Many players use techniques to increase their chances of winning at roulette. These techniques are called martingales. The roulette martingale is often considered the best surefire technique for winning all your bets. There are several types of possible martingales in the game of roulette.

## What is a martingale?

A martingale is a game strategy aimed at increasing your chances of winning in games of chance. Martingales depend on the type of game you want to play. The strategy consists in applying more or less complex mathematical laws to the probabilities of winnings.

## The different forms of martingale

### The classic martingale

The most well-known form of roulette martingale is the classic martingale. Its principle is simple. Just bet on an event with a one in two chance of occurring. So you can bet on red or black, an even number or an odd number. If you lose you have to double your bets until you win. What’s attractive is the near impossibility of losing in the long run. For example, if you bet 10 euros, you either win 20 euros or you lose. If you double, your bet increases to 20 euros. Statistically, one would think that the player is certain not to lose. But the main problem lies in the fact that the player must be able to bet a lot of money indefinitely in the event of repeated losses. If the player initially bets €2, he must double each time. (2€, 4€, 8€, 16€, 32€,

### The American martingale, or the American rising

This form of martingale is more complex than the classic martingale. The player begins by increasing his bet by one unit as long as he does not lose. As soon as he loses, the player retains the bet he has just lost. He must then store the sum of the first and the last bet. On the contrary, when the player wins, he must retain the bet he has just won and cross off the first bet from his list. Then, he returns the sum of the first and the last bet of his list, forgetting the bets that have been crossed out.

### The Dutch Martingale

Most of the time, the Dutch martingale is used when the player is losing. He must hold back his lost bets, which adds difficulty to this form of martingale compared to other types. By following the principle that the player has lost several bets, the strategy he will adopt is quite complex. The player must bet the lowest bet among the bets he has lost by adding a bet unit to it. Then he must bet the second lowest bet, and so on. When the player wins, he therefore wins the amount of a bet that lost previously, plus a bet unit. The advantage of this technique is that the player gets as many wins as losses plus one unit bet.

### The “picket”

The piquemouche is a variant of the classic martingale but is more complicated to set up. When the player wins, he starts again at one unit. When he loses, he increases his bet by one unit. When the player has three consecutive losses, he doubles his bet. This form of martingale yields lower gains than the classic martingale. However, it is useful in the event of significant losses since the chances of winning over the long term with this martingale are higher.

### The pyramid of Alembert

This form of martingale owes its name to the famous 18th century mathematician, Jean le Rond d’Alembert. The principle of the d’Alembert pyramid is based on the fact that a loss increases the chance of winning the next time, and vice versa. When the player has just lost, he increases his bet by one unit. On the contrary, when he wins, he removes a bet unit. There is also a form of martingale which is called the inverted d’Alembert pyramid. As its name suggests, it is the perfect opposite of the classic d’Alembert martingale. It is therefore necessary to increase the bet units when you win and reduce the bets by one unit when you have just lost.

### The Parish

The principle of the Paroli martingale is to double your bet with each win. We must therefore put away what we have just won. The advantage is that you take less risk, by betting smaller sums. The player therefore keeps his initial bet and plays with the money from the casino that he wins. In the event of several consecutive winnings, the amount won may be more or less substantial. The downside, however, is that a single losing move is enough to undo all previous wins.

## The Whittacker

This form of martingale is still little known but can be as interesting as the other types. The principle of the Whittacker martingale is that, as long as the player loses, he bets the sum of his two previous bets. When the player is winning, he starts again each time with a single betting unit. The Whittacker therefore makes it possible to reduce the risks and to earn small sums little by little. On the other hand, when the player wins, the winning sum can only counter two losing moves.

Martingales are techniques to be used in small doses. Indeed, some strategies will allow you to earn money in the long term. However, getting it wrong a few times in a row is enough to lose a lot of money. Moreover, although the martingale is not prohibited, the casinos do not like this technique. You can use it in small doses, but don’t overdo it as it’s an easily spotted tactic in online casinos. Gambling establishments, real or virtual, offer low betting thresholds to prevent players from profiting too much from martingales.