Roulette is a game of chance that is designed to win in the long run. Many players believe that betting systems will help them secure a positive outcome, but over the course of a lengthy session, the house will always come out more profitable. There are a few things that you can do to increase your chances of winning, however, in the short term.
While single number wagers pay out more money when they win, they are also less likely to actually pay out. Players should stick to wagers that cover a wide range of numbers, such as High-Low, Black-Red or Odd-Even bets. Although they only even money, they offer players a more secure option of making money while playing Roulette.
If players want to take a bigger risk, there are other marginally-profitable wagers. These include streets (any three horizontal numbers), corners (any four numbers joined by a square) and six lines (any six numbers in a horizontal row). These wagers pay out anywhere from 5:1 to 11:1.
Wagers that fall in between these two are the ones which divide the wheel into three sections. First column (1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34), second column (2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35) and third column (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36) wagers pay out 2 to 1, and the same goes for the first dozen, second dozen and third dozen. As the chances of winning these are three-in-one, they are regarded as safe bets for roulette players.
Some players will insist on sticking to betting systems, however. If this is how you would prefer to play roulette, then we would suggest the Martingale system. This betting system takes advantage of losing streaks. Since the game of roulette was designed for players to lose, this is a fairly effective system. The player doubles their wager every time they lose, so that when they do win, they recover all losses and earn an additional profit. Players will run into problems, however, when their winning streak goes on longer than their bankroll will allow. For players with small bankrolls, they should consider the D’Alembert system, which only requires players to increase their wager by one unit when they lose, rather than doubling their bet.