like a turbo charged martingale. You do exactly the same thing as the martingale except that to each bet you add the value of the original bet. Thus, for example in our $5 scenario, the first bet would be $5, but the second would be $15, that's double plus $5; they third bet would be $35. Thus if you won on the $35 bet you would have won back your $15, and your original $5, and you would have made a $15 prophet on it, much bigger than the prophet from the regular martingale. Of course the same issues of running into limits hold up with the super martingale and so the same precautions should be taken.
Most people will tell you that betting strategies are only good in the short term, and it's true that they shouldn't be relied on one hundred percent. It is unlikely that red will come up 15 times but that isn't to say it can't happen; the system simply works on the basis that it's highly unlikely that it will happen. Thus, use the systems to increase your fun, use them from time to time, and play around with them. However, as with all gambling game, it is a gamble, that's why it's called that – always remember this, and you'll be sure to always have a good time at the roulette table.
Roulette strategy is really simple once you understand it. The key is to understand how the game flows and the Roulette rules.