We thought it would be best to give a mention to flat betting with roulette and outline the upsides and downsides to it. Almost every roulette strategy ever created involves some kind of Mathematical progression where you either increase your bets after a loss or increase them after a win.
Flat betting doesn’t involve any of that; you simply bet the same amount over and over again. If you do this, you can expect to lose to the house edge over the long term of play, give or take a little bit.
To give an easy example of this, let’s lay you’re playing a European roulette game and you spin the wheel 37 times, and each time you bet on red. If everything was even, you would win 18 and lose 19 (18 blacks plus the 0) so you would gradually lose to the house edge.
The problem with flat betting on the even chance bets is that you never really get ahead and there’s always the zero tipping the odds in the casino’s favour. Most people use flat betting on the inside bets such as single numbers or splits.
The advantage to using flat betting especially on single numbers is that if your number hits early, you will get a bigger win. On the other side of that coin though, it can take a long time for your bet to hit.
The main advantages to flat betting are the following:
- It’s steady and you know how much you’re going to be betting on each spin with no mathematical progressions to work out.
- You won’t suffer large losses in just a few spins like you will with other roulette systems like the Martingale.
- On a lucky day, you may get a small win.
The main disadvantage are:
- Not much scope for profit even on a lucky day.
- You will likely lose to the house edge over the long term of play.
- It can be boring just betting the same amount over and over again.
In the great scheme of things, flat betting is probably the safest form of roulette betting because if the numbers are distributed evenly you will only lose slowly to the house edge. This also makes the profit potential minimal because like all forms of gambling, the less you risk the lower the potential reward if you win.