Does roulette have a strategy that can help you make money over time? Is that a Martingale strategy? In this text, you will find the answer, and you will learn the pros and cons of the mentioned strategy.

The Martingale strategy is the most popular and most commonly used roulette strategy in casinos, whether you gamble online (for which we suggest that you check out those that are best-rated at or at land-based casinos. The concept behind it is quite simple – you increase the bet after each loss, so when you win in the end, you return the lost money and start betting again with the initial amount. It seems quite logical and easy to understand and implement. You don’t need to be a math wizard or have a strategic brain to use this system.

1. Guide


If everything seems to you as pure theory, we suggest you delve a little into the analysis in front of you and pay attention to specific examples in later paragraphs.

  • Determine the base amount, start betting, and continue to bet every time you win.
  • Decide whether you want to play black or red, even or odd. You must select one of these options. Some players choose to change options, but we suggest you stick to your choice in each round. For example, if you chose black, continue to play black in each round.
  • Enter the base amount you selected in the field of your choice on the table and let the wheel spin.
  • If you win, place the same bet, i.e. the same base amount in the next game. However, if you lose, double your bet in the next game.
  • If you win the second game after losing the first, you return the lost money from the first round and earn a profit. If you lose for the second time in a row, you must double the last bet in the third game.
  • Continue like this until you win, and every time you win, start again from the originally determined base amount. You should write down or memorize the maximum number of roulette spins you can lose, one after the other. For example, you can say that after seven consecutive losses, you return to the initial stake in order to avoid further losses.

So, the most effective way to use this strategy is to play on the outcome from 1 to 18 or 19 to 36, in red or black, even or odd. Betting in case of losses should go like this 1 – 2 – 4 – 8 – 16 – 32 – 64 – 128 – 256 – 512 – 1024 – 2048 – 4096 – 8192. This is a strategy that requires a lot of patience, and you definitely have to be careful about how much you can afford to lose money if things go wrong.

2. Examples


Example 1: Choose a basic bet of 10 euros. Let’s say you lose the round and in the next round, you increase the stake to 20 euros. If you win you have a gain of 20 euros. The count is as follows: 20 euros of profit from the second round minus 10 euros that you lost in the first round = 10 euros of profit.

Example 2: Put 10 euros again, but let’s say you lose in the first four rounds, so you lose 10 euros, 20 euros, 40 euros, and 80 euros. Now you have to invest 160 euros to return the lost money and have a profit of 10 euros. If you win in the fifth round, the count is as follows: 160 euros of profit in the fifth game minus a total of 150 euros lost in the first four rounds = 10 euros of profit.

3. Legality


It is NOT illegal to use the Martingale strategy the way we have presented it to you here. You will be allowed to use this system in both online casinos and land-based casinos. The only thing you can experience is that the casino has limits, i.e. limits on the number of stakes. In any case, this is not illegal.

No, it’s not cheating. The question that is often associated with this system is precisely related to this – is it cheating? We can answer immediately – NO. If this was cheating, the casino would react immediately and ban players who use it from playing. We have not heard of such a thing, which means that the use of this roulette system is not considered cheating.

4. Safety


If you have unlimited funds and time at your disposal, and the casino has no limits on the number of stakes, you can make money with this system. We would like to stress that the Martingale strategy is not an absolutely safe path to profit. With this system, you can optimize your chances of winning and put your game within the system, but there is always the risk that you will lose 10 times in a row and you will no longer be able to afford to double the stakes. If you reach the limit and can no longer afford to place a new bet, you have lost all previous ones.

The more rounds you lose, the more likely you are to make money mathematically. This should be kept in mind when placing a basic bet.

5. Martingale vs Game of Roulette


Yes and no. Casinos always take math into consideration, otherwise, they wouldn’t even exist. The roulette wheel has numbers from 0 to 36, which means that with 37 numbers you have a 48.64 % chance of hitting if you play black/red, even/odd, or 1-18/19-36. Roulette always has an advantage of 1.36 % over you. It is a small advantage, but enough to beat you in the long run if you are unlucky. But can the system beat roulette and turn that 1.36 % in your favor to ensure safe profit in the long run?…

We agree that the concept is flawless but the casino will always win in the end. In this case, the main ‘bad guy’ here is the green zero pocket, which represents the advantage of the house, i.e. house edge, in its purest form. Therefore, the odds will always be against you, regardless of the way you bet. The safest bets have almost a 50 % chance of winning (48.6 % to be exact) due to a green zero that does not fall into any category except its own. The chances are not in your favor because of that, and the Martingale strategy cannot do anything about it. Unfortunately, this applies to literally every roulette strategy.

6. Advantages and Disadvantages



On a smaller scale, it can be fun to try different methods. It is true that if a method proves to be profitable, you cannot know whether the gain is a consequence of this method or pure luck. Still, the Martingale strategy can help you set up a system and help you become a conscientious player.


On the other hand, there are limitations to how conscientious a player you can become, given that everything is created in a hypothetical world and is not the same when it needs to be implemented in a real place and time and with limited profit. Therefore, if you are one of those who blindly follow the system, in other words – you are an ‘intuitive mathematician’ – this can be a disadvantage when you use Martingale. Simply, ‘intuitive mathematicians’ feel that the probability of winning will increase even after five rounds, but in a casino that is not a guarantee.

In short, the Martingale system is not good if you are one of those who blindly believe in things, but it can be a great choice if you bet with small stakes and stop on time.