Back in 2009, a roulette player called Balvinder Sambhi from Birmingham was getting quite a lot of press (in the UK at least) by claiming that he had banned from each and every Grosvenor Casino in the UK following a £28,000 win over 2 months playing what he referred to as his 'no-lose' system.
His best win in a day was around £4,000. Mr Sambhi said: 'I've never lost with my system and the casinos don't like that. They don't want winners in their premises, just losers´.
He received a letter from the director of security of Group that run Grosvenor Casino which he has subsequently used to promote his book: Sequential Roulette or Breaking the Roulette Code, which you can find online at Amazon. It´s a paperback that will set you back the princely sum of £100. It looks like Sequential Roulette is out of print but Breaking the Roulette Code is still available.
Mr Sambhi was banned on September 15 2009 when he headed to the Grosvenor Casino in Birmingham city centre and was told he was banned from the group.
The casino didn´t give it´s reasons, instead informing Sambhi that Grosvenor were under no legal obligation to give reasons for excluding someone from their premises.
What is Balvinder Sambhi´s System?
One of the reasons that Sambhi took his time to win £28,000, is that his system involves a lot of sitting around the sidelines waiting for the right entry point into the game. For example, he tracks so called "chops" on the even money chances, where the result switches back and forward every spin, so RBRBRB for example on the red/black even money bets.
Once he feels the time is right, he wades in betting that the wheel is due some repeat results, and then applies a Martingale System to his bets (doubling after a loss). His theory is that this kind of analysis before betting reduces the chances of him losing too many times in a row, and thus hitting the betting limit of the table before his bet comes in.
The problem here, is that the system is based on the Gambler´s Fallacy- the belief that historical results somehow have an influence on future results on a roulette wheel. The Martingale, of course, is a well known system and can be played successfully for short sessions. However, the reason that most casinos let you play it (not all do) is that they figure that you are going to either experience a long sequence of losses at some point (that´s just statistics), or that you hit the table limits and are unable to double up your bet to cover previous losses.
However, some say that he was just following in the footsteps of players like Dr Richard Jarecki and identifying wheel bias.
He does have some interesting ideas of how to get around the table limits using inside bets to make up your table coverage.
Is the book worth £100? We don´t think so. It´s an interesting read, and I´d probably pay a tenner for it, but £100? There´s no rocket science in there that will unlock the secrets of the roulette wheel. It´s just a complex Martingale variant.