The flaws and benefits of systematic betting. Heavily scrutinised by many brick-and-mortar casinos, the Martingale system depends on players in roulette repeatedly betting on the same outcome, doubling their stake after a loss until they win. Eventually, when they do win, players will regain their losses with a marginal profit. After winning a round, players using this strategy usually start another betting cycle, starting again from the smallest possible stake, gradually building their bank roll.
It’s a fairly easy principle for novice players to follow in theory, but does it actually work? Here at Bitcasino, we’ve got a huge range of roulette games on offer for you to try out right away – maybe the Martingale system will work for you?
Flaws in the system
However, it must be stressed that the Martingale system is a theory. As with most things in life that seem too good to be true, it is. That doesn’t mean the Martingale system completely useless, it can bring you steady return. But there are some significant flaws that make it extremely risky.
While it’s used by roulette players who continually put their money on red or black until either one wins, there is always the danger of the house edge which means no bet is ever truly 50/50. Every number on the wheel is either red or black, except one – the green zero. Therefore, the odds are always slightly against you on a simple red or black bet.
The other shortfall of the system is the maximum bet, which every casino will have – even here at Bitcasino, where caps can vary from game to game. Assuming a player starts with the smallest stake allowed, they’re likely to reach the largest allowed within ten bets. If you cannot double your money any more, you could end up losing everything. All the losses that you had built up and had hoped to cancel out could end up being real losses.
Of course, there is an easy way around this if you familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions of every game. This is even easier when you play with Bitcasino, as all the terms information you need to know is clearly supplied with every game. When you join Zoom Roulette Rulet, for example, the ‘Help’ button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen will give you all the information you could need. Give it a go and see how easy it can be!
How far should you go?
The chance of losing ten times in a row on the same 50/50 bet is approximately 0.001%, or one in a thousand. It should be noted that these are the odds of red or black “not winning” for ten spins, which isn’t the same thing as seeing ten consecutive results of the same colour. It is entirely possible that you might bet on red and see black come up eight times, with a couple of green mixed in.
As with any game, player need to realise that if they want to stick rigidly to the Martingale system and do not place any other bets at all, they could lose a lot of money very quickly. Not only that but the longer the losing streak goes on, and creeps towards that maximum bet, the potential winnings become more and more measly.
Ultimately, it’s up to you, the player. If you feel the regular winnings that this method will bring are worth the risk of a long run of losses, then give it a go and, above all, keep your head. If you fancy your odds, sign up with us at Bitcasino today, enjoy a few spins on one of our roulette tables - and see if the Martingale system is the one for you!
Words: Sean Mcnulty
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