Roulette strategy: How to approach the casino floor

Roulette is one of the most popular table games on the casino floor and hundreds of thousands of people play the world famous game on a daily basis. With a number of variations, there are different styles of roulette across the casino environment – whether that’s an online website or land-based establishment.

Ultimately, the point of any casino game is to win money but it’s crucial to have fun whilst doing so. Roulette is an incredibly exciting game that attracts attention without huge stakes. We take a look at some of the best techniques and strategies to follow during your time at the roulette table.
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Red or Black – The Novice Strategy

Many people believe that the best way to win at roulette is by staking on red or black – i.e. the colour technique. This isn’t necessarily a terrible strategy and is mainly adopted by roulette novices. Roulette is one of the easiest games to learn and those newbies to the casino floor tend to stake on red or black due to the simple nature of the game.

Before heading to the casino floor, it may be wise to take advantage of online roulette for Canadian players at 32Red to hone your skills in the online environment. It’s very easy to get carried away in land-based casinos whilst online establishments are less demanding and the pressure is much lower.

The Martingale System

One of the oldest betting strategies of all time, the Martingale System is also one of the best known. Okay, so you stake $5 on an even money occurrence – in this instance, let’s say an odd number to come up on the roulette wheel.

Every time you win, you double your bet for the next hand FOLLOWING the first one. So, you place $5, you win $10. You then bet $5 again, you lose so you bet $10. Your $10 loses, so you double it to $20. Eventually, you will win and you will profit $5 from the first winning stake. Of course, this system has numerous problems, mainly that you could run out of money and it’s a lot of hard work considering you only win an additional $5 every time.

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The Fibonacci Strategy

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8… Everybody knows the Fibonacci sequence, right? The famous Italian mathematician discovered an interesting sequence of numbers which are now named after him and many gamblers have adapted the strategy to help mould their techniques at the roulette table. It would be foolish to say that this is ‘the’ perfect strategy to follow but it’s certainly unique and is one of those that only the casino aficionado will know.

As you can probably guess, the Fibonacci strategy involves adding the two previous wagers together in order to calculate your next stake. With this method, you can make a profit even if you lose more games than you win – which is where it outranks the Martingale system. However, the further you go down the sequence, the more money you lose and it can be quite costly.

The James Bond Strategy

Not for the faint-hearted, the James Bond Roulette Strategy only really works for those who play on the high roller tables. Whilst you can simply divide the larger sums and stake small numbers, it will take a while to make any reasonable profit following this method. Okay, so you’ve racked up a hefty bit of profit and don’t mind spending the excess value as long as you pocket your winnings. You have $200 left over and decide to follow the Bond method, here’s how it works.

Stake $140 on high numbers (19-36), $50 across six numbers from 13-18 and then $10 on 0. If you are unlucky and 1-12 comes up, you should stray immediately from the James Bond strategy and adopt one of the other methods – probably the Martingale system to try and win some money back. However, if you are lucky, you will be sitting on an impressive win. If the high numbers come up, you’ve profited by $80. If the middle six come up, you’ve profited by $100 and if 0 comes up, you will be $160. Remember, though, this isn’t a guaranteed win and you should be very careful when following this method.