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Online Roulette Strategy

Everyone recognises the famous roulette wheel. Spin the wheel, get the ball rolling, and see where it lands. Can you guess correctly?

We are about to find out whether you can adopt a roulette strategy to win. Read on to find out more.

What are the roulette options?

How much do you know about online roulette? There are several versions of the game to consider – something you must do before you play.

American roulette

This has two zeros added to the wheel – the single zero and the double zero. Since most bets do not focus on either of these pockets on the wheel, the ball landing there will likely lose you your wager. This gives the house a greater edge over the players.

Euro roulette

European roulette is popular among beginners, although many players prefer this version of the game. The euro game adds a zero to the usual selection of numbers from 1 to 36. This raises the return to player percentage in the game.

European roulette is our favourite because the house edge is lower than in other games. It is typically half the percentage seen in American roulette, for instance. It is also easier to understand than most other forms of the game.

French roulette

Confusingly, French roulette typically uses the same wheel seen in European roulette. However, there are differences in the rules of the game:

  • European roulette would see you lose an outside bet if the ball landed on zero
  • In French roulette, one of two rules could be enacted to prevent you losing that bet… at least to start with

Confused? Those French rules give you one of two ways to potentially win the original bet:

  1. En Prison – this rule means the bet remains in play for the next go. If the ball landed on zero again, the bet is lost. If you guessed red and it lands on red, you win; if it lands on black, you lose, and so on
  2. La Partage – if this rule is in action, you only forfeit half your wager on the losing zero spin

Roulette variants

Did you think we had finished? Not so – there are many variations on the traditional game of roulette, such as:

  • Multi-wheel roulette
  • Multi ball
  • Mini roulette
  • Progressive roulette games

Winning roulette strategies explained

Are you looking to try a roulette strategy? Read on…

Martingale strategy

This method is designed to be used for outside bets with even money odds. Here are the three potential bets:

  1. Odd or even
  2. 1 to 18 or 19 to 36
  3. Black or red

The strategy involves doubling the bet amount each time you lose. Starting with a pound wager, the process would go on like this:

  • £2
  • £4
  • £8
  • £16
  • … and onwards from there

However, your losses can quickly escalate if you do go on a losing streak and continue the strategy mentioned above.

Reverse Martingale strategy

Again, this is only to be used when going for the even money bets – the 50/50 bets. The reverse strategy means doing the opposite to what the above strategy told you to do. In this case, you need to double the amount you wager every time you scoop a prize on the wheel.

D’alembert strategy

Many say this is a safer method to use than the ones we’ve already looked at. It should be used only with outside bets.

  • Place a chip on your chosen bet
  • A win means you bet one chip on your next bet
  • A loss means you add a chip to the bet
  • This means when you win again, the outcome will bring you more chips
  • With a win, you reduce the bet amount by one chip, and so on

Fibonacci strategy

Does the name Fibonacci sound familiar? It recalls Leonardo Fibonacci, who created it. The numbered sequence adds the previous two numbers to create the next one.

The sequence can be found in nature, and it has also been used to play roulette. Here’s how to do it:

  • Only use it if playing even money bets, i.e. odd or even
  • This means there is a 50/50 chance to win or lose each bet
  • With each subsequent bet, move to the next number in the Fibonacci sequence
  • There is a gradual progression from a dollar bet, i.e. 1-1-2-3-5-8-13, and so on
  • This protects against huge losses

Tips for beginners

If you are new to online roulette, or even to roulette in general, it makes sense to adopt some handy tips to get you started. We’ve listed some important ones below.

Playing for free to start

This means you won’t be risking any of your own money on the game. It works just the same as a paid version, yet you can play with practice chips to see how you get on. It means you can try different bets to see how they work.

Choosing the European wheel

We learned about the various forms of roulette already. Why choose European roulette when you’re new?

  • The European wheel uses a zero in addition to the other numbers
  • This means the house edge is half what it is on other wheels
  • The house edge is the amount the house, or casino, takes from the wheel
  • A lower house edge means more money goes back to the players

Play even money outside bets

The house edge on these bets is lower, which means there is less risk involved for you in making them. Many outside bets are also easier to understand. You may well be familiar with some of them already:

  • Red or black
  • Odd or even
  • Low or high, i.e. a low bet would guess the number would fall between 1 and 18, while a high bet covers the numbers from 19 to 36

Given the lower risk involved (i.e. a red or black bet wagers the number will fall either on red or black), these are even money bets, or 1:1 if you prefer. The odds are not as large, but there is less risk involved.

Know your terms

Before you play any game, you should get up to speed on the terms used in that game. The same applies to roulette, especially since there are lots of terms that you’re likely to encounter.

Choppy game

A game without winning streaks for either the house or the player

Hot/cold game

A hot game is one where prizes have been regularly paid out to players; a cold game is the exact opposite

Column bet

A wager on a column of numbers (three available)

Corner bet

A wager on a cluster of four numbers displayed in a square on the table, where their corners all meet each other

Line bet

A wager on a total of two rows of six numbers, i.e. numbers 1 to 6

Low/high bet

A low bet wagers on the numbers 1-18; a high bet wagers on the numbers 19-36

Outside/inside bet

A wager on either the outside or inside selection of numbers shown

Quarter bet

Another term given to a corner bet

Straight bet

A bet wagered on just one number

Street bet

A wager on a row of three numbers


Which version of roulette will you try?

If you’re just getting started, we would recommend European roulette. Will you try it today or do some more research first?