How do you maximise the win rate when you play online casino games at Springbok Casino? By implementing strategies and systems that are designed to do exactly that. Optimal game strategies are the key to the reasonably high success rate associated with the video poker genre - but can the D’Alembert betting system improve on that?
What is the D’Alembert Betting System?
The D’Alembert betting system is a particularly well known negative progression betting system. It was formulated by a French mathematician in the late 1800s and since then has been enthusiastically adopted by gamblers all over the world. It is based on the hypothesis that each outcome in an even money online casino game will crop up a uniform number of times.
In other words, in a pure 50/50 bet as represented by a coin toss, the coin will land on either heads or tails at roughly the same rate over time… be it 10, 20 or 30 coin tosses. In essence, the D’Alembert betting system is couched in the concept of equilibrium which, by definition, is the state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced.
Increase and Decrease the Stake Based on Wins and Losses
That is the theory behind the system, now to the practical side. In the D’Alembert betting system you simply increase the value of your betting stake by one unit when the previous bet has lost. When a bet wins, you decrease the stake by one unit. Confused?
Well let’s use the coin toss analogy again. Say for example you wager R2 on heads but tails shows up instead. According to the D’Alembert betting system, you would then increase your stake to R3 and if that lost, to R4. If at that stage heads was tossed, you would drop your wager back down to R3 and so on. This has the effect of preserving your bankroll and extending your gambling sessions at the online casino. It also limits your losses… and that after all is what all players want to do when they play online casino games right here at Springbok Casino.
Is the D’Alembert Betting System Effective When You Play Video Poker?
As we have already mentioned, the system is at its most effective in the even money bets where there are only two possible outcomes - the outside bets in roulette, the pass line and don’t pass line bets in craps and the player and banker bets in baccarat.
Having said that, there is always value in adopting a betting system that lowers the risk of playing real money online casino games. In the context of video poker, the ‘even money’ bets are basically the low paying poker hands - a pair of jacks or better, two pair, three of a kind and so on until you reach a full house. Although these outcomes are not 50/50 bets per se, they are the poker hands that have the highest probability of occurring.
Use the D’Alembert System in Conjunction with the Optimal Strategy
By chasing the lower value poker hands - at the expense of the card combinations that you have a low probability of achieving - is the first step. Increasing and decreasing your betting stake according to the D’Alembert betting system is the second. If you implement a tactic like that, there is a good chance your bankroll will last a lot longer than usual. In the best-case scenario, you may actually find the balance in your online casino account grows a little faster too.
We are not for one moment suggesting that players adopt the D’Alembert betting system at the expense of the respective optimal game strategies. What we are suggesting is that you use the system in conjunction with the best play strategy. The decisions at the draw should however revolve around hitting the more realistically achievable poker hands. In our estimation the best players at the online casino are the ones who:
- prepare for their gambling sessions by downloading the statistically perfect way to play video poker,
- manage their bankroll efficiently and
- play the video poker variants that have the best theoretical payout rate.
By adopting the Alembert betting system, you can compensate for your losses by incrementally increasing your bet size until you win. Online casino games pay out winnings as multiples of your stake - the higher the bet size the higher the potential real money returns.
Always Consider Volatility
It is however worth pointing out that video poker is one of many online casino games that has a comparatively high variance. In other words, you can expect volatility as far as winning and losing streaks are concerned. If you do happen to hit an extended run of losses, you may find your bets rise in value a little faster than you would have liked.
In answer to the question, can the D’Alembert betting system be applied to video poker? In theory, yes but in practice, not so much. Why? Well at Springbok Online Casino our video poker games are structured in such a way that when you do increase your bet size, the gaming interface changes and the betting sequence is lost. You can however give the system a test run on any of the even money online casino games featured on our games menu – craps, baccarat or American or European Roulette.
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At the end of the day, the best betting strategies cannot influence the cards you are dealt or where the ball lands on the roulette wheel - that remains firmly in the ambit of luck, serendipity, fortune and fate! Do you want to see what fate has in store for you? If you do, you can register an account at Springbok Casino by clicking in the ‘Sign Up’ button on the top of the page. It only takes a few minutes to fund your account, claim the first of three welcome bonuses and open the Instant Play platform… where the best online casino games lie in wait!