Your Complete Guide to Roulette Strategy

While roulette is essentially a game of chance, there are many strategies you can use to improve your odds of winning. On this page, we’ll take a look at some of the most well-known roulette strategies, how they work, and what results you might get if you put them into practice.

What is Roulette Strategy?

The term ‘roulette strategy’ can be applied to any method which players might use to try to win at the roulette table. Roulette strategies are based on a set of rules, which are often mathematical. Players will then bet according to these rules.

Roulette has inspired more strategies than any other casino game in history.

Your Best Roulette Strategy Options

When it comes to roulette strategies, there are so many great options to choose from. Deciding which one to go for depends very much on your style of play.

Some strategies are very aggressive, and could see you reap massive rewards. But, you’ll need to be prepared to put your bankroll on the line. Other strategies are considered much safer, and see players bet in a more conservative way to amass smaller prizes.

These are some of the best known roulette strategies, the rules they’ve inspired and the payouts you can expect if you successfully put the strategies into practice.

Alternatively take a look at some quick roulette tips to improve your game, or get to know roulette odds better in our guides.

Martingale

Martingale is one of the oldest, and best-known roulette strategies.

With Martingale, every time a player loses, they double their bet. Therefore, when they eventually win, they will recover any money they had previously lost, and an additional profit which would give them back their original wager.

Martingale graph

In Practice

The below example shows how Martingale could work for you if you happened to be lucky early on in the betting system. Remember though, consecutive losses can (and do) happen to roulette players, so this is worth bearing in mind before you risk it all with Martingale.

you bet
outcome
profit
Bet no. 1
you bet
$5 on red
outcome
lose
profit
-5
Bet no. 2
you bet
$10 on red
outcome
lose
profit
-10
Bet no. 3
you bet
$20 on red
outcome
win
profit
$20 win at 1:1 payout + $20 bet returned = $40
Total overall profit = $5

As you can see from the table above, the player who successfully uses Martingale simply needs to continue doubling their bet in order to recoup any previous losses and get a small profit when they win.

However, this betting system relies on a player being infinitely wealthy, and never going bankrupt when having to double their bets. Bet values can soon add up when you use Martingale, so it’s worth exercising some caution if you do decide to try this strategy.

Labouchere

This betting system is well worth a try if Martingale seems a little too aggressive. The Labouchere is known as a relatively complicated roulette strategy, due to the rules which it relies on, but that doesn’t mean a novice player can’t successfully put Labouchere into practice at the roulette table.

The player sets a goal of how much they want to win, divided into a series of smaller numbers adding up to that goal. The player then adds together the numbers at the far left and far right of the sequence to determine the first bet. If the bet wins, the numbers are crossed out and the next bet uses the next two numbers on the far left and right. If the bet loses, the bet amount is added to the far right side of the sequence.

Labouchere graph

In Practice

Let’s see how Labouchere might work for you in practice, using the same sequence as that used in our example rules. Bear in mind that the player’s goal is a win of $100, and that’s how this sequence has come about.

Sequence
you bet
outcome
profit
Bet no. 1
Sequence
10-20-10-10-10-20-10-10
you bet
$20 on black
outcome
win
profit
+20
Bet no. 2
Sequence
20-10-10-10-20-10
you bet
$30 on black
outcome
lose
profit
-30 (-10 overall)
Bet no. 3
Sequence
20-10-10-10-20-10-30
you bet
$50 on black
outcome
win
profit
+50 (+40 overall)

The example above shows how this betting system could see you win when playing roulette. The key to it, as it is with all roulette betting systems, is simply to win more than you lose. That way, you’ll reap the rewards of this exciting game of chance.

Reverse Labouchere

Labouchere is a negative progression system. It works if you never run out of money to spend, but its big flaw is that you can incur a massive loss that will put you out of the game. For this reason, the positive progression system known as Reverse Labouchere was invented.

When playing this strategy, you can expect to lose small amounts quite often, but you’ll take back any losses with the occasional big win. If you manage to win several times consecutively, you can make good money using Reverse Labouchere.

In Practice

Take a look at the table below to see how Reverse Labouchere works in practice, and why it is so different from the more aggressive, traditional Labouchere betting system.

