The 3/2 Roulette System
There are either thirty-seven or thirty-eight pockets on a roulette wheel - depending on what variation of the game you're playing - and some players want to bet on as many of them as possible.
Now, if you just bet an equal amount on Red and Black (or Even and Odd numbers) at the same time you'll cover every pocket, but you won't make a penny.
The 3/2 roulette system tries to find a healthy compromise that lets you cover most of the wheel without making any sacrifices. Compared to most betting strategies, the 3/2 system is flexible because it lets you keep your bet sizes constant.
How the 3/2 System Works
There are two opposite, but equally good ways to play the 3/2 system:
- Bet two units on the second column of numbers and three units on Red.
- Bet two units on the third column of numbers and three units on Black.
Either way, you'll be betting a 3/2 ratio on a color and a column. The big money (three units) is always wagered on the color.
OK, let's say that you picked Option 1. Under the 3/2 system you could bet $10 on Red and then $15 on the second column of numbers. Picking one of those two options is all the system requires; all you have to do is figure out how much you want to wager. Whatever your level, just make sure your bets can be put into a 3:2 ratio like $9/$6, $12/$8, or $30/$20.
"3/2 is a fascinating concept that allows you to cover a majority of numbers on the roulette table and greatly increase your chances of betting on a winning outcome."
The Logic Behind The 3/2 System
The 3/2 system's only goal is for your wagers to cover as many pockets as possible, thus increasing the number of outcomes that will yield a win.
If you look at the three available columns on a standard roulette table, you'll notice that the first one has six pockets of each color but the second and third columns have a skewed distribution.
The second column has eight black spaces and four red spaces. You can therefore cover a total of 26 pockets when you have money on Red and the second column (pictured below). That is approximately 70 percent of the wheel!
The same holds true for our other Option. The third column has eight red spaces and four red spaces. In other words, you'll still have your hand in twenty-six of the 37-38 pockets if you have money on Black and the third column, as illustrated below:
Even though the two options are completely opposite, they share the same odds, and are therefore equally valid ways of maximizing exposure on the wheel.
Does the 3/2 System Really Work?
What kind of benefit do you get from covering 70 percent of the wheel? Let's look at exactly how we are achieving this. We are making two completely normal bets at a ratio of 3/2, which is consistent with how many pockets each bet covers.
Each of these bets has a 5.26 percent house edge on its own (if you're playing American Roulette with the extra zero pocket), but what is the edge when we combine them? Well, it's still 5.26 percent, because nothing is really changing. This system will definitely give you more action (wins and losses) but it cannot give you a real statistical advantage.
Since the 3/2 system is dealing with simple outside bets, some people like to combine it with other roulette betting systems. It works well with most other systems as your starting bet, and is a great way to 'shake up' a stale game. Will it automatically turn your game around? No, but it's interesting to test it out at the tables for small stakes and see where it takes you.