# Casino Betting Systems

Ever since the beginning of gambling, people have looked for ways to improve

their chances of winning or to “beat the house.” Because of this desire, many

different strategies have been developed over the years in an attempt to give

gamblers an edge. The odds are that you ended up on this page because you too

are searching for a way to improve your chances of winning.

On this page, we’ll take a deep dive into betting systems. We’ll start with

helping you understand some high-level basics relating to progressive betting

systems in general. Next, we’ll break down the different types of progressive

systems in more detail. By the conclusion of this document, you’ll have a good

understanding of the most popular progressive betting systems out there.

Much of what we’ll cover on this page relates to progressive betting systems,

and because of that, we wanted to make sure that you had a good understanding of

what progressive betting entails. The basic idea behind a progressive betting

system is how you adjust the size of your bet on the next hand based upon the

outcome of the current one. As you’ll see below, different systems call for

different adjustments at different times.

## Understanding the Gambler’s Fallacy

Before we get too deep into casino betting systems and strategies, we’d like

to take a moment to discuss the gambler’s fallacy. It is important that you

understand the gambler’s fallacy as many gamblers do not understand this basic

concept. By understanding this, you’ll be able to avoid falling for one of the

biggest myths in casinos.

The gambler’s fallacy is a mistaken belief that if an event happens more

frequently than normal during some time period, it will happen less frequently

in the future and vice versa. Many people fall for the gambler’s fallacy because

it is very appealing to the human mind. Our mind wants us to think we’ve

identified patterns when the truth of the matter is that most things are still

very random.

If you flip a quarter 5 times and it lands on heads all 5

times, what do you think it will land on for your 6th flip? The odds are that

your head is telling you that it HAS to be tails since it has already landed on

heads 5 times in a row. If you said tails, you’ve just fallen victim to the

gambler’s fallacy.

In the coin flip example above, our minds want us to think that there is no

way that the coin will land on heads again, but the reality is that there is

still a 50/50 chance for that flip. Each time that you flip the quarter, each

side still has a 50/50 chance of landing up regardless of what happened on any

previous flips.

At the end of the day, short term patterns in previous results don’t matter.

Regardless if you’re watching the roulette table or flipping coins, short term

patterns cannot be trusted, but your mind will work hard to convince you

otherwise. In order not to fall for the gambler’s fallacy, you’ll need to wrap

your mind around the fact that short term patterns don’t matter when it comes to

future outcomes.

We bring this up because so many people fall for the myth. People who fall

for the Gambler’s Fallacy allow themselves to believe that they have identified

short term patterns and that they will, therefore, be able to beat the system.

When it comes to the betting systems that we’ll cover below, many people are

attracted to these systems because they don’t believe that long enough streaks

or patterns will play out to impact their profitability in a negative way.

Unfortunately, this mistaken belief can cost you lots of money.

## Flat Betting vs. Positive Progression vs. Negative Progression

When it comes to types of betting systems, there tend to be 3 main styles:

Flat betting, positive progression systems, and negative progression systems.

Each of these systems is distinctly different from one another. We’ll break down

each one of these below so that you can gain a better understanding of how each

one works.

### Flat Betting

This is the act of betting the same amount on each hand regardless of

the previous outcome. No matter if you won or lost the last hand, you’ll

continue to bet the same amount on the next hand as you did on the previous one.

Flat betting is pretty common due to the simplicity of it. All you need to do is

select how much you’d like to bet on each hand and then proceed with betting

that same amount on each hand there forward. It’s as simple as that.

### Positive Progression

In a positive progression system, you’ll increase your next bet when you win

and decrease your bet when you lose. When using one of these systems, you’ll

consistently follow that same pattern. The main idea behind a positive

progression betting system is that you will maximize your winnings when you go

on a winning streak and that you will minimize your losses when you go on a

losing streak.

### Negative Progression

In contrast, a negative progression betting system has you do the opposite of

a positive progression system. Under a negative progression system, you’ll

increase your bet when you lose and decrease your bet when you win. The idea

behind negative progression systems is that you’ll eventually get a win and that

when you do win, you’ll earn more than you lost.