Sequence
you bet
outcome
profit
Bet no. 1
Sequence
1-2-5-4
you bet
$5 on black
outcome
win
profit
+5
Bet no. 2
Sequence
1-2-5-4-5
you bet
$6 on black
outcome
lose
profit
-1
Bet no. 3
Sequence
2-5-4
you bet
$6 on black
outcome
win
profit
+5

Reverse Labouchere is an interesting system to try, particularly as you aren’t as likely to suffer heavy losses when you play this way. It’s a more conservative option than traditional Labouchere, and it’s well worth a go if you’re looking for a new way to win at roulette.

Andrucci

If you know anything about Chaos Theory, you’ll know that over an infinite time, every number in roulette will come up the same amount of times. Andrucci is a betting system based on this, but with one crucial difference.

In Andrucci, players note that some numbers do come up more often than others, in a short space of time. Experts believe that a few numbers will appear up to eight times in 35 spins. Andrucci depends on a player being able to recognize what these numbers are and bet accordingly.

In Practice

Andrucci is an interesting betting system in that it relies on luck rather than mathematics. For this reason, it’s a risky choice, but many players swear by their successes when using the Andrucci betting system.

you bet
outcome
profit
Bet no. 1
you bet
$5 on 17
outcome
win
profit
+$175
Bet no. 2
you bet
$5 on 17
outcome
lose
profit
+$170
Bet no. 3
you bet
$5 on 17
outcome
win
profit
+$165

If you get lucky using the Andrucci betting system, it can prove very profitable indeed. But remember, there’s really no such thing as a ‘lucky’ number in roulette. It’s all very much dependent on whether Lady Luck decides it’s your day or not.

D’Alembert

D’Alembert is another roulette strategy based on the theory of progression, but it’s not as aggressive or risky as the Martingale.

The strategy depends on players betting on even money bets, and keeping bets the same as long as they win. If they lose, they will bet an additional coin, and go on doing so until they win again.

In Practice

With this strategy, bets don’t rise as fast as they do in more aggressive options. So, you won’t suffer such massive losses, but you also won’t recover all previous losses from a single win, as you would in Martingale. Take a look at the table below to see how this strategy works in practice.

you bet
outcome
profit
Bet no. 1
you bet
$5
outcome
lose
profit
-$5
Bet no. 2
you bet
$6
outcome
win
profit
+$1
Bet no. 3
you bet
$5
outcome
win
profit
+$6

As you can see from the above example, D’Alembert is a relatively safe way to bet in roulette. It won’t see you forced to put down extreme amounts of chips chasing lost money. However, you’re not likely to get rich using this system.

Contra D’Alembert

Contra D’Alembert is, as its name suggests, simply the reverse of the traditional D’Alembert system.

The strategy relies on a positive progressive system but it’s one of the less aggressive versions of systems like these. It relies on players betting slightly more each time they win, and slightly less should they lose.

In Practice

The example below shows how you might put the Contra D’Alembert betting system into practice in a real game of roulette.

you bet
outcome
profit
Bet no. 1
you bet
$5
outcome
lose
profit
-$5
Bet no. 2
you bet
$10
outcome
lose
profit
-$15
Bet no. 3
you bet
$15
outcome
win
profit
$0

The Contra D’Alembert betting system sometimes requires players to win on a few different rounds in order to make up their losses and start making a profit. It is, however, an interesting betting system which is well worth a try if you prefer mathematical strategies.

Fibonacci

Based on the famous mathematical sequence, the Fibonacci betting system is a favorite amongst experienced players. It’s simple to learn and easy to remember, as once you know how the sequence works, you can easily work out how it goes.

In Fibonacci each number is the sum of the two numbers before. So, it goes: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 and so on.

In Practice

The one thing you need to know if you’re using the Fibonacci strategy in roulette, is that each number represents betting units. So, if you’re betting in $10 units, the sequence would be $10, $10, $20, $30 and so on. Here’s how it might work in a typical game.

you bet
outcome
profit
Bet no. 1
you bet
$10
outcome
lose
profit
-$10
Bet no. 2
you bet
$10
outcome
lose
profit
-$20
Bet no. 3
you bet
$20
outcome
win
profit
$0

The above example shows how the Fibonacci system can be used to ensure that you don’t suffer heavy losses when playing roulette. Of course there’s no predicting the outcome of every spin, and it is possible to lose consecutively for a reasonable amount of time, which is why this system does come with some element of risk. However, it’s not quite as risky as its more aggressive counterparts.

