Advanced Betting Strategies in Roulette

Advanced betting systems work best for experienced players at Umbingo who have in-depth knowledge of basic betting strategies and the different kinds of bets in roulette. And even though these two systems are a little more complex than the ones we covered last time, they should be pretty easy to use.

The Fibonacci

Based on the mathematical sequence invented by Leonardo da Pisa, the Fibonacci is a negative progression betting system (a system where stakes rise after each loss). To employ it in roulette, simply add your two previous bets to determine your next one until you win (then return to your initial stake). For instance, let’s say you start with a bet of £1, your second bet will be for £1, too (0+1 =1), and your third will be for £2 (1+1=2). (See how the sequence progresses below.)


Pros and Cons

This system works well if you’re playing without betting limits as you can recover losses quickly and earn small profits. Nevertheless, both people and casinos have limits and if you surpass these, you could lose a fortune.

The Labouchere

Named after its wealthy inventor, Henry Labouchere, the Labouchere is another negative progression system. But you don’t have to follow a specific sequence with this strategy; in fact, you can invent your own. Here’s how you can start using it.

  1. Decide on how much you want to win (e.g., £10).
  2. Write down any sequence of numbers that will give you this total

(e.g., 1+1+1+2+2+2+1).

  1. Calculate your bets by adding the first (the leftmost number) and last (the rightmost number) numbers in the sequence. So, your first wager would be £2 (1+1).
  2. If you lose the first bet, add the stake to the right of the list (1+1+1+2+2+2+1+2). And your next stake would be £3 (the sum of the first and last number).
  3. However, if you win the first bet – and indeed any bet – delete the leftmost and rightmost numbers from your sequence. So, bet two would be calculated from the first and last numbers from this sequence: 1+1+2+2+2 (the sequence in step 2 minus the first and last numbers). Thus, the stake would be £3.
  4. Repeat this process until you have deleted all the numbers.

Pros and Cons

The Labouchere is often lauded for its flexibility (you select the stakes), and is great for keeping tabs of your money. While the Fibonacci seeks to recover losses immediately, the Labouchere aims to win them back gradually; therefore, it’s safer. Still, due to its slower progression, it can be time-consuming, confusing and costly.

Useful Tips

Practice using these systems in free online games before sitting down for a cash game. And when you’re ready to start playing for money, budget properly and choose a table that allows you to implement the strategies fully. Furthermore, only use outside bets with the Fibonacci and take advantage of the Labouchere’s flexibility by adding a few zeroes to your sequence to cut stakes. Finally, enjoy!

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