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# Basics Of Roulette Betting Systems

By: ShawnD

Break Studios Contributing Writer

If you like the idea of walking into a casino with a little money and walking out with a lot, then you might find the basics of roulette betting systems informative and appealing. Roulette betting systems work in a number of ways to help you overcome the casino's edge and come out a winner every time. Be wary though; while all of these systems claim to beat the casino's edge, it simply isn't possible to consistently win in a completely random game.

1. The most common roulette betting system is called a Martingale. Martingale systems are not exclusive to roulette, but they work best when there is a betting option that is close to 50/50, like the red or black bets in roulette. A Martingale system works by betting one unit and then doubling your bet if you lose. Since eventually you will win again, the Martingale system ensures that every time you win you make up for all your losses plus one unit. While Martingale systems work perfectly in theory, there are two main drawback that make them useless. First, most casinos have a maximum allowed bet, meaning that eventually you will run into a string of losses, and in order to double your bet, you would have to bet more than the casino allows, which would break the system. The second drawback is that eventually you will run into a string of losses and in order to double your bet you would have to bet more money than you have, and the system falls apart.
2. Another common roulette betting system is called a cancelation system, and it works on a principle similar to the Martingale system. Cancellation systems start by putting a series of ones on  a piece of paper, somewhere around ten ones in a row. To bet, you would add the two numbers on the outside of your series together and bet that amount. If you win, you cross off the two outside numbers. If you lose, you write the amount that you bet to the right of your series of numbers. The concept is that every bet will win back all of your losses, plus one unit. The system also has a winning condition, since you are supposed to walk away once all the numbers are crossed off. Cancellation systems are still subject to the drawbacks of the Martingale system, since you can still run into strings of losses that will break your bankroll.
3. One of the more seductive types of roulette betting systems are those that rely on probability and historical numbers to generate outcomes that are more likely to come up in the next few spins. These systems look at the past results and calculate what number are more likely to come up. These systems use a bunch of fancy math to back up their claims and use language to make it seem like they really have figured out how to predict numbers. The cold hard fact is that each spin of the roulette wheel happens independently of any past spins, and the past results are no indicator of what is likely to happen next, regardless of what someone selling a roulette betting system will try to tell you.
Posted on: May. 06, 2010