A Closer Look at the Reverse Martingale System

Roulette has remained a popular table game for centuries. Almost as popular as this game of chance are the wagering systems that have become attached to it. The most well known are the Martingale System and its twin the Reverse Martingale System. Many avid gamblers swear by these systems while others completely dismiss them. The Reverse Martingale System, in particular, has been the subject of many arguments. Here is a closer look at the Reverse Martingale and its pros and cons.

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How Does It Work?

The whole idea behind the Martingale System is to recover one’s losses. First, the player must bet on even wagers like red or black, even or odd, or high or low. If the player wins they do nothing. If they lose they double the bet and make the same wager. In this way, the player will eventually recoup their losses and break even. Once they win they return to their original stake.

The Reverse Martingale is the same concept but only instead of recouping losses the player is looking to increase winnings. They make the same even bet but only double it if they win. The moment they lose they return to their original stake and start the whole series over again. A Reverse Martingale chases the “hot hand” but attaining a winning streak is a rare occurrence. This is they the Roulette strategy has such a mixed reception among players. If done right, however, a player stands to make a substantive bankroll.


You Make A Lot of Money Since the goal is to keep doubling the wager each time a player wins the Reverse Martingale can net a lot of cash. For example, an initial bet of €20 dollars becomes a wager of €40 dollars. Eventually, the wagering requirement of the system expands to a whopping €160. If a player keeps winning at such a rate the takeaway is large. However, eventually, the player will lose so an important key aspect of this system is knowing when to leave the table. One has to learn to quit while they are ahead or all their good fortune disappears.

There Is A Low Amount of Risk The Reverse Martingale system does not carry a lot of risk for a player. This may sound odd until one factors in what the player will be wagering. They will be wagering winnings. If a player bets €20 dollars and then wins they double their stake. The following bet of €40 dollars includes the €20 they just won and their original stake. So technically they are not wagering their own bankroll. A loss still stings but since they entered the series with $20 all they will end up losing is that €20. The rest they did not originally have to begin with.


Streaks Are Hard To Come By A winning streak is a rare occurrence in any game of chance. So the initial flaw to the Reverse Martingale is actually achieving a “hot hand”. Since the player has to double the bet upon each win a loss is a restart. In order for said player to actually make a remarkable sum, the streak has to continue through more than two to three spins. Hard to make a profit if one waits around for a winning streak that never arrives.

You Could Lose A LotThe biggest drawback to the Reverse Martingale is the fact that a loss cancels out everything. The player has to keep doubling upon winning so when they lose they lose everything they have won. Sure, there is no risk as most of what they lose they did not have to begin with. But depending on how far they got into a series this amount could be staggering. And they will always lose. Even bets are 50/50 so eventually, the house always wins.