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Labouchere Betting System

The L'abouchere system of betting is a bit more complex compared to the Parlay, Martingale or Paroli systems and is more common in blackjack and roulette. It is sometimes called the cross-out or cancellation system of betting due to the strategy that it uses. As with Martingale, L'abouchere refers to a system of negative progression with more risks and less profit involved. Still this betting system is less dangerous compared to the Martingale system.

How It Works

This kind of system happens to be a bit more complex because you have to concentrate on the game's number series all throughout. First, write down several numbers like 1 3 4 2 7 5 6 8 in any order. These numbers that you choose will be the min. bet's units. For example, if the min. bet happens to be $1, every unit will be multiplied by $1.

Every time you play a brand new blackjack hand with these numbers, you have to use the L'abouchere strategy of betting. First, you have to add numbers at the series' dual ends. If these numbers stand at 1 to 8, you have to add both to make a 9. This means that you bet $9. If you win, you cross out 9 and 1 out of the series, leaving the rest.

A numbers set or series are also called cycles. Once every bet is won and every number crossed out, a cycle will be complete with you holding a profit in your hands, just as with the Martingale system of betting.

However, if you end up losing the bet of $9 with the L'abouchere system of betting, you will have to add the 9 to the series and begin anew. The next bet will then add up the two last numbers 0 and 1 for a bet of $10.

The Pros and Cons

The L'abouchere system benefits include constantly winning profits in the end. The con, on the other hand, would be the increasing bets when you keep losing, making the negative system of betting characteristic. This particular style is quite famous, but may be called Split Martingale or Labby by others. Lastly, if you use card-counting and basic strategies, you will really be able to win more and risk less, most of all if the house edge is low by the end of it.