The Labouchere Roulette Strategy originates from the 19th century and takes its name from the English gambler who invented it Henry Labouchere. This progression based gambling strategy is designed to be placed on even money bets, or wagers that are around a 50/50 chance, this makes this ideal for the game of roulette.
Lets see how the ideas and theory behind the Labouchere method, if it works, and is it worth using it.
how does the labouchere roulette strategy work?
THE LABOUCHERE STRATEGY REQUIRES AN INCREASE IN BETS AFTER YOU HIT A LOSING SPIN
Although at a quick glance the Labouchere strategy can seem a little complicated, it is in fact very straightforward and simple to put into action once you have the grasp of it. This method again like the Martingale and Fibonacci requires the user to place only even money bets, these are red or black, 1-18 or 19-36, odd or even.
Before you place a single bet you first need to set yourself a target of how much profit you would like to try and make, as an example I will choose €30, this amount will of course need to be relative to your bankroll. The next stage is to break up the targeted profit into smaller numbers that equal that total, these can be whatever size you wish, my breakdown and number sequence is the following.
4 - 3 - 6 - 5 - 3 - 6 - 3 = 30
Now you're all set to go and place your first bet, all you need to do is take the number furthest to the left ( 4 ) and the number furthest to the right ( 3 ) add these together which is €7 and that would be the bet for that spin on an even money bet. If this is a successful spin and you win then you cross out the 4 and 3 and begin the process again.
3 - 6 - 5 - 3 - 6
The above is what my sequence now looks like after the first successful spin, so for my next bet I would again take the number furthest to the left ( 3 ) and the number furthest to the right ( 6 ) and the total bet for that spin would be €9, again I would place that amount of an even money bet. Just like above if this is a winning spin then you would cross out the 3 and the 6 that you used and carry on with the same process. The aim is to cross out all of the numbers in the sequence, if I manage to achieve this then I will have made my targeted €30 profit.
A LOSING STREAK CAN SOON LEAD TO A LONG SEQUENCE OF NUMBERS WITH THE LABOUCHERE ROULETTE STRATEGY
As with any of the progression based roulette strategies they become a little more involved and potentially expensive once you hit a losing streak. Lets take the first bet I made again of €7 and this time say that it lost, rather than cross any numbers out you now add the number you just bet to the rightmost side of the sequence, so it will now look like the following.
4 - 3 - 6 - 5 - 3 - 6 - 3 - 7
Each time you lose you must add that amount to the rightmost of the sequence, this means that my next bet would be 4 + 7 = €11, so if that lost the 11 would then be added after the 7. Here you can see how the bets begin to progress and increase in size with each losing spin.
IS IT WORTH USING THE LABOUCHERE ROULETTE STRATEGY?
On the face of it the Labouchere strategy looks a tidy method that can result in your own personally selected profit being won, which when luck is on your side can be very true. As with most roulette strategies though the wheels soon begin to come off once you hit a dreaded losing streak, just as an example I'll put down my starting sequence but add ten losing spins to it, which is quite possible when playing roulette as we all know.
Now you can see that not only are you left with a considerably long sequence of numbers, but within the space of 10 bets you have gone from a €7 stake to a €47 stake.
To summarise, the Labouchere Roulette Strategy is something a little different to most other methods and it's very simple to follow, as well as actually being quite fun itself with having to keep track of your numbers and trying to work toward your targeted profit. Starting with some really low stakes would be a good way to see how you got on with this strategy, and as I always say, if you do manage to get in front and find yourself with a profit, then cash out and run before the house edge inevitably catches up with you.