Useless of the betting systems

To begin with it is necessary to say that evaluation of the roulette betting systems is a very difficult and sometimes senseless affair. As there is such a notion as "the no way approach".

The no way approach concerns a rather big category of roulette gamblers who consider that all betting systems are useless. Actually, roulette is a pure game of chance, game with a negative expectation. And it is impossible to disregard or exclude the advantage of the casino, also known as the house edge. The advantage of the casino is different in European and American variation of roulette casino game. In European roulette it is 2,7% and in American - 5,4%. Such difference is explained by various numbers of pockets in the roulette wheel. European roulette has 37 and American one has 38 pockets.

It is vacuously to perform some kind of evaluation model to such roulette gamblers. They think that every mathematician system will be losing. So, they do not want even to hear about roulette betting system and which one is better.

System variety

Though, there is a great variety of betting systems. Among the most popular it is necessary to mention the following:

  • Martingale;
  • Anti-Martingale;
  • Labouchere;
  • Reverse Labouchere;
  • D'Alembert;
  • Fibonacci;
  • Andrucci;
  • Dozen betting system etc.


Gambles who do not believe in the effectiveness of any roulette betting system may take other actions which could (as they think so) help them to win in this exciting game of chance. Most of such players tend to believe in different roulette myths. Or they can be acquainted with some kinds of gamblers' superstitions and follow them. For example, they can bet on lucky numbers or sleeping numbers. Some roulette players do not take in any case unlucky items to the casino or try not to wear the cloths of unlucky colors.

So, the absence of the belief in the effectiveness of roulette betting systems creates other beliefs.


Michael Shackleford is a well-known person in the world of gambling. He is an owner of gaming consultancy business and adjunct professor of Casino Math course.

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