Winning at gambling is difficult enough so a little bit of help is definitely required. There are many Betting Systems out there and in this article we’ll take a look at some of the best around. Whichever system you decide to use, you need to show discipline and only bet money you can afford to lose.
1. The Martingale System
This system (also known as the doubling system) has been used by gamblers for many years and is one of the most popular and discussed betting systems. So exactly how does it work? Well the main theory is that you need to place enough on your first bet to win the amount you want. Therefore, if your aim is to win 20€ and the selection you’re sure will win has odds of evens, you need to make a stake of 20€. If your selection wins then that’s another successful day gambling.
What if your selection doesn’t win though? The Martingale System recommends that you place 40€ (double the stake you’ve just lost) on your next evens bet. If that wins then you have reached your target of a 20€ profit.
If that second bet goes down then the systems states you again double your stake and place 80€ on an even money shot. If that wins then the bet returns 80€ recouping the 60€ losses and giving you the 20€ profit you want so much.
As you can see this is rather a risky system but if you’re looking for a specific sum to win from just one winner it can work. It’s a system commonly used in casinos especially on the roulette and blackjack tables. It can be used in sports betting but it’s advisable not to bet when the selection is odds on.
2. The Maria Laying System
This system was originated in 2005 by someone posting under the name ‘Maria’ from Latvia. The posts gave details of the horse racing lays they were going to be placing that day and the following day gave details of the profits they had made. Over the space of 303 days, ‘Maria’ turned a stake of £3,000 into £100,603.78 (after paying 5% Betfair commission deductions).
The system aims to “minimise risks and maximise returns”, claiming that it was under-funding that was the main reason gamblers lost and also the fact they were on a losing run. So how does the system work?
The idea is to lay in three distinct ‘exchange price bands’. For example, if the exchange price available is less than 3.5 (5-2), you need to lay to a stake of 1% of the amount you have to gamble with. If it’s between 3.6 and 7.4, you lay to a stake of 0.6% of your total stake and if it’s between 7.5 and 11, lay to a stake of 0.4%. It doesn’t recommend you lay anything higher than 11 (10-1). If you start off with a small amount to gamble with, your winnings will also be small. As you put higher stakes on though the big wins will start to come along.
You need a lot of discipline with this system, remember it took ‘Maria’ very nearly a year to reach her impressive return.
3. The D’Alembert System
Like the Martingale system this relies on betting on odds that are even money (thus doubling your stake). In this system if you lose your first bet, you increase your next stake. However if you get a winner you then decrease your next stake. This ensures that even if that selection loses you will still be in profit, and at the end of the day that’s what you are gambling for.
For example, if you place 30€ at evens and your selection loses, you place a higher stake at evens to guarantee an overall profit if your second bet is a winner. If you place 30€ at evens and your first selection wins, that puts you 30€ in profit. Now it’s time to protect that profit so you drop your stake to 20€ at evens. Sadly that loses but you are still sitting pretty with a 10€ profit in your pocket.
Again this is a system used commonly in casinos where you can double up on the blackjack and roulette tables. It can be used in sports betting but it’s best not to gamble when the selection is odds on. A good investment is needed to be successful using this betting system especially if you get off to a losing start.
4. The Parlay System
You need to have a strong heart to use this betting system because you stake both your winnings and stake from the previous bet on the next selection. A few winning bets in a row will win you lots of cash but you need to be disciplined with this system. Or in other words you need to know when to call it a day and walk away with your profits and that’s something a lot of gamblers find difficult to do.
Say your first selection has odds of 2-1 and you decide to gamble 100€. You’re really lucky and it wins, so there you are with 200€ profit and 300€ in your pocket. Under the Parlay System you now take all of that 300€ and place it on your next selection which is priced at 6-4. Lucky old you, that comes in too and you win another 450€ giving you 750€ in all. If you carry on with the system you place 750€ on your next selection. If you lose then you have to work your way back up the ladder again.
The system is commonly used for betting on selections with short odds. For example, betting on odds on favourites in football or rugby union. It’s just discipline that is really needed, just try not to get too carried away with the profits you’re making and remember at all times, even dead certs lose.
5. The 1-3-2-6 System
This system is similar to the Parlay system but you don’t have to be quite so brave to use it. Your start off with a set stake and place all of that on your first bet. Then your second bet is three times the size of the original stake, the third half as much and the fourth three times as much.
For example, if you start off with 10€ and your first selection wins at evens you win 10€ and have 20€ in your pocket. Your second stake will be 30€ (original 10€ times 3), your third stake 20€ (original 10€ times 2) and your fourth bet is 60€ (original 10€ times 6). Again this is a system commonly used in casinos on the blackjack and roulette tables. The problem is that you need four wins in a row to guarantee profit.