If you have ever attempted to tackle the subject of roulette strategy, then you probably already know that there are quite a few covering even odds bets. In our previous blogs, we have covered the majority of these strategies, tested them, and given you our opinion on which of them work well, the risks, the pros, the cons, and where you can practice playing those strategies for free or using crypto.
In this guide we are going to briefly go over each roulette strategy we already covered and give you resource links so you can go back and read about them in more detail as well as learn how to play them.
You will also find that each of our guides explains the basic concepts of roulette. So, if you are not sure what an outside bet is, what an even odds bet is, or how much you will get paid for these bets, then don’t worry because our guides have you covered. They start slowly bringing beginners into the loop and then move onto the more complex aspects of the game later on.
That said, roulette is an amazingly simple game to learn, and therefore, it won’t take you long to get to grips with our roulette strategy guides. On top of all this, we also explain the RTPs and house edge of all the betting options we cover.
Did you know? An American Roulette table has a lower RTP compared to a European Roulette table. This is because the American version has ‘0’ and ‘00’ so there are 38 numbers. European Roulette only uses a single ‘0’ bringing the total numbers on the wheel to just 37!
Here are the strategies we will briefly review in this guide:
If you are just starting out as a roulette player or you need a refresher guide, then check out our guide to casino roulette rules. Pay particular attention to the outside bet options that pat even odds because this is the most important bet if you would like to implement all the strategies mentioned below.
Martingale Roulette Strategy
Advantages: One of the advantages of this system is that if you had an unlimited bankroll and there were no max bet limits on a table, you can just keep on doubling your bet and you will eventually make a healthy profit.
Disadvantages: This system also has some major flaws. Those being the max bet limit applied to outside bets and your bet size. Firstly, if you have an unlucky run of losses, you could find yourself continuously doubling your bet far beyond the value of your starting bet.
Secondly, placing expensive bets can end up resulting in you hitting the table max-bet limit which means you can no longer double your bet which is disastrous to the end result of this strategy. That said, you could always switch to a higher limit table if one is available.
If you want to learn about the Fibonacci system in detail and see it in action, then check out our Martingale Roulette Strategy Guide!
Reverse Martingale Roulette Strategy
The Reverse Martingale roulette system is just the opposite of its predecessor. As one of the major flaws of the Martingale system is the tendency to occasionally run into the max-bet ceiling for outside bets, the Reverse Martingale came to light to help players avoid this scenario.
Advantages: If you are lucky enough to hit the max bet ceiling, it doesn’t matter because all this means is you have won a large sum of cash. Additionally, when you double your bet, you are just leaving your winnings plus your original bet on the table, so you do not need a large bankroll to finance the Reverse Martingale Strategy.
Finally, if you go on a winning streak, then you end up maximising your winnings.
Disadvantages: One of the main cons of playing this strategy versus not playing it at all is that you are risking your potential winnings by betting them again rather than banking them. One way to deal with this is to set yourself a max win limit, which is basically the good old ‘quit while you are ahead’ strategy. It makes sense because eventually you have to lose a coup.
If you want to learn about the Reverse Martingale system in detail and see it in action, then check out our Reverse Martingale Roulette Strategy Guide!
Fibonacci Roulette Strategy
If you prefer the progressive increases of the Martingale, but you want to limit the risks involved with bet sizing going out of control, then the Fibonacci is similar so far as the progression is concerned, while you also have control over the size of your bet by the end of the sequence so you have more control over your bankroll.
Implementing the system: This system requires you to decide exactly how many coups you will play. You then follow a sequence for each bet. That sequence requires you to take the amount placed on the previous 2 bets, add them together and use that total for your next bet. Continue to do this until you have reached your predetermined number of coups!
Advantages: In essence, you can dictate exactly how much you will bet. A little mathematics, and you have your max loss potential in front of you. If you hit a winning streak, then you can win a large sum. You can also end up losing more coups versus winning and still make a profit. But in general, this only works when you win bets when you are further into the sequence.
Disadvantages: The issue with this strategy is that bets only really mean anything as you get to the later stages of your designated number of coups. You can start with a winning streak, but it counts for nothing if you hit a losing streak towards the end.
If you want to learn about the Paroli system in detail and see it in action, then check out our Fibonacci Roulette Strategy Guide!
Labouchere Roulette Strategy
One of the most interesting roulette strategies out there is the Labouchere roulette system. It uses a number string to control your bets. You can also decide how much you want to win using this strategy, invent your string, and away you go!
