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The Martingale System By far, the best known and most popular progressive gambling system is the Martingale system, which has been around for centuries On the surface, this system seems so foolproof that thousands of hopeful gamblers think they have reinvented it, only to find out later that it’s not as infallible as they thought. The appeal of the Martingale lies in its simplicity. You start off by betting one unit — say, $5.

Whenever you win, you continue with the same $5 bet, but whenever you lose, you double the next bet. If you lose the next hand, you double again ($5, $10, $20, $40, $80, $160, $320, $640, and so on). To many gamblers, the Martingale seems perfect. However, it has a couple of fatal flaws.

The first problem is that by doubling up after every loss, even- tually you bump up against the maximum allowable bets in many casinos. A $5 starting unit will exceed $500 if you lose seven straight hands (which hap- pens far more often than you may think). But the real problem of the system is that it doesn’t work. If you’re playing a negative expectation game, such as roulette, you can expect to lose an amount that is close to the preset house advantage of 5.26 percent. The Martingale does give you a lot more winning sessions, but they’re mostly small. Your losing trips, however, are bone rattling. The D’Alembert System In this scheme you increase your wager by one unit after every loss and decrease it by one unit after every win. For example, with $5 units, you bump up your bet to $10 if you lose the first bet, then drop back down to $5 if you win the second hand. However, you never go below your starting unit, no matter how many hands you win in a row. The D’Alembert may be a good way to keep your mind occupied, but computer simulations consistently show that no progressive system improves your over- all results. Again, you encounter a lot of small wins punctuated by big losses.


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