Of all the systems used by roulette players, the Martingale system is perhaps the best known. It dates as far back as the 18th century, when it was popular among French players. It’s also one of the easiest systems to understand, and one of the ones that requires the strongest set of nerves. The Super Martingale is a more modern take on the original system.
In a nutshell, the Martingale roulette system is this: if you lose a spin, you double your bet on the next round. Using the Super Martingale system, you’ll double your bet plus add a unit. For example, while the progression for Martingale looks like this: 1,2,4,8,16, etc., the progression for Super Martingale looks more like this: 1,3,7,15,31, and so on. As soon as you win, you start the progression back at the beginning. In theory, this way you will, in one winning spin, regain the losses you’ve suffered up to that point and turn a profit. In reality, there are lot of things that get in the way of actually making money at the roulette table.
First of all, most tables have limits. Doubling (or more) losing bets can ramp up your betting amount very quickly, and you can end up hitting the table limit before you’ve recouped your losses. In addition, the roulette wheel has a zero pocket (two zero pockets if it’s American). That gives the casino the edge on the player.
If you’re determined to play the Super Martingale system, there are a few tips that can help you out; none of them will, however, offset the effects of random chance.
Play European roulette rather than American. The wheel has one fewer zero pocket, which gives you somewhat better odds. Start out low. Really low. As low as possible. As was mentioned before, the Super Martingale system ramps up your bets very quickly, and you want to be able to absorb a losing streak without hitting the table limit. Finally, don’t increase your starting bet until you’ve got enough money in the bank to cover your losses. When you lose money, you want to lose the casino’s money, not your own.
If you get lucky, and get a good winning streak, get out of there! The longer you stay at the table, the more likely it is that the casino is going to end up with your money in its pocket, not the other way around. If you’re still feeling lucky, you can always come back to the roulette table later for another go.
If worse comes to worse, and you hit the table limit before you win, your best bet is to just cut your losses and get out. Tomorrow is another day, after all.