# The Martingale strategy is one for the oldest roulette systems

One of the oldest roulette systems that can help you to play profitably online in the casino is called the Martingale system. This is often used by novice players who choose to play on odd/even or red/black for example. In actually means that you keep doubling your bet when you have lost your previous bet. In theory, you could then (if your bank account is large enough to bet with unlimited money) eventually always win. However, there is a catch involved. Many roulette tables have a maximum bet. This means that you can't keep on doubling your bets.

## Double or nothing: the basic principle of Martingale

If you don't want to think too much about roulette systems or the strategy that you want to play, the Martingale strategy may suit you. The only thing to do is choose a basic bet and double this bet when you lose. Every time you lose your bet, you double your previous bet. If you win, you start again with your basic bet. You make use of the well-known 'double or nothing' principle. Suppose your basic bet is € 1, then your sequential series (if you keep losing) would be as follows: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, etc.

## In theory, the Martingale strategy guarantees that you win

You read that right: in theory. Indeed, as long as your betting series ultimately results in a profit, you win all of your previous bets back. Unfortunately, there are two things that get in the way. First of all, your own bank account. You will have seen in the number series how the total of your bets can add up considerably. Chances are that your bank account is not large enough (or that you simply do not want to bet your entire capital). This is understandable of course! In addition, many online casinos allocate a maximum bet per roulette table. You can simply not keep doubling your bets indefinitely, and thus the Martingale strategy cannot ultimately reap its maximum rewards.

## Origin of this strategy

The Martingale strategy originated in France, at some stage during the 18th century. At that time the game of heads or tails was very popular. Later this was also applied to roulette, given that the odds of red or black are also mostly 50%.

## Golden tip for Martingale

The key to this strategy (and indeed also to many other game strategies for online roulette) is to understand when you find yourself in an unbeatable losing series. This is not all that easy, because with this system you are actually gambling on the fact that such a series will stop with your next bet.

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