Progressions

jean baptiste le rond d'alambertEvery gambler that approaches the gaming table has one thing in mind: to win. In order to achieve success, he usually adopts rational strategies, or better, game tactics that are thoroughly studied and devised beforehand. Amongst other things, players have the option to vary wagers at their own discretion and within maximum and minimum limits imposed by the house. Rules for wager increase and methods by which such increase is to be effectuated are established beforehand.

It is not advisable to make wagers of the same value every time, since the casino has an edge over each wager you make (the so -called house edge), which shall cause you to lose in the long run.

Having said this, is there such a thing as a strategy based on a progression system that can guarantee constant winning? There is an infinite number of progressions to choose from, even though they all have pros and cons and it is very important not to fall prey to the illusion of winning all the time. Up till now, no strategy has actually proven to be the ultimate solution. Remember, a long sequence of negative outcomes can wipe out a player’s entire bankroll overnight. However, getting acquainted with progression systems will surely help increase your chances of winning.

One of the most renowned progressions is the Montante D'Alembert system, based on a mathematical equilibrium theory devised by the French mathematician of the same name. The betting progression is very simple: in a sequence of X shots between two equally probable chances (for example heads or tails), at a certain point, the number of head chances will equal the number of tails chances. This allows for a mathematical win: after each loss, a unit is added to the next bet and after each win, a unit is deducted from the next bet. In brief, whenever the number of wins equals the number of losses, the net gain is equal to the number of wins.

Of course, if you want to adopt this strategy, you must not start the game with one unit because if you win during the first shots, you might incur a loss even though you manage to reach the equilibrium between wins and losses. Let’s say you want to play Heads (H) and you start with one unit and a sequence as follows: HHHTTT. The variant consists in starting the game with a higher wager, for example, 5. In this case, even if you have a sequence of HHHTTT, you will have a mathematical win equal to half the wager for each shot.