There are a lot of different betting systems at casinos. Most try to follow at least one of them at certain career stages. Most over-hyped systems are nothing more than the trash that does not help achieve the winning results and even deprive you of your bankroll under certain circumstances.
What Is Martingale Betting System?
To avoid being accused of making unsubstantiated statements, let's start the discussion with the most popular strategy referred to as the Martingale system.
There are several variations of it, but the common principle consists in doubling a bet after each loss.
The system dates back to the mid-18th century. It has been subjected to harsh criticism during the whole period of its existence. Nevertheless, it is still in demand among gamblers, especially beginners.
Basic Martingale Strategy
It is mainly used while making side bets on roulette, like red/black or odd/even. The player wagers on any color and doubles the bet until he wins. Then he makes the minimum bet again and continues to play at least in the same way.
We want to emphasize that the Martingale betting system requires a vast bankroll. After all, when the initial bet is equal to one dollar, the tenth bet is five hundred and twelve dollars. And you bet this money to win just one dollar.
To be sure, the desired color comes up much earlier, but each casino has its betting limits, so it is prohibited to wager on the same field even from one to five hundred dollars. Well, we guess that you understand what it means. You will reach the upper table limit before the desired color appears. So, the system will lose its sense. Further bets on this field will not return the lost funds.
Advanced Martingale System
According to this betting system, bets are usually made on straights that are paid 35:1 in case of a victory. The bet is not doubled after each loss, but it increases gradually after reaching a certain stage. If you win, everything starts from the beginning. Thus, the number of spins decreases with each new bet.
- One dollar is bet within thirty-five spins;
- two dollars are wagered during seventeen spins;
- three dollars are bet in eleven spins, and so on.
The earlier the desired number shows up after changing the bet size, the bigger is your payout.
Many players report that this system works, but sooner or later you will come across a series of unprofitable spins, which leads to the loss of your money.
That's the truth.
American Martingale Strategy
This system is popular among those who like betting on dozens and columns while playing roulette. There is no sense in discussing it because it consists in doubling bets after each loss. This provides it with the same disadvantages as the basic betting system.
Why Martingale Does Not Work
Discussing those who support the Martingale betting strategy, we can presume that these players do not understand the first principle of the appearance of numbers on the roulette wheel. It consists of the fact that a new winning number is unrelated to the previous one.
This process cannot be compared with the probability of getting an ace in blackjack, which increases with the appearance of other cards from a shoe. In roulette, the same number can virtually come up an infinite quantity of times, not to mention the color or even/odd.
The author of this article saw a series of over thirty red numbers in a row with a few cases when the ball landed on zero, which only worsened the situation.
As you can see, the Martingale system is useless in such cases.
It is up to you to decide whether this system is worth playing or not, but we recommend that you should use it. Moreover, note that such systems are not only allowed but even encouraged at many casinos. We guess this is the best evidence of its uselessness and even harm.