Roulette is a fun casino game of chance once the ball is spun on the wheel no one knows where it will land and all you can hope is that Dame Fortune is looking out for you when it comes to a stop.
While we can’t control how the roulette wheel spins we can even the odds a bit by using some strategies to lower the house edge. In this article, we are going to look at 10 of the best roulette strategies you can use to come away with more wins.
As with all casino games the house edge is in the casino’s advantage when it comes to the roulette table. Where they will make their most money from is the recreational players who have no roulette strategy in place. The Roulette tips and strategies we are going to give you below will lower the house odds and ensure that you have a system in place rather than placing random bets. How to win roulette comes down to good bankroll management and knowing when to quit when you are ahead.
Choose The Right Game
If you’ve been playing roulette for a while you’ll probably know that there is a big difference in the odds between the two main variations of roulette. If you are new to the game then the best roulette strategy to learn is which of the variations to play to lower the house advantage.
So the two main variants of roulette are European and American roulette. The European roulette wheel has 36 numbered red and black pockets and a single green ‘0’ pocket. If you play roulette with the American rules you’ll find a wheel that has an extra ’00’ green pocket, this extra zero pocket massively benefits the casino. In the American version, the house edge is 5.26% which is nearly double that of the European. So this is a simple strategy if you are going to play roulette games then play the ones with a single zero pocket bringing the house edge down to a more respectable 2.70%,
Find a Roulette Game with the En Prison or La Partage Rules
Find a Roulette Game with the En Prison or La Partage Rules
When you are playing at a roulette table with the French or European rules you are sometimes offered ‘En Prison’ and ‘La Partage’ rules. These rules benefit players who are wagering on the even money bets such as red/black, odd/even and high/low.
When the en Prison rule is in place if the roulette ball lands in the number zero pocket and the player has wagered an even bet they can make one of two choices. The first is to get half of their initial wager back and carry on with the next spin. They also have the choice of having the bet remain ‘en prison’ and let it stay for the next spin, giving them a second chance at winning.
The En Prison rule is similar but the player instantly has half their wager returned when it lands in the zero number pocket.
Practice Your Roulette Game
Playing roulette at an online casino has many advantages but one huge benefit is that many of the games are available to be played in free mode.
Before we bet real money on a roulette game we can test out different betting systems and strategies to see what works first. We are going to discuss some of the many betting systems below and it will come down to individual preferences and tastes to find the one you prefer. Once you have explored the different types and found the betting system that you like you will be able to hit a real money roulette table confidently with a strategy in place.
Money Management Strategy
Having a good strategy in place for your bankroll management is vital if you want to potentially profit when you come away from the roulette table. If you have $100 you’d be crazy to put it all on the red or even worse a single number bet, yes you might get lucky but in all likelihood, you are going to be out of the game in a spin of the wheel. Dividing your bankroll up into a hundred $1 bets would ensure that you get to spend much longer at the table having a fun time.
Know when to quit the game, the longer you play for in one roulette session the more chance you have of losing your cash. Set yourself a goal of how much profit you want to win and stick with it if you decide on $50 profit then that’s it, you win that amount and quit the game. Also, decide on a loss limit and don’t deviate from it, whatever you do don’t chase the losses.
We also advise sticking with the outside bets such as red or black or odds or evens to win, you can check out some of the famous betting systems as you continue reading, many of these are designed to be played with the evens bets.
Martingale Roulette Strategy
The Martingale strategy is an extremely popular betting system with casino enthusiasts not just for roulette but also with other casino table games such as Blackjack and Craps. This system is an easy one to learn but it does have it’s advantages and disadvantages which we will discuss.
The history of this betting system goes back to 18th Century France but was made popular by John Henry Martindale, an infamous casino owner who was known to encourage players at his London casino to double their bet size to win more.
Does anyone remember the hit song from 1892, The Man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo? I thought not! Anyway, the song was written about Charles Wells who in 1891 after playing a marathon session of roulette for 11 hours won over a million Francs using the Martingale System.
The Martingale strategy can be described as a ‘negative progression’ betting system in that you double your bet when you lose a round or spin in roulette.