It’s not the easiest of strategies to implement on your first try, but once you play the Labouchere strategy, you will quickly get the hang of it. Overall, it is not as risky as the Martingale but is not as safe as the Reverse Martingale strategy.
Implementing the system: Choose the amount you want to win and break this number down into smaller numbers. Create a string out of the smaller numbers. Subtract the left and right most numbers when you win and use the remaining right and left most numbers to decide your next bet size. When you lose, add the amount you lost to the string.
Advantages: This system helps you control how much you want to win. Moreover, you can make a profit without completing the system. On top of this, it also has a knack of helping you make a profit despite losing more coups than you win. Plus, this system is also flexible. For example, there are a couple of fail safes you can use if your bet sizes go out of control.
Disadvantages: Despite the appealing upsides to this strategy, it does not come without risk. If you hit a losing streak, you could end up adding on numbers and your bet sizes can increase quickly. Getting back from this point can also become a headache, and you can easily find yourself betting high.
However, there are ways to adjust the string. Once you understand the system after a couple trial runs, you can play with the system by simply adjusting the number string to suit your situation.
If you want to learn about the Paroli system in detail and see it in action, then check out our Labouchere Roulette Strategy Guide!
D’alembert Roulette Strategy
If you prefer to play the slow game, you may enjoy the D’alembert strategy. It is as safe as the Reverse Martingale Strategy, requires minor investment, and it includes both progressive and regressive bets. It is an easy strategy to use, although it is a little strange and takes a bit of brain training to get the hang of.
Implementing the system: This strategy requires reaching a goal of 3 consecutive wins. To begin with, you stick to your original bet until you win. You then increase your bet by +1. At this stage you increase your bet by +1 when you win and reduce it by -1 when you lose. Continue doing this until you hit your 3rd win, then rinse and repeat!
Advantages: This is a strategy that does not require a large bankroll, and you generally lose very little in the long run, even if you hit a losing streak. You can also win more cash despite losing a greater number of coups than winning. All in all, this is one of the safest strategies in this list, and has a high chance of giving you a profit.
Disadvantages: The D’alembert strategy is so safe that it can take some time to etch out a winning session. There is a lot of back and forth and if you are an action junkie, then you are likely going to get bored quickly, while conservative players will be just fine. Also, when you do win, it’s often not much in the long run.
If you want to learn about the Paroli system in detail and see it in action, then check out our D’alembert Roulette Strategy Guide!
Paroli Roulette Strategy
And now for the grand finale. The most recent strategy out of the 6 on the list we covered in great detail because there is a lot of hype surrounding it. The Paroli system is basically the Reverse Martingale strategy with one key point added. That key point is to make you quit while you are ahead by using a mixture of the Reverse Martingale roulette strategy and the D’alembert roulette strategy!
Implementing the system: The idea is to increase your bet every time you win, and then once you get to 3 wins, restart the system. You play at the min-bet until you win. Once you win, you double your bet. If you win again, you double again, meanwhile you halve your bet when you lose.
Advantages: For those looking to avoid reaching the outside bet max-bet limit, the Paroli system prevents that from happening because you quit after you hit 3 wins in a row. This system certainly helps to reduce losses, and you can end up ahead most of the time despite losing more coups than winning.
Disadvantages: One of the issues with this system is that making a profit relies on you making it to 3 consecutive wins, which by the way is perfectly doable. However, you need to reach triple wins multiple times in a session, so it takes some patients to wait for a session that will provide you with a run of results that involves 3 consecutive wins.
Another downside to this system is that a bad run can mean that you end up losing more than could have won had you not used the system when you do not hit your triple wins. Conversely, if you do hit those triple wins, you will be better off because you used the Paroli as opposed to not using it.
If you want to learn about the Paroli system in detail and see it in action, then check out our Paroli Roulette Strategy Guide!
Summary of Even Odds Roulette Strategies
We covered 5 of the most commonly used ‘outside bet‘ + ‘even odds‘ strategies used playing roulette. Each one has its own pros and cons, while you also have a diverse selection to choose from to find out which one suits your style of play.
Although these strategies are there to help you win, they can equally get you into trouble. Therefore, you should always take into account your bet sizing versus your bankroll. You also have to consider that some of these strategies may begin with small bets, but if you happen to hit a losing streak and run cold, you could wind up betting and losing more than you bargained for.
Playing a strategy is always about following the rules and also being disciplined with the way you bet and play. Bankroll management is always the first strategy that you should try to master, no matter which casino game you play.