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The Best & Worst Roulette Strategies

Gambling enthusiast Rik Snuiverink ranks the most popular roulette strategies from best to worst; James Bond even gets a look in

Roulette is a game of chance, but applying strategies can add the skill element to it. There are various betting methods that can help players increase their probability of winning in this game, and we ranked them from best to worst.


We are not going to discuss these methods in detail. In fact, we are just going to give you a brief overview and rank them from the best to the worst one. If you want to learn more about them, you can find an in-depth overview of the best roulette strategies on


The Martingale Strategy

The martingale strategy is definitely the most popular and the best one out there. All you have to do is place a minimum bet on one of the even bets (black or red, odds or evens, 0–18 or 19–36) and double up every time when you lose it. For example, if you place £1 and you lose, make sure to place £2 the next time.


If you win, you will £4, which is exactly £1 more than you had invested (£1 + £3). In other words, this strategy allows you to always increase your winnings by the minimum betting amount whenever you win a bet. Also, whenever you win a bet, you reset it to the minimum betting amount and start all over again!


The Reverse Martingale Strategy

This method works exactly the same as the martingale strategy. The only difference is that you need to double up every time you win a bet instead of every time you lose. The effect is pretty much the same, except that people find the ordinary martingale more interesting.


The D’Alembert Strategy

The D’Alembert is a safer version of martingale, and it is often recommended for new players. First of all, you need to have a basic betting unit, which is usually the minimum possible bet. Instead of doubling up every time, you need to increase by the basic betting unit every time you lose and decrease it every time you win.


For example, if you bet £1 and lose, you need to place £2. However, if you lose again, you don’t double up (which is the case in the martingale strategy) but increase to £3. If you lose again, go to £4, but if you win – decrease to £2.


The Fibonacci Sequence Strategy

The Fibonacci sequence is one of the most popular number sequences in mathematics. Every number in that sequence is a sum of the previous two numbers. For example, if the sequence starts with 1, the next number is also 1 (1 + 0 = 0). The third number is 2 (1 + 1), and so on.


The Fibonacci betting strategy works pretty much the same way. If you lose, make your next bet the sum of your previous two bets. If you win, return to the previous bet amount in your Fibonacci sequence.


The James Bond Strategy

The so-called James Bond strategy is a non-progressive one, and it is usually the one that works the least. In one of the James Bond books, the agent 007 claimed that he could ‘beat’ roulette with this strategy, but that’s not quite true. However, it’s still an interesting betting system which is widely popular among casinos and online casinos worldwide.


Whenever you bet £200, you need to place £140 on numbers 19–36, £50 on 13–18 and £10 on zero.


If the ball hits 19–36, you will receive £80 profit. If the ball hits 13–18, you will receive £100 profit, and if it hits zero, you will get a profit of £160.


Rik Snuiverink is a gambling enthusiast with a particular passion for roulette.


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