A Detailed Look at the Martingale System for Roulette

No matter how many times a Canadian gambler chooses to enjoy the game of roulette, he or she always knows that it is a game of luck. Since there isn't really any way to tilt the odds into the players' favor other than placing smart wagers, there are some ways to help make the bankroll last for a longer period of time. The Martingale System is a great way to practice roulette strategy because its purpose is to ensure that individuals can always compensate for their losing streaks.

What Is It?

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, the Martingale System is a progressive betting strategy that, like stated above, is designed in such a way that individuals can cover their losses - even if they happen to go on a losing streak. This is the perfect strategy for beginners in that they will not need a pencil and paper to do any calculations, it can be used in both online and in-house settings, and it is only meant to be implemented alongside even money bets.

What Is an Even Money Bet?

Before getting started, it is important to note what an even money wager actually is. This is a wager that, if won, will return the individual's initial bet along with winnings that equal it, essentially doubling the initial wager. There are three of these in any roulette game: odds or evens, red or black, and high or low numbers. The best part is that all of these have an almost 50/50 shot of producing a payout when users choose to enjoy a European wheel as opposed to the American variation.

Employing the Strategy

When ready, the first thing the user will need to do is come up with a starting point, which may also be referred to as the 'single unit'. This is the number upon which all future wagers will be built upon, so it is important to choose carefully in order to avoid exceeding table limits after having only lost a few rounds. The way the Martingale System works is that players will double this base unit each time they lose and fall back to that unit after every win. While it may sound complicated, it's actually quite simple to understand.

An Example

As an example, assume that you choose $1 as your base unit. This is a good choice for low-limit tables as it allows some flexibility on losing streaks. Now, if lose the first round, you'll double your bet to $2. If you win that one, you'll double again to $4. Then, if you win the third spin, you'll get your $4 back and earn $4, too. After having lost the first two spins and a total of $3, you've just won $4 on a single spin and come out on top by $1.

Final Notes

No matter what sort wagering strategy a player uses, it cannot be stated enough that a budget must be set - and the individual must stick to it - in order to avoid irresponsible spending. Sometimes, luck just isn't going to be on your side and you'll need to know when to walk away.