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The Paroli system is a simple progressive betting system used with roulette, with two purposes; generate small wins consistently and avoid the risk of substantial losses. Taken from the Latin term’ ‘par’, which means ‘one that is equal’, Paroli is essentially the opposite of the Martingale roulette strategy, where players need to double their stake regardless of the size, when a loss occurs. There are fixed betting limits on maximum stakes with the Paroli system, but you do need to increase your stakes after a win, but it’s important to note that you are not guaranteed to turn a profit with this roulette strategy, but due to its simplicity, players enjoy utilising it.

Understanding Paroli

Designed for even money wagers, Paroli can be used on craps, baccarat and casino roulette – even sports betting, but it’s most commonly used on the roulette table. Here are the four rules in play with this betting system;

  1. A fixed base stake is needed. If you have a relatively small bankroll, your starting bet should be the lowest option available to you, because starting too high, will result in you eating into your bankroll a lot quicker than usual. If you’re a high roller with plenty of cash to play with, you can start at a higher bet than usual. Usually, 2% of your bankroll is a god starting point.
  2. When you win, you double your stake on your next bet – it’s as simple as that! A £5 bet becomes a £10 bet, a £25 bet becomes £50 and so on.
  3. After three consecutive wins, stop increasing bets and start all over again. But why three? Three wins in a row is quite common, any more than this and you risk losing a lot.
  4. When your bet loses, return to your original stake to start all over again

Pros and Cons of the Paroli System

Advantages are; it’s easy to learn and implement into your gameplay. Not only that, but the system is designed to provide small consistent wins, plus you’re not exactly going to suffer large losses. Okay, so, say you start with £5 as your fixed base stake and you’re hoping on three consecutive wins on red to maximise your profits, this is how you’d bet;

  • £5 on your first bet
  • £10 on your second bet
  • £20 on your third bet

Should your bets win, you will win £35 across this sequence and when you successfully double up three times, you make a total profit of seven times your base stake.

The main disadvantage of this system is that you’re not guaranteed to win, so the answer to the original question is neither yes or no!

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