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Labouchere Roulette System

People are always going to want to challenge the odds in the game of online roulette. The only real way to do that is to develop systems that are based on betting. Some of them are easy to understand; some aren't. Perhaps one of the most difficult systems is called the Labouchere, which is also called a "cancellation" system by some.

Like any Martingale roulette system, it works on a progressive basis, and like all roulette systems that achieve any kind of acceptance, it is meant to be played using the outside bets (Even or Odd, High or Low, Red or Black).

This is a pretty tough system to get a handle on, and if you want to implement it, you'll probably have to take out a pencil and write things down for a while. What you do with the Labouchere is start with a line of numbers. The line of 1-1-2-3 is a good example. Here you take the first and last numbers in that line and add them together. That's your wager. In this particular instance it would be the $1 added to $3, which totals $4.

If you win the bet, you then cancel the first and last numbers in the line (the 1 and 3) and add the remaining numbers to derive your next bet total. Here you would have $1 + $2 = $3. If you then win a second consecutive time, you simply start all over with another line. Important to remember here is that after two straight wins, the profit you make will be equal to the sum of the numbers in the line. That would go for any line you choose.

Let's now look at what happens if you LOSE the first bet. Here your process is different. When you lose, you take the amount that you bet and add it to the line. So if you've got a line of 1-1-2-3, that would now make your line 1-1-2-3-4, and the next bet would require that you add one and four (4), which would bring you to a $5 bet. Then you would do the same thing again if you lost ($1 + $5 = $6). You do not clear the line if you lose again.

Yes, it looks like you're chasing after losses with this system. However, the purpose of using the Labouchere is to give yourself a chance at overcoming the fact that the outside bets give you a slight disadvantage. It might surprise you to know that you can have a profit with the Labouchere even if you lost on more occasions than you won.

You can be flexible as to how long you make your line of numbers, as well as the values you place in them. For example, you could have 6-7-8-9 as a line, where the first bet would be $15. if you win, you will bet $15 again ($7 + $8). If you lose, you then have a line of 6-7-8-9-15, and your next bet is the sum of the first and last numbers of that line, which comes to $21. Of course, that will increase the size of your bets quicker, which may bring you to the table limit faster than you intend. Generally speaking, the longer the line, the more you're going to put at risk, and the greater the risk of reaching table limits.

If you play roulette with the Labouchere for a while, it should get easier, although some of the math involved may throw you. If you're looking for something extra to overcome the 5.24% disadvantage you face on each and every roulette wager, there are a lot worse things you could try.
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