Around 20 years ago, when I had no idea about winning roulette, I approached a roulette table with around 10 reds in a row. I thought to myself that black is due to spin next. After all, what are the chances of red winning again, right? Well I lost. Then I said to myself I’d have to be very unlucky to lose again. So I increased my bet, and lost again. This happened for the next few spins, until I eventually blew my entire bankroll. I lost everything that I so proudly won earlier with my dozens betting system. Only many years later did I understand my delusion.
Martingale betting system for roulette appeared more than 200 years ago in France. Since then, this betting system has been of great interest not only to roulette players: gamblers use this strategy in casino card games and in bookmakers, for money management on the Forex market, for binary options and in other directions. Red number 1 or 3: You lose your black and middle wagers plus two of your three inside bets, but your return is $11 so your overall loss is just $2. Repeat your previous wagers. Repeat your previous wagers. Most roulette systems use a betting progression. For example, after 3 reds in a row, you bet on black. But this is fundamentally the same as after red,black and red, you bet black. There is no difference. To take it a step further, now consider adding betting progression where you increase bet size after losses.
The image shown here looks crazy I know. It was originally published by a player who seemed to want to discredit the casino. But the truth is the casino staff were adjusting the wheel and attached equipment, which gave the strange readings. It is still possible such a sequence will spin, but I’ll explain more about it later.
On the European wheel, there are 37 numbers. 18 are black, and 18 are red. So the odds of red spinning are 18/37 = 0.4865. The odds of black spinning are the same. And it’s the same for any “even chance” bet including highs and lows, and odds and evens. The odds do not change no matter how many reds or blacks have spun in a row. Consider again my loss when I bet on black. What I failed to realize is the odds of black or red spinning next are not affected by previous sequences. There is an exception that i wont explain in this article, but the statement is true in the cases of almost every losing roulette system.
Take my situation for example. Some players at the table thought red was on a winning streak, and that it would continue. I saw it differently and expected the streak to end. Who was right? Actually none of us were right. I just happened to get unlucky.
If you want to get technical, the odds of red then black spinning are 1 in (0.4865 x 0.4865). But it’s the same as red then red spinning, or black then black.
There are three dozens on the table, and 37 numbers. So the odds of a dozen spinning once is 12/37. Again the odds don’t change based on previous dozens. They will always be the same. If you’re new to roulette, it may be hard to get your head around the concept. But keep in mind thinking that streaks will continue or end is one of the most common misconceptions about gambling. It is a concept that is old as history itself. Billions of gamblers have applied the principles and lost. It might be wise to consider what so many people have learned.
If you need convincing of the above, I suggest run hundreds of thousands of trials with automated software. Or even use a simple excel chart. Count the number of times red and red spin, then check the odds that red or black will spin next. the result is the odds are still the same, for both red and black. Actually I created free software to demonstrate this principle. The interface is shown below.
Get the software from http://www.roulettephysics.com/roulette-pattern-detector/
Basically you load as many spins as you want into a text file, then ask the software to find a sequence of numbers like 0,0,0. This will check how many times 0 spun three times in a row. Then check how many times the numbers 23,4,15 spin in this exact sequence. If you test enough numbers (millions or more is advised), you’ll find the odds are still the same. So the odds of 0,0,0 are the same as 1,2,3 or 3,2,1 or 14,12,34 and so on. So next time you see three zeros in a row, don’t be so surprised. Because really it’s the same as any other three numbers. It’s merely more recognizable to you. After all, three zeros seems pretty obvious on the marquee (where winning numbers are displayed).
Maybe you now understand this. But here’s the part you may not understand yet . . .
Most roulette systems use a betting progression. For example, after 3 reds in a row, you bet on black. But this is fundamentally the same as after red,black and red, you bet black. There is no difference. To take it a step further, now consider adding betting progression where you increase bet size after losses. You may think you’re increasing your chance of winning, but all you’re actually doing is changing the amount you risk. Here’s proof:
If you saw red, red and red spin in a row, you may bet $100 on black and lose. For now forgetting the existence of green zero, the odds of you losing that $100 is 50%. Next you double your bet to $200 and hope to win back your $100 and win an extra $200. But the reality is you have just made two completely independent bets as per below:
Bet 1: $100 on red (50% chance of winning)
Bet 2: $200 on red (50% chance of winning)
The math is very simple. Nothing has changed except the amount you have bet. You can either get lucky and win back your losses, or lose big. Will the casino owner be upset if you get lucky and win? No because they know for every winner, there’s a loser. And in the bigger picture, there are more losers than winners. In fact casinos actually need people to win sometimes, to keep hope alive.
