This guide will explain the “Martingale system” strategy in roulette. Casino players have developed betting systems for as long as people have played. Players are always trying to find an advantage against the casinos with a "magic formula" to help them defeat the casino. A strategy that seems to have survived for a long time is the Martingale system. This system is probably so popular because it's so simple and easy to learn.
The simple idea behind the Martingale system is to double the bet every time you lose. If you bet 10 and lose, you bet 20 next time. If you lose again, you bet 40 next time, and so on. This could be profitable according to the following patterns (in a game that paid double bet on win): The player bet 10 and loses = -10. He then bets 20 and loses = -30. He then bets 40 and loses = -70. He then bets 80 and wins = 10.
Do not forget that it's actually possible to use Martingale at games like Blackjack. The Martingale system does not work as a method of erasing the house's advantage. The reason for this is that long gains or losses are less likely than small variations, but they happen after all. And when they happen, this system will either push the player to the casino bet or blow the player's bankroll. If you start wagering 10, it's actually enough with ten laps to delete a 10 000 bankroll.
Example MartinGale System:
- A small example if you play with a prize of 10:
- Games 1. Stake: 10 / loss = total income -10
- Games 2. Stake: 20 / loss = total income -30
- Game 3. Stake: 40 / win = total result 10
This round of Martingale then gave 10 plus, and theoretically you can hold on for infinity and go with guaranteed profit.
The problem is that all casinos have betting ceilings, and the bets increase rapidly when playing with Martingale. Let's say that the betting ceiling is 1 000, and you play 10 as a bet. Then you can lose seven times in a row (10, 20, 40, 80, 160, 320, 640), then you can’t play further according to the Martingale system (1 280 is above the target ceiling).
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