The Martingale Roulette Strategy is a straightforward method to perform. It requires the player only to wager on even money bets. All even money bets in roulette are red or black, odd or even, 1-18 or 19-36. Mathematically these are not technically a 50/50 bet, as if the zero lands, you will lose. However, the actual chance of winning is 48.65% when using this method on a European Roulette wheel, as only one zero is present.
So to start the strategy, you need to place your even money bet. For this example, we will choose red and bet €2. If you win the bet, then you will make a profit of €2, and you will then start the process again and place another €2 on red.
This method starts to develop when you hit a losing spin, so let's say you have placed your €2 stake on red, and it loses. You will then double your bet to €4 on red; if this wins, you will receive €8 and again make a profit of €2.
The Martingale strategy can begin to take a toll on your bankroll if you hit a long losing streak, as you have to continue doubling your bets every time you lose. So starting with a €2 stake, if you hit ten losing spins, then your bets would be the following..... €2, €4, €8, €16, €32, €64, €128, €256, €512, €1024. That would be a total of €2046 you had bet, and you would then need to keep doubling up until you hit a winning spin. Let's say you hit the red on the €1024 stake; you would receive €2048 back, thus making your initial stake of €2 as a profit.
This is how the strategy ultimately works regardless of the stake you are playing at. So if, for example, you started on a €5 stake, when you finally hit the winning spin, your profit will be the initial €5 starting stake.
As you can see from our above example, when starting at just a €2 bet, a run of bad luck can soon see you needing a bankroll over €2000 after just ten spins of the wheel. Upping your starting stake to €5 and hitting that same losing streak will require a bankroll of over €5000, which seems very dramatic considering that you will only make a profit of €5 if and when you hit the winning spin.
This system will mathematically work in the end, but your bets could run into the 1000s if you hit a real spell of bad luck, and you also run the risk of reaching the table bet limit if there is one in place. This is certainly a strategy that you should be cautious with if using, and if you do make a quick profit, then it would be wise to cash out your winnings. Also, if you try this method, you should make sure that you play on a European Roulette table. This only has one zero, so it will keep the house edge down to a minimum.
I made a short video below if you want to see the Martingale Roulette Strategy in action, and you can witness how it works first-hand at a €5 starting stake. There are other methods you can take a look at too on both our site and Youtube, like the James Bond Roulette Strategy, if you fancy yourself as a bit of an undercover agent player.
It's always a good idea to practice a playing strategy before you attempt it for real money. So why not head over to our free roulette demo game, where you can test our playing methods and all our other tips for online roulette. You get unlimited free credits, so don't worry if they run out, just refresh the page, and you'll start from scratch.