23. Winning With Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy
If you are going to gamble, you had better know what you are doing. You can't expect to win if you don't understand the game.
The first step to becoming a winning roulette player is to learn the game and to thoroughly understand the Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy.
You can't hope to win at something that you haven't mastered. The rules for Maximum Advantage Roulette are straightforward and purely mechanical, but it will take an investment in time to learn them. Unfortunately, there is no substitute for learning the rules thoroughly and practicing them before risking any money in a casino.
An essential element of learning and practicing these rules is to not only learn how to use this strategy, but to gain a level of confidence that the strategy will work for you. I have this sense of confidence because I have successfully used it to win large sums of money. I have tried to convey to you my approach and to explain the validity of the concept. However, it is up to you to prove to yourself that it works for you, without taking my or anyone else's word for it.
Review of the Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy
The Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy really consists of two components:
- The Controlled Risk Betting Strategy and
- The Adaptive Pattern Betting Method
It is essential that you learn both parts of the roulette system, as the system will not work nearly as well if you only apply part of the strategy.
Determining the Size of Your Wagers
The size of your bankroll, as well as the minimum wagers required by a casino, help determine the size of your minimum wagers.
Once you know what minimum wager, or Base Bet, you will be using, you will know which betting strategy you will use.
In addition, once you know the size of your Base Bet, you can determine the amount of cash you will need to use for casino play and the total bankroll needed to play at this level.
This might be diagrammed as:
- Minimum Wager -> Base Bet
- Base Bet -> Betting Series
- Betting Series -> Amount of Buy-in
- Amount of Buy-in -> Session Bankroll
- Session Bankroll -> Total Gambling Bankroll
Most land-based casinos will require that you wager a minimum of $5 on outside bets. That's why all of my examples are based on using a betting series with $5 as the Base Bet.
Whether you use $1, $5 or $25 as your minimum wager, the principles stay the same.
Here are the rules you will use if you decide to make $5 your Base Bet:
- With a Base Bet of $5, you will need $500 as your session bankroll. In order to use this level of bankroll, you will need a total bankroll five times this size, or $2,500.
- Once you have determined your Base Bet, you will not make any wagers smaller than the size of this bet. For instance, with a $5 Base Bet, your smallest bet will be $5.
- The size of your Base Bet determines the Betting Rules for this particular level of play. The principle rules used for wagering with a $5 Base Bet are shown as rules 4, 5 6 and 7 below.
- For $5 Base Bets. After losing a bet, the next wager is increased by $3. The size of this increase is determined by the size of the Base Bet. For example, if your Base Bet was $2, then you would increase the size of your next wager by $2 following a loss.
- For $5 Base Bets. After winning a bet, the next wager is reduced by $2. This amount is purposely less than the amount used to increase wagers following losses. This gives the system an "upward bias" which would inevitably lead to higher and higher wagers if these were the only betting rules used. Fortunately, Rules 6 and 7 provide for ways to reduce the size of our wagers.
- For $5 Base Bets. After winning two consecutive bets, the next wager is reduced by $5. This helps reduce the upward bias inherent in this system. Please note that you will only use this adjustment following two consecutive wins. Winning two out of three bets, for example, will not trigger this rule.
- For $5 Base Bets. Your maximum bet size is $27. The only way you will reach this level is by having a series of losing bets. To protect your bankroll from rapidly depleting, you will drop your wager back to $15, which is 3 times the size of your Base Bet following a loss of the $27 bet. For example, assume you wager $27 and lose. Your next wager will drop back to $15. From this point you will continue to apply the same betting rules as before.
In addition to the rules governing how bets are determined, there are rules governing the size of your Base Bets. For each level of Base Bets there are two Betting Series.
Let's take a look at using a $5 Base Bet. We will use two betting series at this level. Our primary betting series uses $5 as its Base Bet. We will exclusively use this betting series except for the game immediately following a losing game. After any losing game, we will double the size of our Base Bet and use a betting series designed for the higher Base Bet for one game.
Let's see how these rules apply to betting at the $5 level.
- Our primary betting series uses $5 Base Bets and has been described previously.
- Our secondary betting series uses $10 as its Base Bet and is only used following a game loss using the $5 Base Bet Series.
- I refer to the two betting levels associated with each level of Base Bets as Betting Series A and B. Betting Series A uses the Base Bet as its minimum wager and is the primary betting series used. You will always start a session using Betting Series A unless your previous game resulted in a loss. Following any losing game, Betting Series B is used for one game. Betting Series B uses an amount equal to double the Base Bet of the "A" Series as its minimum wager. For $5 Base Bets, Betting Series A uses $5 as its minimum bet and Betting Series B uses $10 as its minimum bet.
