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You may have heard of betting systems that purport to help you win by having you bet more or less depending on whether you’re winning or losing. Many of these are advertised in magazines and on the Internet. All these systems are bunk. If they really worked, the authors would be living on an island with their millions rather than being eager to get your $24.95 plus shipping. And the casinos would have gone bust long ago (or discovered the flaw in their game, and changed the rules to close the loophole).

The short answer is, no betting system can overcome the house edge, and some are dangerous. Here’s an example, and I’ll speak in terms of betting units instead of dollars here. (If you bet $1 at a time, one unit is $1. If you bet $5 at a time, one unit is $5.) The Martingale is one of the most dangerous. The Martingale has you double your bet after every loss, and start over with a one-unit bet every time you win. In this way, you’ll win a net of one unit every time you win. But there are two big problems with this สล็อตออนไลน์ได้เงินจริง system: First of all, you’ll run into the betting limits at the table. If your one-unit bet is $1 and you keep losing, your 11th bet will need to be $1024, but many tables have a $500 or $1000 single-bet limit. (And it’s not all that unusual to lose 11 bets in a row, even on a bet that has almost even odds, like betting on red on a roulette wheel.) The second problem is that even without table limits, you’ll probably run out of money before you can make the high bet dictated by the system. Even if you could, you’d have the privilege of betting $1024 just to get ahead by a measly dollar if you win (and if you lose, the prospect of having to bet $2048 on the next bet to be ahead by a dollar).

There are less risky betting systems and they can certainly be fun, but they won’t automatically make you win. A more conservative system has you increase your bets slowly when you win (1-1-1-2x-2x-5x-5x-10x), and drop back down to one unit when you lose. Besides increasing your bets slowly, you’re only increasing them when you’re winning, not when you’re losing as with the Martingale, so you avoid digging yourself into a deeper and deeper hole. If you’re on a losing streak, you’ll lose only one unit each time. But if you’re on a winning streak, you’ll have the extra money to increase your bets with.

Here’s how the (1-1-1-2x-2x-5x-5x-10x) system works. First off, any time you lose a bet, your next bet will start over at 1 unit. When you win, bet the next number in the sequence. For example, let’s say you’re on a winning streak, winning every bet. Your first bet would be 1 unit, your second bet would be 1 unit, your third would be 1 unit, your fourth & fifth bets would be 2 units, your sixth & seventh would be 5, and so on. Remember, as soon as you lose, start over by betting one unit.

You might be frustrated by this system because you have to win five bets in a row before you start really increasing your bet by much, and it could take a while to win five in a row. And when you finally do, you’re not likely to keep winning, and will have to start the sequence over again with a one-unit bet. You might therefore be tempted to start betting more sooner, to increase the action. Don’t. Here’s why: With this system, you’re often risking only money that you’ve won, not money that you brought with you. If you start upping your bet too soon, you’re definitely wagering your own bankroll. Check it out: When you up your bet to two units on your fourth bet, you’ve already won the first three bets (1-1-1), so you’ve already won three units, providing the money to make that bigger 2-unit bet. By your 6th bet when you bet 5x, you’re up seven units (1-1-1-2-2). By your 8th bet when you bet 10 units, you’re up 17 units (1-1-1-2-2-5-5).

You might notice that we’re actually betting slightly less than we’ve won when we increase our bets. That’s a built-in safety margin, because in reality, you’re not always betting money you’ve won. That’s because you might lose several one-unit bets in a row before you start your winning sequence.

Still, if you want a more aggressive system, you could use 1-1-1-2-3-6-10. With this system, you’ll win more on winning streaks, but you’ll be less likely to recoup many small losses.

What do you do if you’ve reached the end of the sequence and you’re still winning? Well, the first thing is to catch your breath and consider cashing out — you’ve won a lot! If you want to keep going, you can keep betting 10. If you lose, you’ll still have more than 50% of what you won on your winning streak, and having to start over again with a 1-unit bet means that you won’t wipe out the rest of your streak winnings immediately. If you win, it’s just more gravy.

So in conclusion:

Betting systems can be fun, but no betting system can overcome the house edge. You won’t automatically win just because you’re using a betting system.

If you want to use a betting system, then use the ones described above (1-1-1-2-2-5-5-10, or 1-1-1-2-3-6-10 if you’re willing to handle more risk).

Never use the Martingale, and never pay good money for a system when I’ve just given you two decent systems for free.


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