Gamblers wanting to win more often when playing Roulette often use a roulette system of some kind, and there are several different such systems to choose from. Since the roulette was invented, players have constantly tried to beat the odds and outsmart the house edge by using varying strategies. The fact that the casinos still offer this game pretty much proves that there is no universal strategy that can help players win all the time, but there are systems that promise to improve the chances to win, the most popular of which are presented here with details.

Oscars Grind

This strategy of playing the roulette lacks any glamour and just as the name suggests it required patience and a decent bankroll. It is a loss limiting progressive system that requires the player to bet a single unit in the beginning and stick to this wager after every losing round. When he wins a spin, the next bet should be of two units and with each profitable round one more unit is added, while a loss will trigger a return to the original amount. The trick when using Oscars Grind system is to stop when you exceed your initial betting amount and restart the cycle. A lengthy winning streak will generate a decent profit, but the goal is to keep the losses low during prolonged losing streaks.

The Parlay System

What makes this roulette strategy special is that it doesn’t use units as reference and it is supposed to be used for even bets, such as red/black, high/low or odd/even. The reason is that you need to have high table limits and relatively high chances of winning, something that the aforementioned bets provide. Players are expected to stick to the initial amount when losing and when they win, bet the regular sum plus the profits made in previous round. The advantage is that a short winning streak can trigger generous returns and this is the moment when players should sit out or return to the original bets. Greed is public enemy number 1.
The Martingale roulette system

Martingale is without a doubt the most popular roulette strategy and for a good reason. It is in theory infalible and it is so easy to understand and use that anyone can do it. Players start by betting one unit and if they win they stick to this wager, but for each losing round they double the amount. This means that when they eventually win, they will have one unit more than in the beginning and can restart the cycle. The two main problems is that there is the risk to reach the table limit in case of a lengthy losing streak or run out of money due to the fact that huge amounts must be wagered, while the payoff is of a single unit.

The Paroli System

This is basically the opposite strategy for the Martingale, because instead of doubling the amount wagered when they lose, players are doing so when they win. Winning streaks are used in this case to maximize the profits, while the losses are kept at a reasonably low level due to the fact that the amounts wagered are the minimal ones. The downside is that you need a lot of self-control and discipline to put an end to the Paroli system after winning a few times in a row. The risk of losing all the profits in a hand and get back to square one is all too real and many greedy players see their profits going down the drain.

The D’Alembert System

In terms of simplicity few systems surpass the D’Alembert and due to the fact that it suits beginners with small bankrolls, this strategy is extremely popular. Players start by betting one unit in the first round and after losing they increase the amount with one unit, and when they win they decrease the bet with one unit. The sequence doesn’t require any experience to follow and instead of generating massive profits, it keeps the losses low while generating nice profits when players hit a winning streak. There is a reverse D’Alembert system when the player increases the amount wagered if he wins and decreases it after a loss.

The Fibonacci system

This strategy is based on the famous sequence of numbers and unlike the Martingale doesn’t leave players exposed to large losses, while providing them with a way to extract the most from winning streaks. All that the player needs to do is to know the string of numbers or calculate them on the go, as the next number in the sequence is the sum of the previous two. If the player loses this first unit, he bets again the same amount, then 2 and then 1+2 and so on until he wins and returns to the initial bet of one unit. Without being as risky as the Martingale, the Fibonacci system has the risk of not covering all the losses.

The Black and Red System

Those who use this strategy should know from the beginning that their chances of winning are slightly under 50% due to the zeroes on the wheel. Just like the name suggests, players must bet on either black or red and when they lose twice in a row increase the amount wagered by one unit. Winning twice in a row will bring them back to the initial bet and the cycle starts all over again so that the player will not be as exposed to losses. The downside is that by betting less than double on a 50/50 event, they still need to have the ball landing on the colour they choose to stay profitable.

The Sleeper Dozens and Columns System

Dozens are the numbers ranging between 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36 and the Columns are the numbers that appear in a line on the board ranging from 1-34, 2-35 and 3-36 with a distance of 3 units (ex 1-4-7 etc.). The sleeper system is the same for any type of bet and those using it are counting on the fact that an event that didn’t happen in a long time is bound to occur. For instance if the ball lands constantly on red, they start betting on black because they expect the colour to change eventually.

The same goes for the Dozens and Column, as those who use this system start betting on those areas that had no number popping up lately. The problem is that the progression is pretty steep especially in the final stages and you need a large bankroll. The wagering goes pretty much like this: 1-2-3-4-6-9-13-20-30-45-67-100 which means that beginners who lack enough funds should avoid this system.


There are pros and cons for all the aforementioned systems and players should choose the one that suits their bankroll, experience in playing roulette and expectations. Beginners are advised to start with the easiest strategies and until they build a decent bankroll stick to those strategies that are aimed at minimizing losses instead of chasing them