Have you ever doubled your bet after a loss or let a winning bet ride to try to benefit from a hot streak? If you’ve done either of these things you’ve used one of the systems below.
Roulette players are like gamblers who play other games; they’re always interested in ways to help them win. This often leads to systems that promise riches and easy wins.
The question is can any of these roulette systems actually help you win? I cover two popular roulette systems below and answer the question of if they can help you win.
1 – Double After Loss
The most popular system today is the one that’s been in use the longest. Most systems in existence are based at least in part on the Martingale system. This system is simple; you double your bet after every loss and start over with a small wager after every win.
When you double up after each loss, when you win a spin you win enough to eliminate all of your previous losses and have a profit equal to your base bet that you start each string with. This works great until you lose several spins in a row.
When you lose several spins in a row you’re forced to bet a large amount to win a small amount in overall profit. Eventually, you lose so many spins in a row that you run out of money or hit the table maximum limit.
The double after loss system will never overcome the house edge, so it’s dangerous to use. But if you use it in a smart way it’s no worse than making flat bets.
The truth is that you can use the double after loss system to win for a while. You can even get lucky and win with it for a long time before you hit a series of losses that destroy your bankroll. This system is also fun to use when it’s winning.
But in the long run you can’t beat roulette using the double after loss system. Eventually, you lose a big bet that wipes out all of your previous wins and leaves you worse off than you started.
Never make a bet that doesn’t come from your bankroll. You can add to your bankroll, but never during a playing session.
This way, when you run up against a long losing streak, you only lose your bankroll and you never lose the rent money or the mortgage. Here’s an example of how this works. You can substitute your preferred bet sizes and starting bankroll, but this gives you an idea.
You start with a $500 bankroll and a base bet of $10 per spin. You always bet on an even money return. Every time you complete a series of bets starting with $10 you win $10 and add it to your bankroll. You win 17 series in a row, so your bankroll is now at $670 and you hit a losing streak.
- You lose the first bet of $10, for a total loss of $10.
- You lose the second bet of $20, for a total loss of $30.
- You lose the third bet of $40, for a total loss of $70.
- You lose the fourth bet of $80 for a total loss of $150.
- You lose the fifth bet of $160, for a total loss of $310.
At this point your bankroll is down to $360. This means you have enough to make one more wager in the series, but if you lose it your bankroll will be down to $40. What you decide to do at this point is entirely up to you, but you should seriously consider starting over with your $10 base bet with a bankroll of $360.
This gives you an opportunity to build your bankroll back to $500 by winning several series in a row. When you drop to $40 in a bankroll, it’s difficult to build back up without adding new funds to your bankroll.
Another good option is using all of your wins to build a new bankroll. Using the same parameters of $10 bets starting with $500; every time you win a series you add $10 to a new bankroll. You keep playing with your original $500 bankroll until you lose five bets in a row.
When you lose five bets in a row your original $500 bankroll is down to $190. Add this $190 to your second bankroll and start over. You create a third bankroll with all of your $10 series wins and keep doing this for as long as possible.
This limits your losses to no more than your original $500 bankroll for as long as possible. You still aren’t going to win in the long run, but with a little luck, you can play for a long time before you bust out.
2 – Double After Win
In most ways the double after win system is the opposite of the double after loss system. The biggest difference is there isn’t a built-in stop in the double after win system. In the double after loss roulette system you stop and go back to your original or base bet amount after any win, or you stop when you run out of money.
When you use the double after win system you have to set your stop points before you start. This can be done in two different ways, which I cover later in this section.
The double after win roulette system operates exactly as it sounds. Every time you win a bet you leave your original bet and your winnings in play on the next bet. When you win a few bets in a row your winnings start ramping up quickly.
Most players who use this system make even money bets like the players who use the double after loss system. But you can use this system on any bet available at the roulette table. The reason why most players use the even money bets is because they offer the best odds to win. On a single zero roulette wheel you win 18 out of every 37 spins on average on an even money bet, which means you win 48.65% of the time.
The bet with the longest odds and highest pay out on the roulette wheel is the single number wager. It pays 35 to 1 and the odds of hitting it are 1 out of every 37 spins. In other words, you only have a 2.7% chance to hit a single number wager.
If you let your win ride on a single number bet after you win one, if you win the second bet in a row you secure a big win. A $10 bet on a single number returns your original wager plus a win of $350. When you bet the $360 total on a single number and win a second bet in a row you win back your $360 and a profit of $12,600.
When you bet on an even money bet and win two in a row you only have $40 on your original $10 bet. But you’re much more likely to win two even money wagers in a row.
The two different ways you can work with a stopping point using the double after win system are setting an amount where you stop any series, or simply stopping when you feel your luck is about to stop. I prefer the first method, but the truth is it doesn’t really matter which way you decide to go.
You need to break your bankroll into small amounts so you have an opportunity to start many series. In the last section, I used an example of $10 bets starting every series with a $500 bankroll. Using these same numbers, you have 50 series starters of $10 each. Every time you lose or reach your preset win number you start a new series with a $10 wager.
The Problem with Gambling Systems
The problem with gambling systems, including both of the roulette systems I covered above, is they never help you overcome the house edge. In the long run you’re still going to lose what the house edge dictates you’re going to lose.
The danger, especially with a system like the Martingale, is that many players use it a few times and win more than they lose and they start believing that it’s the perfect system. But the more times you use any system, the closer you are to disaster.
A player who believes the double after loss system can’t lose will wager more and more following losses, and be tempted to bet money they can’t afford to lose. This eventually ends in disaster, and often bankruptcy.
Can you use either of these roulette systems to win? The answer is no in the long run. You might get lucky in the short term and show a profit, but eventually you’re going to lose. The same thing is true when you don’t use a roulette system. You might get lucky in the short term, but in the long run you’re going to lose.