The Martingale system is the most popular and commonly used roulette strategy. The concept behind it is pretty simple – you increase your bet after every loss, so when you eventually win, you get your lost money back and start betting with the initial amount again. It seems quite logical, and it’s fairly easy to understand and implement. No need to be a math wizard or a strategic mastermind in order to use this system.
The most effective way of using the Martingale is to only bet on even-money outside bets – 1-18, 19-36, Red, Black, Even, and Odd. They have the maximum odds of winning (almost 50%), but the lowest payout of all – 1:1. This means you win the same amount of money you bet for the spin. Overall, those are the safest bets you could possibly place in a game of roulette.
For even-money bets, the bet progression that you will use goes like this:
1 – 2 – 4 – 8 – 16 – 32 – 64 – 128 – 256 – 512 – 1024 – 2048 – 4096
You should start with a small amount, preferably the table minimum, and keep betting the same until you lose. When this occurs, double the size of your bet for the next spin. This way, in case you win, you will recover the money you lost on the previous round, and win something extra. If you keep on losing, keep on doubling your bet – the logic stays the same. As soon as you win, you should restart and bet the smallest amount for the next spin. Rinse and repeat.
In theory, you can go on like this forever, doubling up after every loss and earning a small profit after every win.
As you may have guessed, casinos are not super happy when players apply/use the Martingale system! That’s why (at least in parts) there are very often strict table limitations on roulette tables – basically stopping players from being able to double their bets in a sequence.
Therefore when you like to use the Martingale system, make sure to play in a casino or on an online roulette table where they don’t have any table limitations and you are able to place your bets the way you want!