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40+ Betting Systems: Strategies for Top Casino Games

Jennifer Lynn Written by Jennifer Lynn
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Betting Systems

Introduction to the Betting System:

Venturing into the world of gambling, one quickly learns that success is often attributed to luck, skill, and sometimes, strategy. While the house edge remains a steadfast component of casino games, a well-orchestrated betting system can add a layer of excitement and offer short-term wins that keep the thrill alive.

This presents a curated collection of 45 diverse betting systems, each with its unique approach to managing wagers and mitigating risks. These systems are not magic wands that promise consistent wins; rather, they are strategic tools designed to enhance your gaming experience and potentially improve your chances of success in the short run.
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Select the below betting system titles if you wish to visit the full article of each Strategy.

    • Alexembert
      – A sophisticated twist on the classic d`Alembert, the Alexembert system is favored in Roulette for its modified progression, increasing stakes by 2 or 3 units instead of 1, thus accelerating the bet increments. It’s designed to minimize bets during losing streaks and escalate them when winning, starting with a single unit bet. Following a loss, the bet is raised to the next number in the sequence; after a win, it’s decreased to the prior number or remains at 1 if further reduction is not possible.

    • Anti-Martingale
      – The Anti-Martingale system, often employed in Roulette, empowers players to double their bets during a winning streak and revert to the base bet on a loss. This approach is independent of bankroll size and is unaffected by casino betting limits, making it an attractive strategy for leveraging winning runs.

    • Ascot
      – The Ascot system, applicable to Roulette, craps, and baccarat, adopts a measured approach to betting increments. Wins prompt a one-step rise in a predefined sequence of bets, while losses dictate a one-step descent. Starting with a mid-sequence bet, such as 8 units, the progression continues up or down the sequence, culminating when the top bet is won or the bottom is lost.

    • ASM System
      – The ASM System is a straightforward Roulette strategy that breaks your bankroll into 30 units. Bets follow a 1-1-2-2-4-4 pattern. Begin with a single unit; a win advances you to the next bet amount. A loss before the fourth bet resets you to the first bet; a loss at the fourth bet or beyond sends you back to the third bet. The cycle continues until the 30 units are depleted or a satisfactory win is achieved.

    • Beresford Progression
      – The Beresford Progression is a dynamic Roulette betting system that offers a balance of risk and potential reward. It shares similarities with the Labouchere System but distinguishes itself by reducing bet amounts after losses. Bets are calculated by summing the first and last numbers in a sequence; wins add the total to the sequence’s end, while losses eliminate the outer numbers, setting the stage for the next wager.

    • Cancellation System by Henry Labouchere
      – The Cancellation System, ideal for even bets in Roulette and Craps, is predicated on the likelihood of even bets occurring with roughly equal frequency. By leveraging this balance in the short term, players aim to end their session ahead. The strategy begins with a row of ten 1s. Bets are determined by summing the outermost numbers; a win leads to their cancellation, while a loss adds the bet’s value to the end of the row, influencing the next wager’s size.

    • Capitalization of Profits
      – This system, suitable for house games, advocates for increasing bets with wins and simultaneously building a reserve. Starting with 20 bets, ‘attacks’ are sequences of bets that, upon gaining 4 units, contribute to a reserve, safeguarding the initial capital.

    • Deance Progression
      – A less risky variant of the Martingale, the Deance Progression aims for a 4-unit gain. Bets are spread across four columns, with the first bet equaling the fourth column’s sum. Wins remove units from columns, while losses add units, ensuring a gradual bet increase and a more resilient strategy against loss streaks.

    • Differential Betting System
      – A twist on the Contre D`Alembert, this system adjusts bet sizes post-win and aims to decrease them after losses. Starting with one unit, a win prompts an increase, while a loss, depending on its timing, either maintains or decreases the bet, always favoring even money wagers.

    • Double Street
      – A conservative Roulette strategy, the Double Street covers 17 numbers with 6 chips. The distribution includes six-line bets, a straight-up bet, and a corner bet, offering varied win potentials from 4 units to a 35 to 1 payout.

