14. The Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy
The Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy is for even-money bets in roulette. These bets consist of wagering on colors - Red or Black, Odd or Even, or high (19-36) or low (1-18) numbers.
When you use the even-money bet strategy you will only make one wager at a time. I like to wager on either red or black, but if you prefer, you can use one of the other even-money bets. To avoid confusion, once you pick a favorite even-money wager, you should stay with that combination, at least during a single game.
What I mean is that if you decide to bet colors, don't switch to Odd or Even or High or Low in the middle of the same game. I prefer wagering on colors because the two betting boxes are together in the middle of the layout and are easy to reach from different areas of the table.
When I use this "even-money" wager strategy, I usually use casino chips rather than the special colored chips usually given to roulette players in the American version of LIVE roulette. It is much more convenient to place your wagers using casino chips which have different values than it is to use the special roulette chips of the same value. For example, if you bought in at a $5 minimum wager roulette table, you would need to ask for $1 valued chips.
To play our basic series requires a $150 buy-in. If you ask for 150 colored chips, the dealer is going to think you are crazy. However, if you convert $150 currency into casino chips, you can easily get $100 in $25 chips, $40 in $5 chips and $10 in dollar valued chips.
There are two critical parts to the Maximum Advantage Roulette Even-Money Betting Strategy. The first component is the Betting System which is called the "Controlled Risk Betting Strategy."
This betting system is used to determine the size of each wager. The second component of the strategy is "Adaptive Pattern Betting Method," which used to determine where to place your next wager. This is the Bet Selection part of the strategy.
When you are using the Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy, you will combine both of these components. For example, the CRB Strategy may tell you that your next wager will be for $8.
The APB Method will indicate that your wager will be on red (I will assume that you decide to bet on the Red-Black color wagers throughout my examples).
In playing an actual game you might wager as follows:
Size of Wager | Wager On |
5 | Red |
8 | Red |
11 | Black |
14 | Red |
17 | Red |
5 | Black |
13 | Black |
8 | Black |
11 | Black |
The Controlled Risk Betting Strategy
Let's learn the Controlled Risk Betting Strategy first. The CRB Betting Strategy is a method for determining the size of every wager you will make before you make the wager. It is not a predefined betting series like a Martingale. You will recall that if you use a Martingale progression you double each wager following a loss until you have a winning wager. A Martingale betting series for a table with $5 minimum wagers would be: 5 10 20 40 80 160 320 640 and so on.
There are several problems with using a Martingale type of progression.
- A larger bankroll is required. In order to use a Martingale progression, you have to use a bankroll for each game equal in size to the sum of all of the wagers. The above series would require a bankroll of $1,275.
- A Martingale progression risks too much in order to win a small amount. If you lost the first seven wagers in the above Martingale series, you would have lost $635 and would be called on to wager $640 in order to recoup your loss and capture a $5 gain. Here the risk is all out of proportion to the potential gain.
- While Martingale progressions win frequently, the size of their losses are too large. One loss will wipe out hours of profits. And, as we have seen earlier, the improbable (like losing seven decisions in a row) occurs often enough in gambling that you can be sure that you will have large losses if you use a Martingale progression.
The CRB Strategy for Even-Money bets is a flexible strategy where bets can move up and down within a range. By taking this approach, the size of our wagers stay small. Below is a comparison of seven losing wagers for a Martingale Betting Series and the Maximum Advantage Roulette Betting System for Even-Money bets:
Table 1. Comparison of Losing Betting Series
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | Total |
Martingale | 5 | 10 | 20 | 40 | 80 | 160 | 320 | 640 | $1,275 |
CRB Strategy | 5 | 8 | 11 | 14 | 17 | 20 | 23 | 26 | $124 |
As shown in Table 1, if we lose seven consecutive wagers, our loss will equal $1,275 if we use a Martingale Betting System. Unless we have nerves of steel, this loss will end our game and we will walk away with a wallet that is considerably lighter.
If we used the CRB Strategy instead, we would have had a loss of $124. This is much better than $1,275, don't you think? What's more, we can continue to play after losing seven bets in a row with the Maximum Advantage Roulette strategy, while a loss using Martingale will wipe us out.
Let's take a look at how the CRB Strategy is formulated.
How the CRB Strategy Works
The basic betting system for playing at a $5 minimum wager roulette table has the following rules:
- The base bet is $5. This is the minimum wager made.
- The maximum bet in a game is $27. If this amount is wagered and lost, the following wager will be for $15.
