There are thousands of roulette strategies available, but which are the best? We have examined the top 4 to find out and also included some valuable playing tips

online Roulette Strategies

For centuries, players have been conjuring up systems and strategies aimed at beating the game of Roulette. Some have been fairly successful, others failed miserably.

In this article, we're going to provide an impartial overview of several of the most well-known roulette systems.

We'll highlight the positives and negatives of each so you can decide which method you want to stake your chips on. It is important to note that no game strategy will guarantee a win. The strategies shown on this page are for educational purposes only.

Understanding Roulette

Before proceeding, we want to emphasise that it is mathematically impossible to beat the game of roulette based on the law of large numbers. The casino holds an advantage which will stand the test of time over an infinite number of spins. There is not, nor will there ever be, a roulette strategy that can beat the game every spin.

This may make you wonder what the basis is for a strategy? Essentially, all roulette strategies are betting systems. Most take into account the bias the casino possesses and the fact that the player will lose more games than they will win over the long term. Some systems play on hot streaks, other ones grind it out waiting for the winning spin.

The Best Variant of Roulette

If you're new to roulette (click on the link below to get a review of the game of Roulette), you may well think that roulette is, well, roulette and that all variants offer the same chance of winning. This is not the case. There are three main versions of roulette:

  1. French
  2. European
  3. American

Where possible, you want to avoid playing American roulette because it uses a double zero wheel which gives the casino an even greater advantage.

The French and European wheel is the same, but traditional French roulette is played using the la partage rule. This returns half of your stake on 1 to 1 (even money) bets if the ball lands on zero, thus reducing the house edge. Therefore, French roulette is the game you want to seek out.

Variant House edge
French 1.35%
European 2.70%
American 5.26%

The Martingale strategy

This is probably one of the best known systems in the casino. The Martingale strategy is a simple negative progression betting system where you double down on each losing bet until you win. For example:

Bet Amount Win/Lose Total Profit/Loss
€10 Lose - €10
€20 Lose - €30
€40 Lose - €70
€80 Lose - €150
€160 Win €10

The theory powering this system is the belief that 'you will win eventually' based on the law of probabilities. Whilst this is true over the lifetime of the game, it's a high-risk strategy to employ when playing short sessions.

Furthermore, when playing online roulette, there are fixed table betting limits which prevent the player from continuously doubling their bet. You also need a hefty bankroll and nerves of steel to stick with the Martingale when you're on a bad run.

The Fibonacci strategy

Just like the Martingale, the Fibonacci system is a negative progression one. It uses the famous Fibonacci sequence of numbers in which the next number is the sum of the two previous numbers:

0 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 5 - 8 - 13 - 21 - 34 - 55 - 89 - 144 - 233 - and so on.

When using the Fibonacci strategy, a player moves on to the next number in the sequence after each losing bet but jumps back two places after a winning spin. For example:

Bet Amount Win/Lose Total Profit/Loss
€10 Lose - €10
€10 Lose - €20
€20 Lose - €40
€30 Win - €10
€10 Win 0

The advantage of the Fibonacci Roulette system is that you can lose more times than you win and still return a profit. This is essential because the probability of winning favours the casino.

However, it's far from perfect. While it is more gentle on your bankroll than the Martingale, if you suffer 8 or 9 losses in a row, you'll still need a tidy sum of money to continue betting.

That said, if you start off on the right roulette tables and your stakes are not too excessive, you can have fun using the Fibonacci system.

Flat Betting strategy

Players who want to keep it simple, may prefer to use the Flat Betting system. Win or lose, you just bet the same amount each spin.

The downside of this system is that the law of large numbers means you will lose more money than you win over the long haul, but for short sessions, and when luck is on your side, you can walk away with a few Euros profit.

It is also easier to manage your bankroll when flat betting which is something every player needs to consider before joining a table.

James Bond strategy

No roulette strategy list is complete without mentioning James Bond. The betting systems mentioned above are flexible and in practice, they can be used on a variety of even money casino games. The James Bond system is unique in that respect because it has been devised solely for this game alone.

You need 20 betting units for this. Here's how it works (based on 1 betting unit = €1):

  • Place €14 on high numbers (19-36)
  • Bet €5 on numbers 13 through 18
  • Place €1 on 0 (for insurance)

Having covered 25 out of the 37 numbers on the board, you will win more times than you lose but is it enough?

The short answer is no - but once again this applies over the longer term. If you win the high number bet, your profit is €8. If you win the 13 - 18 bet, your profit is €10 and by landing the zero, you make a profit of €16.


However, if the ball ends up on any number between 1 to 12, then you lose €20.

Some players suggest employing the Martingale doubling strategy on losing bets, which means you need to have the cash available if you choose to do so.

Roulette Strategy Tips

The best roulette tip, and this applies to all strategies, is to set your win/loss limits and stick to them. If you start playing a session of online roulette with €100, then you might say to call it quits when you hit €150.

It's easy to get lured into thinking that today is your day but eventually, you will lose. So make sure you walk away before that moment comes.

Alternatively, if you lose your €100, don't go fishing in your account for more funds. There is nothing worse than chasing losses. It's best to call it a day, take a break and come back to play another time.

Conclusion

Every playing strategy has its own pros and cons, and it depends on the type of player you are and the bankroll you have, as to which one is the most suitable.

The best way to find out is to try them out on the free money casinos. The majority of online casinos allow players to play with free virtual money so why not take advantage of this. You can then tinker with each betting system until you find one that is perfect for you.

Last update: 30-09-2019