At first glance you may feel that there is little room for online Roulette strategy simply because the game itself seems so basic. You place your bets; the wheel spins; the ball drops into a slot and if you are a lucky punter you make money. There is no way you can influence where the ball will drop on any given spin of the Roulette wheel so you can appreciate there is a certain amount of luck involved in winning this game.
However you can give yourself a bit of an edge if you take care in placing your bets on each game. Different outcomes offer the house different advantage percentages and if you want to be a winner you are advised to place your bets on those numbers, or combinations of numbers that give the house the least advantage. Some of the more common betting patterns are betting only on red, betting multiple times, the Labouchere System, using the dozen bet and the Pragmatic first and third column strategy.
Betting only on red
If you bet only on red for a total of 38 spins the probability of the ball landing on a red slot over this time would be 47.37%. This means that if the wheel spun 38 times it is highly possible that the ball will land on red ten times (99% probability). Given that betting on red only pays out even money this is not a very good way of winning.
Betting multiple times
This betting system is slightly more complicated. What you do here is you place a bet on both the red and the odd (or the black and the even) for each spin of the wheel. If the bet loses you double the bet; if it wins then you set that bet back to 1. The idea behind this system is that there is a 25% chance of winning both the red and the odd (or the black and the even) and a 50% chance of breaking even. However, this strategy is not that lucrative over the long term because of the house edge and the fact that you would have to play with an almost unlimited amount of money.
The Labouchere System
In this system you pick a line on the betting board and use the numbers from previous spins to work out your bet amount for the next spin, depending on whether or not the previous spin was a loss or a win for you. If you win on a particular number you would cross out the outside numbers and continue play with the smaller line. If you lose on any spin then you add the previous bet to the end of the line and work with a longer line. Many online Roulette strategy experts claim that this system works well because it allows you some flexibility in creating your own string based on the play at the time.
The dozen bet
You can play two variations of this Roulette system – single dozen bets or double dozen bets. In the single dozen bet you would use increasing bets starting from the table minimum through to the table maximum allowed. The purpose of this type of system is for you to get a win before you run out of money and employs a number of tactics such as betting on the same dozen to appear after it has been played twice or betting on the dozen based on the last 5 spins. The double dozen bets is played the same way using more money and only half the stake list.
The first and third column strategy
In this system you place bets on the first and third column on the betting board and another bet on black. In this way you cover most of the possible outcomes with the exception of the four red numbers in the middle column and the zero slot(s). However covering the board in this way does not guarantee a good return and while wins are possible you are more likely to break even over the course of a number of games, rather than make any spectacular wins.
Experienced Roulette players often scoff at new comers who bet on numbers that hold a special meaning for them. Their mother’s birthday for example, or the date of their wedding but the great thing about online Roulette strategy is that it doesn’t have to be so formal. Every time the wheel spins and you have a bet on the table you have a chance of winning and new comers are just as likely to win as experienced veterans. For more information on this fun game visit our site below.