To help summarize things, we’ve provided the simple chart below. You can use

this for a quick reference as you learn more about the different types of

betting systems.

Flat Betting | Positive Progression | Negative Progression | |
---|---|---|---|

Win Previous Bet |
Bet remains the same | Increase Bet | Decrease Bet |

Lose Previous Bet |
Bet remains the same | Decrease Bet | Increase Bet |

In the sections below, we’ll dive deeper into positive and negative

progression betting systems. We’ll also detail many of the most common positive

and negative progression systems out there today.

## Positive Progression Systems

As you learned above, positive progression systems have you increasing your

bets when you are winning and decreasing your bets when you are losing. It is

worth noting that most positive betting systems do not tend to be as potentially

damaging as negative progression systems since you are decreasing your bets when

losing.

As you’ll see below, positive betting systems definitely have their drawbacks

and limits. In general, these systems are likely to bump up against your own

bank roll limit or table limit under certain streaks. Below, we’ll dive into 4

of the most popular positive progression systems out there.

### The Paroli System

One of the simplest positive progression betting systems out there is the

Paroli System. It is one of the more popular betting systems in the casino

world. The main goal of the Paroli System is to avoid substantial losses and to

generate small wins regularly.

To get started with the Paroli System, you first have to pick your base unit.

We’d suggest something small like $1 or $5 as things can quickly grow. Once

you’ve established your base unit, you can move onto the next step.

Under the Paroli System, you will double your bet after each win. For

example, if your base unit was $2, you wager $2 on your first hand. If you won

that first hand, you’d then wager $4 on the 2nd hand. One thing to note is that

you should stop increasing your bet after 3 wins. We’ll talk more about that

later.

If you lose a hand while operating the Paroli System, you then move back to

your base unit bet. Regardless of how many times you might lose in a row, you

will never increase your wager after a loss under the principles of the Paroli

System.

#### Basic Concepts of The Paroli System:

- Double your bet after each win.
- Return to your base unit bet after each loss.

To help illustrate how the Paoli System works, we’ve created a sample chart below. The base unit for this game of Roulette is $2.

Roll | Bet | Outcome | Action |
---|---|---|---|

#1 | $2 | Loss | Stay at base unit wager. |

#2 | $2 | Loss | Stay at base unit wager. |

#3 | $2 | Win | Double bet after win. |

#4 | $4 | Win | Double bet after win. |

#5 | $8 | Win | Return to base unit wager after 3 wins in a row. |

#6 | $2 | Loss | Stay at base unit wager. |

#7 | $2 | Loss | Stay at base unit wager. |

#8 | $2 | Win | Double bet after win. |

#9 | $4 | Win | Double bet after win. |

#10 | $8 | Win | Return to base unit wager after 3 wins in a row. |

#11 | $2 | NA | NA |

Like other systems, the Paroli System is limited based upon table limits and

your bank roll. If you go on a long enough streak, you might eventually be

forced to stop because either you’ve run out of bankroll or because the table

you’re at has a maximum lower than what the system says you should wager.

Because of this, the Paroli System is limited in real life situations.

The Paoli System is nice in that it is easy to learn. It also is good because

it helps to limit losses except for cases with extreme runs of long losing

streaks. Unfortunately, the Paroli System still doesn’t help you beat the house.

While it might help you earn small amounts here and there with favorable

streaks, it still is not the magic bullet to beat the house.

### The 1-3-2-6 System

Another positive progression betting system is the 1-3-2-6 system. This

system is very similar to the Paroli System that we just described above with a

few different tweaks. As with the Paroli System, the 1-3-2-6 System is very

simple to learn.

Similar to the Paroli System, your first task with the 1-3-2-6 System is to

define your base betting unit. It’s up to you, but it should be a smaller number

as your wagers will climb from it. Ultimately, you probably want to consider

something in the $1-$5 range unless you’ve got a massive bank roll to work with.

Once you’ve established your base wager unit, you can then follow the simple

rules of the 1-3-2-6 System. Under this system, you’ll start by betting 1 base

unit. If your base unit is $5, then you would wager $5 on your first hand.

