It may not be a question that has troubled philosophers and the great thinkers of our time, but it is still a question that deserves answering: does the perfect roulette strategy exist?
Of all the great casino games on offer, roulette is perhaps the most enthralling, exhilarating and exciting to play. On one spin of the wheel your life can be transformed, whether that be for the better or worse.
For a game that is seemingly random and down to chance, there are a surprising amount of strategies out there. In this article we will take a look at five of the most popular and analyse which is best, enjoy!
- Bond, James Bond
Ian Fleming, the creator of fictional British Spy James Bond came up with this strategy, which he claimed could win you “the price of a good dinner” if you use it regularly. To try out this strategy you will need a minimum of $200 that you don’t necessarily mind losing…
How it works
Spread $140 of bets across the high numbers from 19-36, $50 on the number 13 through 18 and then $10 on 0 for insurance. If the high numbers come in, you’ll win $80, if the middle numbers come through, you’ll scoop $100 and if the ball lands on 0 you’ll win $160.
Whilst you won’t be winning massive amounts of money using this strategy, you will be able to steadily boost your bankroll with just a few wins. It does take away the thrill of risking it all on one number, but this strategy balances risk and reward much better a throwaway bet.
If it’s successful, as Ian Fleming said, you will have more than enough money for the price of a good dinner.
If a number between 1 and 12 shows up then you lose everything, that’s it, that’s the big disadvantage. If $200 is a lot of money to you then this strategy is pretty much off the table, because you could very easily lose that cash in the first spin.
- The Fibonacci Strategy
800 years ago, Leanardo of Pisa, an Italian mathematician introduced the idea of the Fibonacci sequence to Western European mathematics. The basic tenet of the sequence is that every number after the first two is the sum of its two predecessors.
In roulette you can use this sequence by adding your last two bets together to make sure that you make more money, even if you lose more spins than you win.
How it works
Start out with an either or bet, preferably red or black and set your stake at $1. Win or lose, keep your stake the same for the next bet before increasing it to $2 on your third bet, $3 on your fourth and $5 on the fifth.
If you lose, continue on the sequence, if you win move back two numbers in the sequence and bet that amount. If you’re struggling with the mental arithmetic involved, simply Google the Fibonacci Sequence before playing and follow that.
Striking early on in the sequence can ensure that you will profit in the long run, regardless of how many individual spins you win or lose. In addition to that, this strategy can be executed with relatively little money which gives you time to get used to it.
Unless you’re au fait with the sequence already, you’re going to have to perform a lot of mental arithmetic. One misstep could set you back all the way to the beginning and see your profits evaporate. The Fibonacci strategy isn’t bulletproof either, if you get behind early on it can be nigh on impossible to recover.
The Fibonacci Sequence – Nature’s Code – explained
- The Martingale Strategy
This is perhaps the most widely used strategy of all, and depending on who you listen to, the most successful roulette strategy available. If the Fibonacci strategy seemed too complex, then this one should be easier to get your head around.
How it works
Firstly, you will need to find a table with a low minimum bet and a high maximum bet, as that will be key to the success of the strategy. Once you have done this place the lowest possible bet on red or black.
If you win, continue placing the same bet with the same wager until you lose. Once that happens, double your wager. Every time you lose, you will double your wager until you either reach the maximum bet or run out of money, it’s as simple as that.
The Martingale Strategy works on the premise that you can erase your losses by doubling down your bet and increasing your profits. If you lose a couple of early hands then by the time your bet comes in, your losses could pale into insignificance.
If. That is the key word when it comes to this strategy. If you win. If you double your profits. If your bet comes in. There is no guarantee in this strategy, and you could just as easily lose a large amount of money as you could win it.
Summing Up: Which Strategy is Perfect?
All the strategies discussed above come with their respective drawbacks, and they are probably the three most-used strategies out there. Essentially there is no way to guarantee a win on the roulette table as it is a game of chance.
If you have $200 spare cash, then the James Bond strategy is probably the best to use as it balances risk and reward well and keeps things exciting with fairly high winnings on offer. The Fibonacci Strategy has its place for more serious players whereas the Martingale Strategy seems risky and incredibly basic.
In summary? There is no perfect roulette strategy, but Ian Fleming’s strategy is the closest you can get.