Roulette dates to 18th century France and remains a popular choice in online gambling in New Zealand. If you enjoy a roulette wheel game online, you may wonder which winning strategy can increase your gains. Let’s compare four common roulette strategies that don’t work; Martingale, Fibonacci, D’Alembert, and Labouchere.
Martingale: The Double Up Strategy
This strategy is popular and simple to follow. The player doubles his bet after every loss. The idea is that when he does win, he will recoup his previous losses.
Two flawed assumptions render this strategy ineffective.
- It assumes 50/50 odds. In truth, the odds are skewed in favour of the casino.
- It assumes mathematical infinity. Given an infinite amount of time and money, this strategy would, eventually, pay off. In reality, all resources are finite.
Fibonacci: A Natural Sequence
This approach relies on a sequence of numbers, where each number is the sum of the previous two numbers. Every number represents one betting unit. A loss moves the player to the next number. A win moves him back two numbers.
The sequence is useful in algorithms and does occur in nature, but it is not a winning roulette strategy. The main flaw is that the player will encounter a significant losing streak and he will not recover his losses.
D’Alembert: The Pyramid System
Proponents of this strategy claim that it prevents the occurrence of major losses. The player adds a betting unit to his next bet after a loss or deducts a unit after a win. This approach fails due to the flawed assumptions that the odds are 50/50 and that the player has infinite resources.
Labouchere: The Cancellation System
The player creates a list of numbers that sum up to the amount he’d like to win. He bets an amount that is equal to the sum of first and last numbers on the list. If he wins, he removes those amounts from the list. If he loses, he adds the amount lost to the end of the list. This continues until the player reaches his goal or runs out of money.
The major flaw in this complicated method is that the player will not recover from an inevitable and costly losing streak.
The odds in roulette are not 50/50. There is no winning strategy. It is a game of luck that provides short-term gains. Knowing when to walk a way is the best strategy for New Zealanders who play a roulette wheel game online.