The Reverse Labouchere Roulette System

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Earlier this week I posted an article explaining how one of the most famous roulette systems in existence, the Labouchere system, is used by casino experts around the world to rake in big bucks at the casino.  Soon after the advent of the Labouchere system, a slight variation was created that caused quite a stir in the roulette community, and went on to be quite famous in its own right.

The Reverse Labouchere Roulette System

Much like the original Labouchere Roulette System, this version makes use of lines of numbers and 50/50 roulette bets to make the magic happen.  For demonstration purposes, we’ll use the same simple line that was used in the original Labouchere System article: 1  2  3  4

The big difference in this version of the system is that instead of eliminating numbers when you win your roulette bet, you add numbers.  In this way, the numbers that comprise your original Labouchere line ( 1  2  3  4 in our case ) do not equal the total you wish to win, they equal the total you are allowing yourself to lose.

Therefore, using the Reverse Labouchere System gives you a built in bankroll management tool so you never go overboard.  Furthermore, your possible winnings are only limited by reaching the maximum bet allowed on the roulette table.  With these two facets combined, the Reverse Labouchere System seems much more positive- your possible losses are limited to what you decide upfront while your winnings are only limited by the bet limit on the roulette table.

Example Reverse Labouchere System Bets

Let’s start with our example Labouchere line: 1  2  3  4

If you recall from the article on the original Labouchere System, each number represents a betting unit, or whatever the minimum roulette table bet is.  To make a bet, simply take the first and last numbers from the line, add them together, and the sum is the number of betting units you wager on the turn.

In our example, you take the first and last numbers of the line, one and four, add them together  and you get five ( 1 + 4 = 5 ).  Now simply make a bet of 5 betting units on your favorite 50/50 bet (Red, Black, Even, Odd, etc).

If you win, simply add the number of betting units you just wagered (5 in our example), and add it to the end of the Labouchere line.  After doing so, the line will look like this: 1  2  3  4  5.

If you lose, simply cross out the number on the line that you combined to make your last bet.  In our example, the numbers from the line we added to make the bet were one and four.  Simply cross out the one and the four to make the new Labouchere line.  Our new line would look like this: X  2  3  X.

Simply repeat the above steps until either all of the numbers are crossed out, or you reach the table bet limit and can make no further bets.

Why Gamblers Like The Reverse Labouchere System

As stated above, many gamblers prefer to use the Reverse Labouchere System over the original Labouchere System because it limits their losses, while leaving their potential winnings wide open.  Also, it is extremely flexible and can be adapted to any betting strategy, depending on how you construct the line.

For example, if you would like to play a longer, less risky game, simply make your line longer, with smaller numbers such as 111222.

Fi you would like to play a shorter, more agressive game, simply make the numbers larger and the line shorter such as 4 5 6 7.

Ready to try out the Reverse Labouchere Roulette System for yourself?  Download a free roulette game here and give it a whirl!

If you liked this article, you may also like some of our other roulette strategy articles such as the Andrucci Roulette System, the D’Alembert Roulette System, the Three Two Roulette System, and the Martingale Roulette System.  Check out the roulette strategy page to see a complete listing of all roulette articles. Keep checking back to the Silver Oak blog because we have plenty of more roulette strategy articles on the way!

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Jeff White

Jeff has been an active gambler from the age of 18 when he won a small local poker tournament in San Jose, CA. He moved on to playing other casino games shortly thereafter, with a great interest in the statistics and mathematics involved. He has studied the historical gambling systems of nearly every popular casino game played today, and has written strategy books for several of them including blackjack, slot machines, craps, and roulette. Jeff has been a daily contributor to the Silver Oak Casino blog since the beginning of 2009.

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