- The amount of the wager is increased by $3 following a loss. If we had a series of five straight losses, our wagers would be:
Bet Number 1 2 3 4 5
Amount $5 $8 $11 $14 $17
- The amount of a wager is reduced by $2 following any win. If we have a series of two straight wins, and our first wager was in the amount of $15, our wagers would be: $15 and then $13.
- After any two consecutive wins, the amount of the wager is reduced by $5. If we have two consecutive wins, starting with a $15 bet, our bets would be:
- Bet 1 Wins - $15
- Bet 2 Wins - $13
- Bet 3 Placed - $8
Table 2 shows a series of 15 wagers made using the base betting series. To keep matters simple, we won't worry about whether the wagers were placed on Red or Black at this point. I'll tell you how to decide where to place your bet in a the next few pages.
Table 2. A Series of Bets Made With $5 Minimum Wagers
It is very important that you understand how to determine the size of your wagers. Let's go through this example decision by decision and see how each bet was determined.
Each decision below corresponds to the decision number (#) in Table 2.
- This was our first wager. We always start a game with our basic bet in accordance with Rule A.
- We lost our first wager. Following a loss, we use Rule C to determine the next wager. Our next wager is the amount of the previous lost wager plus $3, or 5 + 3 = 8. We wager $8.
- We lost again. Once again we follow Rule C and add $3 to theamount of our losing wager. We calculate: 8 + 3 = $11. Our next wager is $11.
- We won our third wager. Following a single win we use Rule D and reduce our next wager by $2. Our calculation is: 11 – 2 = 9. We wager $9 for decision #4.
- We won wager #4. We have now won two bets in a row (#3 and #4). With two consecutive wins, Rule E kicks in and we reduce the size of our next wager by $5. We calculate: 9 - 5 = 4. However, our minimum wager is always at least $5, so our wager size is 5 instead of 4. We wager $5 for decision #5.
- We lost Decision #5. Now Rule C determines the size of our wager. We add $3 to our last bet, for: 5 + 3 = 8. We wager $8.
- We won wager #6. Following Rule D, our next wager is reduced by $2. We have: 8 - 2 = 6. We wager $6.
- We lost #7. Time for Rule C again. We increase our next wager by $3, as 6 + 3 = 9. We wager $9 for decision #8.
- Another loss. Rule C still governs. We add $3 to our last wager, for 9 + 3 = 12. Our wager for #9 is $12.
- We lost decision #9. We follow Rule C and add another $3 to our previous wager, for 12 + 3 = 15. Our wager for #10 is for $15.
- Hurray, we finally won. With a win on #10, we follow Rule D and drop our next bet by $2. The next bet is determined as 15 - 2 = 13. We bet $13 for decision #11.
- Back to the losing column as wager #11 loses. Rule C governs and we add $3 to our previous wager for, 13 + 3 = 16. We wager $16 on decision #12.
- We win #12. Back to Rule D. We cut the size of this bet by $2, as 16 - 2 = 14. Our wager is for $14.
- Another win. We have won two bets in a row. This brings Rule E into play. We reduce the size of our next bet by $5. We calculate: 14 - 5 = 9. We bet $9.
- Decision $14 wins. Since we have won two in a row, we knock down the size of the next bet by $5. We calculate: 9 – 5 = 4. Since our minimum bet is still $5, we wager $5.
- We win Decision #15. If we were to continue our next bet would be for $5 again and we can't reduce the size or our wager below our minimum wager of $5.
We have now covered how you determine the size of each wager. Now, let's look at where you place your bets.
The Adaptive Pattern Betting Strategy
The pattern of roulette decisions determines where you will place your next wager. There are many ways you can wager on red and black at roulette.
Some of the most common bet selection methods are:
- You can wager on one color only, such as red.
- You can wager the same as the preceding decision.
- You can wager the same as the second preceding decision.
- You can wager the opposite of the preceding decision.
- You can wager the opposite of the second preceding decision.
- You can alternate wagering the same and the opposite of the preceding decision.
- You can alternate wagering the same and the opposite of the second preceding decision.
- You wager that a pattern will continue for a limited number of decisions.
- You can skip making wagers after certain events occur.
- You can just wager randomly.
I have tested each of these types of betting patterns at roulette to determine which ones work the best with the CRB Strategy. After testing different bet selection methods for thousands of roulette spins, the best bet selection method was chosen.
When you first begin to play a game of roulette you only need to observe one decision and then bet that that decision will repeat. You will continue to wager on the same color until you lose two bets in a row.
