You’re not the first to want to give the roulette wheel a spin – and you won’t be the last. Luckily for you, the experiences of many casino players before you have laid the groundwork for some exciting game strategies, to help you get the most out of your bankroll.
Read on for a quick but comprehensive overview of five of the top strategies that you can use in your online roulette gameplay.
1. The Martingale Strategy
Named after casino owner J. H. Martindale, the Martingale is simple mathematical formula that’s used to help you get the best payout when you land a winning roulette number. It’s also used in trading. When applied to roulette, all you need to do is to double your stake after every loss, with the goal that when you do land a win, you’ll recoup your previous losses plus gain a profit.
It sounds complicated but it’s one of the simplest strategies you can play. Place a bet on either red, black, even, odd, 1-18, or 19-36. If you lose, double your stake on the next spin. Keep doing this until you hit a win. When this happens, lower your stake again. The skill is knowing when you’ve recouped your losses, made a profit, and when it’s time to walk away.
2. The Reverse Martingale (or Paroli) Strategy
Pretty self-explanatory: instead of upping your stake when you lose, this strategy requires you to double your stake when you win and lower after losses. The whole point here is that you’ll be able to capitalise on hot streaks and minimise losses.
If you keep winning, keep multiplying your stake. If you lose, go back to your original stake. Watch out since as soon as you lose, you’ve lost your earnings. To lessen the risk of this you can use the 3-Step Reverse Martingale and limit yourself to three consecutive games before starting over using the original bet.
3. The Fibonacci Strategy
This strategy takes its name from the Fibonacci sequence discovered by Leonardi Da Vinci in 1202. The sequence explains the shape of many naturally occurring phenomena, but it’s also become a highly popular strategy for roulette and even baccarat.
The sequence is simple: every number is the sum of the two before it.
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 etc.
Using the Fibonacci sequence as a roulette strategy, you’ll have to keep track of your last two bets and add them up for your next one. So, if you first stake €1, your next should be €1, followed by €2. If you start with a €5 stake, your next stake will be €5, followed by €10, followed by €15.
The idea with the Fibonacci roulette strategy is to re-build any lost profits steadily, unlike the Martingale which is more aggressive (one big win could cancel out all your previous losses). Overall, it’s a good strategy to conserve your bankroll, but it’s always handy to keep a note of your bets and write out your strategy as you play.
4. The d’Alembert Strategy
The d’Alembert is a beginner-friendly roulette strategy that involves increasing and decreasing your stake by one. If you lose on a €5 stake, drop your bet to €4. If you win on a €5 stake, increase your bet by €1.
While the d’Alembert strategy won’t really help you to accumulate large or quick wins, it can help minimise the amount you lose. This strategy is easy to use on the even money bets (Red/Black, Odd/Even etc) and was developed using the theories of equilibrium by French mathematician Jean LeRond d’Alembert.
A technical definition of d’Alembert’s principle is:
“The reaction due to the inertia of an accelerated body (as a baseball) is equal and opposite to the force causing the acceleration (as the blow of a bat upon the baseball) and results in a condition of kinetic equilibrium.”
In other words, when something has an equal chance of occurring, after a series of concurrence outcomes, the opposite outcome will come into effect. For example: if you land 10 heads in a row in a coin toss, the principle suggests that at some point, the scenario will switch to tails.
5. The James Bond Strategy
Play in the style of the suave 007 and employ the James Bond strategy in your next online roulette game at LiveRoulette. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming dubbed his roulette strategy as “foolproof” for winning you the “price of a good dinner”. While we can’t call any strategy foolproof, we can certainly give you a breakdown of this strategy.
Bear in mind that this strategy will only work on a European Roulette table, with the single zero. Sorry to any American Roulette fans out there!
Here’s how the strategy works with a €200 stake:
- Place €140 on the high numbers bet 19 – 36.
- Place €50 on the 13 – 18 set.
- Place €10 on the zero as your insurance bet.
With this strategy, your payouts will be as follows:
- If the ball lands on any number from 19 to 36, you’ll win €80 profit.
- If the ball lands on 13 to 18, you’ll win €100 profit.
- If the ball lands on zero, you’ll profit €160.
- If the ball lands on any number from 1 to 12, you’ll lose your entire €200 stake.
So, there you have the basics of five common roulette strategies, all of which can be played at your local casino, online or even at the live dealer roulette tables. But don’t forget that these are just suggested tips and strategies and won’t change the odds of the game.
By no means does employing one or the other guarantee that you will make a profit. Roulette is a game of chance, so it’s always important to keep it fun and play responsibly by never playing money you can’t afford to lose. Give the roulettes at LiveRoulette whirl and enjoy trying out these strategies to find the one that works for you.