In-depth Roulette Strategies using the Martingale System

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There are a lot of strategies that you can use while playing a game of roulette but every thought what most pro gamblers use?

Yes, you got that right! It’s Martingale!

And I’m sure you must have heard of it somewhere or the other. So, today. I’m going to tell you in-depth about the martingale strategy for roulette and how you can use it to increase your odds of winning.

Video of me playing Martingale AND WINNING!

What is the Martingale System?

In the 18th century, John Henry Martindale, a London-based casino owner, devised a betting strategy that allowed him to reap a huge profit off the losses of the players at his casino. This strategy was named The Martingale System – shortly, a variation of John’s last name.

 

The Martingale system is a progressive betting system, which involves two things:

  • Doubling your bet after each loss
  • Betting your base stake whenever you win

The idea behind this is that when you place a large number of bets in a row, the probability of you losing all of them reduces significantly. This means you’re sure to win at least once and win well because of your high stakes. It is a rather simple strategy that requires no calculation whatsoever.

But hold on. Before you get too excited, you should know that, like any other progressive betting strategies, the martingale system is not full-proof. It doesn’t guarantee your success.

And you’ll exactly now why after reading the entire article. But once you master it and know when to apply it and under what situation, you’ll increase your chances of winning – to a great extent!

Features of the Martingale System

Types of Betting Types at European Roulette

There are 3 types of bets used in the Martingale system, which include:

  • Even/Odd bet
  • Colour bet
  • High/Low bet

If you want the best odds of winning, first you need to understand how these bets work.

Note: While these bets may increase the chances of your success, they are the lowest paying bets. So, you shouldn’t expect large wins.

1. Even/Odd Bet

Thanks to the basic mathematics in my elementary school and I’m sure even you must have studied about even and odd numbers too. That’s why understanding this type of bet will be so easy now.

All you need to do is pick your favourite group of numbers, even or odd, and take a chance on it. After placing your bet, cross your fingers and hope that the ball or dice lands on your number group. This even/odd bet is totally fair, as the probability of winning or losing is 50%. No tricks, just luck!

2. Colour Bet

This is another 50/50 bet that the Martingale system works with. For a game like roulette, you’ll have to pick a colour to place your bet on. Red or black? This is where you decide if you’re going with your favorite colour, your guts, or maybe even an “eenie, meenie, miney, mo” approach.

3. High/Low Bet

The high/low bet system allows you to place your bet on either low numbers or high numbers. A roulette wheel is numbered from 0 to 36, with 1-18 considered as low numbers, and 19-36 as high numbers.

Like the other two types of bets, this doesn’t require much thinking and the results are also up to chance.

What should you know about the Martingale System:

  • You have to double your bets after each loss
  • You should only use the 3 even-odd outside betting options
  • The losses are huge
  • You need a lot of money to play

How does the Martingale System Work?

European Roulette Rules

The Martingale system is a pretty easy and straightforward strategy, which is why it is the average gambler’s go-to approach, especially in games like roulette and blackjack.

To use it, you only need to remember the following steps:

  • Always double your wager after each loss
  • When you win, go back to your initial “safe” wager
  • Repeat the cycle if you lose again

At the end of the day, you’ll find out you’re playing several rounds of “double or nothing” until you win and are satisfied.

Let’s take a look at a practical example where you are the player.

Assume that the roulette wheel is set and you’re using the colour type of bet. You go ahead and place your ₹100 bet on the red tiles because red is awesome, right? Kidding! Now, if the ball lands on a black tile, it means you lose and the casino makes a profit of ₹100 off you in the first round.

For the second round, using the martingale system, you will have to double your bet which means that you’re now paying ₹200. If the ball lands on a red tile this time, you get ₹400. This means you were able to get the ₹200 you bet in this round back, the ₹100 you lost in the previous round, and also an additional ₹100, as your profit.

You can see the Martingale theory in effect now?

So, no matter how huge your loss is, you can recover your money and also make a nice profit if you play long enough. This is why you need to have a large bankroll before using this approach to play any game.

The Martingale System and Roulette: How to Win?

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The best way to increase your chances of winning at roulette is to only bet on even-money outside bets. These are bets that have even odds – you stand to win or lose the same amount of money and the probability of winning is about 50%.