Let's assume that you convert your cash to LIVE Dealer roulette casino chips and note that the last decision of colors was a red. You will start out betting that the same color will repeat. You will continue to bet red, regardless of the outcome unless you lose two consecutive bets.
Once you lose two bets in a row, you will change the bet selection method.
Table 3 illustrates using the first part of the bet selection method.
Here we observed one spin of red and we began betting only on
the color red.
The first row, "Bet Selected," is where we placed our wager (red always).
The second row, "Amount Wagered," shows the amount of each wager using the prescribed Betting System.
The third row, "Outcome (W or L)," shows whether our wager won or lost.
The next row, "Actual Decision," is the result of each spin.
The next to last column, "Amount Won" is the amount we won or lost on each spin.
And, finally, the last row, "Total Won," is a running total of our net win or loss.
Table 3. Seven Decisions Betting Red to Repeat
In this example, we continued to wager Red only, while the actual decisions alternated from R to B. The results of these seven spins were R B R B R B R.
As we can see, even though we only won four out of seven decision, we made $14 in this series of wagers. Betting the "Same" as one color is very effective if we have a series of the same repeating wagers or alternating colors as in this example.
Betting red only, we will win consistently against any of the following patterns of outcomes:
R R B R R R B
R R B R R B R
R B R B R B R
B R R B R B R
However, a pattern consisting predominantly of black decisions will defeat this betting scheme. We obviously would not win against the following pattern:
B B B R B B B
We could adjust to this pattern by modifying our basic bet selection rule so that we will change our pattern of betting the Same as an observed decision after suffering two consecutive losses.
Thus, in this series of outcomes - B B B R B B B, we will switch from betting R only to betting B after two losses and we end up a net winner.
Our simple bet selection rule of observing one decision and wagering on the same color until we have two consecutive losses will serve us well most of the time. We can handle repeating decisions or either color, as well as alternating decisions.
However, there is one pattern of decisions that will consistently defeat wagering the same as one observed decision. That is the pattern of repeating doublets such as b b r r b b.
Table 4 shows what happens to us if we wager the same as one observed decision and run in the repeating doublets pattern.
Table 4. Five Decisions Betting Black to Repeat
Here we selected to bet Black only. This worked well for spins 1 through 3. On spin 4 we had a loss and we again lost decision 5. With two consecutive losses we will end this betting pattern. We could switch from betting Black (B) to betting Red (R), but against a pattern of repeating doublets, we will lose regardless of whether we bet either color.
The solution is to change our bet selection rule after losing two bets in a row. Following our second losing bet, we will change the way we select a bet following a new set of rules as follows:
- Bet the opposite of the second preceding decision (which is another way of saying "bet the pattern of repeating doublets).
- Continue to wager this pattern until losing one bet, then resume betting a pattern of bets based on one observed decision.
Table 5. Switching Betting Patterns
The first five decisions in Table 5 are the same decisions that were shown in Table 4. Following the loss of decision #5, Table 5 takes up where Table 4 left off and illustrates switching from betting the same as one observed decision to beating the opposite of the second preceding decision.
Following the loss of our second consecutive wager in decision 5, we change our bet selection method to betting the "opposite of the second preceding decision until we have a loss."
Following our new bet selection rule for bet #6 we wager on Black since the outcome of decision #4 was Red and we wager the opposite.
Since we won bet #6, we continue with our new betting pattern. Bet #7 is selected as Black, which is the opposite of decision #5. This wager also wins and we continue to wager in this manner.
For Bet #8 we bet on Red and our wager wins again. For Bet #9 we continue the same pattern and lose our bet. The loss of this bet will terminate the "Switch" betting method and we will resume betting "Pattern." Since the last observed decision here was Black, we will start betting that Black will repeat, and continue to bet this way until we lose two consecutive wagers.
Can you guess what we will do after losing two consecutive bets again? If you guessed that we change to the Switch pattern, you got it right.
Using the Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy consists of combining the CRB Strategy and the APB Method. This is not as difficult as it might seem. Using this system is much like playing a board game, such as Monopoly. When you read the instructions, the game sounds very complicated. However, the game is best learned by playing it. The rules that seem complex when reduced to a set of rules are really easy to follow when playing. Learning the Maximum Advantage Roulette Strategy is very much the same. It is much more difficult to read the rules than to apply them in an actual game.
In the next few pages I will "walk you through" a sample game and then show you just how powerful this strategy is.