Guide to Betting Systems: How to Use Them and When

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When you bet, whether in a casino or sports, you want to make sure you do not lose. While you still need your luck to get the biggest prize, there are betting systems that use mathematical probabilities to help bettors win.

With the help of this guide, you will know about the top betting systems, along with how they are thought to work and other facts about them.

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Martingale Betting System

One of the most popular betting systems used today is Martingale, which is also known as Double ‘Em Up. It is used in games with even money, including roulette (red/black bet) and craps (pass/don’t pass) bet.

The idea behind Martingale is when you double your bet after a loss, you can cover all your losses in the past plus an extra dollar or unit. If a player bets $1, loses five bets in a row and wins on the sixth bet, it means that he lost $31 ($1+$2+$4+$8+$16) on the five losing bets, but he earned $32 on his sixth game. As you can see, he recovered his losses, and he also gained one more dollar.

The problem with the Martingale betting system is that it is so much easier to lose several times in a row, so you might run out of money before you get to win. It is indeed risky, which is why experienced players rarely use this technique. Nevertheless, it can give you small winnings, particularly in the short term. The steep progression, however, makes it extremely unsafe to use if you plan to play for a long game.

Labouchere Betting System


Henry Labouchere designed this system who was a British aristocrat during the 19th century. It is a negative progression technique and is also known as Cancelation or Split Martingale.

Labouchere works best with even bets, which means that you can use it with even and odd games, as well as those with red or black choices, and 1-18 or 19-36. In short, you should use this method on a game that gives you a 50% chance of winning.

To use this system, decide first on the amount that you would like to win. Then, divide it into smaller amounts to reach your goal. For example, if you want to win $10 in total, you can use 1-1-2-2-2-1-1. The sequence is all up to you, but when you start playing the game, you will have to take the leftmost and the rightmost numbers and add them together. The answer will be how much you will bet for the game.

In the example above, you will bet $2 during your first spin or game. If you win, remove the numbers from your sequence because you already won that portion of your goal. You will just have to repeat taking the leftmost and rightmost numbers for the next processes until you have completed your objective.

You can always start a new sequence with this method whenever you want. However, if you lose the bet, you should not eliminate any numbers. Instead, add the number you bet to the rightmost side of the system, and then you start again.

What is good about this system is that it is clean and organized, so you cannot mess it up. Plus, you will still profit as long as you follow the sequence correctly. The problem with it is that you can hit a losing streak, which means that your series can be very long and you will find it difficult to keep up.

D’Alembert Betting System

For a more straightforward betting technique, many people turn to the D’Alembert system in which the core idea is almost the same as the Martingale system except that the bet progression is much flatter than the other. This way, you get a safer and less complicated strategy.

You should only use D’Alembert with even bets or those with a chance of winning 50%. The backbone of this betting system is when you choose a unit, which can be a chip or a specific amount of money, which should be 0.33% or 0.50% of your total funds.

The strategy is to gradually increase your bet when you lose and decrease it when you win. For instance, you began with $5, and you lost, so you raise your bet to $10. If you failed to win again, increase it to $15. When you finally succeed, take one base unit for your next wager. You gain profit after your two consecutive wins.

The strength of this system is that the bet increments are small, so you do not have to worry about losing a lot of money over time. Also, you will not go over betting limits, unlike with the Martingale system. However, you should not expect it to make you rich. It will not give you high gains since you will only bet in small amounts. Most likely, you win as much as you lose, but it is also possible that you earn more if you play a longer game.

Betting systems like the ones above are not a surefire way to win. However, many people have won tons of money as they utilize them.