The Martingale system was devised in France in the 18th Century and has been used on a number of different casino games. It can be used on Roulette on the even chance bets, and is in fact one of the most well-known Roulette strategies around today. The outside bets on which you can use this system on a Roulette table are:
- Black or Red numbers
- Odd or Even numbers
- High or Low numbers
As this is being used for these specific bets on a Roulette table, it is advisable to play on a European wheel, as it only has a single zero and will improve your adds slightly than if you were to play on an American wheel, that has two zeros (0 and double 0). All even chance bets lose on an American wheel when the ball lands on zero or double zero, so by eliminating one of the zeros when playing on a European wheel, you will move the odds further in your direction. Also, on the European wheel, when the ball lands on zero you only lose half your bet on the outside chance even money bets, thus improving your odds further.
How the Martingale Roulette system works
The Martingale Roulette system requires that you play the even money bets, and each spin that you lose, you then double the bet on the next spin. When your bet wins, you then go back down to the minimum bet and start over again.
It is a very simple system, and very similar to the d’Alembert system. It works on the basis that you will have to win at some stage, and when you do you will not only recover your previous losses, but come out ahead. Here is a table that shows you just how this system works:
As you can see from the 20 spin sequence above, there were only four times when the bet won (16 losing bets), but the player actually finished 4 chips ahead. Obviously the amount you will actually win will depend on the value of the chips you are playing.
So this system looks great, but of course no system is foolproof, and the casinos have their own systems in place to protect themselves from methods like this.
When the Martingale Roulette system starts to fail is when there are a large number of losing bets in a row. For example, if you had just 12 losing bets in a row, your thirteenth bet would be a massive 20,480! Even if you had this kind of bank roll to play with, the casinos do not allow betting limits of this amount, purely to stop systems such as this being used.
But the chances of a bet losing 12 times in a row are very small in themselves, so there would not be many occasions where you would come across a situation like that.