Columns

Most progressive strategies are executed with outside bets. In this case, it’s with columns, an element of roulette that sometimes goes unnoticed.

One of the most popular column strategies involves betting on all three, but with different amounts. It goes like this:

  • One unit in the first column
  • Two units in the second column
  • Four units in the third column

So, if your unit is $1, you invest $7 by putting $1, $2 and $4 in the respective columns. As the columns are rewarded 2:1, you will get -3, +1 or +9 units depending on whether you win with the 1, 2 or 4 column.

One half up

There is a middle ground between flat betting and progressive betting, and that is the one half up or 50 % increments system. It is based on starting with flat bets that, on winning, are converted into progressive bets with increments of 50% of the initial bet.

If you sign up for the one half up system, follow these steps:

  • Bet at your leisure the same amount until you win two consecutive rounds. Then the progression begins.
  • Add 50% to your initial bet. For example, if you have won twice with $10, the third time it will be $15. On the fourth, $20, on the fifth, $25.
  • When you lose, the sequence closes and you have to start again with your initial flat bet.

One half up is a loss-moderating method that is easy to execute and suitable for inexperienced players.

Base two and base five

Base two and base five are two positive progressive systems with pre-set limits. This allows for greater control of losses.

In base two we set our minimum or starting bet and the maximum bet we will play. For example, 1 and 10, 5 and 20, 10 and 50…, whatever is most convenient for our situation.

When it comes to betting, we start with our minimum amount. If we win, the next bet is our maximum amount. If we then lose, we go back to the minimum amount. Up and down. It’s so simple that it doesn’t even require any examples.

The base five system is derived from the base two and may also remind you of the 1-3-2-6 strategy. In this case, we have a sequence of 1-2-3-5 that indicates how many units you should bet in each round. You will move up or down the sequence depending on whether you win or lose.

So, if your minimum bet is $10, in a winning sequence you will bet $20, $30 and $50. If you lose any bets, you go back. Betting $50 would close the sequence and you would start again.

In this way, despite being a progressive system, the increasing amounts do not spiral out of control as they would with the martingale system.

Flat betting strategies

While progressive strategies change the bet as the luck changes, flat betting strategies operate by always betting the same amount, round after round.

Some players may find it monotonous and unexciting to bet the same amount every time, but flat betting has a great advantage: it helps you control your spending and avoids losing large sums of money all at once.

Here are the main systems that work with flat bets

Pivot

If you want to become a better roulette player, there’s a mathematical curiosity you might want to know.

In any given round of perfect roulette, all numbers have the same probability of coming up. In fact, when we consider thousands of rounds, this proves to be true: in the long run, all the numbers come up more or less the same number of times.

However, it turns out that this is not the case for a few rounds.

Any player can see that, in a cycle of 36 or 37 rounds (depending on the roulette wheel), not all the numbers appear. In fact, statistics show that a third (about 12) don’t come up, while another third come up more than once.

Do you get it? There are numbers that repeat in cycles of 36 or 37 rounds.

Your mission is to find them.

The pivot system requires you to have a good memory or to write down the numbers that come up. You have to find the number that repeats once in a sample of 35 spins.

When you find it, place a full bet on it round after round until it repeats and you win.

This system puts the odds in your favour (even a little), but you must pay attention to the number of rounds. Logically, the sooner the number repeats, the more profit you will make. But even if it only repeats in the last round, the profits and losses balance out.

And that’s better than having a negative bankroll.

James Bond

All strategies were invented by someone, even if you can’t remember his name. This one was devised by Ian Fleming, the creator of Agent 007. The character’s reputation for invincibility and the relative effectiveness of the method have made the James Bond system popular and widely used.

But even the best secret agent can’t beat the casino. Don’t be fooled, his strategy is not foolproof.

The James Bond system attempts to cover the table with the lowest chip cost. To execute this strategy, you just have to memorise these positions and figures for a $20 play each round (or the proportional equivalent for 40, 60, 80…):

  • 1 on the 0. If the ball lan ds here, you will have won $16.
  • 5 on the six of 13-14-15-15-16-17-18. If it lands here, you win $10.
  • 14 in the block 19-36. If it lands here, you win $8.

With this combination you cover twenty-five numbers. Although chance rules and you can always lose, it is clear that this method increases your chances in short sessions.

Masse égale

Even not having a method is a method. If you think that the strategies mentioned here are too complex or you don’t want to calculate, you may be thinking of simply letting the game dictate its own course.

Well, that’s a system too, and it’s called masse égale.

With masse égale you always bet on the same number or combination. That’s why masse égale makes more sense for inside bets (full house, horse, street…), as it doesn’t seek explosive winnings like progressive systems do. Inside the table is where the juiciest prizes are to be found.

It doesn’t get any easier. Of course, by applying masse égale you run the risk of going through losing streaks (it will happen, you can be sure of that). But you will also have the same chances of going on a winning streak.

On the plus side, being a flat betting system means that losses are much more controlled and don’t spiral out of control. But that also means that the winnings will never be spectacular.

3/2

It is clear that the best way to hit a number is to bet on all of them. But covering the table is an inefficient method of winning, because for every win you will have lost money on all the other numbers, and there is also the house edge to consider.

It is possible to try to cover as many numbers as possible with minimal investment. There will always be several numbers uncovered, but this way you can increase your chances.

The 3/2 system suggests you cover all the numbers of one colour and eight of the opposite colour. This leaves only ten roulette numbers uncovered. To achieve this, you have two options:

Bet three units on red and two units on the second column. If your unit is $1, that’s $3 on red and $2 on the column.

Bet three units on black and two units on the third column. This covers all the black and eight red numbers.

If you look at the table, you’ll see that with the 3/2 system you can cover twenty-six numbers, almost 70% of the total. This is definitely a good chance to win.

Learn and practice

As you can see, the game of roulette has many details and secrets. These are the ones that differentiate the sporadic and methodless player from the real great player, the rational and methodical one.

You can play however you want, but if you really want to enjoy the intensity and excitement of roulette, you must apply strategy. The planned victory and the knowledge that your intelligence has beaten fortune will be what really brings you strong emotions.

And money!

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