Roulette doesn’t lend itself in any way to a strategic approach. There are betting systems, doubtless, but no strategy as such. One such system centers on making use of straight-up only bets. Quite predictably and, indeed justifiably, straight-up wins pay the most out of all the roulette wagers, where you get paid 35 to 1 if one of the numbers you bet on is selected. Of course, making use of straight-up bets is risky precisely because you have less of a statistical probability of winning in the first place. Winning at 35 times your original bet sounds like a big payout (and it is), but remember that the odds of hitting a straight up are 37:1, so the casino is not paying you at fair odds but at casino odds, which already ensures a steady house advantage.
To use this straight up system, you should make use of smaller chip denominations. Risk no more than forty smaller-value chips. By limiting yourself to lower stakes, you’ll never get badly burned and walk away from the tables distraught and distressed. Start by wagering no more than 12 numbers that you like. These numbers can be something significant like birthdays and anniversaries or just 12 completely random numbers of choice. It doesn’t change your odds either way. You have slightly less than a 33% chance of hitting a winning number (slightly less because of the zero).
If you win, your 35-times payout is an attractive profit. If you lose, however, then your losses are not bank breaking, because your initial table bank roll was not too large of an investment. Keep this strategy going for as long as you feel comfortable. Let us say, for instance, that you were lucky three times in a row. Your wagering cost would have been 12 chips x 3 rounds, which equates to 36 chips. Your profit, however, would be 1 chip x 35-times payout x 3 rounds, which equals 105 chips. If each chip was worth $5, you’ve gone from a $180 bank roll to a $525 profit. That’s no mean feat or a few rounds of roulette on a low-chip-value table.
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At this point you have to make an agonizing roulette strategy decision. You could quit and cash out – the profit will cover several past or future losing sessions – or you could “let it ride” and see just how far the winning system session goes. If you choose the latter option, keep in mind that you at least have a buffer now in the form of pure profit, which can be used to bank roll future rounds and essentially absorb any potential future losses.
Always remember, however, that no betting system is infallible, and the house will ultimately win if you play the game long enough. Your goal, however, is to maintain a winning session for the comparatively short time that you’re sitting at the roulette table. As soon as you sense that you’re beginning to lose more than you’re winning it’s possibly time to quit while you still retain a profit.