Roulette is one of the most popular, easy and fun casino games. It is based on chance and doesn’t require you to have any special math skills or knowledge.
There is a multiple of betting options, wide range of odds and payouts that can be confusing for some new players, which is why Sportingbet is giving you an overview to help you master your Roulette play.
The game consists of a Roulette wheel marked with numbers from 1 to 36 and a zero (or zero and double zero in the American version of the game), roulette ball and the roulette table where players place their wagers. The zero is marked in green, while the other numbers are evenly divided between 18 red and 18 black.
Before each spin you have the opportunity to place bets around the roulette table. There are generally two types of betting options:
Inside bets are much riskier and have higher payouts. They include straight up, split (two adjacent numbers), street (three numbers), corner (square or four numbers) or line (six numbers).
Outside bets are bets placed on large group of numbers 1-18 or 19-36, color black/red, even/odd, column or dozen bets. These wagers payout less but have a higher probability of winning.
You will find a list of available bets and their payouts outlined below.
You have a variety of choices when placing Roulette bets. Here is useful information about each type and it‘s payout structure.
|1 to 18||2x||47.37%|
|19 to 36||2x||47.37%|
|1st 12 (1-12)||3x||31.58%|
|2nd 12 (13-24)||3x||31.58%|
|3rd 12 (25-36)||3x||31.58%|
|Six line (6 numbers)||5x||15.79%|
|First five (5 numbers)||6x||13.16%|
|Corner (4 numbers)||8x||10.53%|
|Street (3 numbers)||11x||7.89%|
|Split (2 numbers)||17x||5.26%|
|Any one number||35x||2.63%|
The Martingale is one of the oldest and most popular strategies. It is especially popular with new Roulette players as it is clear, easy to understand and use and makes sense.
Martingale is based on the attempt to compensate a potential loss from a previous spin by increasing the bet value in the following round. When you win, you go back to betting the original amount. The system is based on betting on outside bets with even money payout such as Red (Rouge)/Black(Noir); Even (Pair)/Odd (Impair) or 1-18 (Manque)/ 19-36 (Passe).
The Martingale system is based on probabilistic considerations, and will be applied in most cases by playing the Simple Chances. The theory behind the Martingale is simple and easily explained.
You make your standard bet of $5, on an even-money bet, such as red or black. Every time you win you make the same bet for the next hand. But if you lose, you double your bet for the next hand. When you eventually have a winning hand after a series of losing hands, your net win will be $5. In fact, every time you win a bet, you'll be up another $5 regardless of past losses.
One example to showcase: You bet $5 on red. You win, so you bet $5 again. Then you lose, so you bet $10. You lose again, so you bet $20. You lose again, so you bet $40. You lose again, so you bet $80. Then you win. Your net win on that series was $5 and since you won $5 before your losing streak, now you're ahead a total of $10 regardless of your losing streak.
This strategy is very easy to play and work best in the short term. You need to be aware of the betting limits per table, so make sure you check the maximum possible stake to follow this strategy. Sportingbet Canada offers a wide range of Roulette tables with both high and low betting limits you can play on!
The Reverse Maringale System is different than the original Martingale in the sense that the player doubles the wager after winning. The aim is to keep increasing your bets while on winning streak and then walk away with a big win.
Although the strategy offers a versatile option while placing the bets, it offers a little chance when it comes to splits, corners, street or line bets. Therefore it is recommended to stick to outiside even chance bets such as Red (Rouge)/Black(Noir); Even (Pair)/Odd (Impair) or 1-18 (Manque)/ 19-36 (Passe).
You make your standard bet of $5, on an even-money bet, such as red or black. After the first betting result you win and can proceed with the same color betting double of your original stake, $10. The progression continues with every win and you should aim to keep increasing the bets as long as you are winning on the same color.
Another important roulette strategy of Reverse Martingale is to wait for the color you have chosen. For an instance if you have chosen the color red, then wait until red has just hit. After that you can start betting on the red. Just by following the reverse Martingale roulette system, players can enjoy winning big through roulette games.
This strategy helps in winning big when the winning streak continues. However, it is up to the players when they need to stop and walk away. Also, it is very important to decide after how many consecutive wins you will stop the system and to stick to your target. As the winnings get doubled, it is common to get greedy and keep placing bets.
This strategy is very easy to play and work best in the short term similar to the Martingale system.
The D’Alembert is one of the safest system you can use with low risk and therefore usually not affected by table limits. Even though you do increase your bets after a loss, it’s at a much smaller rate than the Martingale. The strategy is named after the French mathematician Jean Baptiste le Rond d’Alembert and is also known the ‘Pyramid-System‘. It can be used for any casino game but is mostly used in Roulette and Blackjack.
This system is also based on even chance betting and can be used on Red (Rouge)/Black(Noir); Even (Pair)/Odd (Impair) or 1-18 (Manque)/ 19-36 (Passe). It is not suitable on dozens/colums and inside bets due to the theory behind it.