Using this strategy you only wager on the even odds roulette bets such as red and black, odd or even or high [19-36] or low [1-18]. To begin you choose a base unit, we’d suggest going as low as possible here and that’s why it’s a good strategy to use on the low limit table at online casinos. So for this example, we are going to choose $1 as our base unit. Every time that the roulette wheel is spun and you lose, you double the bet. When you win you reset the bet to the base unit of $1.
So it would work something like this: 1st Spin $1 on red, the ball lands in a black pocket so now you increase your bet to $2 to double it as you lost. You stick with red and once again it lands in the black losing again! You decide to stick with red and so double your bet again at $4 this time you win as it rolls into a red pocket. You get $8 back and reset the bet to $1, overall we have bet $7 and at this point in the game we are $1 ahead.
So as you can see it’s an easy system to learn but what are some of the pros and cons of the Martingale System?
Pros and cons of the Martingale Roulette Strategy
For a short term betting period of a couple of hours, the Martingale Strategy is a good system to use but the longer you stay in the game the more chance you stand of going bankrupt. Some systems can be fairly complex but the Martingale is very easy to use and understand. Also, you can apply it to other casino games like Baccarat, Craps, and Blackjack. It would work in the same way and only apply to even money bets.
There are a number of disadvantages if you had a bad losing streak you could go through your bankroll fairly quickly unless you start with a very low base unit. Most roulette tables have a maximum betting limit so if you had a winning streak you could end up hitting the limit quickly depending on the betting unit you began with. For instance, with a $100 base unit if you doubled it five times it could hit a betting limit roof of $5,000.
Reverse Martingale Roulette Strategy
This is also called the Anti-Martingale system. If you haven’t guessed the Reverse Martingale is the exact opposite of the previous strategy. Instead of doubling your bet when you are losing you double it as you win. If you lose you go back to the base unit amount. So this is a positive progression betting system and you bet on the evens wagers on the roulette layout. The Reverse Martingale is less risky than the Martingale system and might suit newer players with smaller bankrolls to wager with.
So with the Reverse Martingale, you would choose a base amount such as $1 and every time you win double it and if you lose go back to the base amount and start again.
Just like the Martingale, there are advantages and disadvantages to this method.
If luck is on your side and you have managed to win a number of consecutive bets you will have considerably boosted your bankroll and because your stake is using cash that you have already won from the casino a less risky roulette strategy compared to the Martingale.
The downside is if you have a sudden reversal in fortunes you can wipe out those winning pretty quickly.
James Bond Roulette Strategy
When Ian Fleming first introduced 007 to the world in the 1953 novel Casino Royale he also introduced the James Bond Roulette Strategy even though the main focus in the book is Baccarat.
So are you prepared to be shaken but not stirred by the James Bond Roulette Strategy?
This is different from the previous progressive bet roulette strategies we mentioned and is a flat betting strategy which means you wager the same amount on each roulette wheel spin.
Now James Bond as we know is British, though here’s a fun fact for you: he was played by Aussie actor George Lazenby just the one time in the movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. So the original bet was £200 for each roulette spin, which was really high stakes back in those days.
How did Bond bet?
Bond would bet £140 on the high number 19-36, £50 on the six-line bet 13-18 and then the final £10 as a straight-up bet on the zero. By placing this bet Bond would have covered 25 numbers out of a possible 37, leaving 12 chances to get beaten. The probability of him winning the bet would be 67.57%. As he was James Bond he would win all the spins, get the girl and drive off in an Aston Martin DB5, unfortunately, we can’t guarantee you the same luck using this system!
Now as a Canadian player you are certainly going to be as handsome and debonair as our dashing secret agent but you are likely to want to play in dollars and maybe not the same high stakes. So we can split the bet into units or percentages. So to start with a total wager of 20 units we would place 14 units on 19-36, 5 units on the line bet 13-18 and 1 unit on the zero. Or if percentages are more your thing divide the 3 stakes into 5%, 25%, and 70%.
