Over the last several weeks we have explained many of the roulette systems used in casinos around the world.  So far, all of these roulette systems have been fairly simple and not very customizable.  If you enjoyed those systems but are now looking to dig your teeth into an advanced roulette system that allows for a great deal of flexibility, I have you covered right here.

The Labouchere Roulette System Basics

Like many roulette systems, the Labouchere System is best used for bets on “50/50” opportunities in roulette, such as wagering on Red, Black, Even, Odd, 1st 18, or 2nd 18.

The Labouchere Roulette System is a “line” system, meaning you use a line of numbers to calculate your next bet.  This line of numbers can be anything you want really, but to explain the basics of the Labouchere Roulette system, it is best to start with a simple line and then move to more advanced tactics.

The Labouchere Line

Here is an example of a simple Labouchere line:

1  2  3  4

Ok, now that we have our line ready, what does it mean and what do we do with it?

Each number on the line represents a betting unit.  A betting unit is the minimum allowed bet on the table.  For example, at a table with a minimum bet of $5, each betting unit would be worth $5.  Going back to our line above, the number 1 represents $5, the number 2 represents $10, the number 3 represents $15, and so on.

Making a Bet Using the Labouchere System

Now that we have our Labouchere line, and we know how much each betting unit is worth, we are ready to make a bet using the system.

To make a bet, simply add the first and last numbers of the line together, and place a bet of that many betting units.  Let’s use our numbers from above to look at an example.

  1. Here is our Labouchere line: 1  2  3  4
  2. We take the first and last numbers from the line, and add them together ( 1 + 4 = 5 betting units ).
  3. We make a bet of 5 units ( 5 units x $5 per unit = $25 bet ).

What To Do When Your Bet Loses

When your bet loses, do the following:

  1. Remember the number of betting units you wagered on the losing bet ( we wagered 5 units in the example above).
  2. Add this number to the Labouchere line.
  3. The new line looks like this: 1  2  3  4  5 (there is now a 5 added to the original line).

Once you have your new line, you make your next bet in the same way:

  1. Here is our NEW Labouchere line: 1  2  3  4  5
  2. We take the first and last numbers from the line, and add them together ( 1 + 5 = 6 betting units ).
  3. We make a bet of 6 units ( 6 units x $5 per unit = $30 bet ).

What To Do When Your Bet Wins

When your bet wins, do the following:

  1. Cross out the first and last numbers on your Labouchere line.  The original line was 1  2  3  4.  When we cross off the first and last numbers, the new Labouchere line looks like this: X  2  3 X.  Now there are only two numbers left in the line, 2 and 3.
  2. Start over using the Labouchere roulette system with your NEW line.  Since the new line only has the numbers 2 and 3, we use these as our new numbers.
  3. Add the first and last numbers of our new line ( 2 + 3 = 5 ).
  4. Finally, make a bet using this number of betting units ( 5 betting units x $5 = $25 ).
  5. When you have no more numbers left, you have completed the line!

The Logic Behind The Labouchere System

The idea behind the Labouchere Roulette System is that when you complete a line, your total winnings will equal the total number of betting units you put on the line.  To use our numbers above as an example, when you complete a line of 1  2  3  4, you will win a total of ( 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10 ) betting units.  If you are playing with betting units of $5, this would be a neat $50 profit just by finishing this simple line!

Making Your Own Labouchere Roulette System Line

One great thing about the Labouchere System is that it is completely customizable to your roulette betting needs.  For example, if you want to have a short, aggressive roulette session, just make your Labouchere line short with large betting unit numbers (EG  4  6  8  10 ).

If longer, less risky roulette games are your thing, simply make the Labouchere line long with small betting unit numbers (EG  1  1  1  1  2  2  2  2 ).

Ready To Play Some Roulette?

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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.  Keep checking back to the Silver Oak blog because we have plenty of more roulette strategy articles on the way!

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.