Using Roulette’s Labouchère System Playing Blackjack


05/20/2013
By Debra SaundersGoogle
Blackjack betting systems have taken a new twist of fate as players in the card rooms have been seen using the Labouchère strategy that derives from Roulette.

Walk into any casino and more often than not you will see two of the most popular games taking up a hefty part of the casino floor. Roulette and Blackjack almost equal the word casino when put into a mathematical sum, and so it would be strange if somehow their two systems didn’t crisscross in some way. It does seem odd admittedly as one table uses a ball and the other uses cards, but interestingly and not unnoticeably they do both have even odds pay back prospects attached to them, and so Roulette and Blackjack have predictably or maybe even unpredictably been found crossing paths on the virtual casino floors.

The Labouchère system has long been around to help the punters that don’t want to use the Martingdale system of doubling your bet every time you lose. The problem with the latter mentioned system is that it has a habit of churning out those days where red seems to be the only colour the wheel wants to put on the board, and so you end up doubling up until you are either topping up with your ATM or walking away with the end of night drinking session eliminated by the houses red success!

Due to this unpredictable swing in probability, players began to move away from the Martingdale system simply because at the time of use it seemed like a good idea, but more often than not it turned out the opposite was true. And so in comes the Labouchère system. The strategy isn’t as straight forward as the Martingdale system, but it is simple enough to grasp. Players simply bet and lose twice before they double their stake. They have to then continue using that same stake until they win twice in a row, which then means stepping back down by halving the stake. However, if you lose again twice in a row you double you stake once again until you win twice in a row.



During this time you could go through a run where you lose twice, but then win-lose-win-lose. For example, W-L-L-W-L-W-L. However, strictly at no point can you step up or step down in this string of results until you lose or win twice respectively. If the string shows this: W-L-L-W-L-W-L-W-W, then with the two L-L sequences at the beginning you will have doubled your bet, but you would have halved you bet when you hit the W-W at the end of the sequence. Conversely if the string shows this:  W-L-L-W-L-W-L-L, then you will have double your bet twice, which both times will have been at the L-L points in the sequence.

Using this strategy limits your losses and improves your gains. Losing the least amount and winning the most is what gambling is all about, so this strategy can see you go on a bad run, but really limit your losses, whereas on a good run you will come out much further ahead. This strategy then even outs your long run play average in a game that pays even odds and works very well in games of luck such as Roulette.

Using this in Blackjack is more controlled when you compare the odds with Roulette. Blackjack pays even odds when you beat the house, and every so often you will also hit Blackjack paying you out 3/2 on your wager. The blackjack and the skill aspect added together gives you the player much more control and a higher variation on your returns than Roulette and this is the reason we have been hearing of and seeing so many players applying the Labouchère system to their Blackjack play.
 

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