If you win your first hand, the next number in the 1-3-2-6 System is 3. That

means you would then wager 3 base units ($15) on the next hand. Assuming you win

that round, you’d continue to follow the sequence. If you manage to win 4 bets

in a row, you will return to the start of the sequence.

Under the 1-3-2-6 System, you will also return to the start of the sequence

whenever you lose a hand. If you’re on 1 base unit in the sequence on your first

hand and you lose, you then remain at the start of the sequence. You will only

advance in the sequence once you have won a wager.

#### Basic Concepts of the 1-3-2-6 System:

- Return to the start of the sequence after each loss.
- Move up the sequence after each win and bet that many base units.

To help illustrate how the 1-3-2-6 System works, we’ve developed a sample

chart below. This chart assumes a $2 base unit on a roulette table.

Roll | Bet | Outcome | Action |
---|---|---|---|

#1 | $2 | Loss | Stay at base unit wager. |

#2 | $2 | Loss | Stay at base unit wager. |

#3 | $2 | Win | Wager 3 times the base unit. |

#4 | $6 | Win | Wager 2 times the base unit. |

#5 | $4 | Win | Wager 6 times the base unit. |

#6 | $12 | Loss | Return to base unit after loss. |

#7 | $2 | Win | Wager 3 times the base unit. |

#8 | $6 | Win | Wager 2 times the base unit. |

#9 | $4 | Win | Wager 6 times the base unit. |

#10 | $12 | Win | Return to base unit after 4 wins in a row. |

#11 | $2 | NA | NA |

As with the Paroli System, the 1-3-2-6 System is super easy to learn; which

is a strong positive aspect of the system. That being said, the 1-3-2-6 System

still does not allow you to beat the house. While it might assist you with

picking up some cash on a win streak and limit your losses to some extent on a

losing streak, it won’t help you overcome the house advantage in the long run.

Similar to the Paroli System, you may become limited by bank roll or table limit

constraints when you go on winning runs.

### The Conta D’Alembert System

Another positive progression system that is easy to learn is the Contra D’

Alembert System. This system is basically the inverse of the negative

progression D’Alembert System. We’ll cover that system in more detail later.

To get started with the Contra D’Alembert System, you must first define what

your base betting unit is. Your base betting unit is the starting bet for the

system. We suggest that you keep this as low as possible as things will only

escalate from this number.

Your base unit is then utilized as your starting wager. You’ll bet one base

unit to start the system. If you chose $2 as your base unit, you’d wager $2 for

your initial bet.

If you win your initial wager, you’ll add another base unit onto your next

bet. In the sample above, your next bet should be $4 (2 base units) if you win

the first wager. In the case of a loss, the Contra D’Alembert System has you

subtract a base unit from your next bet.

#### Basic Concepts of The Contra D’Alembert System:

- Add another base unit to your bet after each win.
- Subtract a base unit after each loss.

We’ve mocked up a sample scenario below to showcase the Contra D’Alembert

System to you. For this example, assume a $2 base unit on the game of Roulette.

Roll | Bet | Outcome | Action |
---|---|---|---|

#1 | $2 | Loss | Stay at base unit |

#2 | $2 | Win | Add one base unit |

#3 | $4 | Win | Add one base unit |

#4 | $6 | Loss | Subtract one base unit |

#5 | $4 | Loss | Subtract one base unit |

#6 | $2 | Win | Add one base unit |

#7 | $4 | Win | Add one base unit |

#8 | $6 | Win | Add one base unit |

#9 | $8 | Win | Add one base unit |

#10 | $10 | Loss | Subtract one base unit |

#11 | $8 | NA | NA |

As we mentioned earlier, one nice thing about the Contra D’Alembert System is

that it is very easy to learn and use. Like the other positive progression

systems above, the Contra D’Alembert system is typically limited by bankroll and

table limits. This system works out well by helping you to win large sums when

you go on a winning streak and helps to limit your losses when you’re losing.

### The Reverse Labouchere

The Reverse Labouchere System is a positive progression system that works

opposite of the negative progression Labouchere System. We’ll cover the original

Labouchere System in detail in the section below. For now, know that both of

these systems operate as cancellation systems.

