Base Two Roulette System

The Base Two roulette system is the simple application of the classic Base Two betting system to the game of roulette. Most betting systems are easy to adapt to different casino games, especially since most of them are designed to work on even-money bets. Roulette offers plenty of even-money wagers, so betting systems like Base Two have long been applied to everyone’s favorite spinning-wheel table game.

The Base Two Betting System is an example of a progressive betting system. Progressive betting systems are almost always used on even-money bets, no matter the game. You’ll see people using Base Two on blackjack, red or black bets in roulette, and pass or don’t pass bets in craps. Base Two also has the advantage of being an easy to understand betting system; many gambling beginners embrace it as a way to keep track of their bets, even if they know that this system doesn’t actually alter the casino’s edge.

Base Two Basics

Before you use the Base Two system for roulette bets, you have to decide your minimum and maximum bet sizes. For the sake of discussion, let’s set our maximum bet at $20 and our minimum bet at $5. The name of the Base Two system comes from the fact that all you really need to know are these two numbers: your largest bet and your smallest bet. The bet sizes you pick will depend on the maximums and minimums at your table, your own bankroll, and how much you want to wager.

Like many basic roulette betting systems, Base Two is designed to increase your winnings on hot streaks and keep you from losing too much if you hit a cold streak. Start the Base Two system by placing an even money wager the size of your minimum bet, in our case that would be a $5 bet on red. If you lose your first bet, you stick to your minimum bet of $5 and continue playing. A win on your initial $5 bet means you move up to your maximum bet size of $20. Unlike other betting systems, Base Two uses just these two numbers, rather than a gradual move up from minimum bet size to maximum bet size.

Why the Base Two Roulette Betting System Doesn’t Work

The first and most obvious reason this system will fail is that it depends on the old falsehood that streaks exist. There’s no such thing as luck, in the eyes of the casino game you’re playing. Each result is independent of the result before it and the result after it. But people tend to think they hit hot and cold streaks, so a system like Base Two that appears to limit your losses during cold streaks and increase your winning during times of great luck appeals to people who don’t think too much about the math behind gambling.

The second reason that Base Two is ineffective is that you’re placing even-money bets that offer a less than 50% chance of winning. Thanks to the rules of roulette, even-money bets only offer about a 47% chance of winning. That means that any series of wins and losses will eventually result in a net loss. That’s the casino’s built-in edge that, over the long run, will always win. For a real-world example of why the Base Two system won’t help you beat the house, check out this series of 10 hands:

Win

Lose

Win

Lose

Win

Lose

Win

Lose

Win

Lose

After the first hand, you find yourself up by $5. You increase your bet to $20, according to the Base Two system, and after the next hand (a loss) you are down $15. Following the rules of the betting system and the sequence of wins and losses, your profit looks like this: -$10, -$30, -$25, -$45, -$40, -$60, -$55, and finally at the end of the series, you’re down by $75.

No matter what series of wins and losses you experience, no system that teaches you to alter your wagers based on streaks will ever beat the casino’s built-in advantage.

You can use betting systems to make gambling more fun, to keep your head in the game, or just to fool around and see if a system works. Just don’t think that you’re walking into the casino with the key to beating their table games. The casino’s built-in edge will always beat you given enough time. Even when the idea behind a system, like Base Two, is to minimize your losses and maximize your profits, all you’re really doing is buying into bad mathematics.