Roulette Strategy

Read our top tips for playing roulette below

So You Want to Play Roulette?

Been around the roulette wheel a few times? Or just taking your first spin? Either way, roulette strategy is important. We'll get you brushed up on all the terminology and betting know-how. So when it comes to playing roulette, we've got you covered. 

How Does Roulette Work?

Roulette has remained a casino classic because it is one of the most enduringly exciting and thrilling games available. By its nature, it's a game ruled by chance. And your aim is to accurately predict which pocket the roulette ball will fall into. Before the wheel is spun, bets are placed on where the ball will land – what number or colour will the pocket be? Will the number be odd or even? Then, the wheel is spun and winnings are paid out depending on the result and the accuracy of the predictions.

How to Bet

First and foremost, it's important to know that there are no tricks involved in predicting where the ball will land in roulette. That element is random. But there are numerous betting strategies that can help to improve your chances and curtail your losses. There are five methods that have endured the test of time and remain the most popular strategies.

The Martingale Method

While you may not know this method by name, you might well have come across it while playing. The Martingale Method is simple – you double you bet after a loss.

So for example, were you to bet £/$/€5 and lose that bet, you would place £/$/€10 on your next bet. If that bet wins, you make back your original bet while gaining winnings in the process. If it loses, you double your bet again and so on, until you win. Ultimately you make back more than you lose.

However, there are downsides to this strategy. Winning isn’t guaranteed and if you were to try this out without placing a winning bet for six or seven goes, you could soon be out of pocket. Though that's not to say the Martingale can't yield fantastic results.

The Labouchere

The Labouchere is another highly favoured betting system. You take a sequence of numbers, for example 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, with each number representing betting units. You add the first and the last number to form your bet, so for this example you'd bet 60 units. In the event that you lose you add the bet to the end of that row of numbers, so now we're working with 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60. If you win your next bet (10+60) for 70 units you'll get ahead by 10.

After winning, you'll remove the numbers you just bet from your sequence, so in this instance you would subtract the 10 and the 60, making your new row 20, 30, 40, 50.

If you manage to get to a point where you have just one number in your row and that bet wins, you've won your sequence.

This method is not dissimilar to the Martingale method. 

The D'Alembert

The D'Alembert is often described as one of the most reliable roulette strategies. This is because while you increase your bets after a loss, much like the Martingale method, you do so in much smaller increments.

This method is an even chance betting system. You can use it for red-black bets, odds-evens, and 1-18/19-36.

It's fairly simple too. All you have to do is pick a starting bet and then increase it by one after a loss. After a win, you decrease your bet by one. The idea behind this strategy is that once you have as many wins as losses you will be in profit on account of the amount of bets you've placed.

The Paroli

This roulette strategy may not be for the faint of heart. The Paroli method involves you increasing your bet after a win – the most popular approach being to double your bet with each win until a streak of three wins has been achieved.

For example, if you bet 1 and it loses, you'll bet 1 again, and continue to do so until you win. After a win you will double it so bet 2. If this loses, you'll return to betting 1. But if it wins, you'll bet 4. After three consecutive wins, you'll return to betting 1.

The Chaos

This roulette betting strategy should be easy enough to follow. It's called The Chaos for a reason.

If you want to try out The Chaos strategy, all it takes is you jumping into any game at any time and throwing bets all over the layout. You're not improving your edge over the house in any way with this strategy, but if you believe in beating chaos with chaos, then this might be the strategy for you. 

Roulette Variations

As we’ve already mentioned, there are a few different casino game variations around the world. While the overriding concept remains the same, there are small differences between these versions.

It’s always a good idea to check the rules of the specific roulette game you’re about to play. This is easily done when playing online roulette – for example, at Betway Casino we have over ten different roulette games, all of which have an easily found list of rules when you open the game.

The two main variations of roulette are American Roulette and European Roulette – the key difference between the two being that American Roulette has a double zero pocket. While this affects the odds of the game, it doesn't affect the strategies outlined on this page

You can find out more about playing the different types of roulette by checking out our Roulette Rules page. But regardless of whether you're playing European Roulette or American Roulette, our roulette strategies should come in handy.

Confused About Roulette Strategies?

If these roulette strategies are going over your head, it might be worth visiting our roulette rules section. You can get to grips with the basic roulette rules or clarify some of the finer points that may have you stumped.