The Reverse Labouchere System is the most complicated positive progression

system. Due to the complexity of the system, it is hard to learn in comparison

to the super simple Paroli System. To keep up with the Reverse Labouchere

System, we strongly suggest that you use pen and paper.

The first step of the Reverse Labouchere System is for you to establish and

write down a sequence of numbers. The choice of the numbers in the sequence and

the length of the sequence is ultimately up to you. You can use different

sequence strategies to accomplish different things.

Consider a sample sequence of 1-2-3. Under the Reverse

Labouchere System, your wager is always equal to the sum of the outer numbers of

your sequence. In this case, our opening bet would be $4 ($1+$3).

When you win under the Reverse Labouchere System, you will add the wagered

amount from your win onto the end of the sequence. In the sample 1-2-3 sequence

above, you’d add a 4 to the sequence if you won your first bet. Your new

sequence would now be 1-2-3-4. Based on that new sequence, your next wager would

be $5.

When you lose a wager while following the Reverse Labouchere system, you’ll

remove the first and last number in the sequence. Using the sample 1-2-3-4

sequence from above, you’d remove the two outer numbers after a loss. Your new

sequence would now be 2-3, and your next bet would be $5.

#### Basic Concepts of the Reverse Labouchere System:

- Wager the sum of the two

outer numbers in your sequence. - Add your won wager to the

end of a sequence after a win. - Remove the first and the

last number of the sequence after a loss.

To help illustrate the Reverse Labouchere System, we’ve built the sample

chart below based off a starting sequence of 1-2-3 at a roulette table.

Roll | Sequence | Bet | Outcome | Action |
---|---|---|---|---|

#1 | 1/2/2003 | $4 | Win | Add win amount to sequence. |

#2 | 1-2-3-4 | $5 | Win | Add win amount to sequence. |

#3 | 1-2-3-4-5 | $6 | Loss | Drop outer two numbers from sequence. |

#4 | 2/3/2004 | $6 | Loss | Drop outer two numbers from sequence. |

#5 | 3 | $3 | Win | Add win amount to sequence. |

#6 | 3-Mar | $6 | Win | Add win amount to sequence. |

#7 | 3/3/2006 | $9 | Win | Add win amount to sequence. |

#8 | 3-3-6-9 | $12 | Loss | Drop outer two numbers from sequence. |

#9 | 6-Mar | $9 | Win | Add win amount to sequence. |

#10 | 3/6/2009 | $12 | Loss | Drop outer two numbers from sequence. |

#11 | 6 | $6 | NA | NA |

The Reverse Labouchere System can help you win significant sums if you go on

a winning streak. To accomplish this, the Reverse Labouchere System has you

continue increasing your bets when you win. Another nice thing about the system

is that it helps to cap your losses when you go on a losing streak. For most

people, the main drawback to the Reverse Labouchere System is the complexity of

the system.

At the end of the day, The Reverse Labouchere System is still only good for

short runs. Along with the other betting systems that we cover on this page, The

Reverse Labouchere System has not been proven to help you overcome the house

favor. Like the Paroli and 1-3-2-6 Systems, the Reverse Labouchere system most

likely will become throttled by your bankroll or table limits in the case of a

long winning streak.

## Negative Progression Systems

As we mentioned earlier, negative progression betting systems operate the

reverse of positive progression systems. Under negative progression, you’ll

decrease your bets when you win and increase your bets when you lose.

Because you’re increasing your bets when you lose, negative progression

systems have the potential to be more damaging than positive progression

systems.

We strongly urge you to use caution with negative progression systems

due to this fact. As you’ll see below, things can quickly get expensive if you

go on a losing streak.

This is one of the biggest drawbacks to negative

progression betting systems.

Similar to positive progression systems, negative progression systems can

also be limited by outside factors. Specifically, in cases of long losing

streaks, you may become limited by table limits or your own personal bank roll.

In the section below, we’ll look at 4 of the most popular negative progression

betting systems.

