Many casino gamblers have proven time and again that roulette can be won using betting systems, albeit with a sprinkle of luck. “Win” here does not refer to successful one-time bets – rather, it method gaining profit upon leaving the table.
The most commonly used roulette betting systems are the Martingale and D’Alembert. These strategies are popular because both come off as simple and easy to understand. It’s not strange at all, seeing how these betting systems have very similar progressions, which can be easily summed up as this: increase the bets after every loss and decline the same after every win. Now one question might have popped up in your mind right now, something along the lines of “Which of these two systems is the best?” That we’ll be figuring out after a fleeting explanation of how each strategies work.
Let’s start with the oft-discussed Martingale. In this system, you start with a small bet of your choice. This bet will be modificated based on certain conditions such that it nets profits and retrieve losses altogether after a single win. To be more specific, you’ll have to double your wagered amount after every loss, then bring it down to the starting number after a win.
While having a similar progression system, the D’Alembert works in a different manner. After having decided on a starting bet, you’ll have to watch out whether it wins or loses. Should your bet lose, increase it by no more than a single chip. In the case that it wins, you’ll have to decline it by the same amount.
The Martingale has several advantages. The first one is that it’s very easy to learn. The second is that it has a rather strong mathematical backing that allows you to retrieve your bets in addition to a small profit after a win, and you have good chances of doing so.
However this system’s disadvantages are that it’s far more aggressive than the D’Alembert, and bets can go sky high after a scarce losing streak. In addition, the casino’s betting limit makes sure that you can’t just keep on increasing your bets, consequently dimming chances of profit once you start playing with the maximum amount.
The D’Alembert’s advantages, like the Martingale’s, extend beyond how easy this system is. The most commonly cited advantage this system has over the Martingale is that it is far less aggressive. By increasing the bet with only one chip after every loss, the D’Alembert is slower and safer than the Martingale. consequently it can resist a longer series of losses and it will take a lot of spins before your bet hits the maximum betting limit.
D’Alembert’s disadvantage however, is that it can’t always net profit, and, if lucky, takes a very long while before it truly does. This system definitely requires both patience and a winning streak – where the wins go beyond the number of times you lost – for one to earn money from it.
Judging from the information presented above, we can estimate that the Martingale is the better strategy as chances of making profit using that system is far higher than when you use D’Alembert. However, the D’Alembert is nevertheless recommended for those who are either new to roulette or don’t have enough bankroll to match the Martingale’s aggressive progression.