The First and third Columns strategy is what is known as a “Hedging” strategy- ie one in which you are trying to hedge or reduce your risks at roulette.
This is a similar strategy to those applied by some fund managers in the stock markets who net on a stock going up (or down by going short), but hedge their bets just in case it heads in the opposite direction.
Using this type of strategy, your overall potential to make a profit is reduced, but then so is your exposure to big losses.
In 1st and 3rd Columns, you lay down a bet of 2 units (you pick how much cash you want to bet per unit) on the 1st column and one bet of 2 units on the 3rd column which covers most of the red numbers on the table.
You then hedge further with one bet of 2 units on the black.
This roulette system covers pretty much all the numbers except for the four reds (5, 14, 23 and 32) in the middle column and the zero (unless you are playing American Roulette of course, and then you are also missing the double zero- but we advise sticking with European Roulette). You are hoping for Black to come up in the 1st or 3rd columns to accelerate winnings.
- If a red in either the 1st or 3rd columns comes up, you break even.
- If black comes up in the 1st or 3rd columns, you net 4 units.
- If a red in the middle column comes up, you are down 6 units.
- If a black comes up in the middle column, you lose 2 units.