- Each level of betting series has its own adjustment factors for adjusting the size of wagers following losses, following wins and after two consecutive wins. In addition, there is always a maximum size bet for each Betting Series.
Table 14 shows seven different CRP betting levels, ranging from $2 Base Bets all the way up to $50 Base Bets.
In addition to showing the minimum bets for each betting series, all of the adjustment factors used for each betting level are shown.
Table 14. Different CRP Levels Showing Minimum and Maximum Wagers and All Bet Adjustment Factors
Let's refer to Table 14 and take a look at the bets shown as Level 3.
The Level 3 Betting Series is the same as the examples I have shown you previously in this book. We'll look at the table's columns and figures for Level 3 wagering.
- Level- This column is for reference purposes only so that I can refer to "Level 3" or "Level 7" betting.
- Series - There are two Betting Series, A and B for each level of betting. Series A is always the primary betting series and is always used except following a losing game. Series B is only used for one game at a time following a Series A loss game. In the rare event that you should lose a Series B level game, you will revert to betting at the Series A level. For Level 3, we use a Base Bet of $5, with $5 minimum wagers for Series A and $10 minimum wagers for Series B.
- Base Bet - This is the minimum bet for using the Series A Betting Series at this level. Many times the Base Bet will equal the table minimum bet, although this is not a requirement. The Base Bet can be equal to, or larger than the table's minimum wager.
- However, the Base Bet can never be less than the table minimum wager.
- + After Loss - The rule is to increase the size of the next wager following a losing wager. This column shows the amount you will add to the losing bet to determine the size of the next wager. For Level 3 bets, using Series A, we will increase our wagers by +3 after a losing bet.
- -After Win - Following any win we will reduce the size of the next bet. If we have just one win, we will reduce the size of our next bet by the amount shown in this column. For Level 3, Series A bets, we will reduce our next wager by 2 following a win.
- -After 2 Consecutive Wins - If we win two consecutive wagers, we use this special adjustment factor to reduce the size of our next wager. If we win more than two times in a row, we will continue to apply this rule with each subsequent consecutive win. At the Level 3, Series A level, this means an adjustment of -5 after two consecutive wins.
- Maximum Bet/Reduced Bet - There is a maximum wager size for each Betting Series. This is the absolute maximum amount you can wager at each level. For Level 3, Series A, this amount is $27. If you should lose the maximum wager, your next wager will be the amount of the reduced bet. For Level 3, Series A, the reduced bet is $15.
- Session Bankroll - This is the amount of bankroll you need to play both Series A and Series B for each level. Since Series A is smaller, you can always buy in for a lessor amount than the
- Session Bankroll. For example, at Level 3, Series A, you can get by with a $150 buy-in. To keeps things simple I usually buy in for the amount of the Session Bankroll.
Determining Where to Place Your Bet Using the Adaptive Pattern Betting Method
You really have two decisions to make after each spin of the roulette wheel. You need to calculate the size of your wager. We have just gone over the rules for bet size.
In addition to calculating the amount of each wager, you must also decided where to place the wager.
The Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy is strictly used for outside bets in the LIVE Dealer roulette. These wagers consist of high and low bets, odd and even wagers and betting on the colors of red and black.
I personally prefer wagering on the colors and my examples are all based on wagering on red or black. You can just as easily pick one of the other outside bets. I do suggest that once you pick a pair of bets to make, that you stay with that selection for the remainder of the game. If you choose to bet on colors in a game, don't suddenly switch to wagering on high or low. Stay with the same selection for the duration of a game and if you want to make a change, do it in the next game.
There are two ways to determine where you place your wagers using the APB Method. The first method is called "Pattern." This is the method you will use to start each game. It can be considered your "normal" or standard way of wagering.
To determine how to wager using the Pattern Method, just observe one roulette decision and then start betting for that decision to repeat.
If you observe that the "score board" for the wheel shows the last spin produced was a red, then your first wager will be on red. You will continue to wager the same color until you have two consecutive losses. If you are betting the color red, you will continue to bet red until two blacks, a zero and a black, a black and a zero or two zeros show back-to-back, causing you to lose two consecutive wagers.
After losing two consecutive wagers betting "Pattern" you will change your bet selection strategy to Switch-Opposite, which I call "Switch" for simplicity.
With Switch betting, you will wager on the spot that is the opposite of the second preceding decision. If you lose this decision, then you will resume betting Pattern.
If you win your first wager using "Switch," then your next wager will continue to be the opposite of the second preceding decision.
If this bet loses, you will resume betting Pattern.
If your second Switch bet wins, then you will continue betting the opposite of the second preceding wager.
