Martingale Roulette Strategy System

The Classic Martingale Roulette Strategy System - what is it and how does it work?

What is the Martingale Roulette Strategy System?

Quite possibly the most well known and popular Roulette Strategy System is the Classic Martingale Roulette Strategy System. This method essentially works by betting on a single colour and doubling your bets when you lose. By doing this, you recoup your losses and come out with a small profit, provided you keep doubling when you lose.

How does the Martingale Roulette Strategy System work?

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  • Step 1: Find a roulette table with a small minimum bet and a large maximum bet. It's important that you start with small bets because you want to have the option to double your losing bets as high as possible.
  • Step 2: Place a small bet on Red or Black; Odd or Even; or 1-18 or 19-36
  • Step 3: If you win, that's great! - Keep your winnings and place the same small wager again.
  • Step 4: If you lose, double your bet and place it on the same spot again. E.g. If you bet £1/$1 on Red and you lost, double it to £2/$2 and place it on Red again.
  • Step 5: If you win the second wager, keep your winnings and go back to your original small bet to start the process again.
  • Step 6: If you lose the second wager, repeat steps 4 & 5 again until you win, you run out of money or until you hit the table maximum bet.

So what does that look like in real terms?

So how does the Martingale Roulette Strategy System look on paper? The chart to the right shows what it would look like if you started with £10, lost twice and then won. Below is a full breakdown of how the run went.

  • You start with £10 (thogh you will likely need to deposit more than this to account for multiple losses)
  • You place a £1 bet on Red and lose, leaving you with £9 in the bank.
  • You double your bet to £2 to cover the initial loss and bet on Red again, losing again leaving £7 in the bank.
  • Again, you double your bet to £4 (bringing your bank down to £3), place it on Red and win, returning £8.
  • Because you kept doubleing up, the final bet covers all your losses bring your bank up to £11, leaving you £1 in profit.
Position Wager Outcome W/L P/L Bank
(Open £10)
 RED £1 LOSE -£1 -£1  £9
 RED £2  LOSE -£2 -£3  £7
 RED £4 WIN +£8 +£1  £11

Tips and Risks of the Martingale Roulette Strategy System

Of course, this strategy does not come without it's risks. It's easy to think that because the last 10 spins have been black that the next one is red, this is not the case. Every spin is random, and it has just as much chance of landing on red as it did on the previous spin.

The odds on this system are just under 50/50. It's not exactly 50/50 because of the 0 and 00. To give yourself an additional edge, avoid european tables that have the 00. American roulette tables usually only have a single 0, giving you better odds

Remember that if you lose too many times in a row, you could hit the table limit which means you're at a loss no matter what and you'll have to put some work in to recoupe your losses. It's always better to walk away if you start losing too much so you don't get caught up chasing your losses.

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