You pick a starting bet and incease the wager by 1 after a loss and decrease by 1 after a win. For example if you bet $5 on black and lose, your next wager will be $6. If you lose again you next bet will be $7 and you win. Then you decrease your wager by 1 and make the next bet $6. When you win your bet you lower the stake again by 1 to $5.
This theory is based on the principle that everything evens out at some point. So when you have a loosing streak, you should have a winning streak at some point too. This way if you have as many losses as wins you will be in profit by the amount of wagers placed.
The D’Alembert system does not require high bankroll and can be played short or lond term depending on your preference. It is with low risk and relatively straightforward to play.
The Reversed D’Alembert also referred to as Contre D’Alembert is different than the original D’Alembert system in the sense that the player increases the wager by 1 after winning. The advantage with this system is that you require even less funds in your bankroll to use it and is even less risky.
You pick a starting bet and incease the wager by 1 after a win and decrease by 1 after a loss. For example if you bet $5 on black and win, your next wager will be $6. If you win again you next bet will be $7 and you lose. Then you decrease your wager by 1 and make the next bet $6. If you lose your bet you lower the stake again by 1 to $5.
While with the original D'Alembert roulette strategy, if you end up with the same amounts of wins as losses (4 each), your profit will be the number of bets you won, in the reverse system, if you only win as much as you lose, you will end up in the minus by the amount of bets you won. Due to this flip in the rule structure, the reverse D'Alembert will only be profitable if you are on a winning streak, because you must win more than you lose in order to make money using this strategy.
The Reversed D’Alembert system does not require high bankroll and can be played short or lond term depending on your preference. It is with low risk and straightforward to play.
The Hollandish is a negative progression strategy for even chance bets such as Red (Rouge)/Black(Noir); Even (Pair)/Odd (Impair) or 1-18 (Manque)/ 19-36 (Passe).
This strategy is with a lower risk and less agressive than the Martingale and the Labouchere as instead of increasing your bets after every loss you adjust your wager after 3 spins.
You pick a starting bet of $5 for a ‚Hollandish block‘ of 3 Roulette spins. The progression would be $15, $25, $35 etc. with each counting until the progression suceeds and then you return to the original wager of $5.
If you win twice or more you have won that mini-session and would repeat the first betting level on your next mini-session. If you only win 1 spin (or none) you have lost the session and would increase your wager to recover the losses with the next progression level.
If you have less funds than your starting bankroll you move to the next stage of the progression. This process continues until you are a net positive position on your bankroll.
As the progression occurs after 3 spins only when your mini-session is losing it is a slower and less riskier strategy. It does not require high bankroll and can be played short or lond term depending on your preference. It is with low risk and straightforward to use.
The Labouchere Strategy is a little bit more complex than the other Roulette strategies, but it is worth mastering. It is also known as ‚Cancellation system‘ or ‚Split Martingale‘. This Roulette system is also based on even chance bets such as Red (Rouge)/Black(Noir); Even (Pair)/Odd (Impair) or 1-18 (Manque)/ 19-36 (Passe).
You need to decide on certain rules before you even make your first wager. First, you must decide on how much you are going to wager on every turn and when will you stop playing.
To implement the strategy start by devising a ‚betting line‘. Once you do this, the numbers will decide the amount of your bet, as well as how long you will be at the table. A basic Labouchere betting line with $5 wager would be:
$5 - $5 - $5 - $5 - $5 - $5
Start with the line and then take the leftmost number and add it to the rightmost number, which in this case will be $10 wager.
When you win your bet you remove the leftmost and rightmost numbers from the betting line and will have $5 - $5 - $5 - $5 as your new betting line. Repeat this process until your line no longer has any numbers. If you wish to continue your play, start with a brand new betting line.
When you lose your bet do not erase any numbers from your line. What you do next is to add your last bet to the righthand side of your betting line. Your betting line after a loss will be $5 - $5 - $5 - $5 - $5 - $5 - $10
With this strategy each win compensates two losses and you need 1/3 of your wagers + 2 to be winners so you can be in profit from your betting line!
The Oscar’s Grind system is a positive progression strategy also knows as ‚Hoyle’s Press‘ and ‚Pluscoup‘ in French and German.
Like most other famous Roulette systems it was designed to be played on outside even chance bets such as Red (Rouge)/Black(Noir); Even (Pair)/Odd (Impair) or 1-18 (Manque)/ 19-36 (Passe), but can be modified and used for other bets like Dozens or Streets.
The system generally has four stages which you move through as you are winning. When you are up one unit you start the progression from the beginning regardless of which stage you were at. When losing the wager does not change.
First of all you decide your progression. If you starting bet is $5 your progression will be $5 - $10 - $15 - $20. If you win your first bet you are one unit in profit and you start from the beginning of the progression.
If you lose your first bet of $5 you continue without changing the wager. If your next wager is a winner you increase to $10. At this stage the system continues as you are even and not yet one unit ahread in the series. When you win your $10 wager you are ahead and the series is finished. You then start from the beginning with a brand new sequence.
The Oscar’s Grind system is relatively low risk and simple to use. By sticking to the strategy savvy players can slowly build their bankroll on the Roulette table.