So, when you’re applying the Martingale strategy to roulette, ensure you bet on either low numbers (1-18), high numbers (19-36), red, black, even, or odd tiles.

They have the lowest payout but they’re the safest bets you could possibly place and you’re sure to win after a while.

A typical even-money progression goes like this:

1 – 2 – 4 – 8 – 16 – 32 – 64 – 128 – 256 – 512 – 1024

Always set your initial wager to a small amount. If you’re not sure how low you should go, you can start with the table minimum. Keep that steady progression until you lose. After a loss, double up immediately.

Can you use Martingale System on all Casino Games?

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Roulette is, without a doubt, the best game for using the Martingale system. This, however, does not mean that the strategy can’t be applied in other games.

Because of its simplicity and loss recovery method, avid players have used the Martingale in several casino games including baccarat, craps, and of course, blackjack.

If you want to try this strategy with other games, ensure they offer betting options with 50/50 odds. Higher odds will increase your chances of winning before you lose your bankroll.

Double or Nothing Might Leave You with Nothing

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If you thought this strategy was too good to be true then you were absolutely right. The fact that it works doesn’t mean it isn’t flawed or highly risky.

While the Martingale system might seem pretty attractive and safe to some players (including you), you should know that it has some drawbacks that could kill your bankroll. This is why seasoned players rarely use this approach.

Disadvantages of the martingale system

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Every coin has two sides, no matter how valuable it is. Similarly, the Martingale System also has its own set of drawbacks, which I’ve outlined them below:

1. Requires a lot of Self-Discipline

Before you think of using the Martingale system, you need to sit back and assess yourself.

  • Are you a disciplined person?
  • Are you patient enough?
  • Do you know how to manage your stakes well?
  • And most importantly, do you know when to stop playing?

Gambling can be dangerous. You know it, I know it. But we all do it anyway because of the thrill and also the chance of making some extra money.

Now when you add a strategy such as the Martingale, it gets even more dangerous – especially for your pockets. This is because you keep putting more money on the line in a hope of eventually scoring a huge profit.

This is where the concept “discipline playing” comes in. It is really important to have it with you while using this strategy. It might take a long time before you win so you need to have patience, but at the same time, you also need to know when it’s time to count your losses and walk away. Some risks are just not worth the cost.

2. You lose money. Really Fast

Another major drawback of Martingale roulette strategy is that the player loses a lot of money after only a few rounds. Because the strategy calls for you to keep doubling your losses, you lose your money twice as fast (or more). This can be really scary and disheartening.

Imagine placing a bet of ₹1,00,000 and then losing it, and having to bet ₹2,00,000 the next round and also losing it? A nightmare for sure! This can go on for several rounds, emptying your account at a terrifying rate.

3. It has Table Limits

Every game has to come to an end. You’ll eventually get tired of playing and paying. For casino games like roulette, there’s a table limit for betting if you’ve lost too many times in a row. Once that limit is reached, you won’t get a chance to double your bet again.

This means that your final bet will decide whether or not you’ll be walking away with a full pocket or a negative balance.

Casinos usually set their table limit at a huge sum of money, thereby, deceiving you into thinking that you have “enough time” to recover your losses.

But BEWARE. You don’t have time. At least, not when you’re using the Martingale strategy. The limit sneaks up on you after a few rounds of doubling your bets, leaving you with no money at the end of a short game.

4. Can’t Play if you’re Broke

You can’t use this strategy if you don’t have a large bankroll. Remember, you’re supposed to keep doubling your losses. If you try risking it anyway and you have an unlucky run, you could get bankrupt before you’re able to recover your losses.

5. Can’t be used for Long-term Bets

If you’re looking to play a long and exciting game of roulette, you can’t apply the martingale strategy. The longer you play, the more losses you will accumulate, and the more money you stand to lose.

Why you should use the Martingale System Anyway?

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Now I know what you’re thinking. That’s a lot of drawbacks, why would anyone want to use this strategy? Well, I promise you it’s not all bad. After all, it wouldn’t be the most popular roulette strategy if it didn’t result in some huge wins.

Here are a few strong reasons why you should use the martingale system despite the risks:

1. Easy to Use

Let me be honest. Everyone loves and appreciates simple strategies that actually work. The martingale system is really easy to understand, apply and remember. Because of this, a beginner and expert can go head-to-head and it would still be a fair game.

