5 of the best: Roulette betting systems

At Coral we offer a lot of games, from progressive slots to classic table games like blackjack and poker. However, an all-time casino favourite is roulette, and it’s easy to see why. With the unpredictability of each spin, the tension as you wait to see where the ball lands, then the joy when you see the result, it is a truly exhilarating game.

Given how fun it is, there are a lot of rumours, and myths around the game. Yet, some theories will work and here we will be looking at five of the best roulette betting systems that exist. So, get to know them and you can apply them to your next visit to the wheel, if you feel they are worth it.

Be warned!

However, we must stress that whilst these strategies are proven, there’s never a guarantee of success, particularly if you are on a budget. Even if you aren’t, it is important you weigh up whether it is worth it, but we’ll cover that in each theory. Each spin is independent and that is something that players struggle to get their head around. Sure, if you keep doubling the stake at evens, you will eventually win, but how long can you last before losing your pot?

It’s vital therefore that you grasp this and ensure that they know the risks that come with the roulette wheel. Just remember, each spin is new, there are no rules, and anything can happen!

Double up with the Martingale system

This is one of the most well-known systems, and it couldn’t be easier to use. All you have to do is double your stake whenever you lose. This is on the provision that you are placing a bet that pays out at evens. That can be red or black, 1-18 or 19-36 and odd or even.

For instance;

  • £1 Lost
  • £2 Lost
  • £4 Lost
  • £8 Lost
  • £16 Lost
  • £32 Won – Returns £64

If you aren’t good at maths, you’ll have to get the calculator out, but take our word for it, the above scenario works out at £63 staked and £64 returned. That means profit – of £1. Once you have won, you go back to the start and do it all again!

We stopped at £32 staked, but if you keep doubling, no matter the amount, you will always end up with a profit when the bet lands. However, that profit will always be £1 from that scenario. Clearly, that leaves the question – is it worth it?

Sure, the odds of going past five or six spins is highly unlikely as you have nearly a 50 percent chance on each spin, but as we pointed out earlier, there is no certain formula when it comes to roulette. Each spin is independent; it could be black 10 times in a row.

Plus, as mentioned, the amount you win will always be £1 if that was your initial stake, so the risk is clear. Could you potentially go ten spins (unlikely, but possible) and still afford to throw £1,024 at the eleventh spin? If you can, great, you’ll win a pound.

That leads us onto another consideration that all players must take – table limits. Whether you are online with Coral or at a land-based casino, table limits will apply and again you have to weigh up whether you think you will hit that limit.

Another important factor is discipline. Gamblers can tend to be greedy, and if you don’t have the patience this system won’t work. As you can see, it’s not exactly a get-rich-quick guide. You have to stick it out and understand that profit is profit. Failure to show patience can be costly, if after three spins that came up red, you are convinced that black was next and decided to raise the stakes more, you have already ruined the system.

Play it safe with D’Alembert

As you can see, there are risks with the Martingale theory, you could be spending a lot of money, very quickly. Therefore, if the worry of potential losses means you aren’t prepared to commit to that system, then the D’Alembert could be a more realistic alternative.

Again, this is ideally suited for your bets that pay evens, so red or black, odd or even and 1-18/19-36.

However, what makes this safer than the Martingale system is that you don’t double your bets when you lose – instead just raise them by one. Then, when you win, you decrease by one.

So increase by one when win, decrease by one when lose. Simple.

For instance, starting with a £5 stake.

  • £5 Lost
  • £6 Lost
  • £7 Won
  • £6 Won
  • £5 Lost
  • £6 Won

The way it works is that once you have won as many times as you have lost, you will be in profit by that amount.

As you can see, the above sequence works out with a profit of £3 and there’s three wins, three losses.

Once you’ve made your profit, you can carry on to try and stretch it out, but it would be more sensible to start again.

The advantages of this are that you can keep the damage to a minimum in the worst case scenario. It’s fairly low risk and even if you don’t win as much as you would like, the potential losses shouldn’t be too significant.

However, the risk is also obvious. You need to win as many as you lose, which over a long run could be hard to maintain. That’s being pessimistic of course, as on the other side of the coin, you could end up ahead overall. But, if you go on a losing run your bets will be increasing and it may be hard to call it a day.

But that shouldn’t put you off from what is a pretty safe betting system. The rules are simple to follow and the beauty of it is you aren’t taking huge unnecessary risks.


The Labouchere is a bit different

While the first two systems that we have covered are fairly simple, the Labouchere is one that is slightly more complicated.

Firstly, you have to construct your own betting line, which can include any numbers that you want – but they will be involved with your stake, so keep it realistic. For our example, we have kept it fairly simple.