Using the Switch Method, you will bet the opposite of the second preceding decision until you have a loss. After a loss, you will resume using the Pattern Method, using the preceding decision as the basis of setting up your "Pattern."
Let me give you an example. The table below shows 12 wagers made using the Pattern and Switch Methods of selecting where to wager.
Table 15. Example of Using "Pattern" and "Switch" Methods of Selecting Wagers
The top row "# " is the number of the wheel spin.
"Bet Method" is the method we used to select the next wager. P = Pattern Method and S = Switch Method.
"Bet Made" shows where we wagered on either r for red, or b for black.
"Win?" reflects the outcome of our wager. W means our wager won, L means our wager lost.
The last row "Actual Spin" shows the actual results of the wheel spin. When this color is the same as our "Bet Made" we have a win, if it is different, we have a loss.
In this example, we selected to bet on "r" using the Pattern Method (P) to start the game. Even though we lost decisions 2 and 5 we continued using "Pattern" until decision 7.
We lost two decisions in a row on spins 5 and 6. With the loss of two straight decisions, we were called on to change our bet selection method. So, for decision 7 we switched from Pattern (P) to using Switch (S).
For decision 7, using Switch, we wagered on "r," which is the opposite of decision 5, which was b. Having won decision 7, we continued with the Switch Method and on decision 8 we wagered on r, the opposite of decision 6's actual spin of b. We won again.
We continued to use Switch until decision 12. Having lost decision 11, we changed back to using the Pattern Method of bet selection. Since our loss was on decision 11 and the previous outcome was b (see decision 10 "Actual Spin"), we selected "b" as our new Pattern bet.
There is one more nuance you want to be aware of. If we lose the first bet after changing from "Switch" back to "Pattern," we will immediately change back to using "Switch."
Let's illustrate this rule by looking at the table again.
The table shows that we changed back to the Pattern (P) Method for Decision 12 and won the bet. For our next wager we will again bet Pattern and bet that b will show. But let's change our assumptions. What if we had lost Decision 12?
If Decision 12 had been a loss, we would have immediately changed back to using Switch because we would have lost the first wager using Pattern after changing back from using Switch. If #12 had been a loss, we would wager "r" for Decision 13, which is the opposite of #11.
I want you to notice one more thing. If you will look at the Actual Spins you will notice that after decision 2 they change to a pattern of repeating doublets.
From Decisions 3 through 10, our actual spins are: r r b b r r b b
This pattern will defeat the Pattern Method of bet selection as we will lose every other bet. If we were wagering the same amount for each decision we would end up breaking even using Pattern.
However, the Maximum Advantage Roulette Bet Selection Method has an upward bias, and if we continued betting "Pattern," the alternating wins and losses will cause us to make larger and larger bets.
Using the Switch Method defeats the repeating doublets pattern of spin outcomes.
While a winning series of bets using Switch is seldom as long as bets made using Pattern, the repeating doublet pattern occurs just often enough to cause us a great deal of grief (not to mention losses) if we did have the Switch Method available as a backup method of wagering.
Summarized, here are the rules for the APB Method of Bet Selection:
- The main method of selecting wagers is called "Pattern." To start wagering using the Pattern Method, simply began making a pattern wager using the last observed spin outcome to start the pattern. Continue making the same wager, using Pattern, until losing two consecutive bets
- The secondary or "backup" method of bet selection is called "Switch." We will use Switch only after losing two bets in a row with Pattern or under the circumstances described in Rule 3 below. We will continue using the Switch Method only until we have had one losing bet.
- It we lose the Pattern wager immediately after switching back from a losing Switch selected bet, we will immediately resume using the Switch Method again.
The Pattern Method of bet selection is our workhorse method. It normally accounts for 75% to 80% of all wagers.
Planning a Gambling Excursion
Most people approach LIVE casino gambling as a lark, and little consideration is given to the amount of time, money or psychological preparation necessary for winning. Some attention is given to finding a "system" or "gimmick" and off the player goes to try his hand at winning. Needless to say, this approach hardly ever works.
Some work and advance preparation are essential to becoming a consistent winner at roulette or any other casino game.
The advance preparation is fairly easy. First, read and understand this book. You may wish to purchase a home roulette set and practice the system. I encourage and recommend this. For those who have computers, there are a number of casino game packets available which include roulette. Whichever way you go, practice is essential for two reasons. First, by practicing you will gain a greater understanding of the system than you ever will by just reading about it. Secondly, practicing the system will give you a greater feel for it than I can ever convey by describing it. In practicing the system you will gain a level of confidence in your play which is important before you ever venture forth to take on a casino.