All you need to do is follow 2 short and clear cut rules:

  • Double your bet after each loss
  • Return to your base stake when you win

If you’re still learning the ropes of roulette, this strategy will help you recover your losses. And if you are an experienced player, it will help you to progressively increase your bet and gain more profit in the long run.

2. Best for Short-term Bets

If you’re up for a quick game of roulette, this is the best strategy for you. One of the major advantages of the Martingale system is that it generates more wins in short term bets. For instance, if you apply the strategy in a roulette game of 10 rounds, it is sure that you would win at least once.

3. The Math says YES

People love facts and the fact is, the Martingale strategy is statistically reliable. It has been mathematically proven that any player who applies this strategy will eventually win. This is especially true of games like roulette which has an even bet system (50:50 odds).

4. Good for large bankrolls

This strategy works perfectly and gives a beautiful payout when you have a large bankroll. You can never really lose.

While others may start freaking out about how much money they’re losing, you can sit back and keep doubling your wager with a huge smile on your face, knowing that you’re still going to win all your money back and also make a profit.

5. You Decide your Base Stake

Unlike some other betting strategies, the Martingale does not tell you how low or high you can go. Your wager is entirely up to you. You can set your base stake to your desired amount. Of course, this will depend on the amount of money you set aside for your bankroll.

6. The Riskier, the Better

The application of the Martingale system will definitely make your game more interesting. Higher stakes are involved and so, the danger and suspense will continue to grow until the final bet. A lot of people play the game for the thrill of it and also because of the risk involved. If you’re quite the daredevil, then you should definitely use this strategy and have some fun with it.

Variations: Better than the Original?

Several attempts were made to tweak the classic Martingale system with the hope of making it a sure shot. As a result, 2 main variations were developed, which are:

  • The Grand Martingale System
  • The Anti-martingale for Roulette

These variations, however, are not perfect either. It is up to you to decide if the risks are lower and if the odds they offer are better than the original.

The Grand Martingale System

The Grand Martingale system is the most popular variation of the Martingale. It still requires you to multiply your losses, but this time, you have to add another unit.

The rules state that you should:

  • Start with a small amount
  • Double your wager after each loss
  • Add your base stake to the doubled wager
  • Bet again
  • Repeat until you win
  • Once a win occurs, go back to your initial wager

For instance, if you lose ₹1, instead of doubling it to ₹2 for the next spin, you make it ₹3. If you lose again, your next bet becomes ₹7 instead of ₹6. Subsequent bets become ₹15, ₹31, ₹63, ₹127 and so on.

As you might have guessed already, this system requires you to have a rich bankroll. It is indeed a Grand strategy. Because higher stakes are involved, the net gain will also be high when you finally win after consecutive losses.

Anti-Martingale for Roulette

The Anti-martingale is also known as the Reverse Martingale system. As the name implies, the Anti-martingale involves turning the rules of the classic Martingale around.

So basically, you take advantage of your winnings instead of your losses. The rules change and become:

  • Double your wager each time you win
  • Return to your starting bet after each loss

In this case, you’re supposed to set your base stake at the lowest amount that is allowed at your roulette table. You can then proceed to place even-money bets until you win. Remember that, once a loss occurs, you have to go back to your initial betting amount.

Just like the Martingale system, the Anti-martingale system banks on the idea that for every game of roulette, players are faced with winning and losing streaks (50:50 theory). So, when you double your bet each time you win and decrease the stakes each time you lose, you are bound to gain a huge profit.

This strategy is a lot better than the Martingale system because the size of your bankroll isn’t limited and the table limits don’t affect you, however, it is still not full-proof. A drawback of this strategy is that you may end up losing all your winnings with a single loss.

That is why it is necessary to not only have discipline, but also good judgment to know when to stop and enjoy the profit you’ve already made.

Conclusion

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Like most betting strategies, the Martingale roulette system has its advantages and disadvantages. It is therefore up to you to assess it and see if the pros outweigh the cons. If you think it is a risk worth taking and you can also afford to face the consequences, then, by all means, go for it!

If lower stakes are involved, you can use this method without any worries, perhaps to win a few bucks off your friends or family.