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Roulette strategy 101: What is the 3/2 betting system?

12 Mar | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Roulette strategy 101: What is the 3/2 betting system?

If you enjoy covering the field in roulette, the 3/2 betting plan might be for you. Let's take a closer look and see how this system spreads the action.

The 3/2 roulette betting system is a staking plan that caters for players who like to cover their action.

Effectively, the 3/2 works with two separate bets: one on the outside section, and another on one of the columns. It doesn’t matter which column or which outside bet is picked. The main thing is to cover both sections and even out the risk.

While not as expansive as the Cover the Field system, the 3/2 plan still has some benefits.

How does the 3/2 betting plan work?

On a roulette table, different payouts are made for different sections. The higher the payout, the lower the chance of a number coming in.

The most conservative bet in roulette is the Red/Black or Odd/Even bet. It pays 1/1 and is the safest bet for long-term results.

Riskier is the column bet. This covers 12 numbers in one go and pays 2/1. There are three columns to choose from.

The 3/2 plan is a bet on both bets at once. Three chips are placed on Red, Black, Odd or Even, and two chips are placed on one of the three columns.

The theory is that enough numbers are covered in one spin to give the player a chance to make a profit.  

Testing the 3/2 staking plan at the table

For the 3/2 system, you can use either a European Roulette or American Roulette table.

Because of the lower house edge, we will use a standard European Roulette table. You will find a range of games available in the Betway Casino roulette lobby.

We’ll pick unit stakes of £1. We bet £3 on Red, and £2 on the first column of numbers (1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34). It’s worth noting that the columns contain different amounts of red and black numbers. Column 1 has six red and six black numbers, for example, while Column 3 has eight red and four black numbers. 

As you can see from the above table, we need over half our winning spins to come in in order to make a profit. However, even a winning red bet and a losing column bet results in a £1 profit.

In our run of spins, only two out of 10 features both the column and red bets winning at the same time.

Advantages and disadvantages of the 3/2 roulette plan

There is always risk attached to online roulette. European Roulette has a house edge of 2.7 per cent. That means that over the long term, the casino is making £2.70 for every £100 wagered.

So, the disadvantage of any roulette system is that the player is always gambling against the house edge. 

The 3/2 system also doesn’t take into account long losing streaks. The plan doesn’t cover all numbers (in fact, it only covers 24 out of 37 numbers, and the green 0 isn’t included), so a losing spell is possible.

What about hot and cold streaks?

Some players like to check the history on a wheel to see what numbers have appeared recently.

Hot and cold streaks do happen in roulette but there is nothing to suggest one roulette spin is related in any way to the previous one.

Give the 3/2 system a try for free today

If you like to hedge your bets in roulette, the 3/2 system is good for covering a lot of numbers at once.

Like all staking plans, the 3/2 system has its risks. Give it a try for free at Betway Casino today.