    • Dual Even Money Progression
      – A dual-bet Roulette system using a Fibonacci sequence on one bet and a doubling strategy on the opposite. This approach aims to minimize losses and capitalize on the inevitability of a color change to recoup and profit.

    • Even Chance Bets
      – A Roulette system that modifies the next bet based on the previous outcome. Losses lead to a 20% bet increase, while wins result in a 10% decrease, balancing risk and reward with each spin.

    • Famous Progressions
      – A collection of renowned betting progressions requiring a substantial bankroll to weather potential losing streaks. The strategy is simple: collect on wins, double on losses, and reset after a win.

    • Fast Double Bet
      – An assertive strategy for low-house-edge games, advocating for simultaneous bets on all three even money chances in Roulette. Wins lead to increased bets, while losses reset the bet to one unit.

    • Flat Bet Counting
      – A structured Roulette money management system, dividing play into three segments with set loss limits. The goal is to achieve a 10% bankroll profit at each level, with bets sized at 1% of the bankroll.

    • Flatbetting Loss Recovery Money Mgt System
      – A system focusing on loss recovery through flat betting, aiming to recoup losses without escalating bet sizes dramatically.

    • Fractional Betting
      – A strategy for Baccarat, Blackjack, and Roulette that adjusts bets based on perceived trends. After two wins or losses, bets are increased by a third or decreased by two-thirds, respectively, to capitalize on streaks and mitigate losses.

    • Garcia System
      – A Roulette system exploiting long even chance runs. Bets start at one unit, escalating to three and seven with consecutive losses, and resetting with wins.

    • The Guetting Progression
      – A Roulette system with four betting levels, where consecutive wins prompt an increase within the level or an advance to the next, and losses necessitate a reset or a step down.

    • Half Peak
      – A variant of the Alexembert system with a ‘half peak’ modification, simplifying bet adjustments to one unit up or down, aiming for a consistent, modest profit.

    • Hollandish System
      – A table game progression system that increases bets in a structured manner after each win, aiming for a significant profit or a stop at a predetermined loss limit.

    • Martingale
      – The classic system for even money bets in Roulette and Craps, doubling stakes after losses to recover losses and secure a profit on the eventual win, albeit with the risk of steep bet escalation.

    • Oscar’s Grind
      – A methodical system that increases bets by one unit after each win, aiming to recoup losses and net a single unit profit before resetting.

    • Oscar’s Grind – The Positive Way
      – An optimistic take on Oscar’s Grind, focusing on capitalizing on winning streaks while maintaining a conservative betting approach.

    • Oscar’s Grind for BJ, etc
      – An adaptation of Oscar’s Grind for Blackjack and other similar games, applying the same principles to different betting contexts.

    • Piquemouche Method
      – A cautious alternative to the Martingale, the Piquemouche involves tripling the bet after three consecutive losses, requiring more wins to break even but also mitigating rapid bet inflation.

    • Pluscoup Progression
      – The Pluscoup Progression system is a winning or ‘up as you win’ system. It is similar to other systems in that it is for use on even money bets but is more aggressive than most so you will need a larger bankroll. Start with a bet of 1 unit – the value of which will depend on your bankroll. Should this bet win then you take your profit and bet 1 unit again. If you lose, the bet amount stays as 1 unit until you register your first win, after which it increases to 2 units. If you are still down after a win, continue this way by increasing the next bet by 1 unit each time you win until you find yourself ahead, at which point go back to 1 unit for your first bet and start the system again.

    • Pyramid System
      – Known as either the D’Alembert system of Pyramid system, this is one of the most popular systems for roulette. Based on the Martindale system but with a smaller risk, you start by betting 1 unit and continue to do so until you lose. After your first loss, the bet amount goes up by 1 unit. After the next bet, if you win the bet amount reduces by 1 unit, if you lose again it goes up by one unit. Continue this way – increase the next bet by 1 unit if your bet loses and reduce it by 1 unit if your bet wins.