To win roulette consistently, you need to see past the illusion of sequences and patterns. Patterns like 1,2,3 spinning make sense to us, but really it’s no different to 32,4,10 spinning. And betting progression wont change anything except the amount you win. The only way to beat roulette is by changing the odds of you winning, and this is not done by looking for repeating numbers, or numbers that haven’t spun in a while. It is done by understanding why the ball lands where it does, and using this knowledge to properly assess a wheel and predict spin outcomes.
What’s the best red & black roulette system? First let’s look at the odds. The roulette odds for colors are 1 to 1 (excluding zero). Can you win at roulette with a roulette system that uses only red and black bets? To my knowledge, there is only one way and it is only possible in very rare circumstances. Additionally, it requires predictive electronics. But that is beyond the scope of this article. This article focus on a Roulette red / black strategy that is better suited to the average player. If you are looking for a roulette system that already wins, without the need for further research or development, see www.roulettephysics.com. But before betting with this strategy, learn why most players lose and learn what happens when you use a roulette betting progression.
Before I continue, understand that I am in no way presenting a red black system that will win in the long-term. And statistically, 100 players using the exact same system will on average lose. So this is not a professional roulette system, but it is fun to play and usually achieves good results in the short term.
The system is simply start by betting one chip. If you lose, increase your bet size by one chip. If you win, decrease your bet size by one chip.
So it’s a very basic progression but is very easy to apply. When I first started out at roulette, I almost always used a simple system such as this to pay for dinner.
Continue play such as this eventually blows the bankroll because you’re progression gets so large that a single loss can be devastating. Theoretically, without any table betting limits, your betting progression could go forever. But in reality there are betting limits, and you don’t have an unlimited supply of money. Nevertheless, red and black betting systems are a great way to stay at the table for extended periods.
Very rarely will I ever bet on red or black, and if I do it is with the understanding that the casino has the long-term edge. But you may recall a while back I did precognition testing. Precognition involves basically psychic predictions to determine whether or red or black will spin next. The precognition trials we did involved exact number bets rather than colours, which is perhaps inappropriate considering other precognition trials indicate colour predictions tend to be more accurate.
Do I believe in precognition? Well I don’t have irrefutable proof that it exists, but I believe I have experienced enough to believe that it is real.
You can make up your own mind. Below is a strategy involving red and black bets that tends to work well with precognition, at least according to trials I have done.
Firstly, understand that psychic phenomena involves living energy. Putting to more understandable context, it is much easier for someone to remember something that is attached to emotion or life. For example, it is very easy to remember a face, but not so much a name. A name is somewhat arbitrary. It is just a bunch of letters. But there is a stronger relationship to a person’s face, so it is easier to recognise and remember.
If the same kind of case when it comes to precognition in roulette, where predicting a number such as 32 is kind of arbitrary. And besides 32 is quite similar to 22. But something such as the colour is more organic and specific. As is the green zero.
I can’t say I’ve ever achieved long-term winnings with precognition, but I do believe it has great potential for beating roulette than any other technology in existence, including roulette computers.
Play wheel of fortune on line. A letter on your board appears in the puzzle. A contestant lands on a wedge that is on your board and guesses correctly (e.g., calls a letter in the puzzle).
I believe everyone has at least a latent ability for precognition, but of course like any skill or ability, it can be developed. The two methods I suggest are assuming that precognition is real, and once again you can decide for yourself if it is not.
Method 1: Yes or no
Whenever we make a decision, I believe we all have a gut feeling in our solar plexus that tells us whether we feel good or bad about the decision. So when you place a bet on red, you will either feel good or bad about the decision. If the feeling is positive, keep your bet on red. If it is negative, move your back to black. Obviously you will look a bit silly and indecisive at the table, but this is by far the most successful method at precognition, at least from my experience.
Method 2: Red or black.
I have had very little to no success at trying to guess whether red or black will spin next. This is not to say that you won’t have any success.
You probably arrived here expecting to find something different, but my experience with roulette has taught me you can’t win with red or black bets, or any bet for that matter, unless you first increase the accuracy of your predictions. No betting progression will change this fact. And because red and black alternate each pocket, perhaps the only universal winning red and black system involves the use of precognition. But in my experience, it is absolutely essential that there be a living element to the prediction process. It is not as simple as just predicting an arbitrary number. It’s like seeing a 10 digit number, then one year later being asked if you had seen a number before. You simply wouldn’t have an idea unless you have perfect memory. But if you are shown a picture of something and a year later were shown it again, you would be able to recognize it as something you have seen before.
If precognition is not something you want to try, then the best red & black roulette system for you will probably be a basic progression system. Simply if you lose, increase your bet by one unit. If you win, reduce your bet by one unit. To prevent your bets becoming too large, reset your bet to 1 unit when you have significantly increased your bankroll. You can reset when you are up by one unit, or aim for a larger profit. The more aggressive your progression, the greater the risk of quickly losing your bankroll.
At least this is a simple strategy that anyone can learn and use, and it keeps you at the table for a long time.