Once a professional gambler has chosen a playing system or playing strategy, it’s time to pick a betting system. One is as important as the other. Betting systems are a necessary part of the pro gambler’s strategy as without it they would lose control of their gambling budget.
Here are some traditional betting systems.
1. Martingale System. In the Martingale System, the player doubles their wager after every loss. It’s good if it works but there are serious drawbacks. For one, you need a lot of money for this to work. Second, the casino may have wager limitations. This system is not suitable for most types of games.
2. Reverse Martingale System. This means the player doubles his wager after every win.
3. Win/Lose Progressive Betting System. The player sets a fixed minimum and maximum stakes. When they win, the stake is raised. When they lose, it is lowered. This system makes no sense at all, as it assumes you will win or lose consecutively.
4. Progressive and Cyclic Betting System. You set five bets as levels 1-5. With every game you win, you raise the stakes to the next level. If you win five in a row (luck you!), you go back to level 1. This, of course, assumes that winning streaks can be predicted.
5. 1-3-2-6 Betting System. This is also a Progressive System. First, you bet 1 unit. If you win, make it 3 units. Win again, and bet 2 units. Win, and bet 6 units. If you win the fourth be, you win 10 units total profit, risking only 2. If you lose, you just break even. It’s cool if you have consecutive wins.
6. Fibonacci System. Use this number sequence: Take the sum of two previous numbers and make it the next one. Thus: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and so on. Now for play: Use the first number in the sequence as your first bet. If you lose, move to the next number in the sequence. If you win, repeat the same bet. If you win again, restart. If you lose, move to the next number.
7. D’Alembert System. Bet one unit. If you win, decrease the bet. If you lose, increase it.
Which is the best betting system? None. Because let’s face it: Gambling involves chance. Chance is not dependent on any system known to man. If it were, gambling would not be gambling. The risk of loss involved is what makes gambling what it is.
Don’t put too much stock on established betting systems. Use your own intuition and experience to guide you. Our advice: Practice with casino software with no real money involved. Start with a betting system that you like. As play progresses, you’ll want to depart from the betting system and unconsciously make your own. Trust your intuition. It’s still your best bet (no pun intended)!