Throughout history individuals have claimed to discover a "system" to
beat roulette. For hundreds of years these systems have been "re-discovered" and
tested-and many of them amount to sheer folly. They have exotic names
like Fibonacci, Martingale, D'Alembert and Labouchere. They all involve
increasing your bets as you lose-primarily on the even money wagers like
red or black.
Martingale is keyed to doubling your wager after each loss until you
finally win. When you do win, you'll only be one unit ahead. When it
comes to D'Alembert, it's a technique related to increasing one unit
of wager each time you lose and cutting back a unit when you win.
Whatever the system, the weakness is that you must risk large sums of
your bankroll to win one single unit. You'll hear of others like the
Reverse Labouchere (also called the Reverse Labby), where you'll be increasing
your bets continually until you reach the house limit.
In modern times, players have searched for "biased wheels" where some
defect in the wheel itself creates an edge because the ball seems to
fall in a certain "sector" more often than it should on a random basis.
This apparent bias allows an edge to alert players and most modern casinos
are well aware of disastrous consequences of using a biased wheel and
constantly guard against it.
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