    • Small Wins System
      – The aim of this system is to win a small percentage of your bet over a number of spins. The formula for working out what to bet is X/Y where X is the amount you wish to win and Y is the number of spins over which you want to win this amount. Start by placing a bet of the amount you wish to win – so X – if you win a bet, deduct the amount you won from X and 1 from Y and play again. When you lose a bet, add the loss amount to X and add one to Y.

    • Stan’s System
      – This is a simple to work out a system that sees you reduce your bet when you win and increase on a loss. To start, write down consecutive numbers up to double the number of bets you are happy to lose, so for example, if we take 10, you would write down 1 to 20. Starting in the middle, so in the above case 10, bet 10 units on an even money bet. If you win, reduce your bet by 1 to 9, if you lose, increase it by 1 to 11. Keep going this way until you either get to the 1 or 20.

    • Star Alternative Progression
      – The Star system works by slowly increasing bet amount when a bet is lost and works best for Blackjack. Betting each level twice, you start off with a bet of 1 unit and continue at this level until a bet is lost. The first time a bet loses, the bet amount stays the same, and the next time you move up a level and bet 2 units. You continue in this way until you either win an amount you are happy with or you lose twice on the final bet level, at which point there is a recovery level that has bigger bets, lose on the recovery level and there is a 2nd recovery level to try and recuperate losses. Should a game of blackjack be lost that involves either doubling or splitting – so the bet amount is doubled – this counts as 2 losses instead of one.

    • Stepladder System
      – In this system, each number is the equivalent of a rung on a ladder. The aim is the get to the top of the ladder by increasing one rung at a time. As with a normal ladder, each rung must be fairly close together. Each number represents a betting unit of your choice depending on your bankroll. Start by betting 5 units and simply move up a rung when you win and down one when you lose.

    • Stretched d’ Alembert
      – This method is unsurprisingly based on the original d’Alembert method. The Stretched d’Alembert method involves several bets at each stage thus ensuring we never bet too much in a single go. The new levels would be as follows: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, etc. The sequence of 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5 are bets using 1 unit before we raise the bet to 2 units. We then play the sequence of 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 2.5 with 2 units before raising to 3 units, etc. The bet size is reduced in the same manner.

    • The Sure Win Method
      – A system for even money bets in Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, and Baccarat. The principle for this method is that all even chance bets repeat themselves quite frequently. Put your first bet on any even chance outcome. If you win, leave both units on that bet. If you win a second time, return your next bet to one unit. Repeat the above on every session. If you lose, use the next bet in the progression to try and get a parlay. 1-1-2-2-3-4-5-7-9-12-16-22-29-39-52-69-92-123 Remember, on any profit return to the start of the series. Decide before you start where your level of comfort is and use that as your decision as to how long to go on for.
    • The Zero Factor – The Zero Factor betting system aims to cover all even money bets – including both sides of each. Whilst this may sound like a losing strategy as you will lose if zero comes out and break even if it doesn’t, the key is the amount you bet on each side of the even money bets. You can reduce the amount lost if 0 comes out and if done correctly, is not as silly as it may sound.

    • Thomas Elrod System
      – This system uses a debit column and control number to determine the amount of the next bet. Elrod himself used 100 units as the initial debit amount and 20 as the control. Divide the debt amount by the control amount to determine the amount for the next bet, if you lose, add the loss amount to the debit column and divide again, if the bet is a winner, subtract from the control figure, and the win amount from the debit column and divide again.

    • Tier et Tout
      – This system is a winning progression and therefore sees the total bet amount rise slowly depending on how you are doing. Decide how much you wish to bet and then take 1 third of it for your first bet. If this bet loses, bet the remaining 2 thirds of the bet on the next go. If the first or second bets win, increase the original bet amount to include the profit and then bet 1 third of this amount the next go. If both bets lose, start again with the same bet amount and bet 1 third. If you can avoid 2 losses in a row, the winnings can go up at a nice rate.

