Betting Systems: Do they actually work?

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Betting Systems

No matter what you like to bet on, you will find a betting system for it. There are many betting systems for casino games such as blackjack, roulette, and craps, as well as many betting systems for all major sports as well.

Some betting systems deal with the bets made while others deal with various strategies of the game to increase your chances of winning.

One thing that you need to know about betting systems is no matter what it is for, it is not foolproof. While betting systems can increase your chances of winning, there are not any betting systems out there that guarantee that you will win. These are the types of betting systems you have to be wary of.

Beware of the Internet 

If you go to the internet and do a Google search for a blackjack betting system, you will mostly find strategies for the game rather than systems. However, no matter what you search for in terms of betting systems, never follow them if they state that you are guaranteed to win money. 

For example, every casino game has a house edge, meaning that the house always has an advantage in the game. If that is the case, how can any betting system work allowing you to beat the house? 

You also need to avoid any betting systems where you have to pay money for them. Again, there is no foolproof way to win any game or sports bet. 

There is a reason casinos have revenue, worldwide, in the billions of dollars, as all of the games offered in the casinos have the house edge, and over time, they will win money. Sure, there are betting systems out there that can help increase your odds of winning, but you have to know you will never beat the house. 

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Reverse D'AlembertPositive
Reverse LaboucherePositive
1 3 2 6Positive
Oscar's GrindPositive

Blackjack Betting Systems 

Blackjack Betting System

The best betting systems are ones that are actual strategies that help your chances of winning. The most popular blackjack betting system is called a blackjack cheat sheet. 

The cheat sheet is a card that has a grid on it telling you what play to make, such as hit, stand, double down, and split. 

On one side, it will show your first two card total, and then on the other side, it has the dealer's first two card totals. You will see a corresponding box for your total and the dealer's total and what play to make. 

This blackjack betting system is one to follow, as the cheat sheet tells you the best play for reducing the house odds to the cards you and the dealer have. Using a cheat sheet is a type of low-risk betting system as well. 

One blackjack betting system that is popular is the 1-3-2-6 Blackjack Betting System. In this betting system, it tells you what to bet after a win. 

Your betting pattern after a $10 initial bet would look like this $10-$30-$20-$60. You stop the betting pattern after you lose a hand. The 1-3-2-6 betting system helps you manage bets and does not cost you a ton of money. It also helps you out if you hit a hot streak. 

Some of the better blackjack betting systems are actually tips such as stay away from insurance and look for a table that offers a 3:2 payout on a blackjack rather than a 6:5 one. 

While you will find many blackjack betting systems, there are betting systems for all casino games you can imagine, especially slots, roulette, craps, and baccarat. 

Martingale Betting System

Martingale Betting System

The Martingale is one of the more popular betting systems out there and is not only used for casino games but for sports betting as well. This is because it is a progression betting system for the amount of money placed on bets. Here is how the Martingale betting system works. 

In the Martingale betting system, you double your previous bet after every time you lose a bet. This may sound like a bad idea, but the theory is you will win sometime, and since you doubled your bet, it will cover the previous losses. 

This betting system is best used for shorter gaming sessions or for betting on a few games in sports and not many. A rule of thumb for the Martingale betting system is that you should quit when you have exceeded your bankroll. 

Betting Systems for All Major Sports

You will find many betting systems for all major sports such as a golf betting system, soccer betting system, football betting system, in-play football betting system, and pool betting system, to name a few. 

The sports betting market is saturated with handicappers that all swear that they have the best sports betting systems. However, most of them do not. 

There are some pretty reliable and professional handicappers, but they are that because they take the time to handicap the games they push or sell. Handicapping a game is getting all the information on the matchups in the game to come up with a good pick. 

Some of the things that handicappers with good sports betting systems look at in a game are the team's recent form, injuries, head-to-head history, weather, and home and away records. 

You can handicap games yourself, but it takes time. You have to weigh the pros and cons of using handicapper's sports betting systems considering you usually have to buy the picks they are making. 

Your Bankroll Can Help You Pick Betting Systems 

If you want to use betting systems, you should first establish what your bankroll is. If you are a low-stakes player, it is probably better to use a low-risk betting system or value betting system, so you do not lose money quickly. 

On the other side of the coin, if you are a high roller with the money to gamble, you can use betting systems that are riskier such as the Martingale betting system. 

When you are betting on anything, you want your bankroll to last. You can increase the chances of that happening using a low-risk betting system. The chance of winning big is diminished, but it also increases the chances that you blow your bankroll quickly. 

Know what your bankroll is before choosing betting systems. Remember that you should never gamble with more money than you can afford to lose. 

Don't Fall for Gambler's Fallacy 

If you are using a betting system, whether it be a blackjack betting system or any low-risk betting system, you should try to stick to it in a session. If it is not working for you, it is a good idea to leave the table or stop the sports bets and try out new betting systems. What you should never do is fall for gambler's fallacy. 

Gambler's fallacy is thinking the outcome of the next bet will have different odds than the previous one. For example, if you are using a value betting system and for five straight spins, it hits red, it does not mean that it is more likely that the next spin will be red. 

Another example would be altering your betting systems in blackjack if the dealer has busted four times in a row. The odds are the same for the next deal in that the house will still have the edge, and the dealer is not more likely to bust. 

Again, if you have found that betting systems have worked for you, do not deviate from them but simply step away. You can try it again another day or try out new betting systems. 

Betting Systems FAQ

Are no betting systems guaranteed to work?
This an emphatic no. If a betting system is guaranteed to work, it bucks the odds, and everyone would use the betting system and win money. It is a fraud if you see betting systems that guarantee will win you money. You can increase your chances of winning with some betting systems, but that is about it.
Are there betting systems for all major sports?
Yes. Many of them are betting systems that work for all sports, and also most will have individual betting systems such as a UK golf betting system or a soccer betting system.
Should I use the Martingale betting system?
That is all up to you, and while you can use it, you need to have a significant bankroll when doing so. This is because you are doubling your bet after a loss, and if you hit a cold streak, it can cost you a lot of money to get out of a hole.
I am a beginner bettor, so should I use a low-risk betting system?
Yes. If you are a beginner and want to use betting systems, you should use a low-risk betting system. Being a beginner and not familiar with the game or betting itself, using a high-risk system can drain your bankroll quickly.