There are 2 catches to the Martingale system which is basically a system where you double up your bets when you lose, to cover yourself. Full details below.
We recommend testing the Martingale Table Limits out at Platinum Play and Mummys Gold where you’ll get 1500 free bets and 500 free respectively to test it out risk free:
The first is the pesky 0 pocket (and 00 pocket in American Roulette). This gives the house an edge over you, in that if you are playing red/black on Martingale, for example, you may be doing fine by covering your losses- and then the 0 drops in, meaning you lose again. There’s nothing you can do about this, except maybe play at Betfair 0 house edge roulette, but even there your bets are limited.
The second, is that ALL casinos have an upper betting limit, normally between $200 and $500, or 100 to 300. VIP tables may let you go north of $500 and there are some casinos who set their high roller customers a $2000 limit.
Let’s look at a Martingale progression starting at 1
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096.
Anyone trying to cover their losses on a $500 limit table is struggling after their ninth bet (the VIPs above can carry on 2 more rounds).
BEATING THE TABLE LIMITS
There is nothing you can do about CATCH 1- this is the physical makeup of the wheel.
But what about catch 2?
Consider this scenario? You have a team of 8 additional people (or 8 extra accounts at the same online casino) each playing the same game of roulette on a $500 limit table.
When you get to bet 9 ($512), you bet the full amount on say red, and you get team member 1 to bet $12 on the same outcome (or you bet $12 on another account at the same casino), thus extending your Martingale Progression.
In theory, you can extend the progression this way to a run of 13 with a total of 9 in the team, or 9 seperate accounts.
But, before you rush headlong into this, think about it for a second. Each time the ball spins, you are betting on a mutually exclusive event. So on the 13th bet, you are betting $4096 to make an overall return of $1 on the Martingale sequence!
Anyone trying this system has to
(1) Be extremely wealthy
(2) Have nerves of steel
(3) Have a lot of friends.
(5) All of the above.
Our verdict? Don’t try this at home! Don’t try this at work! And don’t try this at the casino!