    • Unorthodox Even Chances
      – This system is a combination of the Martingale and Cancellation Systems. Watch 15 spins on the roulette wheel and make a note of which even money bet comes in the most. You can then choose whether to play with an unorthodox Martingale or an unorthodox Cancellation System. The Martingale plays for a couple of wins whilst the Cancellation plays through one full set of numbers.

    • Various Progressions
      This term encompasses a range of betting strategies that involve adjusting bet sizes based on previous outcomes. Progressions can be negative, increasing bets after losses to recoup, or positive, increasing bets after wins to maximize profits. Each progression system has its unique pattern and risk level, catering to different styles of play and bankroll sizes.

    • Whittacker Progression for Doz & Col bets
      – This system uses bets with odds of 2 to 1 rather than even money bets, so for example on Roulette, it may be Column bets. The following starting sequence is used: 1. bet 1 unit 2. bet 1 unit 3. bet 2 units if you win on the first bet, your profit is 2 units. If you win on the second bet, your profit is 1 unit. If you win on the third bet, your profit is 2 units. In each of these cases you start the progression again with the same sequence: 1 – 1 – 2 If you lose the first 3 bets, the next bet is determined as follows: If you have a negative balance of between 4 and 9 units the balance is divided by 2. If you have a negative balance of between 10 and 21 units the balance is divided by 3. If you have a negative balance of between 22 and 100 units the balance is divided by 4. If you have a negative balance of over 100 units the balance is divided by 5. If the result of the division is not a whole number, then this number is always rounded up.

    • Winning Edge Roulette
      – This system works best on even money roulette bets, so red or black, odd or even, etc. Start with 1, 1, 2, and bet the first number in your sequence. If you win, you bet the first and last numbers in the sequence. If you lose, you add the total bet lost to the right of the numbered sequence and then start by betting the first number again. Continue like that – If you win, bet first and last, if you lose add the total bet to the right and play with the first amount again.

    • Winning Parlays
      This system is designed for players looking to capitalize on winning streaks. It involves reinvesting winnings from consecutive bets into the next bet, aiming to compound profits. The strategy requires a disciplined approach to know when to withdraw from the betting cycle and secure accumulated profits.


    Introduction Continued:

    The Role of Betting Systems:

    Random Outcomes: It’s essential to acknowledge that each game event is random and independent, a fact that betting systems do not alter.
    Strategic Wagering: What these systems can do is guide the timing and size of your bets, influencing the rhythm of wins and losses.

    Smart Betting: The right system can help you end a session on a high note, even if you’ve won fewer than half of your bets, through careful bet structuring.
    A Glimpse into Strategic Betting:

    The systems detailed within these pages range from conservative to aggressive, simple to complex. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect:

    Starting Small: Many systems advocate beginning with a base bet and adjusting as you go, based on the outcomes.

    Winning and Losing Adjustments: Strategies differ on whether to increase, decrease, or maintain bet sizes after wins and losses.

    Loss Limitations: To protect your bankroll, several systems incorporate a cap on bet increases, crucial for weathering losing streaks.

    Setting Achievable Goals: A common thread among these systems is the importance of setting realistic winning goals:

    Winning Targets: Decide on a profit goal for your session to determine the optimal point to withdraw from the game.

    Scalability: Whether you’re a casual player or a high roller, these systems can be scaled to match the size of your bankroll.


    As you explore this anthology of betting systems, remember that no strategy can guarantee perpetual wins. However, with disciplined application and bankroll management, these systems can make your gambling endeavors more engaging and potentially profitable. Embrace the excitement, understand the risks, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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About the author

Jennifer Lynn
Head of Content
Jennifer Lynn has spent 14 years working in the online casino industry, making her a real expert in the field. She's not just skilled at writing about casinos; she also has a deep interest in online gambling games and is a passionate researcher and player. Jennifer offers her expertise on a range of casino games and the smart strategies to use. But her life isn't all about gambling and casinos. She also loves riding horses and practicing yoga, showing that she knows how to balance her professional interests with personal passions.
Last Updated: Apr 03, 2024
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