I love casinos and roulette is probably my favorite game, although I have recently become rather fond of Baccarat.  This site will be about one specific aspect of roulette and that is the variety of systems and methods that exist.  You may be surprised to find out the sheer number of such systems that exist.

Wherever possible I will try to include an opinion of the particular system, some of the mathematics behind it and clear guidelines on how it actually works.   All the major ones will be included here starting with the Martingale and it’s many variants.  The important thing to remember across all of these systems is the following two points which apply to them all -

  • No roulette system will change the odds of the wheel.
  • No strategy will ever guarantee you winning.

These are important points to remember, roulette like most casino games has a negative expectation.  That is you should expect to lose if you play it for too long.  The house has an advantage built into the rules of each game – it’s known as the house edge and you can’t get rid of it.  There are some who claim they have methods to nullify this advantage but all of them are incorrect.

European Roulette Wheel

 

Using Roulette Systems

You will see that although there is no inherent advantage to playing a system as far as the core probability is involved, there are usually no disadvantages either.  As long as  you don’t modify your expectations, most (but not all) are relatively harmless.

It is important to remember that roulette and all the games in the casino are meant to fun.  It is a form of entertainment not a money making pastime, sure sometimes you win but often you will lose – no system will change this.  If a system is boring then stop using it – there’s simply no point to playing roulette with or without a system if it’s not fun.  If you’re looking for money making schemes – playing roulette is not a smart one.

So enjoy our site and if you fancy trying out a systems feel free, eventually they will all be here as I transfer all the ones I have come across over the years.   Never pay for a system for a game of chance like roulette – it will be worthless.  If you want to try any of these systems then why not practice on one of our free games here – it will give you a chance to evaluate without losing a fortune.  None of the games featured here are modified or enhanced so they can be used as good indicator of any roulette or casino game strategy that you wish to test.

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They can look pretty tempting, those huge bonus offers of free cash from the online casinos.  There’s plenty of bonus offers which match your initial deposit up to a few hundred dollars, lots more offer even more.  The casinos offer these as a temptation to get you past that initial registration phase and actually playing their games.  They know only a small proportion actually go through, sign up,  download the client and start playing – they want those people!

Online Casino Bonus

But before you sign up for that first bonus, the one offering a thousand dollars for free – just step back and think for a minute.  Firstly get idea to get out of your head is that you can sign up, take the bonus place it on black/red or some simple bet and run off with the profits if you use.  The online casino bonus system doesn’t work like that and never has.

The casino’s know that a proportion will just try and hit and run using only their bonus to play and put in certain restrictions on these bonuses.   The most important one to remember is the play through requirement (sometimes referred to as wagering requirement) which places a restriction on when you can withdraw any of this bonus.    This is normally specified as a figure like 40, 50 or 60 and refers to the number of times you need to gamble with  that bonus before you can withdraw it.  It varies a lot but something like 50 is not uncommon – so for a $100 bonus you might have to play through 50 times the sum of the deposit and bonus.  This might give you a figure of $10,000 which would be the value of all the bets you need to place before making a withdrawal – that’s a lot of betting.

The idea is that you cannot just make easy even money bets or use something like Fibonacci and then run off with their bonus.  You have to play a lot before releasing that money (or your initial deposit) – during which time they will have a very good chance of winning it all back.  Depending on the game you play, the house edge and the way you play – the reality is that you’ll need a very large slice of luck to simply play through and withdraw that bonus.

For many of the larger bonuses there are even bigger restrictions, lots of the really big ones are actually non-cashable – which means you’ll never be able to withdraw them.  Combined with high wagering requirements then such a bonus is extremely bad news – don’t go near these online casinos.

So Online Casino Bonuses – Waste of Time ?

Not for the casino they’re not – that’s why they use them.  The bonus will attract new players and make them a profit in the vast majority of cases.  There are certain situations where you can play through  the wagering requirements of a bonus and cash out at the end, but in reality this won’t happen many times.  In  the long run, a casino will mostly win – these bonuses are designed to ensure that you have to place a lot of bets before you can profit from them.

Still playing the games is fun anyway and it does offer you a chance to learn the ropes when you start.   But never, ever base your selection of an online casino game purely based on it’s bonus.  Remember also that now most online casinos worth playing have some sort of practice area such as this free play roulette page.

There is another problem with many of the more ‘fly-by-night’ online casinos which offer huge bonuses – they’ll simply refuse to payout if you did make a decent win.  There are thousands of stories of casino’s refusing to pay out based quoting some obscure rule or regulation – or simply suggesting that you’ve done something wrong.    Stay away from unfeasibly large bonuses and especially ones that arrive as Spam in your inbox.  If a casino is willing to Spam you, then it will very probably be willing to fix the games and  keep your winnings too.

It might sound boring but pick your casino based on reputation.  The big well run companies have efficient help desks, proper terms and conditions and fair games.  They might not be offering enormous bonuses but at least you’ll get a chance at winning with them.

 

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First US Gambling License Assigned

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Useful French Roulette Terms

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Introduction to the Parlay Roulette Strategy

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Gambler’s Ruin – Something to Avoid

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Is a Computer Generated Casino Really Random?

November 8, 2012

It’s been many years since I started playing roulette, to be honest I’m not sure why it’s my favourite.  I’ve played all the casino games from baccarat to Blackjack and although I enjoy most of them – I always come back to roulette. Sure it’s not as intense, and yes sometimes the house edge can […]

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Charles Wells and the Martingale System

October 10, 2012

Now we’ve covered Martingale on this site and there’s no doubt as a tactic for roulette it has it’s problem.  It does get some bad press though mainly because it’s often promoted with wild and ludicrous claims of it being some mystical secret to take to the casino. Well the truth is, it’s a long […]

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What the Casino Thinks – Winning or Losing

September 25, 2012

Now I don’t know about you but whenever I speak to someone who gambles they always seem to be winning.   Doesn’t matter if they play at the casino, horse racing, slot machines or whatever – the stories always seem to be about winning bets, jackpots and stuff like that.   I’ve certainly not heard […]

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Counting Cards – A Simple Method

September 12, 2012

Now I want to get something straight first, counting cards isn’t prohibited, criminal or cheating in anyway.  It’s merely utilizing your mind and considering your betting. It may seem that utilizing your mind is prohibited in several casinos,  nevertheless I can guarantee you it is simply that most people tend to gamble  like that!   Additionally […]

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Planning For Success in Roulette

August 27, 2012

Despite what many people think, the odds in roulette are actually pretty good.  Of course there’s a ‘house advantage’ but casinos wouldn’t exist if there wasn’t.  However if you restrict your play to European wheels with beneficial rules like En Prison that advantage is very low.  But just taking the basic game played on the […]

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