The Martingale is probably the most famous roulette system that is employed in the casinos, and we have quite a few variants of it on our original roulette systems page.
One of the usual complaints about it, however, is that it is quite a hairy ride. You double your bets on a losing streak, basically, to claw back losses and bet flat on winning streaks to generate income. This can get a little scary if you are losing multiple times in a row as the progression goes:
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64.
You can see that if you start losing 7 times in a row, and even if your starting bet is a modest 1, it could be time to slip on those waterproof pants as you’ll be betting 64 quid to make a pound.
The 2 Step Reverse Martingale tries to mange your blood pressure down a bit. Here’s how it works:
The system is actaually in 2 stages, or steps, hence the name
You’ll be putting money on a an even money bet (say red/black). But don’t do anything to begin with! Watch the wheel, and sit it out until you see 2 colours or more in a row (or, 3,4,5). So say you saw
R, R, R.
You make your move when the colour changes. So say we see
R, R, R, B
At this point you wade in and make your bet. But you don’t bet on the new colour, you bet on the colour that you saw the big streak on. This is based on an idea that the colours come in “waves”.
If you win, you let the bet ride.
This bit is crucial to this system. On a win, you must let the bet ”Ride” for an extra spin on the same bet. So if your original bet was 1 on the Red, you would leave your winning on and thus now have 2 on the Red.
So if you lose- you lose 1.
And if you win, you bank 3 units.
This is a Reverse Martingale because you are doubling your bet on a win rather than a loss.
If you lose, you increase your bet by 1 on the next round. So say we lost above, we would lick our wounds and sit it out for the next colours to pop up in a row (switch to odds/evens if you like).
Here’s how your overall return will look based on at which stage you pull out.
0 losses: Bet 1, Win 4, Profit 3
1 loss: Bet 2 (+1 previously), Win 8, Profit 5
2 losses: Bet 3 (+3 previously), Win 12, Profit 6
3 losses: Bet 4 (+6), Win 16, Profit 6
4 losses: Bet 5 (+10), Win 20, Profit 5
5 losses: Bet 6 (+15), Win 24, Profit 3
6 losses: Bet 7 (+21), Win 28, Break Even
7 losses: Bet 28, Lose 28.
Of course the idea is to not hit 7 losses in a row. it may happen, but even here the idea is to have build up a fund that will soak up any of these long runs. Make sure you have a good profit and stop loss plan and pull out if you hit your numbers. Always stop the progression afte 7 losses and take the hit. Even better, stop your session befor you get to that point- don’t be greedy.
So does this work? Well, as always, we like to remind you that no system will fundamentally alter the odds of the roulette table and this system is no exception.
However, we do like the fact that this system has a gentle progression profile so that you are not throwing your car keys on to the table like you seem to do when playing Martingale proper. And the combination of a positive progression followed by a low key negative progression across the 2 stages is an interesting one. Worth a test.