Ever since roulette tables took off in popularity, players have tried finding ways to beat them. A difficult task, given that rules always favor the casino. One popular system many punters swear by is the Martingale system. How do you apply it to a roulette table?

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The most important thing about Martingale is getting the best odds possible. That means you will be playing low risk, even-money outside bets. You can choose one of the following wagers:

These bets are chosen because their win rate is almost 50%. That said, you would be dealing with 1:1 payouts; receiving your money back plus an extra chip for every win.

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#### How it Works?

Place your selected wager, and spin the wheel. There are two possible outcomes; you win, or you lose. If the wheel spin results in a win, you simply spin the wheel again.

Martingale’s system makes its appearance after you lose. After each loss, you double your current wager. That way, the next win will get you back to where you originally started. When this happens, you change your bet back to the value you started with.

To help players understand how it works, we have devised the following five round example game:

• Round 1: We bet \$1 and lose the round.
• Round 2: We bet \$2, doubling after losing the last round. We lose this round, too.
• Round 3: We bet \$4 now. We win this round.
• Round 4: We bet \$1, resetting back to the original bet value. We win this round.
• Round 5: We bet \$1 again, since the wager does not increase if you win.
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#### Flaws and Problems

While it sounds great on paper, this system does have a major flaw. If you lose several times in a row, you have to bet big to get it back. Even if your personal budget is not an issue, you have to consider table limits.

Trying to push through a losing streak can be very costly, too. The casino has a slight edge over the player, meaning you will lose more money than you will win. Martingale can be fun and profitable in short bursts, but it does not work as a long-term roulette strategy.

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