1 – 4 – 1 – 2 – 4 – 3

Once again you will be betting on the outcomes that pay at evens, you should know them by now!

So, then to the system itself.

The first step is to take the number form the left hand side and the number on the right hand side – and add them together.

In our case, that would be 1+3, which equals 4 and that’s our bet – £4.

If you win, cross both of those numbers off, that would leave our line looking like;

4 – 1 – 2 – 4

Then you do the same again – which would be 4+4 and an £8 bet.

If you win, the same rule applied.

However, we know that unfortunately you can lose. Then you must ADD the number that you bet to the line – on the right hand side.

Following on from our previous line, it would now look like;

4 – 1 – 2 – 4 – 8

As the 8 came from our previous £8 bet.

Your next bet would be 4+8 = £12.

If you win, it becomes;

1 – 2 – 4

If you lose;

4 – 1 – 2 – 4 – 8 – 12, and the next bet would be £16.

However, we want to show you how it works when you win. So carrying on;

1 – 2 – 4

The penultimate bet would be 1+4 = £5

The final bet would be the 2 that is left.

If you’ve managed to follow us, you would see this was the pattern.

First bet – £4 Won

Second bet – £8 Lost

Third bet – £12 Won

Fourth Bet – £5 Won

Fifth Bet – £2 Won

As you can see, that will result in £15 profit.

That comes from your original bet line, ours was;

1 – 4 – 1 – 2 – 4 – 3

Which of course, makes 15, and that’s how it works. Whatever your original bet line adds up too will be the amount that you win – providing you get there.

You should have already identified the risks with this one, as the losses increase, the stakes get bigger and you get further and further away from crossing off your line.

However, the positives are also clear, if you can get enough wins, you will make a tidy sum, but is it worth the hefty risk?

If you do decide to opt for this system, just remember the two key rules;

–        Cross the numbers from the left and right off after a win

–        Add the bet stake to your betting line after a loss

Then you’ll be ready to go!

The Fibonacci Mathematical theory can work in roulette

This mathematical theory can certainly work in roulette, but it’s another one that is slightly more complex than the first two we’ve gone through.

You start with one number and add the next two to give you the next number in the sequence. It’s easier when you see it, so here goes.

1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 21 – 34 – 55 – 89 – 144 – 233 – 377 – 610

We have started with the number 1, although you can start with whatever number you please, however 1 gives you the safest base to start with.

You will also now see how it works, and once again this theory is for the bets that pay out at evens.

Then it’s over to you, where you work your way through the sequence. However, you may have worked out – the further you go through the sequence, the more you will actually lose.

But, of course, we wouldn’t be recommending a system that see’s you lose, and this is how you get around it.

When you are into the sequence, and win you need to go back TWO numbers, therefore lowering the stake. Obviously a loss will ensure you keep going.

This means that the further you go, even on a losing streak, you can come back to make profit. However, similarly to the Martingale system, it will only be £1 in this scenario, although there’s no guarantee that you will definitely get back to your initial number.

Yet, what makes this more appealing than the Martingale system is that your losses will never be as high.

For instance, should you lose the first eight bets in this system your highest stake will have been £21, whereas in the Martingale this would be an astonishing £256! So clearly, this is a more suitable option for those of you that are on a budget.


Seek the profit with the Paroli system

The Paroli system is a fairly simple process and can see you end up with some nice wins, however there is a reasonable chance that you could lose.

The steps are simple, place your first bet, with whatever stake you want – but again it has to be on the bets that pay out at evens.

If your first bet wins, you then double the stake, if it loses you continue betting with your original stake.

But whenever you record a win, double it. Then if that wins, double it again, but if you lose go back to your first stake, and repeat this cycle after three bets.

Essentially you are seeking three wins in a row, with the Paroli system believing that your wins can come in spurts.

Should you get the three wins in a row, starting with £1 you would have made £7. Once you have made the three bets, even if you win, you have to restart the process after your third bet.

The risks should be clear for everyone. There are eight different possible outcomes after your third bet and only two of them yield a profit.

Obviously, getting all three brings a nice win, and you will also be up if you won your second and third bet.

You can break even if your first and third bet win, but every other scenario will see you end up down. Can you take that chance?

So, there you have it, five of the best and most used systems when it comes to roulette. All of them carry risks, some clearly more than others, but all give you the chance to win. However, in most cases that is a relatively small amount, so it gets you wondering whether it is worth it at all. We’re not sure it is, so our advice is to go out and enjoy and accept the unpredictability of roulette! But even if you do follow one of these systems, have fun! Good luck.