Paroli

Another form of positive progression systems, the Paroli betting strategy is remarkably popular in roulette circles. A simple system, Paroli is easy to learn and even easier to remember once you’ve mastered it.

When using Paroli a player doubles their wager every time they win their bet. They continue to do until they achieve three consecutive wins.

In Practice

Paroli is an interesting betting system when you see it put into practice. It’s unique in that it sees players chasing three consecutive wins, which can see them reap impressive rewards if they are prepared to bet bravely from the beginning. Here’s how it works:

you bet
outcome
profit
Bet no. 1
you bet
$10
outcome
lose
profit
-$10
Bet no. 2
you bet
$10
outcome
win
profit
$0
Bet no. 3
you bet
$20
outcome
win
profit
$20

The amount of risk involved when playing the Paroli betting strategy depends very much on how big the units are that you are prepared to bet with. It’s a great option for novices and experienced roulette players alike.

3 2

If there’s one thing we will say about roulette betting systems, it’s that they don’t tend to be very flexible. But that’s what sets the 3 2 betting system apart. This strategy sees players cover as many outcomes as they can, without putting down too large a wager to make a profit overall.

Option 1

Players bets three units on red and two units on column two.

Option 2

Players bets three units on black and two units on column 3.

Therefore if you choose option one your total sum bet would look like this:

32 result

In Practice

There’s no denying that covering such a large area of the wheel will see your wins mount up, but will it improve your profit margin? Probably not. That’s because betting this way is very low risk, and that equals low payouts. Take a look at the scenario below.

you bet
outcome
profit
Bet no. 1
you bet
$30 on red and $20 on the second column
outcome
lose
profit
-$50
Bet no. 2
you bet
$30 on red and $20 on the second column
outcome
lose
profit
-$100
Bet no. 3
you bet
$30 on red and $20 on the second column
outcome
win
profit
-$30

The scenario above shows how the 3 2 system could be problematic in practice. As the profits from wins aren’t very generous when playing this strategy, you do need to win a considerable number of times to make it work. And if it’s not your lucky day, that could be a challenge.

1 3 2 6

The 1 3 2 6 strategy takes its inspiration from another famous roulette betting system: the Paroli. This is a relatively straightforward strategy to get to know and to use in practice. It’s another example of a progressive betting strategy and it can be used for any game which depends on your placing even money bets. Let’s take a closer look at how 1 3 2 6 works.

In Practice

The 1 3 2 6 is an example of a progressive betting system which can be potentially lucrative, and doesn’t require players to bet vast sums of money on single spins. Take a look at the below table to see how it might work:

you bet
outcome
profit
Bet no. 1
you bet
$5
outcome
win
profit
+$5
Bet no. 2
you bet
$15
outcome
win
profit
+$20
Bet no. 3
you bet
$10
outcome
lose
profit
+$10

As you can see, using 1 3 2 6 can see players rewarded for their consistent, yet still quite conservative, way of betting. This is a strategy which is applicable to many other games where the outcome is close to 50/50, so you might see it used in various other casino games too.

Aspects That Can Impact Your Strategy

Minimum and Maximum Bets

All casinos, whether they are land-based or online, have minimum and maximum bets on their roulette games. And as you might expect, these can make or break a roulette strategy.

You’ll often find that a minimum bet is in the region of $10, whilst a maximum bet will be around $60,000, but these vary from casino to casino. If, for example, you’re using Martingale, you can come a cropper if you’re unlucky enough to reach the maximum bet limit without recouping your previous losses.

Game Type

There are several different variations of the game of roulette, and with each one the house edge is slightly different. These subtle differences can affect roulette strategies.

For example, if you’re using a strategy such as Andrucci, you’ll be looking to pick out which numbers come up the most. So, you’ll need to be aware of the fact that in some variations of roulette, such as American, there are additional numbers (an extra 00).

Payout Amounts

When using any roulette strategy, you need to be aware of the payout amounts you can expect for any given bet. In roulette, this isn’t as simple as it might seem.

For example, in roulette variations which have 37 numbers, the payout remains 35:1. Likewise, payout amounts for specific bets like a five number bet have standardized payouts (in this case it’s 6:1 - which makes it a poor bet indeed).