### The Martingale System

The Martingale System is perhaps the most well-known of all casino betting

systems. The strategy behind the Martingale System is that you double your bet

after every loss.

Once you get a win, you return back to your normal starting

bet and then continue the same process. The main idea of the Martingale System

is that doubling your bet each time after a loss will allow you to recoup your

losses and provide you with some upside when you finally do win.

#### Basic Concepts of The Martingale System:

- Double your bet after each loss.
- Return to your starting base bet after a win.

Let’s imagine that you’re playing Blackjack at the casino.

That night, you’ve decided that your base bet is $10. If you win your 1st hand,

you’ll continue to bet $10 again on the 2nd hand. If you end up losing the

second hand, you would then double your bet up to $20 for the 3rd hand. Taking

it one step further, if you were also to lose the 3rd hand, you would then

double your bet once again to $40 for the 4th hand. The pattern here continues

until you get a win. At that point, you would return to $10 and start the

process over again.

While the Martingale System is good in theory, it has many practical

limitations. First, most people simply don’t have the bank roll to keep up with

a large streak of losses. Let’s imagine that you’re playing Roulette for a

starting bet of just $1. Under the Martingale System, if you went on a losing

streak for 10 rolls, your bet on the 11th roll would be over $1,000! We’ve made

a chart below to showcase this scenario.

Roll | Bet | Outcome | Action |
---|---|---|---|

#1 | $1 | Loss | Double Bet |

#2 | $2 | Loss | Double Bet |

#3 | $4 | Loss | Double Bet |

#4 | $8 | Loss | Double Bet |

#5 | $16 | Loss | Double Bet |

#6 | $32 | Loss | Double Bet |

#7 | $64 | Loss | Double Bet |

#8 | $128 | Loss | Double Bet |

#9 | $256 | Loss | Double Bet |

#10 | $512 | Loss | Double Bet |

#11 | $1,024 | NA | NA |

As you can see from the chart above, The Martingale System gets expensive

very fast even with a low starting bet of just $1. Most people simply can’t

afford to keep up with a long losing streak to stick around long enough to

recoup their losses under this system. This tends to be the main reason that

this system fails.

Another limitation to the Martingale System is table limits. If we go back to

the scenario in the chart above, the odds are that the same table allowing a $1

minimum bet on Roulette would not allow more than a $500 bet maximum. Even if

you have the bank roll and stomach to keep up with a long string of losses under

the Martingale System, eventually, you’d be capped at a table by the table

maximum.

In order for the Martingale System to work, you’d need to have an unending

bank roll and unlimited table limits. Unfortunately, neither of these exists.

Due to this, the Martingale System is flawed due to short term patterns that can

emerge when betting.

### The D’Alembert System

The D’Alembert System is one of the more simple negative progression systems

out there. Due to the simplicity, it is one of the more popular betting systems.

Unlike the Martingale System where stakes are quickly doubled after each loss,

the D’Alembert System increases stakes more slowly.

The first step in the D’Alembert System is to define your base betting unit.

Perhaps this is $1 or $5. Essentially, the base betting unit is the absolute

minimum that you want to bet. Keep in mind that it is going to go up from there,

so we always advise you to consider starting as low as possible.

Once you’ve established your base unit, you start your initial bet by using

one base unit. For example, if your base unit is $1, you should bet $1 on your

first wager. If you lose that bet, the D’Alembert System states that you should

add one base unit to your next bet. Therefore, your next wager would be $2 if

you were using a $1 base unit. Under the D’Alembert system, you add an

additional base unit to each wager after each losing bet. Once you have a

winning hand, you then decrease your next wager by one base unit.

#### Basic Concepts of The D’Alembert System:

- Add another base unit to your bet after each loss.
- Subtract a base unit after each win.

We’ve mocked up a sample scenario below to showcase the D’Alembert System to

you. For this example, assume a $2 base unit on the game of Roulette.

