If there is money to be won, then someone will devise a plan to create an advantage for them to win it. This is extremely common when it comes to casino games. For every table or slot machine in a casino, there are numerous strategies designed to beat that particular game. Roulette is no exception. There are probably well over a dozen strategies that claim to be able to beat the system. The question is whether or not there is really a roulette strategy that works out there.
The idea that somehow you can exert a level of control over such a random game like that of roulette, gives some players hope that they can bring home a big bag of cash after a short time at the wheel. The truth is that many of these so called systems actually cause you to lose more often than win. A majority of the strategies out there rely on a common theme; the basic belief that eventually the law of averages will take over and cause either an odd or even to hit, or a black or a red.
The most common strategy advertised is the progressive betting system, or Martingale. The basic premise is that you essentially have an even money proposition to hit either a color or an odd or even number. Therefore, if you decide to play one side of those bets, you will commit to doubling up your wager until you finally won back your initial bet. For example, you place $10 on red and it lands on black, therefore you lose. The next spin, you would put $20 on red, because in theory, each time it lands on black it becomes less likely it will do so the next spin. You would continue to do this for the night, constantly starting over at your basic unit, and doubling up until you won that amount each time.
This strategy is flawed for two major reasons, and will eventually lead to you taking losses. First, roulette tables will have table limits that prevent you from continuing to double up your wagers in perpetuity. Often times, the limits will kick in by the fourth or fifth progression, depending on how much you typically wager. If you can manage to avoid the table limits, then most likely you are not playing for stakes that will make this evening worth the effort. If you are running into the limits, then this means that you will not be able to recoup your wager simply by doubling up your bet, but rather will have to win multiple spins in a row, which defeats the purpose of the system in the first place.
The second flaw is that from a pure physics perspective, there is no law of nature that states that a previous spin will impact the results of a future spin. This means that there is a possibility that from this point on, no roulette wheel ever has the ball land on black ever again…anywhere. Obviously, this is unlikely, but the point is that it is quite possible that the spins could go on enough to continually push you up against the limits, and that has just as much of a chance of happening as any other result.