A Martingale betting strategy dates back from the 18th century and has been originally established in France. This kind of tactics means that the gambler has to double his bet after every loss so that the first win would recover all previous losses plus gain a profit equal to the initial stake.
Considering the way this system operates, a Martingale strategy has been widely recognized as one of the most frequent methods the gamblers deploy when playing the casino roulette.
The numbers on the roulette tablerange from 1 to 36; with the addition of either a single zero or two zeroes (0 and 00) depending on the type of wheel. With 0 being designated in a green pocket, even numbers are black and odd are red. Precisely that green zero pocket serves the house as an edge that plays against you.
Betting only on red and black at the roulette table provides the players an approximately 50% chance of winning. Hence, if the ball lands on red, it seems logical to double up your bet on black, comprehending that it won’t likely land on red for two consecutive times.
However, this type of strategy also requires a certain amount of money and a proper approach because you can’t expect to hit the bullseye in your first attempt. Moreover, a streak of lots of reds or blacks in a row is not as unusual as someone would think. Often, there are cases with 6 or 7 reds or blacks in a row, which doesn’t mean the online casino is cheating. That’s just the way the roulette works.
So, it basically means this strategy often can’t work if the players don’t have a bankroll big enough to double up at least ten times in a row. For even-money bets, the following bet progression applies:
1 – 2 – 4 – 8 – 16 – 32 – 64 – 128 – 256 – 512
As you can see, you need at least $1000 in order not to leave the casino empty-handed in case you fail to hit your favorite color for 9 consecutive times.
Still, there are some cases of real profit when it comes to a Martingale roulette strategy.
This is a confession of a playerwho managed to implement the strategy properly and make a small fortune.
“I did this successfully about 15 years ago
The most important note of my system is that whether you win or lose it doesn’t matter, you still make $35 every time the dealer deals a hand (yes even when you lose). The second most important note of this doubling system is that when you lose seven in a row and your bet is $735. Instead of doubling up at and adding five you send it to the person on your left so that you have 735 on 2 bets.
But we had several differences. Firstly we had all 7 people at a blackjack table
Table was in “party pit” in Perth; it was $5 min and no max. The party pit only open on Friday nights
I was the leader of the group and we all practiced beforehand the system. I can’t remember how much money we brang with us but it was around 15 K.
You double and add 5 every hand. So if you’re loosing it goes 5,15,35,75,155. Etc etc
If you win you go back to 5 and restart
Every hand at the dealer deals you make $35 whether you win or lose that hand is irrelevant, you will make $35 every hand dealt. (Not including splitting, Blackjacks and doubling). (7 hands at $5 each). If you lose seven in a row. (5, 15, 35, 75,155, 315, 735)
Then instead of your next bet being $1475 you send the $735 to the player on your left . So instead of $1475 bet u have two $735 bets, if they both lose you have 4 x 735 bets. Etc. Then have have to continue doubling from here.
We made $12,000 on the first Friday
On the second Friday we made just over $30,000 and we were there till 4am ( 10 hours straight with 7 people)
On the third Friday we went there all organised and cashed up ready to go. Then we discovered they had changed the table to $5 min $200 max
End of story!”
Nonetheless, using a Martingale strategy at the roulette table might help you get to some small winnings in short term, but just one “normal” streak can leave you with empty pockets.