When it comes to the internationally beloved casino table game of roulette, betting systems get a lot of attention.
The reason is clear enough: while the game’s simplicity, glamor, and decent odds against the house lend the game tremendous appeal, there are actually a great deal of betting options once a player actually sits down at the table.
This article explores some of the better-known betting systems, as well as some lesser-known ones that are worthy of consideration from serious players.
Before we dive in, though, readers and players alike should be aware of an important caveat:
Most betting systems are centered on the so-called 50/50 bets of the roulette wheel: red/black, even/odd, and 1-18/19-36.
Anyone want to guess which of these bets is actually a 50/50, even-money proposition?
How about… none of them!
The presence of the zero in French and European roulette, as well as the double zero in American, maintains the house advantage at all times. None of these systems can undo that house edge, so anyone promising ‘guaranteed’ wins against the house is definitely not to be trusted.
With that said, here are the best and worst betting systems available. Learn your lingo first, then dig in!