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Martingale System

Martingale system (Martingale) – betting system, which is the most popular among gamblers at casino and bookmaking offices for more than 200 years. Despite the fact that the Martingale system is a dangerous gambling system, many gamblers use it to win in a casino. If reasonably used the Martingale system allows to win, but in a long-term it can lead to losses, however only few gamblers are stopped by this fact, and they keep on trying to beat the casinos.

The simplest and most common form of the Martingale is doubling a bet after a loss if playing roulette on equal chances (red / black, odd / even). One needs to double until the bet (stake) wins. If the bet wins, you need to go back to the minimal bet and start the series again.

Let us consider a stake series on red. The minimum bet is $1. Black fell 9 times in a row, then the red fell and a gambler wins.

Play number

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10


Stake

$1

$2

$4

$8

$16

$32

$64

$128

$256

$512


Red/Black

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

R


Result

-$1

-$2

-$4

-$8

-$16

-$32

-$64

-$128

-$256

+$512


Total

-$1

-$3

-$7

-$15

-$31

-$63

-$127

-$255

-$511

+$1


As we can see in the table in the 10th play the stake was increased up to $512, taking in to account that the gain was only $1. It seems to be unnecessary risk, but in practice such long series do not occur frequently, usually a desired color falls out already on 3-4 play, and the gambler wins.

Sometimes, but very seldom, long series of 12-15 black in a row happen. If a gambler happens to be in such series, he can lose because the maximum stake on the table always has a limit. In addition it may happen that the gambling account runs out, then playing using the Martingale has to be stopped.

Among the other varieties of the Martingale system it is important to mention the Stretched Martingale and American Martingale that are even more popular than the basic one.

Stretched Martingale

This version of the Martingale system requires bets increases in case of a loss but for the higher odds, such as stakes on roulette numbers. The sum of the stake is increased gradually, and not just doubled after each loss. The play is conducted till the first win and then starts from the beginning.

Let us have a look into stake series on numbers, for example on number 21. The minimum bet is $1.

Play number

1-35

36-53

54-65

66-74

75-81


Stake

$1

$2

$3

$4

$5


According to the rules of roulette the gain at number betting is 35 to 1. Hence, if number 21 falls out for example in the 20th play, the payout will be $36. Taking into account that within 20 plays the stake amount was $20, the net income is $16. Suppose that number 21 has fallen in the 70th play, then with a stake in $4, the payout is $144. Within 70 plays 35 stakes are made in $1, 18 stakes in $2, 12 stakes in $3, and 5 stakes in $4. The total bets amount is $127. The net income makes $17.

Nowadays in the reports on roulette playing the Stretched Martingale is often referred to as a  system bringing the gain to gamblers.

American Martingale

This version of the Martingale system is profitable to use at betting on third chances, such as betting on dozens in roulette. The stake should be doubled on every time you lose as in the usual form of the Martingale. The play is conducted till the first win and then starts from the beginning.

Let us have a look into a series of stakes on the third dozen, where numbers from 25 to 36 are. The minimum stake is $1. Numbers of the first and second dozen fell out 9 plays in a row. Number 30 fell in the 10th play meaning the stake on the third dozen is won!

Play number

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10


Stake

$1

$2

$4

$8

$16

$32

$64

$128

$256

$512


Dozen

1

2

1

1

2

2

2

1

2

3


Result

-$1

-$2

-$4

-$8

-$16

-$32

-$64

-$128

-$256

+$1024


Total

-$1

-$3

-$7

-$15

-$31

-$63

-$127

-$255

-$511

+$513


The gains at American Martingale are possible only at short distances, because the 11th stake usually exceeds the table limit, and therefore cannot be done. But, nevertheless, this gambling system is very profitable, though risky. But as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained.







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