In this section, we'll be testing, and pulling apart as many roulette systems as we can. Is it best to bet on a few numbers or on lots of numbers? Roulette is perhaps the most famous casino game that has been the subject of intense investigation over the years from people trying to "crack the roulette code". There is no substitute for testing these out for yourself- head over to our free online roulette games section and give them a go! If you are short on time, head over to our roulette tips page- we share our top 10 nuggets for players.
In the Fibonacci , you bet more after a loss, along a Fib. sequence like 1,1,2,3,5,8. Drop down 2 bets after a win.
The Labouchere System famously features in Ian Fleming's James Bond stories. Aka the Cancellation System.
Law of the Third System
According to the Law of The Third, 1/3 of the numbers on a wheel don't show after 37 spins. Here you fish for repeaters.
The Martingale System is perhaps the most famous roulette strategy of them all. Double your bets after a loss & try and claw back losses.
The Reverse Martingale is the opposite. You increase your bets after a win to try and accelerate wins in a lucky streak..
Can it be done? Or is it an urban myth?
Well, over the course of time, there certainly have been people who have "cracked the code" making roulette bets. There was a guy called Gonzalo Garcia-Pelayo, for example, who cleaned out the casinos in Madrid and Las Vegas in the 90s after he had discovered a way of identifying roulette wheels with small imperfections that gave him an edge against the casinos (read all about him in our roulette stories section). There are lots of systems out there - the most famous being The Martingale. Some are even linked to mathematical formulae like the Fibonnacci (but beware, that doesn't mean they work!). Some are easy to understand, and some, like the Guetting, are a bit more challenging. There are also regressive roulette systems where you reduce your bets sometimes after a win in order to bank profits.
There was a gang suspected of using roulette cheating machines who won £1.3m at the Ritz casino in London in 2003.The roulette-cheating machines (a small digital time recorder, a concealed computer and a hidden earpiece) went on sale shortly afterwards.
This famous roulette strategy (or should we say scam) in Britain was carried out by a woman and two men who, in 2003, won £1.3m at the Ritz using equipment hidden inside a mobile phone. They were arrested but later released and they kept hold of their winnings. Norman Leigh famously took on the casinos on the French Riviera in the 60s using the Reverse Labouchere System, and then there's all the fictional stuff- James bond famously uses the Labouchere System otherwise known as the Cancellation System, for example, when he's playing baccarat.
How Does it Work?
There's a clicker that is used to record the speed of the wheel and ball, which can be hidden in a pen, a watchstrap, a shoe or even clipped to a tooth. The monitor is clicked as the two reference points pass in order to calculate the deceleration speed of the wheel and ball. The information is sent electronically to a remote computer
An algorithm calculates which number the ball will hit based on historical data and sends the information to the earpiece in a mobile phone, MP3 player, handbag or cigarette lighter.
An earpiece is then hidden inside the ear canal, which sends instructions to the player about where to place bets. It is claimed that this gave players an edge of around 10-20% (versus a normal house edge of 2.6%)
The only problem is, with all of these so called "roulette codes", is that the casinos learn fast and invest a lot of time and money into closing any loop-holes. There are many roulette myths out there. So does this mean that there are no more loop-holes or imperfections that players can take advantage of? Well, theoretically no, but it's getting harder all of the time. But then again, more and more people have access to highly sophisticated technology these days, so who knows?