Unlike poker or blackjack, roulette is heavily oriented (in fact, exclusively for all intents and purposes) toward chance. Players make their bets, spread their chips as they see fit, increase their wager at certain points on the table, and then it depends on the landing of the ball on the roulette wheel. If one were to iterate something of a strategy for the game, there would be three principal betting systems: Martingale, Grand martingale, and cancellation. Let s look at these three and see if there s a genuine strategy here or just a snake oil salesman s promise of a win.
In the Martingale system, the player will double his bet each time he loses. The idea is that when he does win, it will leave the player with a profit that at least equal to his first bet, so he leaves the table in the same position as he started. While this may sound tempting, the reality of roulette is that if you re having a particularly bad day your loss rate can increase substantially very quickly. Just because the ball landed on a 45 in one round does not mean it will now purposely vary where it lands. The wheel has no memory and no bias, and if you re losing particularly badly on a given day it can be a threatening idea to suddenly double your bet after each spin in the hopes of getting your money back. The casino will maintain it s advantage of about 5 , so in the long term the odds are firmly pitted against you. Unlike blackjack, there s nothing you can do to level this advantage.
In Grand martingale, a player is advised to not merely double his bet after a loss but actually add another unit! If the starting bet is $10 and the player loses, then in Grand martingale he is being asked to bet $30 on the next bet! On a win, grand martingale can be incredibly satisfying. On continual losses, it can be incredibly disheartening, disorienting, and daunting.
Finally, in cancellation the player will start with a number (or number series) and bet the total on either end. If the players wins, or cancels the numbers he just played. If he loses, he adds the total that he just played to the end of the series. Once all the numbers have been canceled, the result is meant to be a profit that is the same as the sum of the original numbers. A Cancellation isn t considered quite as risky as a Martingale or a Grand martingale, but like most ostensible strategies in roulette it can still result in a huge loss of money.
What s the attraction of roulette? It s game in which the player submits himself up almost wholly to chance. There s a certain satisfaction in placing a bet and knowing there s little you can do to influence your grand outcome. Blackjack and poker players will cringe at the idea. But roulette has its place on the casino floor as one of the many ways to make money¦if you re lucky enough.