The Martingale betting strategy is among the most well-known of those that claim to help you win at roulette. This system has the simplest staking strategy of any that we’ve seen.
How the Martingale System Works
In this piece, I’ll go through some of the basics of the Martingale system:
The System: The reality of using the system at the roulette table and how it functions.
The Benefits: Here I list some of the things you could like about this method.
Cons: I immediately get into the risks you’ll face.
The Final Thoughts: I break out exactly why the house advantage is unbeatable.
What is the logic behind the Martingale system?
How to Use the Martingale System
One’s goal in using the Martingale strategy is straightforward: to double one’s bet. Here’s a possible application of the approach to roulette betting.
You may choose between betting on red or black on the roulette wheel.
After the first spin, you win and the method works if the ball lands on the color you predicted. Obviously, you’ve lost if the ball hits on the wrong color or on zero.
Bet twice as much now in the “double up” round.
If the ball falls on the correct color this time, you will have won two bets on that spin and lost just one bet on the previous spin, for a net gain of one bet.
If you don’t succeed the second time around, you double your bet and keep doing so until you do.
All-in-all: Your initial wager is guaranteed to be returned to you in full, regardless of the number of spins it takes to win or the quantity of the stake.
Should You Use The Martingale System When Playing Roulette?
If you have an infinite bankroll and the casino accepts wagers with an infinite maximum, the strategy will always provide a win. Simply because you’re bound to get a lucky break at some point.
But alas, we do not live in a utopia. Picture yourself in a situation where your goal is just $5. Typically, it just takes a few spins to land on the desired hue. But if you strike out five times in a row, what then? On the fifth spin, you lose $80 after placing a stake of $10, $20, $40, and so on. Can you put down $160? Is $320 reasonable? Not to mention the additional $640!
Costs will increase to the four-digit range after that. What if you go to a casino with $1,280 to wager, but they refuse your bet? Here’s where things get complicated, and you may end up spending four figures to win five dollars.
The Benefits of the Martingale System
In the near run, you have a greater probability of winning using the Martingale strategy. Let’s say you want to try your luck for the first time and win $10. You’ve decided to go for a fifth spin, spending a total of $310 ($10 + $20 + $40 + $80 + $160) in an effort to win $10.
Even on an American wheel (where the chances are greater in favor of the house owing to the two zeros), you will win the $10 just under 96% of the time. This means that you have around 25 times better chance of winning the $10 than losing the $310.
The Drawbacks of the Martingale System
A poor run may easily wipe you out with the Martingale strategy, which is an apparent drawback. If you put all your money on the line and win, it will be a pittance compared to what you put in.
When examined mathematically, it still presents a sad story. The math in this scheme is obviously flawed, as was demonstrated in the prior case. According to the rule of averages, you should win $10 on around two-thirds of the 25 times you repeat the above experiment. However, on the other event, you stand to lose $310. You can do the quick math in your head and know that you’ll lose about $70.
For Sale: Martingale Betting Strategy
If you use a search engine to look for a “surefire” roulette betting strategy, you will discover someone trying to sell you the Martingale system. Most commonly, the Martingale technique forms the basis of this foolproof winning strategy. The system’s sellers may truthfully say it has a 96% chance of success (or higher, if you double your bets after each loss). What they won’t tell you is how much money you’ll lose if something goes wrong, which is quite unlikely.
Be wary of those who try to sell you the Martingale or a “double or nothing” betting strategy as a guaranteed thing without disclosing the potential for unlimited loss inherent in such strategies.
In conclusion, the house edge in roulette cannot be overcome using the martingale strategy. In the near run, systems like the Martingale may provide wins, and some players may utilize it for an extended period of time without experiencing a loss. It just indicates that luck has been on their side. However, the long-term losses from utilizing this method considerably outweigh the little gains.