Roll | Bet | Outcome | Action |
---|---|---|---|

#1 | $2 | Loss | Add one base unit |

#2 | $4 | Loss | Add one base unit |

#3 | $6 | Loss | Add one base unit |

#4 | $8 | Loss | Add one base unit |

#5 | $10 | Loss | Add one base unit |

#6 | $12 | Loss | Add one base unit |

#7 | $14 | Loss | Add one base unit |

#8 | $16 | Loss | Add one base unit |

#9 | $18 | Loss | Add one base unit |

#10 | $20 | Win | Subtract one base unit |

#11 | $18 | NA | NA |

As you can see from the sample in the chart above, the stakes do not increase

nearly as quickly in the D’Alembert System as they do under the Martingale

System. However, the same thing is also true relating to recouping losses when

you do win. Since you are not wagering as much under the D’Alembert System, it

will take longer for you to recoup your losses.

In the sample above, assuming a wager was made on a 2:1 payout like red or

black, the player would have made $20 on the 10th roll when they won. The

problem is that prior to that 10th wager, $90 has already been bet and lost.

That means that even after recouping $20 from the 10th roll they are still $70

in the hole.

Much like the Martingale System, the D’Alembert system is typically limited

by bankroll and table limits. As well, due to the fact that the stakes don’t

climb as quickly, the D’Alembert System is slower to recoup losses under the

scenario of a long losing streak like the one in the chart sample above. Unlike

the Martingale where you can recoup losses under a single win, the D’Alembert

can require multiple wins to recoup your losses.

### The Fibonacci System

Another type of negative progressive betting systems is the Fibonacci System.

This particular system is slightly more complicated than the Martingale and

D’Alembert Systems, but it is still rather quick and easy to learn. The roots of

the Fibonacci System go back to the 13th century and an Italian mathematician

named Leonardo Pisano.

The Fibonacci System operates under a sequence of numbers. Each sequence

starts with a 0 and then a base unit. Each number after that is the sum of the

two previous numbers. We’ve written out a sample sequence below based on 2 as

the base unit.

**Sample Sequence:** 0, 2, 2, 4, 6, 10, 16, 26, 42, 68, 110…

Now that you have a good understanding of what a Fibonacci sequence is let’s

talk about how it is applied as a betting system. Under the Fibonacci System,

you first need to determine your base betting unit. As with the previous

systems, we highly suggest that you start small as it will only climb higher.

Using the Fibonacci System, your first bet would be your base unit. After

each losing bet, you would then move your bet up to the next number in the

Fibonacci sequence. When you win a wager, the Fibonacci System states that you

should move your wager down 2 units in the sequence.

#### Basic Concepts of the Fibonacci System:

- Bet the next number in the

sequence after a loss. - Move back two numbers in

the sequence and bet that amount after a win.

To help illustrate the Fibonacci System better, we’ve mocked up a sample

below based upon a $2 base unit bet on Roulette. For this sample, be sure to see

the sample Fibonacci sequence above which applies to a $2 base bet.

Roll | Bet | Outcome | Action |
---|---|---|---|

#1 | $2 | Loss | Move to next number in sequence |

#2 | $4 | Loss | Move to next number in sequence |

#3 | $6 | Loss | Move to next number in sequence |

#4 | $10 | Loss | Move to next number in sequence |

#5 | $16 | Loss | Move to next number in sequence |

#6 | $26 | Loss | Move to next number in sequence |

#7 | $42 | Win | Move back 2 numbers in sequence |

#8 | $16 | Loss | Move to next number in sequence |

#9 | $26 | Win | Move back 2 numbers in sequence |

#10 | $10 | Loss | Move to next number in sequence |

#11 | $16 | NA | NA |

There are a couple of things to keep in mind with the Fibonacci System.

First, if you have not yet moved up 2 numbers in the system and you win, only go

back to your starting base unit. You should never wager anything less than your

starting unit. Secondly, you’re supposed to move back to the start of the

sequence once you are in a profit scenario. In order to do this, you’ll need to

track your profit/loss. This can be easy to do with a pen and paper.

As with the other previous two negative progressive betting systems, the

Fibonacci System has its limitations. The system typically runs into limits due

to the player’s available bank roll or the table limits in cases of long runs of

losses. Under this system, it is still very possible that your wagers could

quickly escalate to a very high amount. In the sample chart below, a $2 base bet

ballooned to a $42 wager just 7 rolls (and losses) later.

