The key to staying in the game is to control your urge to “win back” your losses. The only way to do this is to use a conservative staking system. However, you should expect to end up losing no matter how conservative your betting strategy is.
6 Best Roulette Strategies and Secrets
- There is a “best” even money bet
Many players prefer outside roulette bets despite their low odds. The math is simple: the lower the odds, the more likely you are to win.
While there is no mathematical advantage in choosing any one of the even money bets outside of bets, you can improve your odds by making two 2-to-1 bets (covering 12 numbers each, called a “two dozen bet”) at a time. This way you cover 24 numbers instead of 18. You can still lose, but your chances of winning are increased by 33%.
- Aggressive minimum bid
The aggressive minimum bet is indeed a conservative system. This simple method involves slightly more risk than the simple “two dozen” bet described above.
Make three 2-to-1 bets. This way you cover everything but the green slots. Please note that three equal bets with odds of 2 to 1 always lose money. You must vary the bet amounts. Here’s how you place your bets:
Table minimum three times
Double table minimum
At least 1 times the size of the table
In European roulette, the chance of the ball landing on one of your numbers is 36 out of 37. You are hoping it will land on the number in the first or second set. You will profit from the spin and keep one of your two higher stakes in play.
If your lowest bet comes in, your net loss is only 3 times the table minimum. In the worst case, the wheel will turn to zero and you will lose all three bets. As long as you stay close to the minimum at the table, you should be fine. It’s $30 at a $5 table and $150 at a $25 table.
- All bets are independent only for you
This extreme example shows why the “house edge” is not so important. Each of the five players makes a minimum bet on different numbers in European roulette. Their odds of winning are 37 to 1. If one of them wins, they are paid 36 to 1. The casino uses the losses of the other 4 players to reduce their losses. Thus, our five players continue to bet on the same number. The casino is always guaranteed to accept at least four bets. It doesn’t really matter that the chances of the casino winning all five bets on any given spin is 32 out of 37. The casino only needs 7 wins to get ahead on that first payout of 36 to 1. Players are less likely to win again during this time frame.
The “house edge” on an individual bet plays less of a role in a casino’s accounting than it does in yours. Therefore, by betting more, the casino can recoup its losses against you. This is why you should only bet on low risk options.
- High bet is just as good as low bet
There is no more aggressive betting strategy than lowering the table limit by one spin. If that’s all the money you have, you’ll be going home very soon if you lose. Some players just go all-in and set the table limit every time. It takes guts, deep pockets, and complete faith in random luck. I hope you’re just playing the game for fun and not using your mortgage payment. However, your chances of winning this spin are just as good as if you had made the minimum bet at the table.
- James Bond strategy is bullshit
In James Bond Strategy, you make $140 on an even bet (even or odd, black or white, 1 to 18 or 19 to 36), $50 on any 6 numbers (line bet), and $10 on zero.
Betting on 6 numbers pays 5:1, but the chances of them playing are only 6 out of 37. You are more likely to play with the two dozen bets described above. And just don’t put it to zero.
- The best strategy is consistency
When you play roulette, choose the amount you will wager on each spin. It should be low enough to help you get through some losses and high enough to make you feel happy when you win. Then select bets that represent the amount of risk you are willing to take.
As long as you stick to your chosen strategy, you will always know when the worst-case scenario will send you home.