Finely dressed men and women of various characters crowd a table with a wheel and red-and-black checkered board with numbers. The gamblers among them – of which there’s not a few – placed colored chips on the numbered red or black rectangles, each hoping to make a quick profit. The dealer spins the wheel, rolls the ball, then closed the bets, while the players hold their breaths, hoping that Lady Luck favors them. Then the wheel slows down and, guided by pure chance, the ball stops at the number and color fated to win that round, leaving the winners rejoicing at their little victory while losers either leave or like some of the winners, play “one last time” or so they say.

Such scene is typical in every casino roulette game. For centuries, the game has never ceased to be fun and popular for just about every casino-goer, as well as millions of online gamblers playing in many virtual casinos that have sprung up in the Internet. Of course, this can be attributed to the fact that roulette is never that hard to play, given the very simple mechanics and a rather good chance of winning profits.

### Roulette Strategies and Roulette Systems were Invented

To that end, some gamblers devise strategies and betting systems that can give them a better chance of winning the game. The fact, that hundreds and maybe thousands have already been created and put up in the Internet for sale is another factor that draws people to the game. Many people are willing to spend on strategies like the Martingale system and experiment on land-based or virtual casinos. Some win and some don’t – roulette certainly is a game of chance, and not a single method can and will guarantee a 100% win.

### So What is this Martingale Betting System?

Gamblers mostly use the Martingale or any of its variations. This system originated from France way back from the 18th century, some time after roulette was introduced as a gambling sport. It was created for and used to be applied on a game wherein one can win his wager if the coin comes up heads and loses otherwise, but was later on applied to roulette.

The player using the Martingale usually starts with a small bet. The bet is then increased after every loss, typically double the original amount for even chance bets, i. e. red or black. In a continuous series of losses, the increasing bet seems manageable at first. It will become increasingly risky later on as the bets progress. After a win is achieved, if the player decides to play on, he/she will have to decrease the bet depending on what he/she will be betting on. The reduction continues until the gambler meets another loss, wherein he/she has to start increasing the bets once more until another bet wins. This cycle goes on until the player calls it quits, or goes bankrupt of his chips and gambling money.

### Using the Martingale on More Difficult Bets

While many people tend to use Martingale on even chance bets, the system has never been limited to it. However, when not used in bets like red or black, odd or even, and 1-18 or 19-36, the player won’t be able to cover much of the table to potentially get profit. The variation for non-even bets is played more or less the same way, except that the bets are increased a lot slower after every loss. As before, it seems safe at first, but eventually gets increasingly risky. Now, how the non-even bets are placed in the board depends on the player’s own strategy. Since he no longer has a fifty-fifty chance of winning, he has to put it on the range where he thinks the ball will fall.

### What Makes this System Effective?

The effectiveness of the Martingale system lies on the fact that all the increasing losses can be easily recuperated by a single win, which can also give one a profit equal to the original stake. This simply takes determination and a lot of chips on the gambler’s part. Armed with this knowledge, most land-based and online casinos have enforced betting limits in order to eliminate or at least cut down the effectiveness of the Martingale roulette system.

Now the one thing every gambler has to keep in mind when using the Martingale system is to set limits on his losses and eye a certain profit then stop immediately after achieving it. Strictly adhere to those limits as well, for greedy roulette players tend to suffer long term losses. Remember, you’ll gain more than money if you simply play roulette for fun – those playing for quick cash usually ends up frustrated, unable to defeat chance.