# How to Use a Martingale Betting System

So you’ve decided to become a gambler. Congrats! You’re in the right place. In this article, we will teach you the basic rules of betting and how to use a martingale betting system to maximize your winning chances.

## What Is Martingale Betting?

Martingale betting is a type of wagering in which you double down (that is, put more money into the pot) after each loss. This style of betting continues until you either win or run out of money. Martingale betting gets its name from the well-known English bookmaker Alfred A. Milner, who is credited with coining the term ‘Martingale’ in about 1880 to describe his system of betting. A more modern interpretation of the name could be “Marilyn Milner” (the daughter of Alfred A. Milner) since Marilyn married an Englishman named Ian Scott and adopted his last name. Today, the technique is as useful for gambling as it is for sports betting, although it is not as common in the former as it is in the latter. One reason for this difference may be that the Martingale betting system is easier to understand and more transparent than many other betting systems, which makes it more conducive to gambling. For example, instead of using complex strategies to determine how much you should bet or what odds should apply, the Martingale system requires only a bit of logic: double down after each loss until you either win or run out of money! It’s that easy.

Martingale betting can be quite useful in roulette and other similar betting games where the house advantage (that is, the advantage the house has over the player) is substantial. For example, in blackjack the house advantage is known as a ‘favored dealer’ edge’. In roulette, the house advantage can be as much as 33% depending on which number comes up. In general, the house edge in most games of chance is about 5% to 10%, which means that the house has an advantage of at least half a point in every game they play. Obviously, the house edge in craps and other similar games is much higher. Typically, it’s between 15% and 20%, which means that the house has an advantage of around one and a half to two points in every roll of the dice! Using the Martingale betting system in these games makes a lot of sense since by doubling down you’re essentially placing a 2.5x to 5x bet, which will more than compensate for the house advantage.

## Why Do Gamblers Use Martingale Betting?

So, why do people gamble? Many different reasons exist, but the main one has to do with a psychological phenomenon known as the ‘hedonic treadmill’. Simply put, once you start experiencing winning streaks, it’s very hard to stop playing and go back to your regular way of living. Once you get used to winning, it’s very difficult to go back to losing. This is why many highly skilled gamblers will typically use martingale betting. They know that they’re going to lose a certain amount of money on any given spin (that is, the odds are against them), but they also know that if they use the Martingale system they’re going to win more than they would otherwise, which gives them the opportunity to regain some of what they’ve lost while also enjoying the experience of gambling.

## How Does Martingale Betting Work?

So, how does martingale betting work? It’s actually quite simple. As we mentioned above, the basic principle behind the technique is to double down (that is, put more money into the pot) after each loss. For example, let’s say you’re in a dollar-line roulette game and you lose. You decide to double down and the next spin brings you another loss. You continue doubling down after each loss and eventually either win or go broke. In this scenario, you will have experienced a total of 4 losses (which you then have to cover) and will have placed a total of 4 bets (which you have to cover). To calculate your winnings, you take the total of your last four bets and divide it by the total number of your losses (minus the wins, of course). The result of this calculation will be your ‘roulette rating’. For example, if you placed 4 bets totaling \$100 and lost each one, your roulette rating would be –\$100 ÷ 4 = \$25. This means you would have won \$75 on the last four bets versus the \$100 you lost on the first four bets. In this case, your return on investment (that is, your profit) would be \$75 ÷ \$100 = \$75 percent, which is obviously quite high. In most cases, return on investment is between 20% and 40% and sometimes even higher, which makes this technique quite popular amongst high rollers and other regular gamblers who want to maximize their returns on investment.

## How Do I Use The Martingale System In Blackjack?

One of the most popular casinos in the world is undoubtedly Las Vegas, whose unique combination of gambling attractions and world-class entertainers make it a tourist magnet. As mentioned above, the house advantage in most casinos is quite high, which means that the house has an advantage of at least half a point in every hand played. This is why using the Martingale system in blackjack makes a lot of sense. While it is true that you’ll lose a certain amount of money on any given spin (that is, the odds are against you), you’ll more than make up for it by winning more than you would have otherwise. If you follow the Martingale system, it’s actually not that difficult to hit a home run in Sin City! (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

Let’s say you’re playing blackjack and you decide to use the Martingale system. After you lose your first two hands, you decide to double down and play with a total of \$100. On your third hand, you win and the casino gives you an extra \$100 bonus. Now, you’ve got a total of \$300 to play with. Do you keep doubling down? No. You don’t want to continue risking \$100 after \$100. Instead, you cut back to \$200 and then \$100 and play it safe. You eventually end up with \$125 in your account. Not bad for a \$100 investment, right?

The point of this example is to show you that while it’s true that you will lose money playing blackjack with the Martingale system, it’s also true that you’ll more than make up for it with bigger wins. It’s a classic tradeoff: you’ll win some money now but in the long run you’ll have more fun competing against the casino rather than with them. Some people even believe that the Martingale system makes blackjack more exciting because it’s difficult to plan your strategy when you don’t know how the casino is going to react to your every move. Knowing this, the casino may tilt the table more toward you or offer bigger rewards to encourage you to keep playing.

## Are There Any Disadvantages To Using Martingale Betting?

There is one disadvantage to using martingale betting, which is that you’ll rarely find it used in combination with other betting systems (or at least, used very much). The reason for this is that when combined with most other betting systems, the Martingale system will either: (1) overcompensate for small losses, causing you to risk more than you should; or (2) undercompensate for small losses, meaning that you’ll lose more than you should. This is why for the most part, the Martingale system is used independently of other types of betting. However, in cases where the house advantage is especially high (which is usually the case in casinos), the Martingale system can make a lot of sense. If you follow the rules properly and don’t deviate from them, there is no disadvantage to using the system!

Here’s another disadvantage to using Martingale betting. Since you’re constantly risking more money as you go along (which, as we’ve established above, is usually the case anyway), it can become difficult to know how to calculate your winnings or losses without resorting to ad-hoc methods or looking up complicated formulas. This, of course, is something you can do in advance but it’s still cumbersome. If you have a bit of a math background, you can avoid this problem by writing down your own version of the formula described above but it’s still not as easy or as transparent as using an objective formula. The more mathematical tools you have at your disposal, the easier and more efficient your life will be as a gambler!