Roulette strategies explained

The online roulette game we know today was first developed in France, which is why many casino croupiers still use French terms. In fact, the French word roulette, meaning ‘little wheel’, refers directly to the spinning of a numbered wheel (and a ball) to determine which of the numbers from zero through to 36 will be the lucky winner.


Lots of countries used spinning wheels to create games of chance. Indeed, history suggests soldiers often used a spinning shield to foretell the outcome of battles. And though everyone agrees it’s luck that determines chance outcomes, gamblers through the ages have struggled to better understand the concept of probability.

This guide looks at roulette strategy and explains the features of some of the most popular methods that people have tried over the years. This can make the game very interesting and fun, however luck still plays a very important role in each strategy.

Nevertheless, the roulette tips and information in this guide will certainly help you to learn how to play roulette online and understand the roulette odds and rules.


Most popular roulette strategies

The Martingale


This is quite a common live roulette system. The Martingale is usually employed on outside bets – which means any bet placed outside the numbered boxes on the table layout. That’s why many experts advise setting yourself a predetermined loss limit.

The “Three-To-Two”


The aim of the Three-To-Two roulette betting system is to gather a higher frequency of wins and (perhaps) make a modest profit. Combining two bets on a single spin, your first bet goes on red or black, and your second bet goes on a column. So a typical bet under this system would, for instance, place a three-unit bet on red, while also placing a two-unit bet on the middle (or second) column. This means you effectively cover 26 roulette pockets every round. Therefore you achieve a table coverage of up to 70% with just two bets.


The Labouchere


The Labouchere system, first, you decide how much you would like to win – let’s say £50. Next, in any way you choose, you subdivide and write down that amount in smaller units. For example: 5-10-5-5-5-10-5-5 (total = 50). Then you add together the left- and rightmost numbers and place a bet for that total (£10). With a win, you strike off the figures you used and substitute the new left- and rightmost numbers, placing a new bet for that total (£15).


If you lose, no figures are struck off. Instead, you add your losing bet to the end of the series. Then you apply the same method to your new (longer) number row.


The D’Alembert


The D’Alembert betting strategy avoids the excess amounts generated when doubling Martingale bets. Instead, you increase or decrease your bets by one unit respectively after every loss or every win. Experts believe the way to use this system is to walk away once you have gained as many wins as you have losses.


The Fibonacci


In a Fibonacci number sequence, every digit (from the third number onwards) is the sum of the preceding two digits. Here’s how it starts: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 … etc. To use the Fibonacci system for online roulette, the amount you bet is the total of your two previous bets.


Betting on Red


This ultra-simple roulette betting system involves betting on red numbers with a fixed stake, for a set number of spins. For instance, on an American roulette wheel (with 2 ‘zero’ slots: 0 and 00) you could stake £5 on red for 38 spins. Because this wheel has 18 red spaces out of 38 wheel slots, each spin gives you a 47.37% chance of landing on red. Once you land on red 19 times you break even – but there’s only a 37% probability of achieving this.


The Combo


This system combines ‘Betting on Red’ and ‘The Martingale’ described above. You place two individual bets, one on even and the other on red. Each is managed as a separate Martingale bet. So you double when you lose and revert to your original amount when you win. While it’s a very entertaining method, note the Combo still has no special mathematical advantage.