Betting systems can be an easy way to add excitement to chance-based games that leave little room for more traditional strategies. While no system has yet been proven to actually improve a players odds at a casino game, when used in moderation systems can be a good way to add interest to a game and also make it easy for regulars to track what they’ve spent at any given table. Below are two of the most popular online betting systems currently in use.
The Martingale System
The Martingale system is incredibly simple and is designed not to make its user rich but to always put them just slightly ahead. This system has been applied to everything from craps and roulette to sports betting and could easily be used for making multiple bets on any game or event that has a variable outcome. The logic behind the Martingale system is that it is extremely unlikely that a player engaging in a long session wouldn’t win a single bet. Of course if the player in question is making bets with outrageous odds then this logic is flawed, so the Martingale is best used by a player that prefers even-money bets.
Utilizing the Martingale system is simple. Most players start by making their tables minimum bet. If you win, then you repeat the bet indefinitely until you lose. When you lose, you will double the bet. If you win that bet then you go back to your original bet, but if you lose again, you double the bet again, and so on and so forth.
The Labouchere System
At one point the Labouchere system really was a sure thing. Thats because it was originally designed to take advantage of biases in old roulette wheels. These days, casinos are quick to replace wheels showing any wear, and online wheels obviously never break down, so today the Labouchere system should be used strictly for entertainment.
The Labouchere system instructs users to write a list of numbers. If youre playing a short session, then youll write a short list. If youre playing a long session, you may choose to either write a longer list or to repeat the short one multiple times. Remember that the size of the numbers you include will ultimately determine the size of your bets. For this reason, many players opt to write a simple sequential list like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.
Your first bet should be the sum of the first and last numbers on your list. If you win, youll cross those two numbers off and add the next two numbers on each end of the list. If you lose, youll write the amount lost at the end of the list and then add it to the first number on your list to determine your new bet. If you win enough to cross off the list, you can start over again with the same list or write a new one. Players that have exceeded a logical betting limit with their list should consider it a loss and start over again.
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