In a LIVE casino, your enemy is not the casino or the dealer, it is your own lack of self-control. If you can control yourself and have a mastery of your approach, you will become a winner. If you can't, then it is unlikely that Maximum Advantage Roulette or any other system can make you a winner.
After you have learned and practiced the Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy, you will want to begin planning to apply it in a casino. What, you say, planning? I just spent time learning the darned thing! What's this planning? Why can't I just jump in my car or on a plane, arrive at a location that has roulette wheels and start playing? Or just get online, pick an online casino and start playing roulette?
Planning begins with determining the size of bankroll you will take for your Maximum Advantage Roulette Sessions. The amount you will take for an excursion to a casino(s) is called the Trip Bankroll, and it is three times the size of bankroll required to play a session (a game). It is necessary to use a larger bankroll for a trip to provide for an adequate cushion against losses. If, for example, you decided that since the Target Roulette loss rate is so low (about one in twenty games), you would only take the amount needed to play one session. What would you do if the loss occurred in the first session, or even the first half dozen sessions?
You would not have a large enough bankroll to continue to play the game, and you would be "tapped out" even with a winning system.
It is far better to plan for the worst and then do your best to prevent it from occurring. The table below summarizes the session and trip bankrolls required for each level of wagering.
Table 16. Maximum Advantage Roulette Base Bets, Session Size and Total Bankroll Requirements
Minimum Bet |
Session Bankroll |
Total Bankroll |
$1 |
$200 |
$1,000 |
$3 |
$300 |
$1,500 |
$5 |
$500 |
$2,500 |
$10 |
$1,000 |
$5,000 |
$20 |
$2,000 |
$10,000 |
$25 |
$2,500 |
$12,500 |
Using this table, you can plan on the amount of capital you will need for a trip using the Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy.
Needless to say, this bankroll should come from money that is extra and will not be needed for living expenses. If you take the money needed to pay mother's medical expenses for gambling, the psychological pressure will probably be too much for you, and in general, this is just not a good way to approach any speculative venture.
After building your bankroll and practicing the system until you can perform flawlessly, you may begin your final preparations for a gambling excursion. You should have an adequate number of tracking forms, a notebook for recording the results of your play and a game plan for your trip.
A trip game plan can be very informal consisting of an itinerary with playing time scheduled in a general way. You don't have to have every minute scheduled, but I have found that my mental attitude is improved if I have planned a definite amount of time for gambling as well as other activities.
If you wish to approach the Maximum Advantage Roulette endeavor in an extremely organized and professional manner, you may wish to develop a plan to let the system help build your bankroll.
Assume that your bankroll is only $1,200, which qualifies you to play with $1 unit value wagers. It is your desire and wish to advance to the $5 betting level as quickly as possible, but the only feasible way is to let your casino winnings provide the capital. In order to accomplish this safely, you must accumulate enough winnings to qualify for play at a higher level. To advance to a $3 unit value wager, your Total Bankroll should equal $1,500. A $5 value wager requires $2,500 playing capital.
The Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy returns, on the average, 30% of the session bankroll for each hour played (computed at 100 spins per hour). Using this information, and the bankroll requirements for each level of play, Table 16 following shows the amount of playing time needed, on the average, to advance up each rung of unit wager value. The assumption for this table is a spin rate of 50 spins per hour.
Table 17. Time Required to Advance to Higher Base Bets at 50 Spins per Hour
Table 17 shows that if we start with the lowest bankroll of $2,500 it will take approximately 34 hours to double this bankroll to $5,000, which qualifies us to make $10 Base Bets. Another 17 hours is required to reach the $15 Base Bet tier, 12 more hours to achieve the $20 wagering level, and only 8.50 hours to move from $20 to $25 Base Bets.
To move from $5 to $25 Base Bets would require about 71.5hours. Of course, we can start at any level, say $10 Base Bets, and calculate the amount of time required, on the average, to move up a level (to move from $15 to $20 wagers takes 8.5 hours).
These assumptions will work very well if you are playing in a land-based casino. However, if you play online, you will be able to play at a much faster rate. Table 17 presents the same information, but assumes a spin rate of 100 spins per hour. This assumption, doubles the hourly win rate and of course, cuts the time in half to move from one level to the next.
Table 18. Time Required to Advance to Higher Base Bets at 100 Spins per Hour
When you arrive at your choice of gambling locale, you will arrive prepared, confident that you have mastered the Maximum Advantage Roulette approach, brought the materials with you which you will need, planned the correct bankroll and developed a playing schedule for your trip.
Come to the roulette table confident about yourself and your game plan. Although you will undoubtedly enjoy the edge you have over other players, make sure that your enjoyment never interferes with your plan to win at the wheel of fortunes.
Follow this approach. You will become one tough player and a consistent winner.
GOOD LUCK!