5 Of The Best (& Safest) Roulette Strategies

Roulette is one of the safest bets for casino gamers, with options of going for close to 50/50 bets if you want to bet even,odd, black, or red.

Of course it’s all down to luck on whether you win or not, but even for the higher odds plays there are some well documented strategies which might give you increased chances of winning overall.

Not all of these strategies for playing roulette are equal, so let’s take a look at some of the best, along with one to avoid…


Martingale System

There’s a simple concept behind roulette’s most popular strategy. Each time you lose, you double your bet. It’s a jarring way to play, but the idea is that when you do win, you’ll recoup your original loss. Once you win, you then place a bet at your opening amount. Sounds pretty safe.

The Martingale system stems from 18th Century France. It’s based on the idea that you have a 50/50 chance of landing on red or black. Despite its long history, this strategy isn’t highly thought of by experienced players. This is because it’s a short-term strategy where you bet a large amount to win a small return.

If you’re thinking about trying out the Martingale system, watch the video to the right for even more tips.

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D’Alembert Approach

If you like the idea of progressive betting but don’t want to double-up, the D’Alembert approach could be the perfect strategy for you. It’s aimed at bets where the odds of winning are near 50%, making it a safer approach than the Martingale system.

You calculate your bet size by using a pre-set unit. This is based on a percentage of your total cash fund and can be any amount – the more cautious you are, the lower the unit. You add a unit to your bet each time you lose, and remove a unit whenever you win.

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James Bond Strategy

Are you a high roller who lives for fun? Do you want a flat betting style that allows you to take on the house? Then you’ll adore playing the strategy favoured by England’s most famous secret agent: the James Bond strategy.

You wager 20 units for every round you play and this falls into three bets:

You bet 14 units on number 19-36
You bet 5 units on numbers 13-18
You bet 1 unit on 0

This means you’ll make the following profits:

8 units if the ball lands on 19-36
10 units if the ball lands on 13-18
16 units if the ball lands on 0

However, if the ball lands on numbers 1-12, you lose your entire bet.

While playing like James Bond may sound like fun, this strategy is a red herring. In the long run, you will lose more money than you will win. I recommend that you avoid the James Bond tactic and opt for a safer approach.

Fibonacci Sequence

The Fibonacci number sequence takes its name from an Italian mathematician. It’s a progressive style that is used only for even money bets. This means that you’ll only wager on even/odd, red/black, and 1-18/19-36.

This safe strategy is based on a never-ending sequence of numbers which dates back to 200 BC. The sequence of numbers looks like this: 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 21 – 34 – 55 – 89. And so on. If you win your first bet, then you start from the beginning and continue your wager. If you don’t, you drop back two numbers.

While the Fibonacci sequence is one the safest ways to play, it’s far from watertight. The house still holds the advantage over you, meaning you’re likely to be down over time.

Keen to learn more about the Fibonacci sequence? Spend a few minutes watching this video.

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Paroli System

The way this system works is very straightforward – it takes the opposite approach to the Martingale system. This means that you increase your bet by 50% each time you win, instead of when you lose. The result is that you run with your successes, keep an upbeat attitude, and have a safer chance of winning big.

The Paroli system works like this: you decide on the unit of bet to place, such as £1. If you lose, you continue betting £1 until you win. After your first win you bet £2, then £4 following your second, and so on.

This is a betting strategy intended for bet alternatives. These are wagers where you can double your stake, such as black/red or odd/even. Because of this and the progressive strategy, the Paroli system is one of the safest ways to bet.

Want to begin putting the Paroli system into practice?


Roulette is a great game. It’s exciting, energetic, and offers you a chance to beat the house. Winning is purely luck based and using strategies is potentially not as profitable as for example playing 3 card poker with optimal strategy, but now you know which roulette strategies are on the safer side (and which aren’t) you’ll be in a better position to try for some wins.

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