When it comes to betting and gambling at the roulette wheel, some players simply place bets on gut feelings or instincts. Others, however, prefer to use a more proven method for placing bets. This is where roulette betting systems come into play. To understand why people use these systems and how they work, you need to understand what they are and the theories behind them.
What is the Martingale Betting System?
Of all the roulette betting systems out there, the martingale betting system is one of the oldest and most popular. Using this system, a player doubles his bet with every loss. This is done until the player wins. When the player wins, he or she goes back to the original bet amount. For example, let's say you set your bet amount at $10. If you lose your initial bet, your next bet would be $20. If that bet were lost, you would then bet $40. This continues until you win a spin. When you win, your original bet will go back down to $10 and it starts all over again. This can ensure that your losses are made up when a win eventually does occur, but it can also wreak financial disaster if you run out of money before you are able to get that win.
What is the Cancellation Betting System?
When it comes to the cancellation betting system, the system doesn't offer any real advantage to a player. The system is still popular however, as it provides some method to the roulette madness. With this system, you start with a series of numbers that equate to bets. When you win, you cross that number that you just played (the bet that you placed) off your list. If you lose, you add the total that you just played to the end of your series of numbers. The theory is that when all the numbers have been cancelled off your list, you will have a profit that is equal to the sum of your original numbers.
What is the Grand Martingale Betting System?
The grand martingale betting system is similar in nature to the martingale betting system. The difference is that this system involves units in addition to doubling. When you lose, you double the bet and add another unit. So, let's say your initial bet is $10. That means each unit would be $10. Every time you lose, you would double your bet and add a unit. For example, say that you bet $10 and lose. Your next bet would be $30 ($10 doubled, plus an additional $10 unit). If you lose again, your next bet is $70 ($30 doubled, plus an additional $10 unit). You continue to wager this way until you win. Once you win, your bet goes down to your original $10 unit. While this betting system can put a pretty penny in your pocket if odds work out in your favor, it can also cause you to lose all your wagering money rather quickly.
What is the d'Alembert Betting System?
The d'Alembert betting system is based on the theory that if one bet wins more than another bet, and then the bet that wins is less likely to win again. When using this system, when you place a bet and win, you decrease your bet by one unit after the win. When you place your bet and lose, you increase your bet by one unit after the loss. For example, let's say that you set your betting unit at $5. If you place the bet and lose, you then bet $10. If you lose again, you then bet $15. If a win then occurs, you reduce your bet down to $10. You continue using this pattern until you are done playing.
What is the Oscar's Grind Betting System?
Of the roulette betting systems that players use, Oscar's grind is one of the newer systems. It was made popular after the release of Allan Wilson's book, “The Casino Gambler's Guide.” When you use this betting system, you do nothing to your bet after a loss. When you win, however, you increase your bet by one unit. For example, if you bet $10 and win, you bet $10 again. If you win again, you bet another $10. If you then lose, you bet $20. If you lose again, you bet $30. This pattern continues throughout your game play. The idea is that you will recoup any losses when you increase your bets after your losses.
There is much debate over whether or not roulette betting systems actually work. Some gamblers swear by them. Others insist that they are nothing more than a nightmare waiting to happen. There is one thing that is certain, however. If you want to do more than place bets on a whim, these betting systems offer a method for placing bets and the potential to recoup losses (if you win before your money runs out).