### The Labouchere System

The last major of the negative progressive betting systems is the Labouchere

System. Not to be confused with the 90’s dance music group La Bouche, The

Labourchere System is the most complicated major negative progressive betting

system as it is much more complicated than the other 3 systems that we have

covered above. Similar to the Fibonacci and D’Alembert Systems, the Labouchere

System does not attempt to recover all previous losses in one hand.

Alternatively, it attempts to recover previous losses over multiple wins.

The first step of the Labouchere System is for you to write down a sequence

of numbers. For simplicity sake, consider the sequence 1-2-3. Under the

Labouchere System, your wager will be equal to the sum of the first number and

the last one in the sequence. In the case of the sample 1-2-3 sequence, your

opening wager would be $4 ($1+$3).

If you win your wager, you remove the first and last number from the

sequence. From the sample sequence below, it would look like this: 1-2-3. You

would solely be left with the 2. That means your next wager would be $2. If you

win that bet, the sequence is over, and you would start a new one.When you lose a wager, you must add that wagered amount to the end of the

sequence. Going back to the 1-2-3 sequence, if you wagered $4 on your first

wager and lost, you would then add a 4 to the sequence making your new sequence:

1-2-3-4. Following the same rules of the Labouchere System, your next wager

would then be the sum of the two outer numbers, $5.

#### Basic Concepts of The Labouchere System:

- Wager the sum of the two

outer numbers in your sequence. - Add your lost wager to the

end of a sequence after a loss. - Remove the first and the

last number of the sequence after a win.

To help illustrate the Labouchere System, we’ve built the sample chart below

based off a starting sequence of 1-2-3 at a roulette table.

Roll | Sequence | Bet | Outcome | Action |
---|---|---|---|---|

#1 | 1/2/2003 | $4 | Loss | Add loss amount to sequence. |

#2 | 1-2-3-4 | $5 | Loss | Add loss amount to sequence. |

#3 | 1-2-3-4-5 | $6 | Win | Drop outer two numbers from sequence. |

#4 | 2/3/2004 | $6 | Win | Drop outer two numbers from sequence. |

#5 | 3 | $3 | Loss | Add loss amount to sequence. |

#6 | 3-Mar | $6 | Loss | Add loss amount to sequence. |

#7 | 3/3/2006 | $9 | Loss | Add loss amount to sequence. |

#8 | 3-3-6-9 | $12 | Win | Drop outer two numbers from sequence. |

#9 | 6-Mar | $9 | Loss | Add loss amount to sequence. |

#10 | 3/6/2009 | $12 | Win | Drop outer two numbers from sequence. |

#11 | 6 | $6 | NA | NA |

The main drawback to the Labouchere System is the sheer complexity of the

system itself. Due to the high level of complexity, many players struggle to

keep up with what they should actually be betting at any given point. Without

using pen and paper, it is near impossible to keep track of where you should be.

One of the strong positives about the Labouchere System is the fact that the

system itself is very flexible. Since you get to choose your sequence of

numbers, you can control to some extent how the sequence will play out. For

example, by adding in some zeros to your sequence, you can help throttle the

chance that your bets get too big too fast. In contrast, using some larger

numbers in your sequence could help you earn some big bucks if you’re able to

finish the sequence. Under that same scenario, you also could lose big if you

are not able to complete the sequence.

Despite its complexity, the LaBouchere System unfortunately still won’t help

you beat the house. Like the other systems, it might aid you in making some

profit in the short run, but it still won’t allow you to beat the house favor in

the long run. This system still has limits because of the system’s potential to

suggest bets that could quickly outgrow your bankroll or the table limit if you

go on a long streak of losses.

## Conclusion

While there is a slew of different types of casino betting systems and

strategies, we urge you to use caution before trying to use any of them. At the

end of the day, each one of these systems has its limitations. We strongly urge

everyone to do their homework and decide if using a betting system is right for

you.

Ultimately, no betting system has been proven to be fool proof, the choice

is yours in the end. May the odds be ever in your favor.