So if you were wagering $20 a roulette spin you’d place your chips as so, $1 on the 0, $5 on the 13-18 line bet and $14 on the 19-36 bet. If you staked this bet it would result in four different possible outcomes. If the ball landed on any of the 19-36 high numbers you’d win $28. Landing on any number from the six-line 13-18 bet it would result in a $30 win. The last winning chance you would get would be if it landed on the zero  with a $36 win. You would lose the $20 wager if the ball landed on any number between 1 and 12.
So the idea is to cover as much as the roulette layout as possible with bets and come out on top. But does it work?
No betting strategy is infallible and luck plays a strong part in roulette, while probability is in your favour there still is the chance that the numbers 1-12 could come up more often. Some roulette players combine the James bond system with the Martingale so if you lost a spin you would double the stakes if you have the bankroll to risk it.
D’Alembert Roulette Strategy
This is a negative progression system of betting similar to the Martingale but not as aggressive or risky.
This strategy was named after Jean le Rond d’Alembert, a French mathematician. He made the flawed argument that the more often a coin landed on tails the higher the probability of it landing on heads would be. This bet works with the evens bets on the roulette layout as with the Martingale system.
To begin you will need to decide on a starting bet or unit, for instance, $10. With the D’Alembert roulette strategy if you lose a bet you would increase it by 1 and if you win you decrease it by 1. The theory behind the strategy is that when your wins and losses are identical you will still come away with a profit.
So in this scenario with a $10 stake;
Bet $10 and lose, bet $11 and win, bet $10 and win bet $9 and lose bet $10 and win bet $9 and lose
-$10 + $11 + $10 – $9 + $10 – $9 = $3
So you’d end up winning $3
This is an easy system to get to grips with and doesn’t require a large bankroll so it’s an ideal low-risk strategy for the new roulette player to try out.
Reverse D'Alembert Roulette Strategy
If you want to impress your friends you can also call it by its fancy French name Contre D’Alambert.
With the Reverse D’Alambert, the bet is increased by a unit after a win and decreased by one after a loss so it’s a positive progressive roulette strategy.
So using the same example as the standard D’Alembert system with a base bet of $10 you would increase the bet to $11 if you won and decrease to $9 if you lost.
Just like the standard version, this is a straightforward system to try out if you are a beginner and you don’t need a huge bankroll to get started.
With the Reverse D’Alambert, you will only profit if your wins outnumber your losses. Taking this into account it is best to decide before you play at what point you will quit the roulette session. An example would be to set a target to quit after you have won six more games than you have lost.
Fibonacci Roulette Strategy
The Fibonacci system is an uncomplicated and low-risk roulette strategy for use on even bets. The system is based on the famous Fibonacci numbers sequence devised by the Italian mathematician Leonardo Bonacci/Fibonacci in the middle-ages. It has many other practicalities in addition to being used as a roulette strategy.
The Fibonacci sequence runs like this; 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 21 – 34 – 55 – 89 – 144 – 233 – 377 – 610 and so on.
How it works?
As you can see it starts off with 1 and then you add the previous two numbers together which gives you the next number in the Fibonacci sequence.
As a roulette strategy, it is as follows, The player begins by starting with 1 unit as their first bet, every time they lose they move to the next number and bet that amount. If the player wins they move two numbers backwards. If the player ends up at the start of the sequence again they will keep on betting that amount until they lose and then move to the next number in the sequence and so on.
If you are a little confused let’s make it a bit clearer with an example. The player starts off with a unit of $1 and loses his first bet, so he will proceed to the next number in the sequence which would be $1 again let’s just say that our player continues to lose on $2, $3, $5 and wins on $8 they will now go back to $3 and continue the betting.
With the Fibonacci roulette strategy, it’s very important that you keep track of the number sequence and place a wager of the wrong size, writing the sequence down on a piece of paper and following it is always a good idea.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about the various betting systems and strategies that you can apply to roulette. If you are playing roulette at a European table as we recommend for our first strategy tip the house will only have a 2.70% advantage. To be clear whatever the system you end up using the casino will always have the upper hand but if you exit at the right time and don’t get too greedy you can make some of these systems work in the short term.
We suggest trying the different roulette strategies out free at an online casino and choosing the one that works best for you. If you don’t like any of them why not invent your own ‘best roulette strategy’!