The red betting systems attempts to take advantage of the fact the the third column on the roulette table lay-out has eight red numbers and just four black numbers. Like all betting systems in roulette it has its pros and cons, but ultimately the house will always be the winner in a game of roulette because of the green 0 or 00.
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How does the red betting system in roulette work?
As already explained, it attempts to take advantage of the fact there is eight red and just four black numbers in the third column of the roulette table. Working the red system, you would simply place two bets each spin: one unit – $5 – on the third column and two units – $10 – on the black bet. The $10 on black acts as a sort of insurance against your $5 third column bet.
By betting the third column you are covering 8/18 available red numbers on the layout: 44% of red numbers. By covering black you are essentially covering all 18 black numbers too. So by betting the third column and black you are covering 26 of 37 or 38 (depending on whether you are playing “0” or “00” roulette) available numbers. That’s 70% of numbers on a “0” wheel or 68% on a “00” wheel.
Under the red betting system there are five possible outcomes for any given spin.
1 – You could hit a red number in the third column, winning you $10 (columns pay 2 to 1), but losing $10 on the black bet. Leaving you to break even on that spin.
2 – If you spin up a black number in the third column you win $10 on your $5 column bet and another $10 on your even money $10 black bet. This result would give you a $20 profit.
3 – Hitting a black number in the first or second column has you losing your $5 third column bet but winning $10 on your black bet, giving you a $5 profit for the spin.
4 – Spinning up a red number in either the first or second column loses your third column bet of $5 and your $10 black bet, leaving you with a $15 loss for the spin.
5 – If a “0” or “00” spins up all outside bets lose, so that is a total loss of $15 for the spin.
This system does not lower the house edge at all. Whether playing “0” or “00” roulette, playing the red betting system will not alter the house advantage of 2.7% and 5.26% respectively.
Verdict on the red betting system
At the end of the day this is a generally logical betting system that you can have fun with. Three of the five possible outcomes sees you either break even or come out ahead. But with two possible outcomes of $15 each and two winning outcomes only amounting to $5 or $20, it’s hard to see how playing the red betting system would cover your losses over an extended period of play.
The only system or betting method that comes close to guaranteeing a winning result is the Martingale system but that operates on the concept that you have an unlimited bank roll and it still operates on the above-mentioned house edges.