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When you learn to play roulette well, the world is your oyster in terms of winnings. Although many think that roulette, with its spinning ball on a wheel, is a game of luck or chance, this is not necessarily true. Having the right roulette strategy could mean the difference between becoming frustrated with the game and being greatly rewarded by it.

There are quite a few strategies that can be used by players who really want to improve their roulette game. There are even those that are so successful they have their own special name! Here are three of the best.

The Labouchere Strategy, for example, has been around since the 1800s, and was conceived by an English roulette player, Henry Laouchere. He strategized that a streak of losses can be recouped with fairly few wins. Here’s a quick description of how to use this strategy. All you have to do is write down an initial betting sequence, such as 1, 2, 3. Add these together, and then bet the sum of the first and last number in your sequence. In this case, that would be 4 (1+3). If you lose, you addd the sum of your bet to the end of the sequence. For example, if you had bet 4 and lost, the sequence becomes 1,2,3,4; bet 5 (1+4). Do this until you have a win. Then, erase the number at either end of your sequence. In this case 1 and 5. Add the two new end numbers, 2+4=6. Bet this new number, and so on. In theory, each win will compensate two losses. Not a bad deal.

Another famous strategy is the Tiers Et Tout, devised by Thomas Garcia, the famous Spanish gambler. The name translates to ‘a part and a whole’ and is a monetary betting strategy. Firstly, the player takes the amount they have and use a third of it for their first bet on the roulette wheel. If this is lost, the other two thirds is used to bet with. When there is a win, the original amount is increased by the profit made, and betting starts all over again, using the same formula of a third then two thirds.

The Martingale progression is said to be one of the most famous roulette strategies of all time. This strategy is based on the very simple idea that at some point in a game of roulette, a player will have a win. If you continuously double up on your bets until that win occurs, you may just make all you money back. This is based on even chances betting, in other words red:black, odd:even and high:low. While this a great idea in theory, it can all fall apart if the win takes too long, and more and more money is lost to failed bets. When it does work, though, players can make a fortune, due to the doubling up concept.

There are many other strategies that can be used, but it is important to remember that one strategy may not fit all.