Developing and testing roulette systems is fun, but in some ways it’s a waste of time. I know that there isn’t a roulette system that’s going to win in the long run, but I also know that some systems are designed in a way that they lock in a small profit most of the times you play.
One of the best systems I’ve used to play roulette is what I call the stand behind system. It’s the best system I’ve found that locks in a small profit almost every time you play.
How the Stand Behind Roulette System Works
The stand behind roulette system is a simple system that anyone can learn how to use in just a few minutes. It uses the Martingale system and adds another layer to improve your short term chance of success.
The Martingale system is the most well-known gambling system in history. You start with a small wager and double your bet every time you lose. When you win a bet, you take your winnings and then make another small bet.
You can use the Martingale system with a wide variety of wagers, but the best ones are what are called even money bets. An even money bet pays the same amount as you bet when you win. If you bet $20 on black at the roulette wheel and the ball lands on a black spot, you get your $20 bet back and $20 in profit.
When you use the Martingale system and make even money wagers, when you win you make a profit that covers all of your earlier losses and secures a net profit equal to your first wager.
The problem with the Martingale system is when you hit a string of bad luck and lose several bets in a row you’re forced to bet a high amount in hopes of covering all of your losses. Eventually you hit a string of losses long enough to take your entire bankroll or get stopped by the table maximum bet limit.
If you start with a bet of $10 and lose several bets in a row, you can quickly find yourself betting thousands.
Here’s an example of the betting progression:
If you start with a low bet of $10 and lose seven bets in a row you’re betting $1,280 to cover your losses and lock in a $10 profit. The fact is that you don’t lose seven even money bets in a row often, but it does happen.
The stand behind roulette system is a simple way to improve your chances of winning a bet before you run out of money or hit the betting limit of the table. It’s called the stand behind system because you stand behind the other players at the roulette table and watch the action until it’s time to start betting.
You start watching the results at the roulette table and don’t make your first bet until one of the even money bets has come up the same three times in a row. This can be three red in a row, three black in a row, three even in a row, or three odd in a row. It can also be three numbers 1 to 18 in a row or three numbers 19 to 36 in a row.
Once an even money bet has landed three times in a row you make your small initial bet on the opposite even money wager. If red has landed three times in a row, you start your bet string on black.
You’re still using the Martingale System while playing real money roulette, but now the same result has to come up 10 times in a row to make you lose the same as the same result coming up seven times in a row.
Why the System Works
Before I explain a little more about why the stand behind system works, I want to make one thing clear. This system is still dangerous, and eventually you’re going to lose a long string of wagers and lose a large amount of money. The truth is that even though it’s rare, the same results do come up 10 times in a row sometimes.
If you’re playing on a single zero roulette wheel, here are the odds of losing consecutive spins:
Spins in a row
Percentage chance of losing
Here’s how to put some of these numbers into perspective. If you use the stand behind method and wait for three results in a row, you have a 6.95% for the fourth result to match the first three. These seem like pretty good odds, but there’s a problem with these numbers.
The numbers are correct as far as the odds of consecutive spins being the same, but each spin is an independent situation. In other words, the roulette wheel doesn’t have a memory. The odds of losing any even number bet on a single spin are 51.35%.
This chart is still useful because it shows how rare the same even money bet side coming up over a long series of spins is. But it also shows that there’s a small chance that it will happen, which means that it does happen, and will happen if you play long enough.
Even if you use the stand behind system to watch three rolls and then start betting, you’re still going to lose another seven spins in a row, for a total of 10 spins, roughly 1.3 out of every 1,000 series. This gives you a good chance to make a small profit most of the time you use the system.
You even have a good chance to win enough series in a row to double your bankroll, but it’s not going to last forever.
Other Ways to Use the System
You can use the stand behind betting system with any games and wagers that pay even money, or close to it. The best games are the ones where the odds are as close to 50/50 as possible. Here’s a list of other games where you might use the stand behind betting system.
When you play baccarat, the player bet pays 1 to 1 and the banker bet pays 1 to 1 minus a 5% commission. The banker bet has slightly better odds, but it gets complicated to determine the size of your bets after losing to make sure you cover your previous losses because of the commission.
Blackjack is a good option because sometimes you get a natural blackjack and get paid 3 to 2 when you win. But you also have to deal with splitting pairs and doubling down, which require a bigger bankroll.
You can use the system playing craps on come out rolls. The good thing about using it for craps is sometimes it takes several rolls for the come out roll to resolve, so you can play longer.
Should You Use the Stand Behind Roulette System?
If you have extra money you can afford to lose, the stand behind roulette system is a fun way to try to make a short term profit. When I use it I try to double my starting bankroll before I hit a long losing streak.
In the short run, most of the time you’re going to win. You can go several playing sessions before disaster strikes. But if you use this system long enough you’re going to lose. You simply can’t overcome the long term house edge playing roulette no matter what you do.
You should always play on a wheel that only has one zero space to improve your odds, but this is still not going to make you a long term winner. A wheel that uses French rules is even better, but these wheels aren’t widely available in most parts of the world.
I’ve used the stand behind roulette system many times. It’s a fun way to gamble, but I always do it with extra money that I can afford to lose. I’ve never lost seven spins in a row after watching for three spins to line up, but I know if I play long enough I will.
The simple fact is that you can’t use any system to beat roulette. Even a system that works almost all of the time like this one has a fatal flaw. They’re great while they work, but when they don’t work they cost you so much money that you end up losing in the long run anyway.
Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...
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